British Gymnastics has announced the appointment of Mike Darcey as its new chair. He will take over from outgoing chair Matt Neville who is stepping down, having served the maximum eight-year term.
A media industry heavyweight, Darcey spent 15 years at Sky, initially as the director of strategy, then as the company’s chief operating officer, playing a large role in the broadcaster’s acquisition of major sports broadcast rights. Following this, he served as the chief executive of News International, publishers of The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers, between 2013 and 2015.
He currently provides strategic advisory services to international media companies as the managing partner of Tide End Consulting. He is also the chairman of M247, a private-equity-owned B2B technology services business, and a board director for Sky New Zealand and for Arqiva.
The strength of Darcey’s broadcast credentials at one stage led to rumours that he was on a shortlist to replace Richard Scudamore as chief executive of the Premier League. The connection to gymnastics can be explained by the fact that Darcey was a competitive gymnast in New Zealand as a teenager, and later worked as a coach and judge in the sport.
Darcey officially takes over the position on March 14 after the completion of the 2019 March Board meeting.