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UK Athletics ends chief executive search with Hyde Peters appointment

Zara Hyde Peters OBE has been named as the new chief executive of the UK Athletics national governing body.

Hyde Peters replaces Niels de Vos, who announced last September that he would be stepping down from the role following an 11-year career with the body. Nigel Holl served as interim chief executive for the past 10 months and will now take up a role as executive performance director at British Curling.

Hyde Peters previously worked for UK Athletics from 2000 to 2008, serving as head of potential, technical director for endurance, and director of athlete development. As an athlete, she represented Great Britain in endurance events and competed for England at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.

Hyde Peters served as chief executive of British Triathlon from 2008 to 2014 and oversaw a successful period for the sport, with huge growth in participation levels and first Olympic medals for Great Britain at London 2012.

Hyde Peters has also worked with UK Sport and Sport Birmingham and sits on the board of the organising committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in the English city. After leaving British Triathlon, she held leadership positions within the NHS.

Hyde Peters said: “It is an exciting time for the sport. We have a huge opportunity to build on recent successes and I’m excited about being part of the team helping to realise that potential and cement our reputation as a leader in world athletics.”