UK Athletics' de Vos steps down after 11 years to set up own business
Niels de Vos, chief executive of UK Athletics, the domestic governing body for track and field, for the past 11 years, is to leave the organisation at the end of this month, it was announced today.
De Vos, who is leaving to establish his own business, is credited with having helped to deliver last year’s IAAF World Championships and World Para Athletics Championships in London, together with the annual Anniversary Games and this year’s newly-launched Athletics World Cup.
Great Britain & Northern Ireland, USA, France, Germany, Poland, China, South Africa and Jamaica took part in the World Cup, with each nation competing in all track events up to 1,500 metres and all field events for a share in the $2-million prize pot.
Richard Bowker, chairman of UKA, said: “Niels has been a fantastic servant to not only UKA, but the sport of athletics as a whole. The sport has grown and been hugely successful under his leadership. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a number of months dialogue about his ambitions to set up his own business. He leaves with our enormous thanks and we wish him well for the future.
“UK Athletics will retain his services in a limited capacity in order that a number of important issues where he has led discussions and negotiations are brought to a conclusion.”
Nigel Holl, UKA’s strategy and partnerships director, will assume the role of interim chief executive while an open recruitment process is launched to identify a successor.
Last year's departure of Ed Warner, who had been UKA chairman for 10 years, means that the body will have an all-new team at its head.