Badminton England, the sport’s national governing body, has installed Pete Fitzboydon as its interim chief executive.

Fitzboydon, who has been a non-executive board member at Badminton England since 2019, will fill the role on a temporary basis while the organisation looks for a permanent replacement for Adrian Christy, who last month announced he would step down from the role he had held since 2006 with immediate effect.

Fitzboydon has held leadership positions before at London Sport and Parkwood Leisure, as well as been interim chief executive of Cycling UK and thinkBeyond, the sports consultancy company.

Mike Robinson, chairman of the board of Badminton England, said: “I am delighted that Pete is able to take up the post of Interim chief executive, as his knowledge of Badminton England will be invaluable to us.

“We have recently started work to look at the type of organisation we want to be, together with the strategy required to get us there and Pete’s appointment will enable us to keep the momentum going."

Fitzboydon added: “I look forward to supporting Badminton England over the coming months while the search for a permanent chief executive is carried out.

“My last two years sitting on the board should allow me to ‘hit the road running’ with a strong grasp of the immediate priorities, not least recovering from Covid-19, but also completing our review of the elite performance system and concluding long-term funding arrangements with Sport England.

“I am confident that we can emerge from this interim period in an even stronger place ahead of a permanent CEO appointment.”

Fitzboydon begins his new role at the start of next week.