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British Cycling creates three new senior roles, including director of integrity and compliance

News coincides with announcement of departure of director of cycling Jonny Clay after almost two decades with governing body

British Cycling has announced the creation of three new senior positions as it continues to overhaul its management following last year’s report on its governance ordered by UK Sport.

The independent review, compiled by a panel chaired by British Rowing chair Annamarie Phelps, was published in June last year.

It followed allegations of sexism and bullying within the organisation and one of the three new roles announced today is that of an integrity and compliance director.

Besides focusing on codes of conduct, safeguarding and athlete discipline, the position would also encompass anti-doping, with British Cycling’s medical record-keeping heavily criticised last year following UK Anti-doping’s investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at the governing body and Team Sky.

British Cycling’s programmes and events, from grass roots to elite level, would come under the remit of the cycling delivery director, while the strategy director will be tasked with achieving growth in all forms of cycling as well as broadening its diversity.

British Cycling chair Frank Slevin said: “Governing and growing the sport are two of the core duties of any national governing body. These new leadership roles signal a clear message that we can and we will fulfil these duties.

“Making sure we are well-governed is the responsibility of everyone who works in cycling but, by creating the role of integrity and compliance director, we are reinforcing our commitment to robust regulation and good governance.

 “The strategy director and the cycling delivery director will ensure that the excellent work we do in growing participation across all forms of cycling continues and that the experience of attending or participating in one of our events or programmes meets the highest expectations,” he added.

The cycling delivery director will oversee British Cycling’s programmes and events – both grassroots and elite – and the strategy director will focus on growing all forms of cycling and ways to increase its diversity.

Leaving the organisation will be Jonny Clay, formerly British Cycling’s membership director and more recently, its director of cycling,

Clay, aged 54, joined British Cycling after a career that included him winning Olympic bronze in the team pursuit at Sydney in 2000.

British Cycling chief executive Julie Harrington commented: “Jonny has played an extraordinary role in cycling in this country – as a rider, volunteer and, for the last 17 years, as part of British Cycling’s administration.

“He departs with my personal thanks for his support in my first year as chief executive and I am sure everyone will wish him well.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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