Former UKA head of endurance and meet director at British televised events recruited by Great Run organisers
Following his recent departure from UK Athletics, Ian Stewart has been given a consultancy role with Nova International to help sign athletes for the Great Run Series and CityGames.
On announcing his departure from UKA, the governing body said Stewart had decided to leave “in order to pursue independent career opportunities”.
Stewart was a powerful force at UKA due to his dual role as head of endurance and meet director at British televised events. Appointed as a consultant to the Great Run series, Nova International state he will be principally working with the elite athlete management team.
“Nova have created and developed many events which are characterised by huge numbers of participants – the Bupa Great North Run remains our flagship, but iconic events throughout the UK and beyond have followed,” said Nova’s chief executive, Eric Wilkins.
“However, we will never compromise on our commitment to attracting the very best athletes to our leading events.
“Ian Stewart’s reputation as one of Britain’s best ever distance runners, his work with the current crop of British endurance athletes and his role organising the best annual track meetings in the country mean that he will be an important addition to our team.”
Stewart, who will take up his new role within the next few weeks, added: “Having collaborated with Brendan Foster [founder of the Great North Run] on a number of projects in the past, I’m looking forward to this change in career direction and working with the talented and knowledgeable team at Nova.”