The appointment follows Nigel Holl’s departure to UK Athletics, where he will take on the role of Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Scottish Athletics has announced that Mark Munro has been appointed as the governing body’s chief executive officer on an interim basis.

It was announced last week that Nigel Holl is to leave his post at Scottish Athletics following a six-year spell to join UK Athletics as Director of Strategy and Partnerships.

That will now happen on June 1 and Munro, who has been Head of Development for the past five years with the sport’s governing body in Scotland, will move over to take on the position for the time being.

Chairman Ian Beattie believe the appointment helps maintain essential momentum and continuity and also allows the Scottish Athletics board more time to weigh up important decisions.

“I am delighted to say that Mark is keen to  take on the CEO role on an interim basis, following discussions,” said Beattie.

“The board have agreed that it makes sense for Mark to step in and take on this role fairly quickly, as we feel that will give us much more stability over the next few months.

“We’ve agreed that Nigel will leave Scottish Athletics on June 1 and Mark will take on the role of Interim CEO from that date. Nigel, however, will attend our next board meeting on June 13 to help ensure a smooth transition.

“We would then plan to begin the process of appointing a permanent CEO towards the end of the summer, after the main holiday period. At that stage we will advertise as appropriate and set up a small recruitment group to take the process forward.

“Hopefully this approach will allow us to maintain momentum and continuity over the next few months.

‘Indeed, we feel it is essential given all our on-going programmes and a heavy schedule of both Scottish Athletics events plus, at elite level, the European Champs, Olympics and Paralympics all coming up over quite a short period of time.”