Gordon Arthur and Peter Taylor have joined the board of UK Athletics

UK Athletics (UKA) has announced the appointment of two directors to its board from September 1, 2016.

Gordon Arthur and Peter Taylor will join the board of UKA as non-executive directors following an open recruitment process, boosting the board to its maximum number ahead of a busy 2017 in which London’s Olympic Stadium will play host to both the IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships.

Arthur held the role of chief communications officer for Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014 and was instrumental in developing the strategy, values and governance around what was a hugely successful Games.

Taylor is a co-founder of Duke Street, a leading private equity firm which caters to a wide range of companies and specialises in the leisure sector, having previously served as a non-executive director for Leisure Link, Sporting Index and Esporta among others.

Arthur, also a non-executive director on the board for Glasgow Prestwick Airport, said: “I’m delighted to be appointed to the board of UKA following a successful Olympic Games and with the Paralympic Games and next year’s IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships in London still to come.

“I am looking forward to contributing my own thoughts and ideas to the board, as we strive to bring the sport to new audiences, with the over-riding aim of inspiring the next generation of athletes and encouraging participation for all.”

Taylor, a former group finance director for Vardon PLC/Sea Life Centres, now recognisable as Merlin Entertainments, said: “As a lifelong supporter of athletics I am delighted to be joining the UKA board at this exciting time.

“I have spent the past 25 years working at board level with leading consumer brands, helping them to develop new growth strategies, and I look forward to bringing this experience to bear in the service of UK Athletics.”

Ed Warner, chairman of UK Athletics, said: “We’ve witnessed a fantastic Olympic Games this summer, and with the Paralympics fast approaching it’s an exciting time ahead for athletics. I’m delighted with these two appointments to the UKA board ahead of an undoubtedly busy period in 2017. Gordon and Peter are highly experienced individuals and have a significant contribution to make over the coming years.

“Next year we aim to host a terrific IAAF World Championships and World ParaAthletics Championships in London, and I’m confident the two directors we have added to the board will play a crucial role in assisting us make the most of this showcase to ensure athletics in Britain has a vibrant future.”