Bowker will succeed Ed Warner as chair of the national governing body in January 2018

UK Athletics (UKA) has confirmed that Richard Bowker will succeed Ed Warner as chair of the national governing body in January 2018.

As Athletics Weekly reported earlier this year, Warner will step down from his position at the end of 2017.

Warner had taken up the role at the national governing body at the beginning of 2007 after former 5000m world record-holder David Moorcroft left his position as chief executive in January that year.

“We wanted to ensure the most orderly handover possible to the new chair. Particularly with the World Championships being in London the next year we wanted to give the next chair the chance to meet everybody from world athletics – both IPC and IAAF,” Warner told AW this summer.

Bowker is currently a non-executive director of London Marathon Events and is an independent director of the EFL (English Football League). A former group CEO of National Express Group and chair of the Strategic Rail Authority, he received a CBE for services to the rail industry in 2005.

He will join the board of UKA as a non-executive director next month before succeeding Warner as chair in January 2018. Bowker will stand down from the board of London Marathon Events on joining the UKA board.

“I am delighted to welcome Richard to the board of UKA in what will surely be a phenomenal year for the sport in this country,” said president of the UK Members Council, Jason Gardener.

“2017 is a crucial year for athletics and next summer will see the biggest sporting event in the world hosted in London as we host both the World ParaAthletics Championships and IAAF World Championships.

“Richard was an outstanding candidate following our search for a future chair and I look forward to working with him closely in the coming years.”

Bowker commented: “I am honoured to have been asked to chair UK Athletics from January 2018. Athletics is very close to my heart and I am very excited to be joining the sport in the UK at this time.

“Hosting their respective world championships is something any sport in the UK would want, and athletics is on the cusp of some exciting years.

“I look forward to working with everyone involved in athletics in the UK at every level. We can all look forward to great performances at London 2017, Tokyo 2020 and beyond.”