Former London Sport CEO appointed as Cycling UK’s interim Chief Executive

Pete Fitzboydon, Cycling UK's new interim chief executive
Pete Fitzboydon, the former chief executive of London Sport, has been appointed as Cycling UK’s interim Chief Executive.

Mr Fitzboydon takes on the role from Paul Tuohy, who has announced he is stepping down from the charity after six years in the role.  

Pete has a long career in the sports and leisure sector, including ten years at the Football Foundation.  

More recently, he led Parkwood Leisure, a national leisure provider, where he completed a business transformation which helped the organisation grow by 20%. 

He has also held non-executive roles with Badminton England and OpenActive, a Sport England-funded initiative that seeks to make sporting opportunities easier to find and book online.  

Mr Fitzboydon brings with him extensive knowledge in how digital technologies can encourage more people to become physically active, having created the UK’s first sports technology business incubator during his time at London Sport. 

He said: “I am delighted to take on the challenge of leading Cycling UK at a time when it has never been more important to get more people active. 

“I have long been an admirer of Cycling UK’s work and I am looking forward to getting started and exploring how we can encourage more people onto their bikes, while working with governments on how they can play their part, too.” 

I am delighted to take on the challenge of leading Cycling UK at a time when it has never been more important to get more people active. 

Pete Fitzboydon, Cycling UK interim Chief Executive

Mr Fitzboydon will be in post until the autumn, while Cycling UK appoints to the permanent position.  

Dan Howard, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “I’m delighted to announce Pete Fitzboydon as our interim chief executive. He brings a significant amount of leadership experience, having worked for twenty years in the sport and leisure industry. 

“Our strategy is ambitious and I’m looking forward to Pete working with the board and our leadership team on the next stage of our development as we work to support millions more people to cycle.” 

Notes to editors

  1. Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, inspires and helps people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone.  

  1. Paul Tuohy announced he would be stepping down on Friday, 13 March 2020:  

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