CCPR appoints former LTA chief to key post

15 February

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CCPR, the alliance for national governing and representative bodies in sport and recreation, today announced the appointment of former LTA chief executive John Crowther as its new Treasurer.

John, now with Wharton Consulting, takes over the role from Nic Coward who resigned the post to take up a new position as chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority.

Brigid Simmonds, CCPR Chairman, said:

“It is important for a Treasurer to have both strong governance and finance skills and John has those in abundance. He has experience not just of the sporting world – leading one of the country’s biggest governing bodies over a period of almost 10 years – but also in the commercial sphere.

“Sports organisations are operating in an increasingly demanding environment and John’s expertise in the business of sport will provide the CCPR Board with even greater strength in depth - and our members will be the ultimate beneficiaries of that.”

On his appointment, John said he was keen to continue contributing to sport and recreation at a national level:

“CCPR is an essential part of the landscape in sport and recreation. It performs a role that no other organisation is able to – to speak independently on behalf of the sector’s governing bodies and to do so with clarity and authority.

“I am very happy that I will be able to make a contribution to that process and to help ensure that sport and recreation continue to be at the top of agenda for politicians and our other stakeholders. At the LTA I learned that that is a constant challenge but it is also one which we must continue to meet.”

John spent nine years as chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, introducing a new governance structure, substantially increasing children’s participation through the introduction of Mini-tennis and overseeing the delivery of the £39m National Tennis Centre at Roehampton, on time and on budget. He joined the LTA from Vickers Defence Systems where he was chief executive until 1996, securing orders in excess of £1bn for the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank.