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Sarah Powell

Sarah is an experienced leader with over 20years’ experience of working in sport leadership and governance. Sarah joined British Gymnastics in October 2021 from Sport Wales where she had been the CEO since 2012 and the first woman to hold the position. Sport in Wales saw a period of significant success during her time at the helm, with increased Olympic and Paralympic success, record-breaking back-to-back Commonwealth Games 2014 and 2018 and seeing more people participate and enjoy sport across Wales.

Sarah has had numerous board roles, Ryder Cup Wales Limited Chair of the Women’s Equality Network Wales, where she campaigned on Women’s issues and led the call for a Wales free from gender discrimination. She is currently a Trustee of parkrun Global the international charity supporting the growth of parkrun to support a healthier and happier planet.

Sarah has a degree in Psychology and a PGCE teaching qualification. Sarah received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Swansea University in 2017 and is a Fellow of Cardiff University.

Alongside her professional career, Sarah played international hockey. She captained Wales winning over 70 senior caps, playing at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games before retiring from international competition. More recently, Sarah has caught ‘the running bug’ and has completed the London Marathon twice.