The Youth Sport Trust has announced that John Steele will become its Chief Executive from 6 February.
He joins at a busy time for youth sport, overseeing the delivery of high profile sporting initiatives such as the new Sainsbury’s School Games.
“This is an excellent appointment,” Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said. “John did a brilliant job boosting the performance of our top athletes, and I am sure he will bring the same rigour and clarity to making sure we fulfil Seb Coe’s Olympic promise in 2005 - to use the Games to get more young people playing sport.”
Mr Steele said: “It is an absolute privilege to be appointed Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust. I have often looked on with admiration at the work of the Youth Sport Trust and a large part of my motivation for joining the organisation is it’s exceptional record of delivery and expertise.
“I passionately believe that sport has a crucial part to play in the development of young people and I look forward to taking up this new challenge. Leading an organisation which is playing such an important role within this country’s sporting landscape is an honour.”
Baroness Sue Campbell, who has held the role of Chief Executive since March 2011, will return to her position as Chair of the Youth Sport Trust.