The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has appointed Marc Woods as its new chair.

Marc Woods is a multiple Paralympic gold medallist, BBC commentator, author and conference speaker. His board-level experience includes the Teenage Cancer Trust, Youth Sport Direct and the Youth Sport Trust.

Marc Woods succeeds Andy Reed OBE, who is standing down after serving for one year as interim chair.

As CIMSPA chair, Marc will advocate for CIMSPA at the highest policy levels in the UK, to communicate the importance of a strong chartered professional body for the UK sport and physical activity sector.

Commenting on his appointment, Marc said:

I am delighted to be appointed as CIMSPA chair at an exciting time for the chartered institute, following the recent investment by Sport England.

I’d like to thank the outgoing chair Andy Reed for all his hard work at CIMSPA, and look forward to building on the success achieved under the leadership of both CEO Tara Dillon and Andy. This includes creating a sustainable financial future ‎for the organisation, strengthening its capabilities, delivering on the professional standards the sector has asked us for, and growing our membership.

Over the forthcoming weeks I will be working closely with the CIMSPA team and our board of trustees as we focus on developing and improving our key stakeholder relationships.

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, added:

On behalf of CIMSPA, I would like to welcome Marc onboard as CIMSPA chair. As a chartered professional body it is vital that we have an experienced chair in place to help drive forward our agenda. He brings a wealth of experience and skills to the chartered institute and will help connect CIMSPA to policy makers at the highest level.

It is an exciting time to be part of CIMSPA as we work to deliver the objectives set by both government and Sport England. I very much look forward to working with Marc in his new role.

Marc Woods’ appointment follows the announcement that CIMSPA has secured £1.2million in investment funding from Sport England to drive its workforce improvement project.

The appointment as CIMSPA chair is for a period of 3 years.