Mark Munro – new Chief Exec has a ‘strong vision for the organisation’
Mark Munro is the new Chief Executive Officer with scottishathletics.
The Board are delighted to confirm the appointment of the current Head of Development to the role vacated when Nigel Holl departed for UK Athletics earlier this year.
Munro stepped into the position in an Interim CEO capacity in June and proved the successful applicant after the job was advertised externally.
Former athlete Mark, 38, joined scottishathletics in May 2011 after previous employment with the Scottish Football Association. He made an immediate and continued impact on the development strategy for our 150 clubs – and it was his significant status within the athletics community in Scotland which helped persuade the Board he was the most suitable applicant as CEO.
Chairman Ian Beattie and President Leslie Roy conducted the interview process, in partnership with sportscotland.
‘We were fortunate to have a number of very strong candidates, all of whom had the ability to perform the role,’ said Ian.
‘However, Mark’s depth of knowledge of athletics, along with his strong vision of how he intends to lead the organisation going forward, stood out.
‘It is clear that Mark is regarded very highly across the sport as a whole and I am sure he is the right person to build on the success we have seen in the last few years.
‘I look forward to working closely with him as he leads scottishathletics through the next stages of its development.’
‘Mark’s depth of knowledge of athletics was important,’ – Ian Beattie
‘I am delighted to accept the post as Chief Executive Officer and want to thank the Board for having the confidence in me to do the job,’ said Mark.
‘It was definitely challenging to step-up as Interim over a four-month period, while also maintaining a focus on my Development role, but it was one which I really enjoyed. That period over the summer in the CEO role helped convince me to apply for it full-time.
‘In terms of the business and development of both scottishathletics as an organisation and the sport, I believe the direction and strategy are clear: we will continue to try and build on the existing work. I see that very much as ensuring clubs sit at the heart of what we do.
‘I am firmly of the view we need to continue to strengthen key areas within the sport: whether that’s events, performance programmes or development projects for clubs, coaches and officials – they are all crucial to the sport moving forwards.
‘In due course, I’m sure we will be looking to outline more in terms of our vision for the future. For the moment I’d like to thank many people who have already been in touch to offer their best wishes to me in the post.’
scottishathletics will shortly assess and advertise the Head of Development vacancy which is created by Mark’s appointment.