Cycling Ireland has appointed a new CEO and we are pleased to give a warm welcome back to the Irish sports scene to Matt McKerrow.
He will take up the role on May 1st, returning from New Zealand where he has filled roles as Innovation Manager and National Partnership manager with Sport New Zealand for the past six years.
McKerrow will be returning to Ireland having served as CEO of Triathlon Ireland for three years at the start of this decade. He is pictured above with Aileen Reid and with Gavin Noble who was recently appointed ~Deputy Chef de Mission for the Irish Olympic Team.
He will work for a handover period with John Foley who has held the position on an interim basis since Geoff Liffey stepped down last year.
“I am delighted to take up the role of Chief Executive of Cycling Ireland,” said Australian McKerrow.
“I’m looking forward to working with all of the Cycling Ireland stakeholders across the island of Ireland. It’s a hugely exciting time for cycling in Ireland, both on a sporting level and from an activity participation perspective.”
“I note Cycling Ireland’s level of success on road, track and off-road has been hugely impressive in the recent years, I look forward to leading its continuing development in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.”
“The popularity of cycling has grown substantially over the last number of years and I believe there are significant opportunities ahead for Cycling Ireland to develop the sport and participation further”.
“The board and staff are delighted to welcome Matt as the new CEO of Cycling Ireland,” added President Ciaran McKenna.
“The Board undertook an extensive international recruitment process and there was huge interest from very high calibre candidates, both at home and internationally, which reflects how positively cycling is viewed today.”
“We are delighted to have someone of Matt’s calibre and experience joining Cycling Ireland. The development of cycling as a competitive sport and leisure activity has enormous potential and we are confident that Matt, with the support of the staff and Cycling Ireland’s vital volunteer base, will play a key role in achieving that objective.”
“The Board of Cycling Ireland would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding work of John Foley, in his role as Interim CEO for the past six months, and the support and assistance of Sport Ireland in the recruitment process. Matt will begin in the role from May 1st and will work with John for a number of weeks during the handover.”