It seems like another time, another world when we carried the story back three weeks ago that Chris Kitchen was stepping down as CEO of Triathlon Ireland at the end of the summer.

Today we bring you the opportunity to step into his shoes and take on the leadership of the sport which has shown such strong growth during the eight years in which Sport for Business has been covering the sporting landscape here.

The challenges that you will face in bringing a sport back from the shock that Covid-19 has delivered will be extensive but in them lie the opportunity to make a real difference.

It is an opportunity that will be attractive to many even at, or perhaps especially because of this period of great change we are going through.


Triathlon Ireland (TI) is the National Governing Body for the sport of Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon on the island of Ireland, affiliated to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the European Triathlon Union (ETU). Our primary responsibility is the development, promotion and safeguarding of the sport of triathlon in Ireland. We do this in collaboration with our network of strong affiliated clubs; through the sanctioning of triathlon related events throughout Ireland; and through developing systems and structures for athletes of all levels from novice to elite to participate in the sport.

The role

As Chief Executive Officer, you will lead the organisation and be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the organisation. You will be accountable to the Board as you drive the organisation forward by delivering on the Strategic Plan while providing the leadership necessary to meet Triathlon Ireland’s ambitions.

As CEO, you will be expected to understand all stakeholders’ needs, particularly our club network who support our athletes, coaches and officials. You will have the ability to manage a complex portfolio of organisational responsibilities that include:

  • Inputting into and delivering on strategic priorities
  • Maintaining and building on the strong team ethos among our professional staff
  • Building on our commercial success to grow our commercial funding income
  • Delivering a best in class High-Performance system, from Talent ID to Elite
  • Managing multiple stakeholders in Ireland and internationally
    to benefit Triathlon Ireland’s aim and goals
  • Being the face and voice of Triathlon Ireland (strong communications skills)
  • Protecting the financial health of Triathlon Ireland
  • Ensuring our strong governance controls are protected and enhanced


To be considered for this role you will need to be a strong leader, with excellent stakeholder management capabilities. You will have a great understanding and appreciation of the integration of volunteerism with executive delivery. You should have excellent skills in management prioritisation and specifically be experienced in delivering strategic plan goals. Previous experience in sport is highly desirable.

Applications are now open with a deadline for submission of 09.00 am, Monday 6th April 2020. Interviews are planned to commence on the week beginning 20th April 2020.

A full copy of the Job Specification including role overview, job responsibilities and key deliverables is available here.

If you think this could be a role for you the first step will be to email

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