After over ten years with British Gymnastics, Jane Allen MBE is to retire as Chief Executive in December. An interim Chief Executive will be announced in the near future.
Jane Allen joined British Gymnastics from Gymnastics Australia in early 2010. During her time in the role she delivered a period of significant transition in which British Gymnastics restructured, rebranded and revised its strategic priorities, leading to an increase in participants at both a grassroots and elite level. She has also played an important role in lifting the profile of British Gymnastics by working with the international gymnastics community to help guide and grow the sport worldwide. Under Jane’s leadership World and European Championships have been hosted within the UK with the event in 2015 in Glasgow being credited as ‘one of the best ever’.
Commenting on the news, Mike Darcey, Chair of British Gymnastics, said: “The whole Board would like to thank Jane for her dedicated service to the sport. We had originally agreed with Jane that she would retire following the Tokyo Olympic Games in the summer of 2020, but that was extended to help British Gymnastics through the initial impact of Coronavirus and then the subsequent worrying news about abuse claims. Prior to her departure, Jane will be working with our legal team on our initial submission to the Whyte review.”
Jane Allen added: “The last few months have been extremely difficult, but I will look back on my time with British Gymnastics with great pride for the growth and success we have sustained over a ten-year period. I would like to thank everyone involved in the sport for the work they do to help our members succeed both at an elite and grassroots level. The Whyte Review will be an important step forward for gymnastics and other sports struggling to deal effectively with these issues. It is vital that this happens in a fair and transparent manner for all parties and I pledge my support to helping the sport to do that.”