Rob Gibson Joins as New Chief Executive Officer

British Skydiving proudly announces the appointment of Rob Gibson as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The CEO position will supersede the current COO role held by Tony Butler, who formally advised of his intention to retire from the role back in May 2023. The appointment of Rob follows an extensive and robust recruitment process. He will commence his duties from 28th August 2023.

Rob is a sport leader with an excellent track record across multiple leading governing bodies in the high-performance sport industry. He will bring a wealth of leadership experience and strategic expertise to British Skydiving.

In his role in GB Boxing, a multi-Olympic medal winning programme, Rob delivered significant portfolio and organisational change as part of transforming its talent strategy. His deep sports knowledge and proven ability to drive innovation and results will be instrumental in steering British Skydiving towards continued success in an ever-evolving membership body landscape.

In accepting the role, Rob expressed enthusiasm for the opportunity to lead British Skydiving into its next phase of growth. He stated, “I’m extremely excited with leading British Skydiving over the next phase of development. There is huge potential to grow the sport, targeting new markets, especially with a surge in the extreme sport, adrenaline and adventure ecosystem.”

Mary Barratt, Chair of British Skydiving, commented, “we are delighted to welcome Rob as our new Chief Executive. Rob is a dynamic, values-driven sport leader with an excellent track record of delivery in the sports industry. He has exceptional strategic capabilities, proven operational effectiveness, and strong experience in both governing bodies and high-performance sport. The Board looks forward to Rob evolving British Skydiving into a winning governing body delivering long-term growth and value for all its members and stakeholders.”

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Tony for his leadership of British Skydiving and for leaving the Association in robust health, poised for continued success. Tony has worked tirelessly for the Association for over four decades; his retirement at the end of August will mark the end of an era. On behalf of the Board and the British Skydiving team, I wish Tony all the very best for the future.”