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Chief Executive

Following a search led by Prospectus, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Stephanie Hilborne OBE as the new Chief Executive of Women in Sport.

1.5 million more men play sport than women every week and only 8% of girls are reaching recommended exercise guidelines. Women in Sport exists so that every woman and girl in the UK can experience the transformational lifelong rewards of sport, from the field of play to the boardroom, from early years and throughout her life. They research, campaign and advise to drive changes in policy, practice and attitudes that lead to greater opportunities for women and girls in sport.

Women in Sport were looking for a CEO to grow the charity to its next level of impact through a strategic review, robust leadership and maximising external relationships and influence. They sought a strong leader with a track record of developing organisations, implementing growth strategies and strong external representation to a variety of stakeholders, whilst ensuring exceptional delivery. We targeted candidates from sports, gender-focused, health and community-based organisations to identify a leader who had a strong external affairs track record whilst being able to balance operational delivery. In addition, we ran a targeted media campaign and identified key contacts in our networks to maximize our reach.

Stephanie Hilborne OBE was appointed to the post. Stephanie had worked in nature conservation for over 20 years, leading for 15 years as CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, a movement of more than 830,000 members and 43,000 volunteers across the UK. She is a successful and passionate campaigner for change, driving developments in both policy and government legislation including the introduction of the Marine & Coastal Access Act 2009 and the visionary Natural Environment White Paper 2011.

Stephanie has also served on the government’s Forestry Panel and Defra’s Smarter Environmental Regulation Review and is vice chair of the UK Green Building Council. She has a degree and honorary doctorate from Bristol University, an MSc in conservation from UCL, and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to nature conservation. Stephanie brings a huge personal passion for sport and gender equality to Women in Sport.