Nick Rennie joins Scottish Cycling as new CEO

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Scottish Cycling has announced the appointment of Nick Rennie as its new Chief Executive.

The national governing body for cycling in Scotland, Scottish Cycling works hard to develop the sport across multiple disciplines and at all levels, from grass roots to the performance development programmes which feed into the Great Britain Cycling Team and Team Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.

Nick brings a wealth of experience to the role having previously worked with sportscotland, the Scottish Institute of Sport, Scottish Rugby and most recently as Head of Development for Scottish Curling.

Commenting on the appointment Ailsa Sutherland said: “We are delighted to have advised Scottish Cycling on Nick’s appointment as CEO. The organisation has gone from strength to strength in recent years and plays a key role in the overall Scottish sporting landscape. We’re delighted to have been able to attract someone of Nick’s calibre and experience and wish him and the whole team at Scottish Cycling every future success.”

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Issued: 12 noon, Thursday 15 April 2021

Scottish Cycling is delighted to announce that Nick Rennie has been appointed as its new chief executive officer.

Nick joins from Scottish Curling, where he is head of development, responsible for the sport’s strategic leadership and development, working to meet the needs of members and key stakeholders and to grow the sport in traditional and new audiences. He has also successfully led a number of major policy and modernisation projects.

Scottish Cycling will be able to draw on his wealth of experience in the sports sector, with Nick having worked with a number of sports’ governing bodies and partner organisations in both development and performance areas, and he has a strong grasp of the sporting landscape in Scotland and the UK.

Prior to joining Scottish Curling, Nick spent 12 years at Scottish Rugby in a number of senior management positions, including as head of club services. He also previously worked at sportscotland and the Scottish Institute of Sport in a number of roles.

A keen cyclist, enjoying both road and mountain biking, Nick is a member of West Lothian Clarion cycling club.

Nick takes over from Craig Burn, who recently joined the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships as the Director of Strategy, Policy and Impacts, after nearly a decade at the helm of Scottish Cycling.

Looking forward to joining Scottish Cycling at this exciting time for the sport, Nick Rennie said: “I am very excited to be joining such a progressive organisation and I am looking forward to working with the Board, staff and cycling community to build on the strong foundations already in place, as we develop a nation of cyclists.

“A key focus will be to capitalise on the increased interest and numbers of people cycling in Scotland over the past year as a result of the pandemic, and working closely with the range of partner organisations in this area, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to ride a bike and realise their full potential.

“Also with the 2023 Cycling World Championships on the horizon, I want to ensure we maximise the organisation’s profile and grasp the opportunities to move the sport to the next level, when Scotland hosts the biggest ever global cycling event in just over two years’ time.

“As a passionate club cyclist this is my dream job. It will be a privilege to work in the sport and I am really looking forward to getting started.”

Congratulating Nick on his new role, Martin Cooke, Chair of Scottish Cycling said: “I am delighted to welcome Nick as our new CEO after a thorough recruitment process. His drive and ambition shone through from the start, and is backed up by his wide-ranging background in sport and his love for cycling in particular.

“I believe that he has all the attributes necessary to lead and work effectively with not just the staff and the Board, but also the members, volunteers and other stakeholders that we rely on, to take Scottish Cycling to even greater success.”

Nick will take up his new position on 24 May 2021.



For further information please contact:

Lucinda Beresford, Communications Officer, Scottish Cycling

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