Liz Nicholl CBE is the Chief Executive of UK Sport. Having joined UK Sport in 1999, Liz has played a pioneering role in the development of the elite sport system in the UK. For ten years Liz led the work of UK Sport’s Performance Directorate, through the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympic and Paralympic cycles, as the Director of Elite Sport. Liz became the Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and was then appointed to the CEO role in September 2010. As CEO, Liz’s leadership responsibilities focus on accountability for the National Lottery and Exchequer investment of around c£125m per annum which supports UK Sport’s key objectives of World Class Success and Major Event bidding and hosting. Her top priority is the responsibility to invest in and support the development of the high performance system which delivered a record breaking performance at Rio 2016 where the British Olympic and Paralympic teams finished second in the medal tables with 67 and 147 medals won respectively Liz was a former international Netball player for Wales.