About us


The EIS is a wholly owned subsidiary of UK Sport, the government body accountable to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) for the strategic investment of National Lottery and Exchequer income to inspire the nation through Olympic and Paralympic Sport success.

The EIS is funded by a grant of £60 million over four years from UK Sport and income generated by providing services to sport national governing bodies (NGBs).

In the current cycle, NGBs will have invested £27.6 million in EIS services.

The EIS has its own independent board, chaired by John Steele, providing strategic direction to the organisation with the aim of supporting the delivery of Olympic and Paralympic success by fulfilling our vision to be the world leading high performance institute.



John Steele


John Steele was appointed EIS Chair in October 2013, having served as a Chief Executive in private, public, and charitable sports organisations including UK Sport, the Rugby Football Union and the Youth Sport Trust.

John served as an army officer before becoming a professional rugby player and European cup winning coach. As Chair,he leads the EIS Board in setting the strategic direction and development of the organisation.

Nigel Walker

National Director

Nigel joined the EIS in September 2010 having previously been Head of Change and Internal Communications at BBC Wales.

A former international athlete and rugby union player, he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler before switching to rugby, earning 17 international caps for Wales. He has also served as a UK Sport board member from 2006-10, was Chair of the Major Events Panel and a member of the Audit Committee.

Ken van Someren

Non-Exectuive Director

Ken chairs the Science & Ethics Advisory Group. A former international sprint kayaker, Ken has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher and leader across higher education, high performance sport and industry. Ken held senior positions with the EIS between 2005 and 2013 and has been a technical advisor to many public and private sector organisations. He is a Visiting Professor at two UK Universities and a Fellow of BASES.

Matt Rogan

Non-Exectuive Director

Matt Rogan has spent his career in the commercial side of sport and entertainment. In 2011 Matt co-founded Two Circles, a data driven sports marketing agency which helps some of the world’s biggest sports organisations achieve their growth ambitions. Matt now chairs Two Circles and is also a Trustee of Halton Tennis Centre. He has been published by Harvard Business Review and is co-author of Britain and the Olympic Games: Past Present Legacy.

Jamie Skiggs

Director of Finance and Business Operations

A qualified accountant, Jamie studied Economics and Statistics at Keele University and held operational and finance roles for a national delivery company before spending ten years with MAN Truck and Bus (part of the VW group), latterly as Finance Director.

He joined the EIS in June 2017 with responsibility to build, develop and lead the organisations Operations, Finance, IT and Legal departments.

Chelsea Warr

Non-Executive Director

Chelsea has spent over 20 years working in High Performance Sport. The early days of her career were focused with the Australian Institute of Sport, and the Queensland Academy of sport pioneering Australia’s inaugural National Talent Identification and Development programmes.

Chelsea has spent the last fifteen years in the United Kingdom in key leadership roles supporting the transformation of the Great Britain High Performance system from delivering 1 gold medal in Atlanta to an unprecedented 67 Olympic and 147 Paralympic medals in Rio 2016. She also oversaw GB’s record medal haul at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Korea.

Victoria Aggar

Non-Executive Director

Victoria Aggar (nee Hansford) is the Chair of the British Athletes Commission.

She is a former Paralympic athlete who won 100m gold in athletics at the Wheelchair and Amputee World Games in 2005 before switching her attention to rowing.

Victoria won world titles in 2006 and 2009 as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Annie Panter

Non-Executive Director

Annie is a former athlete who competed in the Beijing and London Olympic Games winning a bronze medal in 2012 with the GB women’s hockey team. Since retiring from hockey Annie pursued a career in finance with Goldman Sachs, before recently joining TRM Partners in the commercial sports sector.

Annie has maintained positions on the UK Sport Mission 2016/2020 Panels, the British Cycling Independent Review and an Executive Board member of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), co-chairing the FIH’s Athletes’ Committee.

Sir David Tanner CBE

Non-Executive Director

Sir David is a successful leader in International Sport and in Education with wide Board experience as a non-Executive Director.

He was the Performance Director for British Rowing for 21 years from 1996 to 2018.  Under his leadership Great Britain has become the world’s leading Olympic and Paralympic rowing nation, topping the Olympic/Paralympic Games’ medal tables for Rowing since Beijing2008.

Before the days of Lottery funding for sport, Sir David was a medal-winning Olympic coach which he combined with a successful full-time career in Education, latterly as Headteacher of a large Community Comprehensive School until he took up the PD role in 1996.

Sir David was appointed OBE (2003), CBE (2009) and in 2013 received a Knighthood from the Queen for Services to the London2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Vic Luck

Senior Non-Executive Director

Vic represents the EIS on the UK Sport group audit committee and chairs the EIS Remuneration and Nomination Committee. He has enjoyed a 50-year high-performance business career, both as a global leader and general manager in PwC, IBM and Ford, and as a leadership consultant to many organisations, large and small, in the commercial world and in public service.

Latterly he has served as a Board member at the Ministry of Justice, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, the Rugby Players Association and the Foundation for Leadership through Sport. He also Chaired a group at the RFU driving various initiatives to leave a sustained sporting legacy from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Governance documents

On this page you will find documents such as Board Minutes, Board Terms of Reference, Board Member Interest Declarations, Board Diversity Action Plan, Gender Pay Gap report and Group Audit and Risk Assurance Committee documents.

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The Science and Ethics Advisory Group

The Science and Ethics Advisory Group (S&EAG) was established in 2017. The key responsibilities of the group is to provide external scrutiny and advice and to contribute to the quality assurance of EIS technical development and projects, advise on the ethical nature of scientific projects and to establish an ethics group to provide formal approval of scientific research projects where required.

To read the Science and Ethics Advisory Group Terms of reference, please click here.

Group Audit and Risk Assurance Committee

The Group Audit and Risk Assurance Committee considers external and internal audit reports and oversees risk management processes, reviews the statutory accounts and other financial matters. Chaired by John Dowson, the EIS shares an audit committee with UK Sport.

View our Publications

To view all EIS Publications, including board minutes, visit our resources section.

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Data Management

Information on how the EIS collects, holds and processes personal data, your rights and how to access it.

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EIS Annual Accounts

View The English Institute of Sport Limited annual reports and statements

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