British Ski & Snowboard appoints new CEO

The Board of British Ski & Snowboard is pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Gosling OBE as the organisation’s next Chief Executive Officer.

Vicky will replace Dave Edwards who announced last year that, after eight years in the role, he would step down following the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

A former Group Captain in the Royal Air Force who went on to run the 2016 Invictus Games in Florida, Vicky joins the organisation at an exciting time following the most successful Winter Olympics for British snowsports.

“We were thrilled with the high-quality field of applicants attracted to this critical role at a pivotal moment in our development,” said BSS Chairman, Rory Tapner. “Vicky Gosling was the standout candidate in a strong field and we are delighted she has agreed to join BSS.

“A successful 2018 Winter Olympics is only the start of the building programme and Vicky will help us accelerate and reinforce our plans and ambitions.  We could not be more pleased.

“She takes the reins from Dave Edwards who has overseen huge growth in the organisation since 2010, and on behalf of the Board I thank Dave for all his hard work and dedication.”

Vicky’s military career in the RAF featured highly successful operational, strategic and leadership roles which saw her awarded an MBE in 2004, followed by an OBE in 2014 for services to the military.

She played a crucial executive role in the organisation and breakout success of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, going on to become CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, USA.

“We are delighted that Vicky Gosling has accepted this challenging and exciting role with BSS at a time when their level of ambition continues to grow,” said Liz Nicholl, CEO of UK Sport. “Her commercial flare and track record will bring additional experience and drive to an increasingly successful sports governing body.”

Vicky joins the organisation this month and is keen to keep the momentum going following a successful season and Olympic campaign.

“I’m thrilled to be joining British Ski & Snowboard at such an exciting time for snowsports in this country,” she said. “The success of the team in PyeongChang was there for everyone to see, but so much goes on behind the scenes to enable our athletes to be contenders on the international stage.

“The organisation has made some great strides in the last couple of years in particular, but there’s plenty more to do if we are to deliver on the plan to become one of the top five snowsports nations by 2030.

“I’m really looking forward to getting on with the job and making sure we’ve got the right funding, programmes and support in place to deliver on that plan.”