Ford named as CEO on an interim basis
January 31, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny
Charlie Ford has been appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer of England Boxing.
He will take up the position from tomorrow (1st February 2022), replacing outgoing CEO Gethin Jenkins.
Ford (pictured left) has been working for England Boxing as Head of Community Development and has previously worked in a senior leadership role at Basketball England, where he was Interim Chief Operating Officer.
He will remain in position until a permanent appointment, currently being sought, is made.
“I would like to firstly acknowledge the outstanding contribution that Gethin Jenkins (pictured right) has made during his time with England Boxing,” said Ford.
“Through his hard work and leadership, the sport has seen significant increases in the number of affiliated clubs, registered members and made huge strides forward in terms of workforce development and our Talent pathways.”
“I am extremely proud to be taking temporary charge of England Boxing and will work alongside the team to ensure a ‘business as usual’ approach is maintained until a full-time Chief Executive Officer has been appointed.
“Our immediate focus is to prepare for and deliver the England Boxing National Championships 2022 across all age groups, as well as preparing year one plans in line with our new 2022-27 strategy that was released late last year and that has been built on strong equality, diversity and inclusion principles which will help make the sport more inclusive and accessible.”
The departing Jenkins said he was pleased to be leaving England Boxing on a sound footing and with plans for further development of the sport at an amateur level firmly in place.
He said: “With the 2021 National Championships successfully delivered at the end of last year, our numbers back to pre-covid levels and hopefully surpassed in the near future – together with the strategy and funding confirmed until 2027 plus the diversity review recently published – hopefully this is solid foundation upon which the organisation can continue to grow, develop and play a full role in local communities throughout the country.
“I would like to place on record my thanks for all those who have supported me during my time as CEO, including all the boxers, volunteers, boxers, board and staff.
“It has been a privilege to have been allowed to lead an organisation with a such a proud history and one that has a great future ahead of it, and I wish all involved all the best for the future.”
Ford’s position as Head of Community Development will be covered on an interim basis by Avoen Perryman, who is the Club Support Officer for the Southern Counties region.