Pels appointed new CEO of England Boxing

February 7, 2022 | by Matt Halfpenny


England Boxing is pleased to announce Jerome Pels has been appointed as its new permanent Chief Executive Officer.

He joins from Hockey Ireland, where he has worked as CEO for the last five years.

Pels will succeed Gethin Jenkins and is set to take up his new position at the end of April, after serving his notice period, with Charlie Ford leading the organisation in the interim.

He brings with him a wealth of experience in sports administration, having also worked as CEO of Boccia England and the International Sailing Federation (now World Sailing).

Before that, he was High Performance Director and Head Coach for the Netherlands’ Olympic sailing team, during which time three Olympic medals were secured across the 1992 and 1996 Games in Barcelona and Atlanta.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with England Boxing and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in taking the organisation forward,” he said.

Pels will have overall responsibility for implementing England Boxing’s new 2022-2027 Inspiring and Transforming Lives Through Boxing strategic plan.

Chairman of the Board, Caspar Hobbs, is delighted the organisation has secured someone with such a breadth of experience to lead it forward.

He said: “The selection of a new CEO was a very competitive process and we had some excellent candidates come forward.

“But we were very impressed with Jerome, not only in terms of what he has achieved in international sport, but also by what he had to say to us and his vision for England Boxing.

“We’d like to formally welcome Jerome and wish him all the very best as he takes over the day-to-day leadership of England Boxing at a very exciting time for the sport.”