Sport Ireland has confirmed Dr. Una May as its new chief executive.
She replaces John Treacy, who retired at the turn of the year. The Olympic silver medalist had been in the job since Sport Ireland's establishment in 2015. Prior to that, he served as chief executive of the Irish Sports Council from 1999 to 2015.
Dr. May has most recently served as Sport Ireland’s Director of Participation and Ethics, having previously held the role of Director of Anti-Doping.
Her appointment followed an "extensive recruitment process", which was overseen by Lansdowne Executive Search.
Sport Ireland chairperson Kieran Mulvey said, "Dr. Una May was selected from a field of extremely experienced and capable candidates.
"Una brings huge experience to the role and has been a strong advocate for ethical and inclusive sport in Ireland and internationally. She has been a prominent figure in many of Sport Ireland’s key projects over the past number of years.
"Her deep knowledge of the sector and passion for the work of Sport Ireland has led to her engagement with almost every area of Sport Ireland’s business from Anti-Doping to Child Safeguarding, the promotion of grassroots participation through the Local Sports Partnerships and National Governing Bodies to the development of the Sport Ireland Campus.
"On behalf of the Board of Sport Ireland I congratulate Una on her appointment as Chief Executive and wish her every success in the role”.
Minister of State for Sport, Jack Chambers, said Dr. May takes up the CEO role at a "critical time for Irish sport", adding, "Una will work with the Board of Sport Ireland and all stakeholders from the wider sports sector to ensure the sector’s continued recovery from the impact of COVID-19.
"I look forward to continuing to work closely with Una in implementing a “Sport for All” inclusive approach across all parts of the sports sector, in achieving the targets within Sport Ireland’s High Performance strategy and in expanding the world-class facilities at the Sport Ireland Campus.”