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British Curling is delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Niven as its new Chair, following a rigorous and open recruitment process.

Niven has an impressive track record in the administration of the sport, as a former Chair of Scottish Curling and a current member of the board of directors for British Curling’s Olympic and Paralympic curling programme. 

As a past Chair and current member of the organising committee for Scotland’s only World Curling Tour event, the Perth Masters, Niven was recently appointed as one of Scotland’s representatives for the World Curling Federation.

He also brings to the role the expertise developed as a successful businessman, Director of the multi-award winning Loch Leven Larder in Kinross, as well as the Channel Farming Company – a 1000 acre arable and vegetable farm – in partnership with his wife Emma and brother Mike.

Niven’s appointment comes at an important time, as British Curling prepares to move its headquarters from the sportscotland Institute of Sport to offices alongside the performance hub at the National Curling Academy (NCA) in Stirling’s Sports Village and he will undertake his new role with immediate effect.

“Having had a lifelong involvement in our sport, I am both honoured and excited to be taking on this role at this time,” said Niven.

“We enjoy strong relationships with our partner organisations and that will continue as before, providing seamless support services through the network of expertise provided by neighbouring sportscotland and UK Sport.

“It will therefore be business as usual, but with the added benefit of our move to the NCA providing greater efficiency to our operations for all our staff and athletes, enhancing the teamwork within the programme.”

The smooth running of the organisation will be further assured by the continued involvement of John Harris, who has been British Curling’s interim Chair for the past nine months and will remain on the board as a senior independent Director.

“It has been a privilege to be able to play a part in assisting British Curling through a period of change that has resulted in the organisation now being in excellent shape as we look towards the Winter Olympics in Beijing,” said Harris.

“Rob Niven’s appointment effectively completes a process that has also included the recruitment of three new Non Executive Directors - Graham Cormack, Kirsten Sibbit-Johnston and Tino Nombro – and our Executive Performance Director Nigel Holl, whose experience and energy have combined to see him make an extremely positive impact since taking on that new role at the end of last year.”

UK Sport’s Chair Dame Katherine Grainger, who was a member of the interview panel said: “We are greatly encouraged by the re-structuring and shaping of British Curling’s support team and believe that the sport has positioned itself well to build on its heritage of delivering success at the highest level to inspire the nation. We look forward to working with Rob Niven, Nigel Holl and British Curling in pursuit of those aims at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.”

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