EOSE Announces new President



EOSE Announces new President

Kirstie Simpson is the new President of EOSE from 13/12/2021

Following the EOSE General Assembly 2021 a new President of the organisation has been announced. Kirstie Simpson is the new President of EOSE and looks forward to leading the strategic direction of the organisation and supporting the range of projects and activities that EOSE is involved in. Kirstie is Associate Professor and Deputy Dean, Chester Business School, at the University of Chester (UK) and has had extensive involvement with EOSE, having been the Course Director for three separate courses on sport administration which have been implemented through EOSE-led projects, and in recent years being a member of the EOSE Executive Board.

Kirstie takes over the role of President from Prof. Thierry Zintz who has been President for the past 10 years since 2011 and had long-stated his intention to stand down from the role of President at this time. Thierry guided the organisation exceptionally well, bringing his huge competence in strategic development, management, and governance of sport organisations to develop and continuously improve the work of EOSE. The staff, Executive Board, and all EOSE members thank Thierry sincerely for his amazing contribution to EOSE and the skills development agenda at the European level. Thierry will remain part of the Executive Board.

At the General Assembly on 13 December the Executive Board for 2022 was confirmed following nominations from three candidates to fill spaces on the Board. Immediately following the General Assembly, the Executive Board met, as per the constitution, to decide the Board positions including President. At this meeting Kirstie was officially confirmed as President of EOSE.

Kirstie said: “Having been involved with EOSE for over 15 years, I really appreciate the passion and enthusiasm with which our work in sport and employment is undertaken. The sport and physical activity workforce has been affected by the pandemic and EOSE will continue to work with our European partners to ensure that the sector fulfils its social, health and economic potential. I would like to sincerely thank our out-going President, Thierry for his service to our organisation and for the contribution he has made to sport and physical activity in Europe. This should not be underestimated. His are large shoes to fill but I am extremely proud to be elected as the organisation’s first female President and look forward to an exciting year ahead”.

Thierry said: “It has been a privilege to serve EOSE as President and chair for the 10 last years. EOSE and its members rely on the great professionalism and commitment of our appointed staff team and we have evolved to be a recognised partner in European sport policies and projects linked to sport. Of course, sport employment is central for EOSE, but the education of sport professionals is the focus of the coming years. I am happy to hand over to Kirstie Simpson who is now the new chair of EOSE. I am fully confident in the way she will conduct EOSE, with our appointed team, with the board and with all members”.

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