Canoe Wales Appoints New Chair

Experienced HR-professional Kerry Chown appointed to two-year term


At a meeting of the Canoe Wales Board of Directors held on 4 February, the Board voted to appoint Kerry Chown to a two year-term as the Board’s Independent Chair, to take effect following an agreed transition period. Kerry is an experienced HR professional with 25 years of experience, and has served on the Canoe Wales board since 2018.

“Kerry brings a wealth of experience to Canoe Wales and to our Board and we are very excited to see the direction that her leadership and expertise will take Canoe Wales over the next two years,” said Canoe Wales CEO Jen Browning.

The Board also thanked outgoing Chair David Wakeling for his many years of service to Canoe Wales.

About Kerry:

Kerry Chown has over 25 years in senior HR roles, with an MSc in Human Resource Management. Having founded Cobalt HR in 2016, she works with organisations to help them raise business performance by implementing robust people management practices. These include employee engagement, recognition and reward and performance management, alongside providing general operational support. Kerry works with many sport organisations and other third sector bodies, plus a range of private sector businesses. Kerry holds a number of Non Executive Director roles, in sport organisations and in the private sector.

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