Sport Wales name Brian Davies OBE as Chief Executive Officer 

The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) would like to congratulate Brian Davies OBE on being named Chief Executive Officer of Sport Wales. 

The appointment has been ratified by Welsh Government and is effective immediately.  

Formerly a player for Saracens, Brian Davies has 25 years of experience in the sport sector and has been Acting CEO of Sport Wales for 18 months, earlier re-joining the organisation as High Performance Manager in 2008 following a spell at WSA member Wales Golf. 

He obtained an OBE in 2014 shortly after leading Team Wales as Chef de Mission in one of their most successful Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

“It is a real honour to be given the opportunity to continue leading Sport Wales,” Brian commented.  

“We are at a point where there is a great task ahead of us and we need to orchestrate the differences to make real impacts against this, but I believe that we have fantastic people working within sport in Wales, who are determined to fundamentally make a positive difference to the sector and the people of Wales.” 

Meanwhile, Sport Wales Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson said: 

“Through his period as Acting CEO, Brian has led the organisation through the coronavirus pandemic, and overseen major operational changes to position the organisation and sector to better deliver the Vision for Sport in Wales. 

“As a sector we are aware that there is still a lot that we must do if we want to create a truly active nation, where everyone has the opportunity to take part and enjoy the benefits of sport,” she continued. “I have full confidence that while we no doubt have some difficult challenges ahead of us, Brian’s passion, knowledge and integrity will be an asset as we look to continue making strides towards this.” 

Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, also commented: 

“I’m delighted to welcome Brian Davies to the role of Chief Executive of Sport Wales. Brian has played a vital role in leading the organisation on an interim basis since 2021. He brings a wealth of experience and detailed knowledge of sport in Wales, and I look forward to continuing to work with him to deliver our shared ambitions for the sector.” 

The WSA would once again like to congratulate Brian on his appointment and we are delighted to continue working with Brain to deliver our vision for sport. 

WSA CEO, Andrew Howard, stated: 

“The WSA is thrilled for Brian Davies OBE and wishes him every success as he continues in the role. 

“I worked closely with Brian throughout the COVID-19 pandemic during my time at an NGB, and I look forward to continuing our great partnership, which is setting Welsh sport up for more success.” 

Meanwhile, WSA Chair Lynn Pamment, added: 

“I would like to add my congratulations to Brian on his appointment.  

“We have worked closely with Brian and his team during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, and look forward to continuing to work closely to support the sector going forward.” 

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