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Written Statement - Statement on Sport Wales

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health

I have today informed the Chair and Vice Chair of Sport Wales that I consider  the need to secure fresh leadership to be necessary to restoring a well functioning board going forward. I have therefore informed both the Chair, Dr Thomas, and the Vice Chair, Adele Baumgardt, that I am terminating their appointments with notice.  

Whilst both individuals have had the interests of sport in Wales as their priority, and have exhibited energy and dedication, I consider there to have been an irretrievable breakdown in relationships within the leadership of the board of Sport Wales.

My overriding objective is the effectiveness of Sport Wales and its contribution to the wellbeing of the nation through its focus on sport and physical recreation, hence my decision.  I have asked the interim Chair, Lawrence Conway, to remain in post for the remainder of 2017 at least, and to take this forward with the remaining board members.