Liz Nicholl CBE is a British sports administrator and former international netball player who was elected as President of the International Netball Federation at the Netball World Cup in July 2019. Prior to this, Liz was the CEO of UK Sport from 2010 until retirement in 2019 and during that time was referred to as “the most powerful woman” in British sport.
Liz Nicholl began her career in the administration of women’s University sport and soon after became CEO of England Netball, a post she held for 16 years and during that time was the Championship Director of the 1995 World Netball Championships.
In 1999 Liz joined UK Sport as the Director of Performance and played a pioneering role in the development of the elite sport system in the UK. Liz led the work of UK Sport’s Performance Directorate through the Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic cycles from Sydney 2000 to Beijing 2008 as the Director of Elite Sport. Liz became the Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and was then appointed to the CEO role in September 2010.
During her tenure as UK Sport’s CEO, GB achieved record Olympic and Paralympic performances at London 2012, Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018.