The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing venue has appointed its new chairman and chief executive

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has appointed two new names to the positions of Chairman and Chief Executive.

Famed for hosting the 2012 Olympic sailing events, this marks the biggest change in management to date for the world-renowned sporting venue.

Tim Hancock has been appointed as the new chairman of WPNSA, taking over from Edward Leask, while Peter Allam is taking over the Chief Executive role from John Tweed.

A member of the British Olympic Squad with three world titles to his name, Tim has 20 years’ experience in leading UK facilities management and support service organisations.

Tim, who was the previous Commodore at Hayling Island Sailing Club during its Lottery funding development, is taking on the new role in conjunction with his future work as Chairman of the Olympic Selection Committee for the 2016 Games.

He said: ‘I hope that my career covering business growth strategy and general management for high turnover companies will offer the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy a continued safe and responsible phase in its evolution as a serious international sports facility.’

New chief executive

Fresh from his role as the London 2012 Olympic Games Sailing deputy competition manager and Paralympic Games sailing competition manager, Peter Allam, is looking forward to the hands-on Chief Executive role.

Peter will be putting his knowledge of dinghy and keelboats including Olympic representation at the 1984 and 1992 Games, as well as success in the GBR Admirals Cup, to practical use at the WPNSA.

A sailor and a parent, Peter had a previous place on the RYA Olympic Steering Group and also has personal experience of the marine industry, having worked with Ovington Marine, Westerly Yachts and Luhrs Marine.

He said: ‘I am thoroughly looking forward to carrying out this new role.

‘The post-Olympic and Paralympic Games period will present a fresh set of challenges and also a tremendous opportunity to build on the successful hosting of the London 2012 sailing events at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy.’

Pictures: Tim Hancock and Peter Allam. Credit: WPNSA 2013