Sport England

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Hugh Robertson Hugh Robertson Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people applied for the post of Chair of Sport England; who was on the interview panel; how many people were interviewed; how many candidates were subsequently recommended to her; and whether she accepted the recommendation.

Photo of Tessa Jowell Tessa Jowell The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

29 people applied for the post of Sport England Chair. The interview panel was chaired by Jeff Jacobs, director-general for children, young people and communities at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and included: Mike Farrar, Sport England board member; Sir Keith Mills, deputy chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Sheila Hewitt, an independent assessor.

Four candidates were interviewed and, in accordance with the principles of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Bodies' Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies, the interview panel recommended to me a choice of two candidates. One of these recommended candidates was then appointed by me.

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