This morning current CEO of British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB), Lisa Pearce, announced that she will be leaving the National Governing Body in September 2022, concluding her four-year appointment at the helm.
During her remarkable tenure, Lisa has championed the sport as it consistently broke new ground for para sport in the UK and internationally. Her singular determination to break down barriers to participation and her fundamental belief that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in sport and activity, leaves the sport with strong foundations for future growth.
Under her leadership the sport has seen the performance landscape evolve through the introduction of the four High Performance Partnerships (and Women’s Premier League) in 2020, as an integral element of BWB’s Paris UK Sport Strategy. She also been critical in wheelchair basketball retaining its place as a Paralympic Sport, through her international influence and support of classification reform. Lisa also leaves the sport in a financially strong position, having secured significant long-term commercial investment into the sport during her four-year term.
Lisa will leave the NGB in September ahead of taking up her new appointment as Director at Leicester City Football Club Women.
On announcing her departure Lisa stated:
“During the last four years I have had the privilege to lead an incredible sport, organisation, and team. Together we have achieved so many amazing things for our sport and have in place a clear strategy and resources to continue to deliver this growth.
“I would like to thank our membership, clubs and the staff team for their enormous support and belief in the significant potential of wheelchair basketball. We have navigated some challenging times through COVID-19, but we have also witnessed the joys of seeing medals won by our incredible GBR athletes, launched a mass participation campaign in ‘Inspire A Generation’ and regularly brought the sport to new audiences through the BBC streaming of the Women’s Premier League. I feel hugely fortunate to have been part of this journey.”
Chair of the Board, Jules Parke-Robinson added:
“Lisa has been a force of nature during her tenure as CEO, her vision, determination, and passion have driven the sport to the strong position it is in today. The BWB Board would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Lisa for her commitment and the transformational change she has delivered for wheelchair basketball.
“We wish her every success as she embarks on her new role at Leicester City Football Club.”