New leadership for UK Deaf Sport

The UK Deaf Sport (UKDS) Board are pleased to announce that Valerie Copenhagen, Head of Participation, has taken on a new role of Executive Director of the organisation from 1st October 2019.

Alongside this move, Piers Martin, Executive Chair, will revert to his Chair role and pass on the executive responsibilities of his current role to Valerie. These moves are part of a planned restructure aimed at improving the governance of the organisation. 

Valerie will be responsible for leading the delivery of UKDS’s strategy towards achieving ‘Every Deaf Person Active and Inspired by Sport and Physical Activity’. Valerie will continue to grow the organisation and build and manage relationships with our stakeholders and the wider sector.  

Over the last few years, Valerie has achieved great success in her role as Head of Participation leading the delivery of UKDS’s Sport England Participation objectives and most recently securing additional funding through Comic Relief and the Transform Foundation to help grow and strengthen the organisation. She has ensured that UKDS is representative of its members; delivers on its programmes and activities; and continues to grow and support deaf children, young people and adults getting active and inspired by sport and physical activity. Now, Valerie is going to bring her knowledge and experience to lead the organisation alongside the Chair and the Board 

Piers Martin, UKDS Chair said:

“On behalf of UKDS, I welcome Valerie to the role of Executive Director. Over the last few years, Valerie has shown huge personal passion and drive for Deaf Sport and I look forward to seeing UKDS grow under her capable leadership.”

Valerie Copenhagen, UKDS Executive Director said:

“I am very excited about this new role and the opportunities and challenges it will bring. I am looking forward to continuing the work with the board and also our dedicated volunteers and partners who share our vision for every Deaf person to be active and inspired by sport and physical activity.”

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