parkrun UK welcomes Christine Gibbons and Jeremy Townsend as Non-Executive Directors

parkrun UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Gibbons and Jeremy Townsend to its board as non-executive directors.

Christine Gibbons has worked in the NHS for 35 years, initially as a pharmacist and then as a board executive. She also has 11 years experience as a trustee/non-executive in various charities including sport and health.

Jeremy Townsend is the Chief Financial Officer at Rentokil Initial plc and was previously Finance Director of Mitchells & Butlers plc and Group Financial Controller at Sainsbury's.

The non-executive directors are responsible for ensuring that parkrun UK continues to develop successfully, whilst adhering to the core principles of breaking down barriers to participation in regular exercise by providing free, weekly, timed runs to every community that wants one.

Managing Director of parkrun UK Tom Williams said: "With 366 parkrun finishes between them, across more than 50 events, I am delighted to welcome Christine and Jeremy onto the parkrun UK board of directors. With more than one thousand people registering with parkrun UK every day – and around one hundred new events launched in the past year – it became critical to supplement our small management team with experienced and well-connected volunteers.

"Throughout the recruitment process both Christine and Jeremy demonstrated extremely high levels of professional competency alongside a wonderful passion for parkrun. They will provide valuable insight regarding the challenges and opportunities we are likely to face in the future, and their vast skills and experience complement each other brilliantly."

Christine Gibbons said: "I feel excited and privileged to be asked to play my part in the future direction of parkrun UK. Since 2009 parkrun has been a significant part of my life and I have never ceased to be amazed by the dedication of our many wonderful volunteers and participants. I am really looking forward to visiting more of our beautiful parks and meeting with as many people in the parkrun community as possible."

Jeremy Townsend said: "I'm really pleased to be joining the parkrun board at this exciting time. The first ten years has been an incredible story and I'm looking forward to helping to shape the future of parkrun in its next phase of development."