The Federation of Sports and Play Associations has appointed Liam Burns (pictured) as chairman of the national trade body.
Retiring chairman Dr Bruno Broughton has stepped down after a sterling four years’ service.
New Balance’s business development manager (EMEA), Burns has been on the FSPA board of directors for two years.
He was elected to the chairman’s position having played an integral role in the Federation’s recent progress.
The organisation, which was founded in 1909, has enhanced its profile and standing within the industry during the past two years, building strategic partnerships and ongoing relationships with key bodies in UK sport and play, while continuing to play a vital role in representing the industry to government.
Burns brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked at New Balance for over five years.
Speaking of his appointment, FSPA managing director Jane Montgomery said: “This is a great appointment for the FSPA.
“Liam is highly regarded by the FSPA board, staff and his peers within the industry and the organisation is thrilled to welcome him as chair given the leadership qualities he will bring to the position in the coming years.”
Burns added: “I am delighted to take over as chairman of the Federation on the eve of what will be a monumental year for British sport.
“I would like to thank Bruno for his excellent stewardship of the board and the Federation over the past four years and I look forward to working with Bruno, the Board, the excellent FSPA team and members during 2012.”