England Boxing has continued its on-going process of modernisation with the appointment of Caspar Hobbs as Chairman.
He has been appointed on a four year term following an open recruitment process and replaces the former Labour Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, who stepped down in September 2013.
Hobbs will chair England Boxing’s 12-person board of directors and guide the future development of the organisation which is responsible for grassroots boxing in England and has seen (once-a-week) participation grow by 34% since 2006 from 115,500 to 154,800.
“Boxing is one of the few sports in England that has continually delivered the twin goals of increased grassroots participation and elite medal success and I want to continue to build on these achievements and give more people the opportunity to experience the sport,” said Hobbs.
“Boxing delivers huge benefits to people and communities across a range of areas and, as the national governing body for the sport, it is our job to drive the sport forward, represent its interests, create opportunities for boxers and support the clubs, coaches, schools and thousands of volunteers that do a fantastic job at the grassroots.”
Hobbs will chair the board of England Boxing, which was restructured in September 2013 following a decision by the membership to overhaul its governance arrangements. It is currently made-up seven Boxing Directors and Non-executive Director, Fiona McKelvie, and is in the process of recruiting three new Non-executive Directors whose appointments will be announced shortly.
A statement by the Board of England Boxing said: “The appointment of Caspar as Chairman is very good news for England Boxing and will enable us to continue the process of modernisation and bring greater stability to the sport and the governing body after a period of significant change.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of Caspar’s calibre joining the Board at such an exciting time for the sport and we look forward to working with him and seeing the sport and organisation benefit from the skills, experience and commitment that he will bring to the role of Chairman.”
England Boxing is responsible for Whole Sport Plan for boxing, 2013-17 and receives £5 million of funding from Sport England to grow and sustain participation and create opportunities and pathways for the most talented boxers to progress to the elite level.
Sport England’s, Director of Sport, Phil Smith added: “We welcome the appointment of a new Chairman for England Boxing. The organisation has significantly improved its governance in recent months and we are confident that the new Board and Chairman will enable the sport to build on its successes of recent years and go from strength-to-strength.”
Caspar Hobbs was educated at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst and spent ten years in the British Army rising to the rank of Major. Following a spell as Head of Business Development at The Financial News he founded The Mergermarket Group which provides proprietary intelligence and analysis to Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) professionals across the world.
After growing the company over 10 years he sold it to the education publisher, Pearson Plc, where he became Chief Executive of its professional and vocational education division. He left Pearson in 2011 to join private equity investment firm, Warburg Pincus, as an advisor focusing on the technology and media sector.
According to the most recent figures from Sport England (Active People 7, October 2013), 154,800 people participate in boxing once per week. At the elite level, English boxers won four of Team GB’s five boxing medals at the 2012 Olympic Games, including golds for Nicola Adams, Luke Campbell and Anthony Joshua and bronze for Anthony Ogogo.