Jersey Sport appoint a new Chief Executive Officer

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Jersey Sport are delighted to announce the appointment of David Kennedy as their new Chief Executive Officer, following the departure of Catriona McAllister in January this year.

As the new CEO, David will work closely with all relevant stakeholders across the Government of Jersey, the island’s sporting community and Public Health, leading the Jersey Sport team to deliver sport and physical activity programmes and interventions to the local community.

Priorities in David’s role as new CEO will be redefining Jersey Sport’s remit in the wake of the government-led Sports Review and enacting the recommendations within it. A comprehensive fundraising strategy will also be implemented by the registered charity to help support volunteer sports clubs and associations.

David is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Jersey Football Association, where he has worked since leaving Jersey Sport as General Manager in April 2020. He is a strategic sports development professional with over 25 years’ experience in the industry who has continually developed himself and his working knowledge, managing high performing teams.

In 2023 he was part of the coaching team that won the Island Games in Guernsey and has been nationally recognised for his work in embedding safeguarding practices across the island. David has a passion for sports governance and business development, with both these areas being central to the success he has achieved over the years.

A keen footballer, with two daughters, during his spare time David enjoys playing golf, cycling and boxing.

Steve Law, Interim Chair of Jersey Sport said, “I would personally like to congratulate David on his recent appointment. The Jersey Sport Board of Directors and I are excited to get to work with David to lead the organisation into its next phase of development.

David Kennedy added, “I am absolutely delighted to be taking over as CEO at Jersey Sport and really looking forward to the new challenge ahead.  I have been lucky enough to have always worked in the sports industry, and those who know me best know my passion for wanting to use it to improve the lives of everyone in our community.

I know the job will have its challenges and an early priority will be to work through the recommendations of the recent Sports Review, but the team at Jersey Sport are great and I look forward to getting the sleeves rolled up and working with them.

 This is probably the only opportunity I could see myself leaving the Jersey FA for and I have thoroughly enjoyed the last four years there.”

 Andy Jehan, Minister for Infrastructure and Assistant Minister for Sustainable Economic Development, with responsibility for Sport said, “I am extremely delighted with the appointment of David Kennedy and certain he will be an excellent fit for the post. I look forward to working with him and the rest of the Jersey Sport team in the future.

To find out more about the work of Jersey Sport, an independent body with charitable status, on a mission to inspire, lead and enable positive wellbeing for all through lifelong engagement with sport and physical activity, please visit:


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