Sport body axes comms positions

Sport England has scrapped two senior communications posts in a reorganisation that will result in one person taking on three roles.

Head of corporate affairs Bruce Philipps will absorb the posts of director and deputy director of communications until the review ends early next year. But he could take on the additional duties permanently, according to Sport England communications manager Vivien Smiley.

However, the body had advertised the deputy director post over the summer, and its subsequent decision to axe the role has attracted criticism from MPs.

'Most sports people will be concerned about advertising a job that wasn't necessary,' former sports minister Kate Hoey told PRWeek. 'Sport England has far too many people in suits anyway, but it is amazing to advertise a job and then not fill it.'

Candidates for the post have been advised it is no longer open. Sport England denies this is because of monetary restraints.

Former director of comms Kate Wallace left earlier this month to spend time with her family, said Smiley.

'We have now decided not to fill the roles in the immediate future. The Government has announced a different focus for us and as part
of that refocusing we're reviewing the department's structure,' she added.

Sport England will now focus on community-based projects, whereas UK Sport will be entrusted with national schemes.

Philipps reports to chief executive Roger Draper. 

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