CEO British Paralympic Association
Tim Hollingsworth is the Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, the National Paralympic Committee for the United Kingdom. He served as Secretary General for Paralympics GB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where the team won a record 120 medals, and at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, where the team won 6 medals, including its first ever winter gold, and finished a record 10th on the Medal Table. Since London he has led the implementation of the BPA’s ‘Maximising Momentum’ 5 year strategic plan and is leading the organisation’s preparations for Rio 2016, as well as ensuring it delivers on its wider vision of ‘Through sport, inspire a better world for disabled people”. In September 2013 he also led the creation and planning of the UK’s first National Paralympic Day, and event that was repeated to even greater extents in 2014 and 2015, with over 30,000 people attending events held on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and around the country. Tim joined the BPA in July 2011. Prior to that he was the Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport, the nation's high performance sport agency. In this role, which he took on in September 2010, he was responsible for the strategic direction and delivery of UK Sport's Major Events and International Relations Programmes, its Commercial Partnerships and Strategy, and all Communications, Marketing and Public Affairs. Prior to becoming COO he spent five years as the organisation's Director of Policy and Communications, having joined in March 2005. Before UK Sport, Tim worked for four years as a Director of a strategic communications consultancy, HBL Media, for two years as Head of Corporate Media and Internal Communications at Granada Media plc, and spent five years as Head of Media Relations at the Confederation of British Industry. Tim is also a Board Director and Trustee of the Youth Sport Trust, a Trustee of the National Paralympic Heritage Trust and a member of the International Paralympic Committee’s Paralympic Games Committee. Tim graduated in Combined Honours English and Drama from Exeter University in 1989, and followed that by also obtaining a Masters Degree in Drama from the same University in 1990. He holds Honorary Degrees from both the University of Exeter and University of Bath, both awarded in 2014. He is 49, married with two sons and lives in Bath.