Peter Taylor appointed as England Netball’s latest Independent Board Director

England Netball is pleased to confirm the appointment of Peter Taylor as an Independent Board Director.

At the Annual General Meeting on Saturday 16th September, it was announced that Sally Horrox would be retiring from the Board of England Netball having served her maximum term.

Peter has become a keen supporter of netball over the past decade, both at local level in Dorset through his daughters’ participation in the game, and at elite level.

Commenting on his appointment, he said: ‘I have seen first-hand the positive impact of netball on those who play this great game, and I am delighted to be joining England Netball at this exciting time.’

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Peter is co-founder and Managing Partner of Duke Street, a leading private equity firm. As part of his role at Duke Street he serves as a non-executive director of Wagamama, a global restaurant brand with over 170 restaurants, and TOFS, a national chain of value department stores with over 200 shops.

He was Finance Director of Sea Life Centres before co-founding Duke Street in the late 1990s – most of his career has been spent in private equity working on the boards of fast growing companies. He originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant after graduating from Loughborough University.

He was appointed to the board of UK Athletics in 2016, where he is the Senior Independent Director, and is also a trustee of Wimborne Academy Trust, a group of first and middle schools in Dorset.

Peter is an active investor and mentor in social enterprise, and a regular speaker in schools on business and careers.

Commenting on these changes, Colin Povey, Chairman of England Netball, said: ‘Sally Horrox has made an outstanding contribution to netball over many years. She has a wealth of experience of the game at all levels combined with real professional expertise in the sports sector. As a consequence, she has been able to make a strong contribution to our Board and although she does now have to stand down, I know she will continue to be a great ambassador for netball everywhere.

‘Peter joins us at an exciting time for women’s sport in this country in general and for netball in particular. He too will combine a love of the grassroots game with a level of commercial expertise that I am sure will benefit the Board and I very much look forward to working with him.’

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