Cycling Ireland appoints experienced Australian as new chief executive

Posted on: April 12th, 2019

Cycling Ireland has a new chief executive after a competition it says attracted high quality candidates from home and abroad. Australian Matt McKerrow becomes the new man at the helm from May 1st. Above centre in his days with Triathlon Ireland.

Cycling Ireland has today confirmed the appointment of Matt McKerrow as its new chief executive.

His most recent role was in high performance innovation and partnership management in numerous sports with Sport New Zealand.

Mr McKerrow, who is Australian, now returns to Ireland where he previously held the position of chief executive of Triathlon Ireland, from 2009 to 2013.

Geoff Liffey had previously been chief executive of Cycling Ireland for a decade. And John Foley had filled the role for the past six months on an interim basis.

Matt McKerrow will now take up his position with Cycling Ireland in just over two weeks, May 1st.

“I am delighted to take up the role of chief executive of Cycling Ireland,” he said in a statement today.

“And I’m looking forward to working with all of the Cycling Ireland stakeholders across the island of Ireland. 

“It’s a hugely exciting time for cycling in Ireland, both on a sporting level and from an activity participation perspective.  

“I note Cycling Ireland’s level of success on road, track and off-road has been hugely impressive in the recent years.

“And I look forward to leading its continuing development in the run up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. 

“The popularity of cycling has grown substantially over the last number of years and I believe there are significant opportunities ahead for Cycling Ireland to develop the sport and participation further.” 

President of Cycling Ireland, Ciarán McKenna, said the national governing body was delighted to unveil Matt McKerrow as new chief executive.

“The board and staff are delighted to welcome Matt as the new CEO of Cycling Ireland,” he said. 

“The Board undertook an extensive international recruitment process and there was huge interest from very high calibre candidates, both at home and internationally, which reflects how positively cycling is viewed today. 

“We are delighted to have someone of Matt’s calibre and experience joining Cycling Ireland. 

“The development of cycling as a competitive sport and leisure activity has enormous potential.

“And we are confident that Matt, with the support of the staff and Cycling Ireland’s vital volunteer base, will play a key role in achieving that objective.”