Boxing Scotland appoints army officer Chris Roberts as new chief executive

Boxing Scotland has appointed army officer Chris Roberts as the governing body’s new chief executive.

Chris Roberts is the new chief executive of Boxing Scotland

Roberts has served as a commissioned officer for 30 years in the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, including more than 20 years as a member of the Army Boxing Association Executive Committee.

He is an AIBA three-star boxing referee and judge, and GB Boxing competition manager, supervisor, evaluator and instructor, with appointments including school, junior and youth championships, Elite GB Boxing Championships and was International Federation Liaison Officer for the European Olympic qualifier in London last year.

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Prior to joining the Armed Forces, Chris was a GB cross-country, road and track athlete. He will take up his new post on February 1 and relocate from his home in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Roberts said: “I have a lifelong love of boxing and can’t wait to get started. I am privileged to have been able to indulge my passion for the sport throughout my career in the Armed Forces and I believe the experiences I have gleaned throughout my time there will enable me to lead amateur boxing in Scotland to a sustainable and prosperous future.”

Kevin Bell, Boxing Scotland chair, added: “From the outset in the recruitment process, Chris’s knowledge and experience of amateur boxing - and especially his active involvement in many of the areas that are key areas of responsibility for Boxing Scotland - stood out.

“His leadership skills developed during 30 years in the Armed Forces will enable him to lead Boxing Scotland and its wider membership through the ongoing uncertainty caused by Covid-19 and get us back on the front foot to deliver our ambitious strategic objectives.”