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MSA confirms Nick Bunting as new Chief Executive

The Motor Sports Association has confirmed the appointment of Nick Bunting to the position of Chief Executive with effect from 20 May 2013.

The recruitment process to secure a successor to Colin Hilton, who retires after more than 20 years at the MSA, began last year under the guidance of MSA Chairman Alan Gow. A working group comprising Gow and Hilton, as well as non-Executive Director Dennis Carter and Motor Sports Council Chairman Tony Scott Andrews, was charged by the MSA Board with conducting the interviews of short-listed candidates.

Bunting was the unanimous recommendation to succeed Colin Hilton, who will stay on in a consultancy capacity at least until the end of the year.

“I am delighted with the appointment we have been able to make,” says Alan Gow. “Nick will be an outstanding Chief Executive for the Motor Sports Association and brings with him a wealth of sporting experience which will be of great value to the sport. He has over twelve years' top-level experience with the Rugby Football Union as its Chief Operating Officer and is also a Director of Sports Coach UK and the Sport & Recreation Alliance.  Nick was also an advisor to LOCOG (the Organising Committee for the London Olympics) and a Board Member of the National Skills Academy for Sport and Leisure. He is currently the Chief Executive of PRIME (The Prince's Initiative for Mature Enterprise).

“Nick has some very big shoes to fill and I would like to pay tribute to the extraordinary achievements of Colin Hilton in the past 12 years; the MSA is unrecognisable from the organisation that he took over in 2001 and that is largely down to his leadership. Nick inherits a well-run, financially sound organisation that sits at the heart of British motor sport and which takes a central and active role in the development of the sport. The whole sport owes Colin a significant debt of gratitude and we wish him a well-deserved retirement.”

28 March 2013