Activity Alliance has appointed Adam Blaze as its new chief executive. Blaze will start in the role on 1 January 2023, taking over from the retiring Barry Horne MBE, who is set to step down at the end of 2022 after more than twelve years at the helm.
Blaze joins the disability sport charity from Sport England, where he was the strategic lead for disability and co-lead for people and culture.
The appointment brings Blaze full circle, as he started his career 18 years ago as a regional development officer with the English Federation of Disability Sport – the Activity Alliance’s previous name before a rebrand in 2018.
Blaze said: “It is so special to return as the CEO for an organisation that gave me one of my first roles in sport and created my burning ambition to lead change.
“Having worked closely with the team in my role at Sport England, I know what a passionate team they are and the huge impact they make.
“I am looking forward to working with colleagues, the board, and partners to build on this success.
“I am very proud to take the baton from Barry. He, alongside the team, has turned the charity into the leading voice for disabled people in sport and physical activity.”
Sam Orde, Activity Alliance chair, added: “We’re pleased that Adam chose our charity for his next career move. We do excellent and much needed work thanks to Barry’s leadership for over a decade, so it was not going to be easy to find a leader who matches his personal and professional qualities.
“We’re confident that Adam will lead the charity at such an important and exciting stage for Activity Alliance. We look forward to welcoming Adam to the team in 2023.”