Colin Dyer has been appointed the new CEO of Special Olympics GB. A highly experienced leader within the charity sector, joins Special Olympics GB from the WellChild, where he was CEO for just over 12 years. Prior to joining WellChild, Colin spent five years heading up the Sir Steve Redgrave Trust before working on the integration of that charity into the Comic Relief portfolio.
Dyer also spent 10 years directing and consulting on sports marketing and sponsorship campaigns in the UK and across Europe – including work to incorporate cause-related and charity-focused elements in major sport sponsorships alongside organisations such as World Aids Day, the Unicef World Food Programme, and the Princes’ Trust.
Having begun in his new role on 9 May, one of the first major events Dyer will be focusing on is the Special Olympics GB’s Summer Series of Sport, which will see athletes return to full-scale competition for the first time in two and a half years in the largest celebration of intellectual disability sport in Great Britain this year.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join this fantastic organisation, and to start to get to work on the development of Special Olympics GB at all levels right across Great Britain – creating opportunities for inclusion for as many people as possible,” Dyer said.
“It is already clear that there is a very talented team at Special Olympics GB who have steered the organisation through the Covid pandemic and begun to plan for the growth we know is possible, and which is so important for people with intellectual disabilities of all ages and from all backgrounds.
I look forward to hitting the road and meeting the people delivering those opportunities all around the Scotland, England and Wales and working with the team on some of the exciting plans already in the pipeline.”