British Rowing appoints GB Rowing team media manager
British Rowing has finally announced the appointment of a new GB Rowing team media manager to succeed Stuart Clarke who left in December to join the England & Wales Cricket Board. Kerry O’Shea joins from UK Sport where she has led digital strategy since joining in 2017. Prior to that, she started her career in the Civil Service, where she worked in a number of government departments including the Home Office and the Ministry of Defence, before joining the innovation team at Macmillan Cancer Support.
During her time at UK Sport, O’Shea was seconded to Team England for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games working closely with UK domestic and international media and broadcasters.
On moving to British Rowing, O’Shea said: “I am delighted to be joining British Rowing and working with one of the world’s elite sports teams. The success of the GB Rowing Team over the last 30 years is truly inspiring and it is a real privilege for me to now be able to work with the Olympic and Paralympic athletes and coaches to tell their amazing stories.”
Kerry O’Shea, GB Rowing Team media manager
O’Shea was the outstanding candidate from an impressive list of applicants. For the first time, candidates were interviewed by a panel of Olympic and Paralympic athletes to recognise the importance of engaging with them throughout the process.
Kenny Baillie, British Rowing Director of Partnerships & Communications said: “We are very pleased to welcome Kerry to British Rowing. She impressed everyone during a tough recruitment process and her understanding of Olympic and Paralympic sport is excellent.”
“With fewer than 500 days until the start of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the timing is perfect and Kerry will play an important role delivering the exciting plan we have for the GB Rowing Team. We’re all looking forward to working with her.”
O’Shea starts with British Rowing on 28 May.