London Youth Games announces new Chief Executive

2nd Aug 2019
Grace Clarke

Following the conclusion of a fantastic 2019 season, the London Youth Games Foundation is excited to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer.

The London Youth Games Foundation have appointed Andy Dalby-Welsh to the position of Chief Executive. Andy is currently the Deputy CEO of Activity Alliance, the leading charity responsible for getting disabled people involved in sport and physical activity.

Andy’s experiences and passion in sport are both professional and personal. Prior to his current position at Activity Alliance, Andy played a leading role in the development of the award-winning Sport for Development organisation, The Change Foundation, where he worked for 13 years.

Andy has represented at an elite level for the England blind cricket team, including competing at two cricket world cups.

Having developed a rare eye condition at the age of twenty, sport has been a huge catalyst for Andy’s development on and off the field and to achieve this position at the London Youth Games gives him great pride.

Andy said “I am thrilled and proud to have been given the chance to lead the London Youth Games. The recent partnership with Nike and commitment from other stakeholders, such as Sport England, will play a huge role in powering the Games to provide an even stronger offering for young Londoners.  I want to help as many young Londoners, no matter their background or ability, to benefit from sport and the life changing opportunities it can bring.”

Current interim CEO, Nicky Affleck, who has been a fundamental part of the Games for over 8 years, has been instrumental in building the Nike relationship and led LYG with passion and resilience through the successful 2019 season which had such a fantastic climax.  Nicky has decided it is the right time for her to pursue a new challenge and will be leaving LYG at the end of August.

LYG Chair Mark Campbell said “We are sorry to be losing the skills and commitment that Nicky has brought to everything she has done with us. But of course, we wish her well in the future and we are grateful for all she has done for us over the years. We are excited and looking forward to working with Andy and supporting him to build on the very positive 2019 games.”