Lincolnshire Sports Partnership has announced its new chairman as the former Lincolnshire Echo editor, Jon Grubb.
As Chairman, Mr Grubb will guide the Board of Trustees and Directors, promote the work of the Partnership and become the face of the established sports charity in Lincolnshire.
The former editor has worked in the media industry for 22 years at various titles including being the editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.
Now running his own business, Grubb Street Media, he takes an interest in the local community being involved with the local university and college as well as business and cultural groups.
Mr Grubb said: “I’m passionate about the county. It’s a fantastic place to live and work and having grown up and worked here I want to do something to help enhance the excellent quality of life.
"Sport and physical activity is important to the health and well-being of the community and our elite athletes can bring pride and recognition to the area. I’m excited about the prospect of contributing to that."
He takes over from outgoing chairman, Barrie Pierpoint, who retired from the position on September 26, after three years.
Mr Pierpoint said: “I have enjoyed being Chairman at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.
"I have spent the last three years developing and introducing new commercial opportunities and schemes to the Partnership, helping them to find new revenue streams, but feel that now is the right time to go.”
Mr Pierpoint is known to football fans for his 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of Leicester City FC, taking the club from a loss-making £1m turnover to a £25m turnover business.
Within the county he was one of the men who helped Boston United Football Club in its darkest hour to hold the public meeting which led to current owners, David Newton and Neil Kempster, deciding to save the club.