Former Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford has joined the board of Welsh Athletics as a non-executive director.

Ford stepped down from his role at the FAW in March after nine years overseeing the governance of football in Wales.

His tenure as CEO came to an end when he was the subject of a vote of no confidence from the association’s ruling Council and placed on gardening leave.

During Ford’s time at the FAW, the men’s national team qualified for Euro 2016, its first major tournament in 58 years, and Euro 2020.

The FAW announced Noel Mooney as Ford’s successor in July with the Irishman taking up the position at the end of August.

Ford joins Welsh Athletics’ board alongside Lorna Kerr, chief people officer at Principality Building Society.

"I'm pleased to be taking on the role, it’s such a varied and inclusive sport,” said Ford.

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“I'll be challenging the organisation to continue to innovate and modernise so that athletics can unlock its commercial potential."

Kerr has worked mainly in the financial sector, with roles at three of the UK’s biggest banks, Royal Mail and Astra Zeneca, among others.

“I’m excited to take on this role with Welsh Athletics and looking forward to helping the organisation continue to put people at the heart of all that it does.”

Welsh Athletics chair Steve Perks added: “Both are exceptional people and bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that will help and challenge us as we continue to push forward with the implementation of our strategy.

“Jonathan’s remit will focus on the commercial development of the sport in Wales, whilst Lorna will support around human resources and people development.

“Their appointments continue our transition to a skills-based board and will complement the array of talented individuals now working together to drive athletics in all its forms forward in Wales.”

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