Alexandra Rickham

World Sailing appoints Alexandra Rickham as Head of Sustainability


02/02/2022 - 17:51

Rickham brings a wealth of expertise across sustainability, diversity and inclusion as a sports executive and professional athlete.

Since transitioning from her ten-year sailing career, during which she won two Paralympic bronze medals (2012 and 2016), five World Championships and three World Cups, Rickham has focused on her passion for environmental and social change.

She joins World Sailing directly from specialist sports sustainability consultancy Earth to Ocean, where she set up SailGP's sustainability programme and later transitioned into being their Diversity & Impact Manager, helping the global sailing league to achieve its ambition of becoming the world's most sustainable and purpose-driven global sports and entertainment platform.

Rickham has also advised a host of other sporting property clients over the course of her time at Earth to Ocean.
She is well known in the global sustainability community as a public speaker, appearing regularly on The Sport Ecology Group's Climate Champions and GreenSports podcasts, as panelist for COPtimism and Sport Positive Summit, working with global sports stakeholders to accelerate climate action.

Rickham also serves as Advisory Board Member and Ambassador for EcoAthletes, which brings together athletes, academics, climate scientists, ecopreneurs, green business leaders and journalists.

'World Sailing has made excellent progress in sustainability and diversity since launching the Sustainability Agenda 2030,' said Rickham, who takes up her role in March.

'With targets across participation, gender equality, water quality, navigating wildlife and biodiversity, and taking action against climate change, World Sailing as the world governing body for the sport is taking direct responsibility while working with wide-ranging sailing organisations as a global force for change - these are exciting times!'

'We are all extremely excited to have Alexandra on board to spearhead our Sustainability Agenda 2030,' said David Graham, CEO of World Sailing.

'As a founder of the UN's Sports for Climate Action Framework, World Sailing recently joined the International Olympic Committee and over 280 sports federations at Cop26 to commit to the UN's 'Race to Zero' campaign.

'With Alexandra on board, we will be deepening our work with our global partners to create a sustainable future for our sport and protect our environment for future generations.'

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