Katie Sadleir’s role as World Rugby’s general manager for women’s rugby puts her at the forefront of developing the game.
I met with Ketie a few weeks before the coronavirus lockdown, because I was interested to hear what she had to say about culture change in sport.
We talk about leadership, getting buy in, driving results, building relationships, and changing decision making at a global level.
ABOUT KATIE SADLEIR
Katie Sadleir was appointed World Rugby General Manager for Women’s Rugby in November 2016 and moved from New Zealand to Ireland to take up the role in 2017. The purpose of the role is to accelerate the global development of women in rugby. Prior to joining World Rugby, Katie accrued a wealth of experience as both an athlete and a senior leader working in sports and sports governance in New Zealand. Born in Scotland, raised in Canada, Katie made New Zealand her home, representing her adopted country at the 1984 Olympic Games in synchronised swimming, before going on to win a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.
Following her retirement from international sport, Katie led the establishment of the New Zealand Academy of Sport network in the late 1990s. She then went on to serve as General Manager of Sport and Recreation New Zealand (now Sport New Zealand), from 2000-2006, acting as a leading proponent in the transformation of New Zealand’s High-Performance system. From 2009-2015 she held directorships with both Sport New Zealand and High-Performance Sport New Zealand. She also served as a director with the International Association of Elite Sport Training Centres, a board member of the New Zealand Swimming Federation and a member of New Zealand Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. In 2016 Katie won the Sport NZ, Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to sport in New Zealand.
Read more about her here.