UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) is the national organisation charged by the UK Government’s Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), to protect clean sport. We work with athletes to educate them and their support teams, so they understand their responsibilities and the risks around performance enhancing drugs in sport. We also run an extensive testing programme to help remove from sport those who cheat. UKAD tests all UK athletes, wherever they are in the world, and all athletes based, training or competing in the UK.
Formed in 2009, UKAD has offices in London and Loughborough and employs over 70 staff. In addition, there are nearly 200 Doping Control Personnel who are based all over the UK. It is their job to collect samples from athletes, either at matches or competitions, or at their home. This is a vital part of our no-notice testing programme.
The UKAD education programme is delivered by over 50 trainers who deliver education sessions for athletes, coaches, parents and, medical staff. Education programmes start with young athletes at junior events and in academies, and extend to cover the country’s very best;all UK athletes who attend an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth Games are required to undertake mandatory education prior to them competing.
The world of sport is always changing and UKAD must also adapt and innovate to keep abreast of technology to support us in keeping sport clean. UKAD has a dedicated Insight and Innovation team who work with academics and researchers to keep us ahead of the game.
Elite sport is a global business and UKAD works with partners across the globe to raise the standards of anti-doping everywhere. UKAD is represented on committees and international expert groups, and also works directly with other countries to develop their anti-doping practices.
The UKAD Athlete Commission is a group of 12 athletes who care about clean sport. They are a vital group who ensure that the athlete perspective is included in UKAD’s policy making and strategy.
For more information on UKAD and its role in protecting sport see our website and this helpful animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd2K3PM3XH4
Why UK Anti-Doping is supporting Boardroom Apprentice
UKAD is committed to diversity and inclusion at all levels of the organisation. Sport in the UK is representative of all corners of society and offers opportunities to those sometimes excluded.
UKAD plays a critical role in protecting sport. To be successful we must ensure our policies and practices best represent the athletes and fans we are protecting, and to do that we want our workforce to reflect those athletes and fans.
At UKAD we have implemented schemes to reduce bias in recruitment, introduced staff working groups to promote equality and diversity in our operations and staff recognition. The introduction of the Board Room Apprentice would be a further step, at the highest level, that UKAD could take to support us in working towards our goals to improve our diversity and inclusion.
Our existing Board members have a wealth of experience and we are keen to share that with someone new to the world of governance and to provide practical, real world opportunities to participate and contribute. Collaboration is one of our core principles and we place high value on sharing knowledge and building relationships. Embracing diversity of thought and welcoming new and different perspectives will support us in our mission to protect the right to participate in clean sport.
Our first year as a Host Board has been very successful, and we’re looking forward to providing another opportunity.
Location of Board and Committee Meetings
Board meetings alternate between our offices in Croydon and Loughborough. Committee meetings are held virtually on Microsoft Teams
Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings
Board and Committee meetings are held quarterly.
Board meetings take place during the day, typically 10:00 – 13:00
Committee meetings take place during the day from 14:00 – 16:00
Date of Board Meetings (January 2024 – December 2024)
Due to be finalised by August 2023
Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (January 2024 – December 2024)
Due to be finalised by August 2023