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Jack Buckner

Jack Buckner

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A former British athlete, Jack Buckner represented Team GB at two Olympic Games and is a former European Championships gold medalist in the 5,000m. The CEO of UK Athletics, his career since retiring from the sport has seen him hold sports administration roles at some of the UK’s biggest institutions, and he’s responsible for making key decisions in British athletics. As well as this, he has become one of the most accomplished athletics speakers in the country, using his platform to promote teamwork, leadership and peak performance to audiences everywhere.

A talented runner in his youth, after leaving university Jack made the decision to focus on a career in athletics. Initially racking in the 1,500m, he realised that he may be better suited to a longer distance. He opted for the 5,000m discipline, competing for England in the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986. Earning a silver medal, in the same year he won gold at the European Championships in Stuttgart. At his athletics speaking events, Jack is able to discuss his sporting career at length, explaining to audiences what it takes to compete at the highest level of elite sport.

Following the end of his career, he worked for sports giant Addidas before emigrating to New Zealand. However, he soon returned to the UK and went on to hold a whole host of senior positions at some of Britain’s biggest sporting organisations. This includes working as the CEO of the British Triathlon Federation and British Swimming, as well as a senior position at Sport England. These roles saw Jack responsible for a whole host of administrative decisions relating to the organisations, and he was a huge success. So much so, that in 2022 he was named CEO of UK Athletics, one of the country’s biggest sporting institutions.

In his capacity as one of the most well-respected athletics speakers in the industry, you can hire Jack Buckner for your next corporate or personal occasion. Contact Evolve Talent & Speakers to find out more.

Topics and Themes

  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Peak Performance

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