Nigel Walker joined the English Institute of Sport in September 2010, having previously been Head of Change and Internal Communications at BBC Wales.
A former international athlete and rugby union player, he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler before switching to rugby, earning 17 international caps for Wales. He has also served as a UK Sport board member from 2006-10, and was Chair of the Major Events Panel and a member of the Audit Committee.
Nigel represented Great Britain as a high hurdler on 30 occasions at all major events, including the World Championships and Olympic Games. He retired from athletics in 1992 to pursue a second sports career as a rugby union player with Cardiff RFC and Wales.
Outside of sport, and prior to the introduction of full-time professional rugby, Nigel was a Development Officer for the Sports Council for Wales where his responsibilities included sports medicine, and a civil servant in the then Welsh Office where he held various administrative and managerial roles.
Following that he then worked in the media, hosting various radio and television programmes while also serving as Player Development Manager and Assistant Team Manager with the Welsh Rugby Union.