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She takes over from the BBC's Frank Gardner as Honorary President of the Ski Club GB. It comes as top jobs change hands at the club.

It's all change at the Ski Club of Great Britain.

The Ski Club of Great Britain is seeking a chief executive, a new chairman takes over next month and in November it leaves its Club House in Wimbledon to move into new rented offices.

On Friday it was announced that the Head of Partnerships, Simon Henwood, was leaving after 15 years with the club.

It also has a new treasurer.

And now it has a new president too.

The four time Olympian, Chemmy Alcott, takes over her role in November and replaces Frank Gardner OBE who had been honorary president for the past seven years.

"For as long as I can remember I have been involved with the Ski Club of Great Britain. From learning to ski in Flaine over 30 years ago, where the Ski Club had a big presence and their jackets were visible in every lift queue, to being a family member, followed by the opportunity of becoming an Ambassador, it really is the back bone of British skiing, a hub to feel part of this huge winter passion that we have in the UK,"  said Chemmy.

She was offered the role by the former CEO of the Ski Club GB, Frank McCusker before his untimely death this summer.
"Frank McCusker asked if I would accept the honour of becoming Honorary President of the Ski Club of Great Britain, I was blown away by his belief that I could rise to such an incredible and important role. 

In part in Frank's honour but also because I want to keep supporting and building on the energy we have created for skiing, especially in this exciting Winter Olympic year, I am absolutely delighted to accept and feel privileged to be part of this fantastic Club."  

The Ski Club of Great Britain was founded in 1903.

It has more than 28,000 members and offers leader services in over 30 resorts.

It offers holidays with the Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks brands, ski specific travel insurance and a website with advice, snow reports and information about snowsports.

 "We are extremely excited to have Chemmy Alcott as our Honorary President. She is such an exceptional role model who has performed at the highest level in our sport," said the outgoing chairman, Rob Crowder.

"She has an infectious enthusiasm and is highly respected and widely recognised within our sector. She will be an outstanding figurehead and we look forward to working with her."

Chemmy has been an ambassador of The Club for the last few years and recently handed over the Evie Pinching Award to Thomas Gerken-Schofield.

The award is given by the club to a promising young GB skier.

PlanetSKI in ParliamentRob, Thomas and Chemmy
















It was an event at the Houses of Parliament that our editor, James Cove, also attended.
Chemmy Alcott competed in four Winter Olympic Games and seven World Championships.

We were at the bottom of the women's downhill course at Salt Lake City in 2002 for her first Games.

She went on to compete at Turin, Vancouver and Sochi.

Chemmy at Salt Lake City OlympicsChemmy at Salt Lake City Olympics

She was overall Senior British National Champion five times in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008.  

She retired from international competition following the 2014 season.

The role of the honorary president is largely a symbolic one and the President carries out official duties.  

She is married to the former GB racer, Douggie Crawford and they have a young son, Locki.

Chemmy, Dougie & LockiChemmy, Dougie & Locki

Frank Gardner's  last task was at the Club's HQ in Wimbledon as he awarded the Perry Medal. 
Final official dutyFinal official duty

When Frank Gardner was asked to be President he rang our editor James Cove as they used to work together at the BBC. James had been a Ski Club Rep and had on the club's governing council.

"Any skeletons in the cupboard?" he asked James.

"None that I know of," replied James.

"It is a fantastic appointment as Chemmy is a wonderful lady and a truly inspiring figure. She is a great addition to the Ski Club team with her passion and enthusiasm for skiing," said James.

The job of CEO of the Ski Club is currently being advertised:

It moves from its club house in Wimbledon Village that it sold for £3.8m to rented premises near Wimbledon station in a phased move in mid-November.

Rob Crowder formally steps down as Chairman in November after completing his term of office.

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