09/04/2021- Member


BF is delighted to announce the appointment of Dusty Miller as Head Of People and Culture, as we continue our drive to ensure people are at the heart of everything we do.

Dusty Miller has joined BF as Head of People and Culture. As an organisation, we recognise we have an obligation and duty of care to put people at the centre of everything that we do and this new appointment leads the way towards embedding this at all levels.

Dusty says, “It is a huge honour to join British Fencing as the Head of People & Culture. We have all certainly experienced significant challenges over the past twelve months and this only serves to amplify that we live in complex and uncertain times; the future is unpredictable. Within sport, the only certainty is change. The pace of this change is relentless. We will continue to face these conditions in training and competition, we should endeavour to mitigate against being overwhelmed by the environments we create. Working for the BF community comes with a level of high expectation. Our Personal Leadership is key to ensuring we all live out BF’s core values of Honesty, Respect and Excellence.  From volunteers to elite athletes, these core values are the lens through which we must lead and act when making decisions in order to impact positively on any involvement in our sport.”

Dusty joins BF from a background in the Royal Navy and has experience in Club Development, Performance Support and Leadership. He served in the Royal Navy for 27 years, in a variety of environments. From serving in the Submarine Service to operational environments including the Adriatic, Persian Gulf and North Africa his role was to ensure that human performance and connectedness was at the heart of operational activities. Upon leaving the Royal Navy he joined the Rugby Football Union Community Department and held a number of roles including Club Development in Oxfordshire and coordinating training for coaches, match officials and volunteers primarily in the South West but also supporting national programmes such as the Leadership Academy and Level 3 & 4 Coach development programmes.  Alongside his role at BF, he works as a Performance Support Mentor at the English Institute of Sport.

Dusty’s work has already started and he shares more about BF’s Developing People Programme, “The current cohort of female role models in the DPP including Kate Beardmore, Caitlin Chang & Kate Daykin is an excellent example of how British Fencing is at the vanguard of raising the profile of female athletes, coaches and officials within fencing. Alongside this, they are being supported by Virginia Bailey, Helen Solly, Beth Davidson, Lorraine Rose and Katie Arup, who is also being developed through UK Sport’s Female Coaches Leadership Programme. The opportunity to lead the continuing development of our 3 Weapon Lead Coaches and those aspirational coaches through the Advance Coaching Programme is an exciting opportunity.”


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