Katie Sadleir is a former Olympic and Commonwealth Games athlete, and the first female CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation. Prior to this, she was the General Manager of Women’s Rugby at World Rugby, where she was responsible for successfully developing and implementing the transformational 2017-2025 women’s strategic plan, to promote, grow and commercialise the game. She’s a passionate advocate for women in sport and in the first year of her role at World Rugby she oversaw the appointment of seventeen women to the World Rugby Council, a council which had previously been made up entirely of men. She’s also focused on developing participation in rugby in regions where women’s rights have previously been impeded – including Iran, Syria, Malaysia, Lao. For many years she has mentored others into sports management roles and has created programmes and pathways to connect other women into sport.