British Taekwondo has announced three new appointments ©Getty Images

British Taekwondo (BT) has announced three appointments as it builds a new volunteer-led department structure.

Gerry Reilly will chair the new Poomsae Referee Department and Tom Stammer the new Sport Referee Department.

Rick Simpson has been appointed operations manager of the Sport Referee Department.

BT said the appointments were made following a "detailed application and interview process" and as part of steps to build a "transparent, ethical, and democratic logistical platform" where members can help grow the sport through targeted involvement in their specialists areas.

Reilly has in excess of 30 years of taekwondo experience as a student, competitor, coach, referee and organiser of tournaments.

"My vision for the new role is to help build a team that can collaborate across British Taekwondo to make the UK a great place to be a poomsae referee and to ensure we can run successful events for all our clubs and athletes," Reilly said.

Britain won three taekwondo medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics, including Jade Jones' gold  ©Getty Images
Britain won three taekwondo medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics, including Jade Jones' gold  ©Getty Images

"I want to base this on open and transparent communications, trust and humility.  

"My early focus will be on developing the strategy as a team that can encompasses an understanding of our referees and with tournament organisers and their needs, to create a framework for excellent referee training and advancement opportunities."

Stammer, a World Taekwondo Class 1 international referee, said he was "honoured" to chair the Sport Referee Department.

"I can assure our BT referees, of all classes, that you will be at the heart of the development of a new and exciting BT sport referee family," he added.

Simpson, also an international referee, was "delighted with this appointment" and already aiming to make the BT model a world-leading one.

BT is currently advertising for more than 10 other roles within the new structure and anticipates more postings going live in August.