Jane Rumble joins UKAD from her position as Ofcom's change director ©UKAD

Jane Rumble has been named as UK Anti-Doping's (UKAD) new permanent chief executive, assuming the position from March next year.

UKAD appointed its director of strategy and education Emily Robinson to the position on an interim basis earlier in the year.

Nicole Sapstead, the former chief executive of six years, left to take up a role with the International Tennis Integrity Agency.

Rumble will join UKAD from the Office of Communications (Ofcom) - a regulatory body in the United Kingdom - where she held a number of senior positions, most recently as its change director.

Her responsibilities in that position included overseeing Ofcom's work in driving change on digital skills and capabilities and ensuring the organisation's workforce represents perspectives from across the country.

Rumble is credited with opening a new technology hub in Manchester as part of a move to promote working across multiple sites.

As Rumble prepares to begin her heading UKAD's Executive Team, she commented: "UKAD plays a crucial role in protecting the integrity of sport.

"It is a huge privilege to be appointed as chief executive of UKAD and I look forward to leading the organisation to combat the threats to clean sport."

UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said he was
UK Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said he was "very pleased Jane will be bringing her extensive regulatory experience to UKAD" ©Getty Images

Rumble has also held posts with Ofcom relating to consumer policy and its diversity and inclusion action plan.

Trevor Pearce, the chair of UKAD, said Rumble's experience made her well-suited to the position.

"We are delighted to welcome Jane to UKAD and are excited for her to start in March and continue UKAD’s mission to protect sport," Pearce remarked.

"The challenges in sport regulation are complex and ever changing and in Jane, we have a new leader who will direct UKAD’s operations to tackle the biggest threats to clean sport.

"Jane brings a wealth of experience from the regulatory sector, most recently at Ofcom where she has led significant business change across many areas of their operations.

"Her experience in navigating complex stakeholder environments and working within an organisation accountable to the public will stand her in great stead as she takes on the role."

The UK's Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said of the appointment: "The UK is committed to clean sport and I’m very pleased Jane will be bringing her extensive regulatory experience to UKAD.

"She joins the organisation at an important time and will work closely with partners around the world leading the UK’s fight against doping in sport."

UKAD has had a difficult few months and in October was accused of wrongdoing in a  World Anti-Doping Agency report into British Cycling being allowed to conduct its own probe into an athlete who tested positive for a banned substance in 2010.