In maintaining the integrity of pro tennis against match-fixing and sports corruption, the International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) has hired Nick Iliffe as its new Director of Intelligence.
Described as an expert in sports data and coordinating intelligence units, Iliffe will head up the ITIA’s team of analysts as the organisation further develops its intelligence operations in the fight against match-fixing and doping in tennis.
Welcoming the appointment, ITIA CEO, Jonny Gray, commented: “It is an exciting time at the ITIA as we look to build an intelligence-led and integrated integrity operation worldwide, covering anti-corruption and anti-doping.”
“After a very competitive process, we are very pleased that Nick will be joining us. He has proved himself to be an extremely good operator in the sports integrity space and will bring his energy and expertise to our already excellent and growing intelligence team.”
Iliffe joins the ITIA from sports tech and data provider Stats Perform, where he led the development of the firm’s integrity services and intelligence insights for global stakeholders.
Marked as the ‘optimal candidate’ to lead the ITIA intelligence services, the new hire has worked across all disciplines of sports integrity and with all key stakeholders combating corruption.
Prior to his executive role at Stats Perform, Iliffe served as Intelligence Co-Ordinator at UK Anti-Doping and also worked overseas in the intelligence division of the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad & Tobago. He began his career as an Intelligence Analyst in the Metropolitan Police, including working for several years in SO15 Counter Terrorism Command.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the ITIA as their Director of Intelligence. The opportunity to bring my intelligence experience in anti-corruption and anti-doping to an international sport is very exciting and I cannot wait to get started,” Iliffe added.
Stats Perform welcomed the appointment of Iliffe as the best candidate to lead tennis intelligence. Jake Marsh, Global Head of Integrity, said: “Nick has been an integral part of the Stats Perform Integrity team for the past five years and will of course be missed.
“We wish him the very best in his new role and it is great that he is going to be one of our key integrity partners in the ITIA, which can only serve to strengthen this relationship even further.
“The ITIA is an independent body established by the International Governing Bodies of Tennis to promote, encourage, enhance and safeguard the integrity of professional tennis worldwide.”