Board Members

John Coles

John Coles

Chairman

John was originally from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where he lived for 20 years. When he started his career he moved first to Bedfordshire and then Bristol. Eventually his work took him to London where he lives today.

John specialises in Public Relations and over the years has advised UK and overseas businesses, big and small, on all aspects of communications to the public, customers, politicians, shareholders and staff. John has a particular interest in Corporate Social Responsibility, helping businesses make a positive difference in their communities.

Away from work John is very keen on sport, mainly these days as a spectator although he continues to play golf, regularly and badly!

Mark Winder

Chief Executive

Mark has over 15 years’ experience in sports, charity and education management.

He has worked in schools, colleges, Higher education settings, local authorities and professional sports clubs in a variety of leadership roles.

Mark prides himself in providing vision and leadership to ensure high quality services. He has a proven track record in successfully and objectively managing resources, staff and contracts to improve services.

He loves providing individuals, groups and communities with the best environments to achieve their full potential.

Mark is a committed sports enthusiast who has played, coached and watched sports all his life. Mark has also been a trustee for Disability Sport Yorkshire since 2011

Grace Clancey

Director

Grace has 20 years’ experience of working in the sport and leisure sector in a variety of different roles. After several enjoyable years working at Sport England, in 2001 Grace co-founded leading leisure consultancy business Continuum Sport and Leisure Ltd. Grace specialises in working with clients on insight gathering, strategy and policy development, grant funding and facilities planning. She has notable experience of working with National Governing Bodies of sport, clubs, the education sector, local authorities, charities and the private sector. Grace is also a Trustee of Access Sport.

Grace’s extensive experience of strategic planning and fundraising will be of great benefit to us as we continue our successful growth journey.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Director

Mark is a qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has more than 20 years’ experience supporting small and medium-sized businesses in the private sector.

He formed his own accountancy business in 2007. These days, Mark specialises in offering financial support, leadership and consultancy to Olympic and Paralympic sports. He is the Finance Director of British Weight Lifting.

Mark has been advising the Company on finance and governance matters since June 2011. He was originally recommended to the trustees by Sport England and UK Sport and was engaged as a consultant in relation to the 2011 self-assurance and corporate governance audits. After successfully steering the Company through the audits, and thereby ensuring it was able to continue accessing its funding awards, Mark was asked to join the Board of Trustees on an interim basis as Finance Director.

Since taking up this role, Mark has helped implement new policies and procedures to improve the Company’s internal governance, leading the 2012 self-assurance and corporate governance audit with greatly improved results. He has also overseen the implementation of new and more robust accounting procedures and financial reporting and budgeting.

Dyfrig Lewis Smith

Director

Dyfrig is a solicitor who has worked in house for public and membership bodies for nearly 20 years.  During that time he has helped build 7 schools, close down a Quango, sue the government, buy a dinosaur skeleton and prosecute someone for not returning their library books.   He writes bad poetry and likes drinking red wine, after which the poetry seems a lot better.  He has been a regular Novice Team player for Cambridge Dons over the last two seasons.

Alison Burchell

Director

Alison began her sports management career in South Africa in various volunteer capacities.  This opened up a new professional career in sport in event organisation, bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as working on development initiatives.  She then took up the challenge of working in the National Paralympic Committee managing the high performance programme across all sports.  This led to her appointment as assistant chef for the team which competed in the 2000 Paralympic Games.  Leading the restructure of the NPC to become inclusive of all disability groups, Alison later took on the role of general manager and managed the merger with the NOC and CGA while also being chef de mission of the 2004 Paralympic team and the 2004 Commonwealth Youth Games team.  Another challenge beckoned and she moved to work in the public service in sport and recreation and then to work in an international federation in Switzerland – mainly to improve her French.  Earlier in 2015, she moved to the UK and works in the IT sector supporting efficiencies for NGBs.

Alison brings her experience in the private and public sectors as well as at all levels of sport management to the Board.

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Next Board Meeting

23rd August 2017