SportsAid has made four exciting appointments to its Board of Trustees. The newly-recruited members will be welcomed to the current Board on an initial three-year term with Chris Baillieu MBE, Chair of SportsAid, declaring himself ‘delighted’ at the additions made.
Following an open recruitment process which started at the beginning of February, Michelle Moore, Mike Westcott, Richard Glasson and Ronnie Denholm have been invited to join the existing trustees and support the charity’s work helping the next generation of British sporting talent.
"In 2016, SportsAid celebrated its 40th anniversary and the Board agreed a robust strategy for the future,” said Chris, one of the first recipients of a SportsAid award, who won a silver medal for double sculls rowing at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.
“The recruitment of the next generation of trustees to oversee this process is a key component of this strategy, and I am delighted to announce the appointment of four new trustees who will bring commitment and commercial and sporting experience of great quality to underpin the future work of SportsAid."
Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s Chief Executive, added: “This recent round of Board recruitment has been exceptional. Not just in the number, but also the high calibre of applicants. It is a great reflection on SportsAid that such capable and competent people from a broad range of backgrounds would be interested in helping the charity.
“The shortlisting and final selection process was quite a challenge culminating in four very strong individuals joining the SportsAid team. It is an important milestone for SportsAid during an exciting time for the charity.”
Michelle is a former athlete and now a performance consultant whose expertise includes sport for development, diversity and inclusion, education and corporate social responsibility. She has previously featured on The Independent’s ‘50 Most Influential Women in Sport’ list.
“As a passionate sportswoman I appreciate the important work of the dedicated SportsAid team in supporting high-performing athletes to realise their potential,” said Michelle. “I am therefore thrilled and excited to join the Board to help contribute to the development of future sporting champions.”
Richard, Chief Executive Officer of Hogarth Worldwide, has extensive experience in managing fast growth organisations in a number of sectors, and will additionally bring substantial knowledge of advertising and communications to SportsAid.
Mike, Group Human Resources Director at the National Grid, and Ronnie, most recently Managing Director of Barclays Partner Finance, will bring a wealth of expertise to SportsAid. Mike also sits on the Board of Centrepoint, while Ronnie has acted as a mentor for the Pilotlight charity.
"SportsAid is a charity which has been close to my heart for many years,” said Richard. “I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to play a more significant role in the development of this fantastic organisation over the very exciting period that lies ahead."
SportsAid has provided financial help and recognition to British sports people since 1976. The charity, of which HRH The Duchess of Cambridge is Patron, was the major funding source for most of the country’s top athletes until the arrival of the National Lottery in 1997.
SportsAid’s role changed to focusing on supporting young, talented emerging athletes and this remains the case today with over 1,000 athletes receiving awards each year. SportsAid has a rich history having supported many of the country’s most successful athletes at the start of their careers.
Meet the four new members of SportsAid’s Board of Trustees:
Michelle is an award-winning consultant, educator, strategist and former athlete. She is also a mentor, coach and facilitator who has worked with a diverse client base including the Commonwealth Games Federation, UNICEF UK, the Black Cultural Archives and Premier League football clubs. She acts as Inclusion Advisor to the Women’s Sport Trust’s Board and is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust.
Mike is Group HR Director for the National Grid. He is responsible for setting and delivering the global HR agenda in line with the Group’s commercial strategy. Prior to joining National Grid, Mike worked for Diageo plc for 14 years in a number of senior HR roles. He sits on the Board of Centrepoint and was also a member of the London Skills and Employment Board chaired by Boris Johnson.
Richard Glasson (takes up position during second half of 2017)
Richard is CEO of Hogarth Worldwide, the world's leading marketing implementation company. Prior to this, he was CEO of Gyro, a business to business marketing agency. Richard is also Chair of Governors of Ernest Bevin College, a comprehensive school in south London which is a specialist sports, maths and computing college, rated as outstanding by Ofsted.
Ronnie has extensive experience in the commercial sector of leading blue chip companies, such as Barclays and American Express, in financial services. He is now focused on non-commercial commitments and manages volunteering activities at Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club. He was previously a British champion in taekwondo and competed internationally.
SportsAid’s commitment to equal opportunities
SportsAid is a recognised equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, belief and gender.
SportsAid supports 'A Code for Sports Governance' and is working to maintain compliance with the Code in every respect including committing to the target of having a minimum of 30% of each gender on its Board of Trustees (this target was formally adopted by the Board in April 2017).