Andy Reed OBE – Chair
Andy is the chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance. With a very strong background in the sector he served arguably the UK’s sportiest constituency – Loughborough – with distinction for 13 years.
As an MP he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Kate Hoey while she was Sports Minister and also introduced the 10 Minute Rule Bill for Community Amateur Sports Club legislation as well as chairing various sports committees in parliament – including the CCPRs own Sports Caucus.
Now director of his own company, he leads his local county sports partnership, is chair of the voice of sports volunteers (SSPV) and of the BBL Foundation, as well as a board member of Special Olympics GB and Sports Chaplaincy UK.
He also sits on the board of International Aid agency World Vision UK. Andy continues to turn out for his beloved Birstall Rugby Club where he has played for the last 25 years.
He was awarded the OBE in 2012 for services to sport and the community.
Howard Wells OBE
Howard has spent 39 years in sport and recreation management. He has been chief executive of six different organisations since the age of 37 and set up four from the outset.
Howard was the first chief executive of UK Sport and spent 15 years in Hong Kong up to 1996.
As a former senior coach of the FA, Howard also played and coached at Wycombe Wanderers FC. He has been a Member of the Saudi-British MoU Group on sports development since 1996.
He is currently a FIFA match commissioner. Most recently between 2005 and 2008 he was CEO of the Irish FA, when he was also a member of the International Football Association board.
Howard is also a visiting lecturer at Bucks New University.
Outside sport he is chair of the Universal Flood and Pest Control Co Ltd. Howard was also a school governor for 19 years, 13 at Shaton College, Hong Kong and six at his old school, Ashlyns School, Berkhamsted.
Howard was elected to the Sport and Recreation Alliance board in 2000 and was chair from 2001 to 2005. He was awarded an OBE in the 2013 New Year Honours List.
Mike Power OBE – Senior Director
Mike is the former Chief Operating Officer (COO) in London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and subsequently COO for the first two years of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
He is also a non-executive director of British Swimming and also Brentford FC (Lionel Road).
Mike is also an occasional lecturer at the Said Business School at Oxford University and supervises Masters students at the LSE, his alma mater.
Mike's professional background is in finance and general management and is a qualified chartered management accountant.
Prior to his involvement in the sporting world, he rose to be a divisional president at the Procter & Gamble Company. As such, Mike brings a wealth of sport and commercial experience to this voluntary position.
Jane Bateman joins the Alliance’s board having worked extensively in sport for 23 years. Jane is currently the head of international relations at The FA, where she has worked in various roles since 1998.
During her time with The FA, Jane has gained extensive experience working with governments, charities and NGO’s as well as working in management roles for both the 2006 and 2018 World Cup Bids.
Before joining The FA, Jane held positions organising corporate golf events for blue chip clients, and was the events manager for Bobby Charlton International, where she supported Sir Bobby in his role as ambassador to the Japan 2002 World Cup bid.
Brendon Batson OBE
After a long and enjoyable career as a football player, Brendon spent 18 years as deputy chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association. He has also been Managing Director of a Premier League football club; and most recently a consultant at the Football Association.
Brendon also acts as Chair for a number of other sports organisations. He has been Chair of Sporting Equals for the last six years, a board member of the Sports Ground Safety Authority for nine years and Chair of the Professional Players Federation since 2006 and a board member of EU Athletes since 2011.
In the 2015 New Year's Honours List, Brendon was awarded an OBE in recognition of his contribution to football.
Equality and diversity are particular areas of passion where Brendon is concerned, with his work at the FA on promoting Black Asian and Minority Ethnic coaches gaining real momentum with support from Downing Street and other key stakeholders.
Nick Bunting – Director with responsibility for finance
Previously Nick was the head of public affairs & planning, funding and resources at the Rugby Football Union (RFU). Through his work at the RFU he generated external investment into grassroots sport in excess of £200m to fund facility and grassroots development – enabling thousands of young people to benefit.
Nick has a wealth of experience in business within the sports and not for profit sector where he has run, been responsible for, or been on the board/executive committee of more than 10 companies.
For many years, Nick has been a director, company secretary and chairman of the Finance Committee at sportscoachUK, the body charged with the development of the standards and the profession of sports coaching in the UK.
He was also a trustee and director of sports charity the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF) and a member of the East Midlands Regional Sports Board where he has the portfolio responsibility for the sports system in the East Midlands. He was also the chair the Regional Sports Partnership.
Delivering on his personal commitment to the delivery of sport in the East Midlands, Nick also chaired the Northamptonshire County Sports Partnership (CSP) – NSport – which brings together the sports development teams of the nine local authorities, the various national governing bodies and clubs associations in Northamptonshire along with other interested bodies such as the primary care trusts and the two development corporations in the county.
Phil has extensive experience in the world of policy and communications activity, working within Government Departments, Lottery Distributors and now the Youth Sport Trust.
He has held a number of senior positions at Legacy Trust UK and Big Lottery Fund, as well 10 years within the civil service, working on a range of high profile issues. His last job within Government was as one of the Private Secretaries working to the Minister for Sport (Tony Banks MP, Kate Hoey MP and Rt. Hon Richard Caborn MP).
Phil is currently the Policy and Communications Director at the Youth Sport Trust and is well placed to lead the communications activity of theTrust, which is focused on creating understanding and support for our work. Through media relations, corporate communications and political engagement, Phil and the team profile the impact and outcomes of high quality PE and school sport for young people to the widest possible audience.
Liz McMahon is Managing Director of Madison Muir – strategic advisors for brand governance, marketing and sponsorship/licensing programmes.
She is also a Non-executive Director of UK Shared Business Services Ltd and chairs the Steering Committee of the Sport Safeguarding Children Initiative. She also has served on the Olympic Park Legacy Company/London Legacy Development Corporation Board and is a Trustee of The Legacy List, the charity for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Liz was Executive Director, Head of Marketing for Treasury & Investor Services at J.P. Morgan. She was Director in the Global Consumer Investments team at Citigroup and headed International Marketing for the successful London 2012 Olympic Games Bid, on a leave-of-absence from Citi. Prior to joining Citigroup, Liz was Director of Marketing Services at the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Formerly with 3M, where she managed global Corporate Marketing Communications and activated their 1988 and 1992 global Olympic sponsorship, Liz has also held executive marketing positions in New York with Nabisco and Chase Bank.
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with an honours degree in Political Science, she did her graduate work in marketing & finance at New York University Stern School of Business.
Lyn was a council member and then director of British Orienteering for 10 years with the last three as chair. During that time she gained extensive experience in governance, being part of implementing changes in the structure at British Orienteering and then working to improve the effectiveness of the board.
Outside sport, Lyn has served as a Parish councillor and as a school governor.
Lyn’s professional background is as a veterinary surgeon working for half her career in general practice and for the other half within the poultry industry. Now retired, she spends her time running the small holding where she lives with her husband, chickens and assorted livestock.
Always a keen sportswoman, Lyn is still an active orienteer aiming to finish in the top half (just) of her age class but not always succeeding. She has recently become an enthusiastic Park Run participant.
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