The board

Photo of Andy Reed, chair of the Sport and Recreation AllianceAndy 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.

Photo of Howard Wells, vice-chair of the Sport and Recreation AllianceHoward 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.

Photo of Mike Power, Sport and Recreation AllianceMike 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.

Photo of Jane Bateman from The FAJane Bateman

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.

Photo of John Bell Sport and Recreation AllianceJohn Bell

John has had a highly distinguished career in sport development and administration and is a consultant in sport and culture for Local Government.

He was director of leisure and community services for Knowsley Council on Merseyside from 1992-2006 and then head of culture for the London Borough of Newham until 2007.

He is the current chair of Merseyside Sports Partnership board and was a member of the North West Sports board for three years. He is the chair of Karate England.

Photo of John Boyd, Sport and Recreation Alliance

John Boyd

John Boyd has been the Joint Chief Executive Officer of BaseballSoftballUK since 2004, where he was previously Operations and Communications Manager. Through this role John has extensive sports development, administration and strategic experience including the implementation of three four-year strategic plans as funded by Sport England.

John represented the Great Britain Baseball team for a number of years and was also previously a member of the National Olympic Committee (2001-2008) and part of the British Olympic Association’s Athlete Commission (2001-2006).

John also has extensive experience of running a grassroots sports club having established and, for 16 years, run a youth baseball club, increasing its size from one team to over 250 members.

In his spare time, John is also a tennis and running enthusiast.
 

Nick Bunting, Sport and Recreation AllianceNick 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.

 

Photo of Peter King, Sport and Recreation Alliance

 Peter King CBE

Peter was chief executive of British Cycling from February 1997 until December 2008 and now has an on-going role as an executive director.

Peter is qualified as a fellow in both the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a global management accountant.

He became chair of England Athletics in 2012 and recently commenced a temporary assignment as interim CEO of British Fencing. Peter joined the Board of Sport Wales in 2012 and in recent years he has undertaken high level assignments for the sports of Boxing, Modern Pentathlon and Shooting. Peter is a Trustee of the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust and of the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

Peter was made a CBE in 2008 in recognition of his services to cycling having previously been awarded one of the sport’s highest accolades, the Bidlake Trophy, in 2007. He was inducted into cycling’s Hall of Fame in 2010.

Photo of Paul Thorogood, board director of the Sport and Recreation AlliancePaul Thorogood

Paul is the CEO of the Football Foundation, the largest sports charity in the UK. The Foundation receives funding primarily from the Premier League, the FA and the Government, via Sport England, and is responsible for delivering a transformation in grassroots community sports facilities across the country.

Paul joined the Foundation in April 2006, after a career in the Royal Air Force, where he saw active service in support of operations in the Falkland Islands, Afghanistan and both recent Gulf Wars. Paul was also actively involved in football administration throughout his RAF career, rising to be chairman of the RAF Football Association, a county FA and the FA Council.

Paul’s professional background is in operational logistics and organisational change management. He has an MA from Kings College London and a post graduate diploma in Engineering Business Management from the University of Warwick. Paul also sits on the board of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a visiting lecturer on both the Loughborough International Sports Management MBA and The Football Industries MBA at the University of Liverpool.

Photo of Lyn West, board director of the Sport and Recreation AllianceLyn West

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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