The staff

Emma Boggis

Emma is our Chief Executive. She is responsible for strategic guidance and also ensuring that we are working towards our vision of being at the heart of a world-leading sport and recreation sector.

Before joining the Alliance, Emma worked in the Cabinet Office, where she was most recently head of the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit, set up in 2012 to support Lord Coe in his role as the Prime Minister’s Legacy Ambassador.

Emma’s previous roles have included Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Madrid.

Her early career started in the British Army where she had operational tours in Northern Ireland and Kosovo. Emma is a keen sportswoman – with a number of marathons and triathlons under her belt along with a few long distance cycle rides.

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Photo of James Allen, Sport and Recreation AllianceJames Allen

James is the Head of Policy and leads the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s policy team, developing policy positions and working with the team to build a comprehensive evidence base across sport and recreation.

Before working at the Alliance, James held a range of communications and policy roles in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked previously in public affairs consultancy and on high profile national political campaigns. Most recently, he spent three years at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, firstly in policy and later leading NCVO’s Public Services and Partnerships team.

He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and outside work enjoys playing and watching a range of sports, and photography. To prove his resilience, he is an avid supporter of Newport County football club.

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Photo of Sallie BarkerSallie Barker

Sallie has responsibility for the operations of the organisation – facilities, IT and HR but the key area of her work is in developing and managing the membership, including the Alliance’s member services.

Sallie has been instrumental in increasing the number of members and in ensuring that our service to them is of a high quality and well regarded.

Sallie joined the organisation in October 2002, having worked at the GB Sports Council and Sport England for 12 years prior to that. She originally trained to be a teacher and holds an MA in Physical Education. She is currently studying to become a leadership coach.

Sallie is passionate about working for her community and in her spare time she is a trustee of the Torch Trophy Trust, a member of the executive committee of the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisations, chair of the Women’s Playing Committee and board member of the English Lacrosse Association and a National Trust volunteer. She enjoys travelling and visits museums and stately homes wherever she goes!

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Kate sport_and_recreation_kate_lawrensonLawrenson

Kate is the PA to the Chief Executive and Company Secretary for the Sport and Recreation Alliance. She provides full administrative support to the chief executive and is the organisation's chief advisor on corporate governance procedures.

She also provides full support to the main board of directors, the General Council (our 'parliament'), the Finance Committee and the board of our trading company.

Kate organises the elections of directors to the board on a yearly basis, making sure that all protocols are carefully followed.  Kate is particularly passionate about her role in assisting a chief executive and board whose remit is to support the work of so many diverse and interesting members.

Kate joined the then CCPR in 1997 and worked alongside the then general secretary to establish an effective corporate governance strategy of systems and procedures for the organisation. She has worked alongside three chief executives and took on the added responsibility of company secretary in 2005. 

Kate was previously the PA to the district manager at the West Kent Benefit Agency (now DWP) based in Dartford, Kent for ten years.

In her spare time Kate is an avid reader and enjoys relaxing with family and friends.

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Geoff_Obee_sport_and_recreationGeoff Obee

Geoff is Head of Finance at the Sport and Recreation Alliance. He manages all of its financial affairs and provides financial advice to the board of directors, chief executive and staff.

Geoff is a chartered accountant. Prior to joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance in 2010 he spent over 30 years in the private sector, mainly in the oil industry.

In addition to his work with the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Geoff is also treasurer and trustee of the Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted.

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James_Stibbs_photo_sports_recreationJames Stibbs

James is the Head of Communications and is responsible for delivering the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s communications strategy.

Working across the organisation’s policy and services teams, James’s team is responsible for the Alliance’s publications, website, media relations and public affairs.

James’s recent successes at the Sport and Recreation Alliance have included leading the organisation’s re-brand and building its new website.

Before joining the organisation, James was a senior associate for a corporate communications agency, worked in parliament as a political secretary and was a senior researcher and author for the public policy thinktank, CentreForum.

Outside of work, James is a keen cook but he spends much of his free time trying to prevent his house from falling down. 

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Photo of Anne ClarkAnne Clark

Anne is the Management Accountant at the Sport and Recreation Alliance. She takes responsibility for the basic day-to-day accounting, preparation of monthly management accounts, submission of VAT returns and preparation of statutory accounts at the end of the financial year. 

She is also responsible for the vitally important job of preparation of salaries, as well as submitting various reports required by our pension providers and HM Revenue and Customs.

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Cristy Butcher

Photo of Cristy ButcherCristy joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance as an Events Officer in September 2013. She is responsible for the organisation and delivery of several of the events within the Alliance’s programme.

Prior to working at the Sport and Recreation Alliance Cristy was awarded her undergraduate degree in Events Management from the University of Greenwich and has worked in event roles at a variety of different organisations, including LOCOG and Interscience Communications.

Outside of work Cristy enjoys playing netball, spending time with her family and friends and has a passion for music, regularly attending live music events.

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James Brandon

James is the Project and Programmes Manager for the Sport And Recreation Alliance. He provides full project management support for the organisation and is programme lead for a variety of initiatives.

Before joining the Alliance, James has worked in a variety of settings including third sector and Leisure trusts. His previous work has consisted of the development of projects and services to reduce inequality in access to sport and recreation services. Recently, he worked at the first Pride House to be delivered at a Commonwealth Games.

Tackling inequality in sport and recreation has been a huge passion for James with his spare time having been spent coaching disability sports such as Boccia, a non-executive board member for LEAP Sports Scotland and the Convenor of the Inverleith Health and Lifestyle forum in Edinburgh. James also plays Rugby and coaches Trampolining in his spare time.

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Photo of Patrick Coyne the Sport and Recreation Alliance communications assistantDavid Callan

David joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance in 2014 and is the Communications Officer. His role is to help deliver and promote the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s communications strategy to it's members and wider audience through their digital channels.

David has a background in digital communications and stakeholder engagement and previously worked at a marketing and PR agency as their digital consultant.

David holds a law degree from Nottingham Trent University and away from work follows the expolits of Luton Town FC.

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Photo of Naomi CurniffeNaomi Curniffe

Naomi is the Projects Support Officer. She is responsible for supporting staff members with the various Alliance projects.

Naomi graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Psychology and has volunteered with other sporting organisations previously.

Athletics is her favourite sport and outside of work she enjoys spending time with friends, shopping and has a passion for music.

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Photo of Hannah DobbinHannah Dobbin

Hannah is our Policy Adviser and leads on areas including outdoor recreation, grassroots sport and recreation, and school sport.

Hannah previously worked in the voluntary sector, most recently spending nearly five years as Policy Manager at Action for Children. Before that, she held various support posts in central government departments.

Hannah has a Masters in Social and Public Policy from the University of Leeds and studied sport and recreation development as an undergraduate. In her spare time, she plays hockey and volunteers as Co-ordinator for Forest Flyerz, the disability youth group at Waltham Forest Hockey Club.

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Photo of Libby JellieLibby Jellie

Libby joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance at the end of 2011 and is currently the Communications Manager. Libby provides editorial, marketing, creative, digital and media support across the organisation.

She started off her career working for Rough Guides at Penguin Books, before moving over to Westminster City Council where she won two PRCA awards for her work on the Every Older Person Matters campaign and was shortlisted for three PR industry young achiever awards. She has now immersed herself in to the world of sport and recreation.

In her spare time she likes to play netball, go running, read books, go to the cinema and theatre and spend time at home and with friends. She also loves food but is far better at eating it than cooking it.

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Photo of Lucy KatanLucy Katan

Lucy is the Membership Manager and is responsible for the development of the Alliances’ membership and services.

Prior to working at the Sport and Recreation Alliance Lucy worked at UK Anti-doping as a Testing Officer managing the FA’s programme, and at LOCOG for 3 years as the Olympic Village Lead Deputy Transport Manager. Lucy was also part of Team GB in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 as a member of BOA support staff.

Outside of work Lucy enjoys National Hunt racing and running the social enterprise that she founded, the British Grooms Association.

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Photo of Hayley MorrisHayley Morris

Hayley is the Office Assistant at the Sport and Recreation Alliance. In her role Haley helps all members of the team deliver their roles and functions and is the primary contact for and integral to the running of the room bookings system at Burwood House.

In her spare time Hayley is a fan of 80’s films and one day she hopes to be Molly Ringwald.

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Photo of Luke Roberts, Business Development Manager Sport and Recreation AllianceLuke Roberts

Luke joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance in September 2014 as Business Development Manager. He is responsible for developing existing and potential new commercial relationships in line with the organisation’s strategic goals.

Luke previously worked for the Civil Service Sports Council for four and half years as National Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Volunteer Development Manager and Business Development Executive. Prior to this employment, he graduated from the University of East Anglia with a Masters Degree in Modern History with particular focus on the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

Luke enjoys playing and watching all kinds of sport, but most of his spare time is spent playing football and touch rugby. He also tries to go to White Hart Lane as much as possible to watch Tottenham Hotspur play, although lately he does sometimes wonder why.

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Photo of Jo SwarbrickJo Swarbrick

Jo joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance as Parliamentary Officer in October 2013. A member of the policy team, Jo has responsibility for engaging with members of parliament and ensuring that sport and recreation remain high on the agenda in Westminster.

Prior to joining us Jo worked for a number of MPs and Lords in Westminster having previously studied History at the University of Warwick. Outside of work Jo enjoys playing football and tennis, and supports Preston North End FC.

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Photo of Leigh Thompson, Sport and Recreation AllianceLeigh Thompson

Leigh is our Policy Adviser and leads work on areas including tax and fiscal policy, sports betting and Europe.

Leigh has previously worked in a number of policy and regulatory roles in member organisations, most recently spending around six years as Policy Manager at the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) – the trade association for GB passenger rail operators – leading on areas including environment and energy policy and economic and contractual regulation.

Leigh has a Masters in Public Policy from University College London and is in the final stages of completing an LLM in International Sports Law from Staffordshire University.

Outside of work he likes to spend time at home with his wife and two dogs (one a lively whippet, the other a more relaxed greyhound). He has a keen interest in most sports but is a particularly obsessive fan of road cycling and at weekends can often be found cycling the lanes of rural Bedfordshire, usually wishing he was slightly fitter.

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sport_and_recreation_alliance_staff_sue_wressellSue Wressell

Sue is the HR and Office Manager at the Sport and Recreation Alliance. She has responsibility for the day-to-day personnel function of the organisation and office facilities, including contracts.

Sue has helped to recruit and work with many highly professional, able and friendly colleagues during her time at the Sport and Recreation Alliance – something she is particulalry proud of.

Sue is one of the longest serving members of staff and joined the then CCPR in 1990 as a technical assistant within the charitable arm of CCPR, the British Sports Trust. But over time, Sue’s role has changed and adapted to suit the needs of the organisation.

She took on more responsibility and subsequently became HR and Office Manager in 2002. Sue has always worked in the not-for-profit sector and was assistant to the education director at the Rochester Diocesan offices in Kent for four years prior to joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

In her spare time Sue loves spending time with her family and is a fan of Harlequins rugby union team, enjoying trips to the Stoop to see them play.

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Photo of Amanda BennettAmanda Bennett

Amanda is the Governance Advisor to the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

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