Prior to his appointment as our chief executive in August 2005, Tim was the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for eight years between 1997 and 2004, during which time, under his leadership, the sport of cricket witnessed a period of unprecedented reform and modernisation.
He played professional first class cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club between 1974 and 1977, and for Northamptonshire from 1978 to 1983, before moving into sports administration.
He was appointed general manager of Middlesex CCC from 1984 to 1988 and subsequently cricket secretary, later deputy chief executive, of the Test and County Cricket Board from 1988 to 1996 before taking on the ECB chief executive role.
Tim is a member of the Cabinet Office Sport Honours Committee. He is married to Denise and they have a daughter (Sophie) and a son (Nick).
Sallie is the Sport and Recreation Alliance's head of services. She 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 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 is head of finance for 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. He is also responsible for developing commercial opportunities which are of benefit to Sport and Recreation Alliance’s members.
Geoff is a chartered accountant. Prior to joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance in 2010 he spent over 25 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 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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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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Simon joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance as parliamentary liaison officer in January 2011.
A member of the policy team, Simon 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, Simon worked for two years as coordinator of the All Party Parliamentary China Group, having previously studied Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Outside of work Simon enjoys running and playing squash, and supports Tottenham Hotspur FC.
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Syann sits on the policy team as the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s research and evidence officer.
She is responsible for designing, managing and conducting research projects that serve our member's needs and explores issues for sport and recreation at a grassroots level. She also crunches the data to shape our position on policy proposals and for campaigns.
Syann’s role includes leading on the biennial Sports Club Survey, running large, issues-based reserach projects as determined by member needs, such as the Regulatory Burden Review and the Facilities Enquiry, internal research from satisfaction surveys to monitoring and evaluating programmes or initiatives and maintaining an evidence bank of relevant research.
Syann has drawn on her commercial research background to expand the policy team’s research focus, produce more information that members can use and ensure that we are always armed with the latest facts and figures. She is an associate member of the Market Research Society (MRS) and ensures that all our research is robust and conducted to the highest standards.
She joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance (then CCPR) in November 2009, having previously worked as a research executive for a B2B specialist market research agency.
She has studied at the University of Bristol and the University of Copenhagen and holds a first class degree in sociology. In her spare time, Syann enjoys running, horse riding and cooking -in particular cakes, deserts or anything sweet. She is also a keen writer and is currently working on her first novel.
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Patrick joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance in April 2012 and is the communications assistant. He is helping to effectively deliver the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s communications strategy across the organisation and to its members.
Patrick joined the Alliance after a period working in publishing for a range of peer-reviewed scientific journals and studied Sports and Exercise Science at university. He has also completed a Master’s degree in Applied Sports and Exercise Physiology from the University of Gloucestershire, where he coached the university basketball squads.
In his spare time Patrick enjoys playing a variety of sports namely cricket, rugby, football and basketball. Patrick also has the unfortunate pleasure of supporting Derby County FC.
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David is the UK and EU regulatory officer at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, having joined the policy team in January 2011.
He is primarily responsible for European policy issues, but is also involved with policy matters closer to home. David works closely with our European partner organisations, the European Commission and the European Parliament.
Prior to joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance David worked in the European Parliament in Brussels as an assistant to a British MEP. He studied European Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Bath and the University of Rome.
In his spare time David enjoys watching and playing several sports, supporting Chelsea FC, cooking and travelling.
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Richard joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance as projects officer in January 2013. Working on the areas of membership and services development he will be delivering projects to benefit members of the Alliance.
Prior to working at the Sport and Recreation Alliance Richard worked in marketing and project management roles in education, community development and business and enterprise.
Outside of work Richard enjoys travelling the UK and he and his wife aim to visit every British seaside. He is an avid Minigolfer and has represented Great Britain in international competitions in Finland, Sweden and England.
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Libby joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance as communications officer at the end of 2011 and 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.
Mikkel is our governance administrator, assisting Joy Tottman in rolling out our Code of Good Governance, building and updating our web resource Smart Sport and developing our EU project Better Boards, Stronger Sport.
Mikkel is a Sport Management graduate from Birkbeck College, University of London. As a keen badminton fan, he often annoyed both lecturer and fellow students by insisting that sport was about much more than just football.
Mikkel moved to the UK from his native Denmark to study his postgraduate degree having had a short stint in Manchester assisting Visit Manchester on their Manchester World Sport campaign. Before moving to the UK, Mikkel was employed by the major coalition party in the Danish Government. In this role he worked as an assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff on a range of policy areas including health and local authorities and in several election campaigns including a European parliament election.
After graduating from Birkbeck, he got involved as an intern in the Sport and Recreation Alliance, where he initially helped to develop Red Card to Red Tape and later worked on the annual member survey and other research projects before being taken on permanently as governance administrator in 2012.
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Emily is membership officer and PA to our head of services. She has responsibility for processing new memberships and advising existing members on divisional meetings, to which she acts as minute taker.
Emily assisted the production and successful delivery of On Show (our five-yearly celebration of dance) at the Royal Albert Hall for the Movement and Dance Division.
Emily has a background in dance and the performing arts and before joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance she held the position of Social Hostess to the Captain on-board various cruise ships. She is motivated by the chance to incorporate her customer relations skills and experience to develop and help new and existing members of the organisation.
Emily started dancing at the age of three and has studied a variety of styles. She holds the final examination (international awards 4) in Ballroom and Latin. She has performed in the West End in theatres including the Royal Opera House, the London Coliseum, the Dominion, Sadler’s Wells, and the Royal Festival Hall.
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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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Tina is the Events Officer at the Sport and Recreation Alliance. In her role she is the primary contact for all Alliance events. This could involve providing support on events and booking requests one minute, and managing internal systems and projects to help deliver services to our members the next.
Tina helped to deliver all the Alliance events since the annual conference in 2010 which focused on Fair Play and Respect in Sport. She enjoys working in teams to make events happen.
In her spare time Tina is an adventure seeker and has an ambition to complete a sky dive in the future.
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Poppy joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance policy team in January 2013 as junior research officer. She is working on the 2013 Sports Club Survey and other research and evaluation projects in the office to ensure that the policy teams’ campaigns are informed by robust data and research and that our members’ research needs are met.
Before joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance Poppy spent two years working in public sector audit, where she worked with clients in the culture, media and sport sector. She has a degree in English Language and Literature and outside work her interests include swimming (especially in the sea) and reading.
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Helen is the Alliance’s events and projects officer and is a member of the development team. She has responsibility for organising events for members and bidding on funding for projects that will benefit the Alliance’s member organisations.
She joined the Alliance from Badminton England in 2007, where she worked in the development team, having previously been a local authority sports development officer and studied sports development at university. Helen is currently finalising her Masters degree in Community Sports Development at Bolton University.
She also functions as the secretariat for the European Women and Sport network, enabling access to external funding from various UK and EU sources. She enjoys the feeling of delivering successful events, and the last-minute running around that funding bids entail. In her spare time, Helen is a keen badminton player – always happy to challenge anyone in the office, and has a young daughter.
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Joy is the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s governance & compliance officer and is a member of the development team. She has responsibility for producing guidance to support and help our members comply with their legislative and regulatory obligations. Joy’s remit covers issues such as safeguarding children (CRB and child protection), safeguarding vulnerable adults and equality, as well as providing governance support for members. Within this role she co-ordinates and authors the Smart Sport section of our website.
Joy established the Sport and Recreation Alliance Governance Stakeholder Group which has proved to be an invaluable resource for developing governance support initiatives. She is particularly passionate about establishing good governance practices and is excited by the opportunity she has to assist our members in this area.
Joy joined the Sport and Recreation Alliance (then the CCPR) in February 2010, having previously worked for a headhunting firm that advised on executive and non-executive appointments in the public and not-for-profit sector. She holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford and is currently studying for an LLM in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University.
In her spare time Joy is an international ice hockey referee and recently officiated games at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. She is also a board member for the London Youth Games Foundation.
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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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