Dame Diana Ellis – appointed 2013
Di served the Alliance as a previous Board member [2000 – 2013] and Deputy Chair [2005 – 2011] before being appointed as a Vice President.
Di became the first woman Chairman of the ARA/British Rowing in 1989 a post she held for 24 years before becoming President in 2013. In 1997 Henley Royal Regatta invited her to be the first woman Steward in its then 158 year history.
Having sat on a number of Boards within sport including the British Olympic Association where she is now an Hon Life Vice President she is currently a Director of Sport Resolutions, Sporting Equals and is a Trustee of the British Olympic Foundation and the Torch Trophy Trust.
Di had the honour of being part of the 2012 bid team that went to Singapore besides leading a number of successful bids to host world rowing events in the UK. One of the highlights of her sporting career was to be part of the relay to run with the London Olympic Torch.
Her career included accountancy in the City of London to working with residential special schools in Surrey. Di is a Freeman of the City of London and the Company of Watermen and Lightermen.
David Oxley CBE – appointed 2003
David Oxley was educated at Hymers College Hull, and Worcester College Oxford. He taught at Merchant Taylors’ School Northwood for four years, then moved on to St Edward’s School Oxford. He was Head of English at St Peter’s School York from 1969-1972, then held the post of Deputy Headmaster at Duke of York’s Royal Military School, Dover from 1972-1976. He spent many years as Secretary General of the Rugby Football League before being appointed as Chief Executive in 1987. He retired in October 1992.
His posts within the sporting field included: Member of English Sports council; Member of Lottery Sports Fund Award Panel; President of the Federation of Disability Sports Organisation (Yorkshire and Humberside); Governor of the Sports Aid Foundation (Yorkshire and Humberside); Chairman of the Student Rugby League plc; Chairman of the Management Committee of Holme Pierre Pont National Water Sports Centre; Vice President of the English Schools Rugby League; Member of the Fellows Board of the British Institute of Sports Administrators; Life Member of the Great Britain, French and Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Leagues. He was appointed OBE in 1989 for services to sport and in the New Year’s Honours 2002 was upgraded to CBE.
David Oxley is also a Governor of Bishop Burton College, and an honorary fellow of Humberside Polytechnic (now the University of Lincoln and Humberside).
David was the Chairman of the Alliance 1997-2001 and is now particularly involved with Disability sport.
Margaret Peggie OBE – appointed 2004
A teacher of physical education and dance, Margaret worked as a fitness teacher and teacher trainer for the Fitness League of which she is now Vice President. She was a founder member and the first Chair of the Exercise, Movement & Dance Partnership (EMDP) 2005-2010.
She was made a Vice President of the Alliance in 2004, having been Deputy Chair of the Movement & Dance Division 1993-2005; a member of the main Board 1999-2004; Deputy Chair 2001-2004. She produced festivals of exercise, movement and dance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Fitness League and for the Alliance (1995-2005). Margaret received her OBE for services to fitness, dance and sport in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008.
A Board member of Sports Leaders UK from 2003, she took on the role of Chair in 2004, a position she held until 2011 with a further period from 2012-2015.
Board member of Bucks & Milton Keynes County Sports Partnership 2007-2011. Board member of Oxfordshire County Sports Partnership from 2013 to the present day.
Robert Pettigrew MBE – appointed 2002
Robert has been an Honorary Member since 1980 and attended the Outdoor Pursuits Divisional meetings since 1970; he was elected Chair of the Division 1997 - 2005.
Member of the Rights of Way Review Committee; Standing Conference on Countryside Sports; Mountain Training Board (sometime Chairm); National Mountain Centre Plas y Brenin Advisory Committee; Sport and Natural Resources Group, Yorks & Humberside Regional Sports Forum; Millennium Crag Project (Chair), Chair of the Alliance 1995-1997.
Robert represented Loughborough University First XV rugby, athletics and cross-country running. He was Chairman of Loughborough University Mountaineering Club being an active mountaineer and mountain explorer on foot and ski in every mountainous area of Great Britain and Ireland and European Alps from Lyngen in Arctic Norway to Central Italian Alps - several first ascents of peaks and passes. Significant mountain exploration over many seasons in the Kulu region of the Punjab Himalaya of India. Several first ascents of peaks and passes between 16,000ft - 22,000 ft. Frequent contributor to Alpine Journal and Himalayan Journal. British Mountaineering Council delegate to North York Moors National Park (1988-1994); sometime Chairman Mount Everest Foundation Screening Committee (1980-1996); sometime President British Mountaineering Council (1974-1977); Chairman Mountain Training Board (1987-1993); British Honorary Secretary of the Himalayan Club of India (1986 -). Honorary Member, The British Mountaineering Council.
Currently President of the Access and Conservation Commission of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation - World body representing mountaineers of 80 nations.
Currently a free-lance consultant on sport and recreation in India and Outdoor Education in the UK.
Brigid Simmonds OBE – appointed 2012
Brigid Simmonds became Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) in September 2009. The BBPA represents over 90% of the brewing industry and their members own over 20,000 pubs. Brigid was previously Chief Executive of the umbrella organisation Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL), from 1992 to 2009, where she represented over 100 companies across private sector sport and leisure interests.
She was a former chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance [2015 – 2011] and is also a board member of the Tourism Alliance. She was previously on the Board of Sport England and Leicester City Football Club. She is also a member of the Government’s Future High Streets Executive and a trustee of the Responsible Gambling Trust. In June 2006 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Sport.
Pat Smith MBE – appointed 2005
Pat has represented the National Council for School Sport (NCSS) at Divisional meetings for a number of years. He was also a member of the CCPR Executive Committee 1997 – 1999 and made an Honorary Member in 2000.
He was the Deputy Chairman of the Division of Interested Organisations from 1997 – 2001 when he was then elected Divisional Chairman. In 2005 he stood down from the Chairmanship and was appointed a CCPR Vice President.
Pat started his professional career as a mathematics school teacher in Buckinghamshire and Nottinghamshire before making Head of House in a comprehensive school; he took early retirement in 1990.
Since then Pat has been the Executive Officer of the NCSS responsible for advocacy, strategy, negotiations and office administration. He was a member of the Government’s Sports Strategy Implementation Group 2000 and has experience as Head of Delegation and Administrator at international events eg World Schools Games.
In 2002 Pat was awarded an MBE for services to school sport in the East Midlands.
Professor Peter Thomas MBE – appointed 2004
Peter has been involved on our work since he was appointed a Representative Member in 1977.
Between 1979 -1989, Peter was the Deputy Chair of this Division, and between 1997 - 1999, was the Chair and he served as a Member of the then CCPR Executive Committee. Between 1998 - 1999 and chaired the Organisation & Services Review Group, successfully steered the major changes to the governance of the organisation. He was elected to the new Board of Directors in 1999 - 2002. In 2014 he was awarded our prestigious Emeritus Award.
He is a former member of the GB Sports Council and has represented the UK on a number of pan-European Working Groups on Youth Sport and has been a Consultant on Sport & Recreation Management to the Sultanate of Oman; The University of Oman and the State of Bahrain. In addition his sport and recreation speaking engagements have taken him Melbourne to Moscow and from Prague to Tokyo.
Since his retirement from his position of a Senior Education Officer and Head of the Arts, Sport and Recreation Service of Buckinghamshire County Council he has continued to work professionally and as a volunteer in the world of sport including being engaged by Sport England in the corporate governance and financial management of sport. He has served an Executive Chair; Executive Director; Chair, Board Member and Chief Executive of a number of key facilities and national sports organisations and national governing bodies of sport.
He was awarded the MBE for service to sport in 2004 and as a former Visiting Professor and Director of Sport at Buckinghamshire New University was conferred with the status of Honorary Professor in 2013.
He continues to serve as The President of Leap, the Bucks and Milton Keynes Sport & Activity Partnership, having previously served as its Chair; as a Vice President of the British Sports Trust / Sports Leaders UK, having been appointed by the CCPR in 2002 as their first Chairman when the organisation became a separate legal entity. He also is the Chair of the Management Committee of the Colson Trust.
Hilary Weedon – appointed 2004
Hilary attended her first meeting at the then CCPR in 1971, when she became the representative member for the Medau Society. She was already a teacher and trainer for the Society, working to get people of all ages and abilities involved in Medau work, and movement and dance in general. She was the first elected Chairman of the Medau Society, and continued to take classes and train teachers for many years.
After becoming Deputy Chair of the Division in 1979, she became a member of the CCPR Executive Committee, among others, including the Sports Council/Health Education Authority’s Fitness and Health Advisory Group. In 1989 she became Chairman of the Movement and Dance Division, and was active in promoting the work of the Division for many years through large scale events around the country and, in particular, helping to organise the regular Festivals of Movement and Dance every five years at the Royal Albert Hall, coinciding with the CCPR/S&RA anniversaries.
Hilary is a Vice President of both the Medau Society and the Alliance. She has five children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and has still to retire completely.
Howard Wells OBE – appointed 2016
Howard has spent 46 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. Between 2008 and 2014 Howard was a Match Commissioner of FIFA.
Howard is also a visiting lecturer at Bucks New University and a consultant to the Buckinghamshire Learning Trust.
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. Howard finished his term as an Appointed Director in July 2016.