Our Board

The Alliance has an 12- person Board of Directors which comprises of the following:

  • Independent Chair
  • Senior Independent Director
  • Chief Executive [Ex Officio position]
  • 5 Appointed Directors
  • 4 Elected Directors

Click here to see the Register of Interests

 

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Dame Janet was appointed Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance on 5 July 2022. She joins the organisation as it continues to deliver its Support. Recover. Achieve. strategy over the next three years.

A firm advocate of physical activity, Dame Janet has held the role of Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool since 2015, having previously spent eight years in an identical post at Oxford Brookes University.

In Liverpool she chairs the Knowledge Quarter and Sciontec Boards and the Education Improvement Board, and nationally she is the International Lead for Universities UK and is an elected member of its Board.

With a strong background and experience in political influencing, Dame Janet also has roles on the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Advisory Board of the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit, and the Council of the All-Party Parliamentary Group.

 

Lisa Wainwright ()

Lisa became Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance on 1 May 2019. 

She has held a number of senior roles at Sport England initiating the work on the safeguarding standards, clubmark and volunteering before moving to become CEO at Volleyball England in 2008 and then British Basketball in 2016.  

Internationally she has held roles on the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World Ethics Panel, European Volleyball (CEV) Credentials Panel as well as being a Director of the British Olympic Association. She is currently a Technical Director for International Volleyball (FIVB) and is a member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Governance Commission.

Lisa has also held a number of Non-Executive roles: Swim England [Vice Chair and Interim Group Chair of the Group Board 2013-2017]; Institute of Swimming [Chair 2014 - 2017] and has graduated from the UK Sport CEO Executive Leadership Programme.

In 2018, Lisa was ranked number 12 in the Top 100 Executive LGBT+ Allies by FT OUTStanding and became an Ambassador for Women on Boards UK.

 

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Tim Jones was a partner at the international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for 23 years until 2013 when he was appointed General Counsel of England 2015, the organising committee for the Rugby World Cup.

At Freshfields he had led the firm's ten year involvement in London 2012, from the early stages of the bid through to the dissolution of the delivery bodies. Freshfields became the first official legal services provider to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tim was a member of the LOCOG Board's audit and risk committee and closely involved in establishing the governance framework for the project.

Tim is chair of Access Sport, a charity  which works to provide sporting opportunities to young people in disadvantaged areas of the UK by developing and supporting community clubs and organisations. 

 

Kenny Baillie ()

Kenny is the Director of Partnerships and Communications at British Rowing; his responsibilities include Brand; Sponsorship; Retail and Licensing; Marketing; Internal and external communications; Media and PR; Broadcasting; Public affairs; Events. 

Kenny joined British Rowing in 2015 following a successful tenure as Chief Executive Officer of London Scottish FC and before then was Chief Executive Officer of Glasgow Warriors, one of the two professional rugby clubs owned by the Scottish Rugby Union. 

Other volunteer roles he has is as a mini rugby coach at London Scottish for the Under 6s.

Kenny has been elected to the Board of the Alliance for a three-year term commencing September 2019.

 

Hamid Vaghefian ()

Currently Head of Community Engagement at London Marathon Events, Hamid has more than a decade of experience working in the youth and community sector and is a passionate diversity and inclusion advocate. 

Before taking on his current role in 2019, Hamid worked as Strategic Lead for Sported where he managed projects and services to almost 400 community sports organisations in London, primarily focusing on disadvantaged and under-represented communities across the capital and understanding barriers to engagement. 

He also spent five years working for national charity, Catch22 on a series of successful initiatives and continues to engage with young people through his roles as a Trustee for the Young Harrow Foundation and the Running Charity. 

Hamid started his role in February 2021 and his term will run until our AGM in 2024.

The Alliance also has a number of Vice-Presidents, whose experience in the sector is invaluable to shape our future direction.

Helene Raynsford ()

 

Helene is in her second term as an elected Non-Executive Director (NED) with the Alliance. A former British and World Champion rower, she also won the first ever Paralympic gold medal in the sport at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (in Single Sculls). She has also represented Great Britain in Wheelchair Basketball, winning two Paralympic World Cup silver medals. After retiring from her sporting career, she took a secondment to work for LOCOG as part of the Sport Management team for rowing across the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.  

In addition to Helene’s sporting achievements and athlete knowledge, she brings with her a proven record across public service, local authority, sport and health. Helene is Chair of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) Athletes’ Commission and a NED of the BPA. She also sits on the World Academy of Sport’s International Advisory Group and has undertaken a variety of project roles, such as Chairing the Inclusion Summit at the Rio 2016 Games. As well as this, she has experience teaching with the Sports Association of Thailand and co-authoring the ‘Athlete Certificate’ – available to those studying International Baccalaureate. Other roles she holds include being a member of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) Expert Panel, a trustee of the Disability Sports Development Trust, and a patron of SEND charity, Dingley’s Promise. Helene also has over 14 years’ experience working at local authority level and in the NHS nationally as a trained public health professional.

Helene is very passionate about the difference sport and physical activity participation can make at grassroots level, resulting in wider wellbeing outcomes, and has a keen interest in education. Whilst an athlete, she undertook an MSc in Human Neuroscience, also has an MPH in Public Health and is an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway University.

Helene is an elected NED and her first three-year term on the Board commenced September 2018. She was then re-elected by the Alliance membership for her second four-year term of office in 2021.


Adrian Ruth ()

 

Adrian Ruth is Director for Sustainability and BBC Spark, the BBC’s in-house lean transformation team.  Both teams both seek to help other around the BBC change how they work for the better – becoming more efficient, effective and sustainable.

Adrian has been at the BBC for over ten years, performing a number of senior executive roles.  These have included overseeing the BBC’s major strategic partnerships like BAFTA/Albert and YouView, keeping an eye on the BBC’s performance in terms of Quality, Reach, Impact and Value, and being Head of Department for BBC Policy & Strategy.

Adrian is a champion of diversity – he is the Senior Leader Sponsor for the BBC’s LGBT staff network, BBC Pride.

Prior to joining the BBC, Adrian was a strategy consultant with KPMG.  He is a chartered accountant and barrister-at-law.

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ACC Jacqueline Sebire joined Bedfordshire Police in February 2016 prior to this appointment.

The majority of her service was as a detective in homicide and serious crime investigations in the Metropolitan Police. She was the senior investigating officer for a number for a number of high profile cases including the ‘Spy in the bag’ case and the conviction of Britain’s youngest hit man. She has also served in the London Boroughs of Newham, Hackney and, prior to transferring to Bedfordshire, was the Temporary Borough Commander for Waltham Forest.

Jacqueline has a PhD in Forensic Psychology and in January 2016 was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. She has published a number of articles in relation to domestic abuse and risk management and lectured nationally and internationally regarding her research. She is a member of the European Union Cooperation in Science and Technology Working Group on Femicide prevention. She has also advised the Police Service of Trinidad and Tobago on best practice in Homicide Investigation. In March 2019 was invited to speak at the United Nations, New York, Commission on the Status of Women regarding community cohesion and women’s access to justice.

Jacqueline is the NPCC Serious Violence Co-ordinator and has worked extensively with the Government regarding legislation change, funding and multiagency prevention strategies.

In May 2020, Jacqueline was appointed as Head of Joint Protective Services. Joint Protective Services consists of a number of specialist departments and functions including Roads Policing, Dog Section, Firearms, Major Crime, Scientific Services and Public Order.

Caroline White ()

Caroline has over 30 years’ experience of operating at Board level and delivering transformational change across hospitality, youth development, property, housing and social care.

Caroline was Chief Executive of the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) (June 2017) for nine years and during this time was responsible for 1,300 staff and grew the volunteering number from 1,000 to 3,000 at the YHA.

She was also heavily involved in developing partnerships with the Department of Education and British Triathlon. Throughout her career, Caroline has developed a deep understanding of the culture of not for profit organisations and charities. 

Caroline is an Independent Director and her current term from July 2017 will last for three years.

 

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Adrian has been Chief Executive of Badminton England since 2006 and is leading the organisation through a vision for badminton to be one of the nation’s most popular sports and to consistently win World, Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Adrian is driving a journey of modernisation and self-sustainability at Badminton England, transforming the business through technology, customer acquisition, fan engagement and organisational efficiency. He is a bold, recognised and innovative leader with proven achievement; someone who makes things happen and leads by example.

Under Adrian’s leadership, Badminton England has secured the greatest level of commercial investment in the history of the organisation, seen the Yonex All England Open Championships be included among the three badminton ‘Majors’ on the World Tour, demonstrated great vision and creativity through the launch of the first professional badminton league in the UK and in 2015, the achievements of Badminton England were recognised when they were awarded the prestigious Governing Body of the Year at the BT Sport Industry Awards.

  

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Dave was appointed Interim CEO in September 2021 having joined the RYA as Head of Finance in 2012 following four years at the British Judo Association. His career began in accountancy practice and was followed by two roles within the LP gas industry.  His 11 years at Cavagna Group, a subsidiary of an Italian manufacturing company, culminated in the role of MD; he then joined Schneider Industry, a leading gas pressure vessel manufacturer, where he helped to re-shape the UK presence of the French owned subsidiary. Since joining the RYA, Dave has taken numerous RYA courses and has cruised with friends and family. Outside of boating, he is a keen (dog) walker and cyclist and encourages his children to be active, via swimming, life-saving and dance.

Dave joined our Board in October 2021 and will serve a four-year term.

The Alliance also has a number of Vice-Presidents, whose experience in the sector is invaluable to shape our future direction.