'There is always a team behind the team' - SportsAid celebrates Trustees' Week

Trustees’ Week is a yearly initiative which provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the incredible contribution that trustees make in supporting and steering the 196,000 registered charities in the UK. SportsAid’s Board of Trustees bring a wide variety of expertise, knowledge and experience to support the charity’s work in helping the next generation of British athletes to reach their sporting potential.
14 November, 2017

Trustees’ Week is a yearly initiative which provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the incredible contribution that trustees make in supporting and steering the 196,000 registered charities in the UK. SportsAid’s Board of Trustees bring a wide variety of expertise, knowledge and experience to support the charity’s work in helping the next generation of British athletes to reach their sporting potential.

Across the UK, there are over one million trustees with just under half being women and around 86,000 trustees aged between 16 and 34 years old. The Charity Commission recently published a major new report, entitled ‘Taken on Trust: the Awareness and Effectiveness of Charity Trustees in England and Wales’, which highlights several key areas relating to board diversity and development.

The report, commissioned by the Office for Civil Society and the Charity Commission, revealed that the value of the time that trustees spend on their role is estimated to be around £3.5bn per year. That’s the equivalent of nearly £300m worth of leadership and consultancy expertise every month - no sector could consistently afford to ‘buy’ such a resource, yet trustees continue to provide it willingly.

Tracey Crouch, Sports and Civil Society Minister, said: “This report has painted a clear picture of our trustees. It shows us the huge amount of work that trustees are putting in and that trusteeship is highly rewarding. It is clear that there is an opportunity to make more people aware of the opportunities and benefits of trusteeship and to help boards access an even wider pool of talent.”

Earlier this year, SportsAid embarked on a recruitment process to find four new trustees to join its board. There was a high response rate with Michelle Moore, Mike Westcott, Richard Glasson and Ronnie Denholm invited to the board after 65 applications had been received. They have completed a basic induction and are beginning to get a feel for SportsAid and its vision, mission and objectives.

"In 2016, SportsAid celebrated its 40th anniversary and the Board agreed a robust strategy for the future,” said Chris Baillieu – Chair of SportsAid. “The recruitment of the next generation of trustees to oversee this process is a key component of this strategy. The four new trustees will bring commitment and commercial and sporting experience of great quality to underpin the future work of SportsAid."

Another very current topic in the sport sector is that of good governance and the introduction of the new Code for Sports Governance. Board members, and in SportsAid’s case the trustees, are central to this and have taken on the drive towards compliance with tenacity and enthusiasm as they recognise that poor and patchy governance will undermine any amount of good work.

“There is always a team behind the team,” said Tim Lawler – SportsAid’s Chief Executive. “No one single person succeeds on their own and no organisation succeeds without its people. SportsAid is hugely proud of its trustees. On behalf of everyone at the charity and the thousands of young people we help every year, thank you to our trustees – we couldn’t do it without you.”

Here is the list of SportsAid trustees and the expertise they bring to the board....

Alison Odell CBE

Alison is Chair of Sport England TASS. She is also Chair of Badminton England's Performance Board and sits on the Executive Board for British Universities and College Sport (BUCS) and the International Federation of University Sport (FISU). She retired as Director of Sport at the University of Manchester in 2013. She is the Board's Equality Champion.

Baroness Grey-Thompson

Tanni is one of Great Britain's most decorated athletes of all time having won 16 Paralympic medals - including 11 golds - as a wheelchair racer competing in the T53 category. She held over 30 world records and won the London Marathon on six occasions. She sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords after becoming a Life Peer in 2010.

Chris Baillieu MBE (Chair)

Chris is a former world champion rower who won a silver medal at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games in the double sculls. He was the first Chair of British Swimming, from 2001 to 2008, and previously held the same position with sports coach UK. He has been a trustee of SportsAid for over two decades and became Chair in 2012.

David Faulkner

David is a former Great Britain hockey player who won gold at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. He became Performance Director of England and Great Britain Hockey in 2009 before moving to Millfield School as Director of Sport in 2012. He was recently appointed the Head of Women's Performance by The Football Association.

Ian Braid

Ian is Managing Director of DOCIAsport. He is Chair of SportsAid's National Awards Committee and the charity's Backing The Best awards panel. Ian was previously Chief Executive Officer of the British Athletes Commission, a Non-Executive Director of British Triathlon, and a member of the Management Board for Sport Resolutions.

Mark Davies

Mark is Managing Director of strategic communications agency Camberton and Chair of Archery GB. Prior to this, he was a member of the founding management team of Betfair where he spent 10 years controlling the company’s reputation. He is a Governor of Holyport College and Chair of the Onside Youth Zone Project in Hammersmith.

Mark Lillie (Senior Independent Director)

Mark is a Technology Consulting Partner at Deloitte and leads the firm's global Chief Information Office (CIO) program. This includes the next generation CIO program, transition labs for newly elected CIOs, and reports such as the annual CIO survey and Tech Trends. He also runs Deloitte's UK and EMEA Energy and Resources consulting practice.

Michelle Moore

Michelle is an award-winning consultant, educator, strategist and former athlete. She has worked with a diverse client base including the Commonwealth Games Federation, UNICEF UK, the Black Cultural Archives and Premier League football clubs. She acts as Inclusion Advisor to the Women’s Sport Trust and is a trustee of the Runnymede Trust.

Mike Westcott

Mike is Group HR Director for the National Grid. He is responsible for setting and delivering the global HR agenda in line with its commercial strategy. Prior to joining National Grid, Mike worked for Diageo plc in a number of senior HR roles. He sits on the Board of Centrepoint and was also a member of the London Skills and Employment Board.

Richard Glasson

Richard is CEO of Hogarth Worldwide - the world's leading marketing implementation company. Prior to this, he was CEO of Gyro, a business to business marketing agency. Richard is also Chair of Governors of Ernest Bevin College in south London, which is a specialist in sports, maths and computing, rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

Ronnie Denholm

Ronnie has extensive experience in the commercial sector of leading blue chip companies, such as Barclays and American Express, in financial services. He is now focused on non-commercial activities and manages volunteering activities at Brighton and Hove City Athletics Club. He was previously a British champion in taekwondo and competed internationally.