Directors - British Gymnastics


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Mike Darcey
Chair & Non-Executive Independent Director
Joined the Board: March 2019 

Mike joined the Board of British Gymnastics in March 2019. He is an experienced executive with an extensive track record of leadership, strategy and delivery across television, publishing and telecoms.

Mike is currently the Chairman of M247, the private equity owned B2B technology services business as well as a board director for Sky New Zealand and for Arqiva. He has previously worked as CEO of News International and spent 15 years at Sky as Director of Strategy and then Chief Operating Officer where he played a prominent role in most of Sky's major strategic decisions during this period. This included the acquisition of major sports broadcast rights including the Premier League, Champions League, Formula One and others.

Mike was a competitive gymnast in New Zealand as a teenager, and later a coach and judge and is now making a late start on a veteran's athletics career.


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Brian Everett MBE
President & Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: June 2011

Former Senior Officer in the Royal Air Force (1954 – 1985) and made Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1974 for military operations in the Middle East.

Brian’s management experience spans over 50 years within both the public and private sectors, across a variety of areas and in a wide range of management skills, including dealing with company mergers, acquisitions and disposals and a number of other key areas. These include the briefing of government ministers, appearances before parliamentary select committees, monopolies & mergers commissions and other statutory bodies.

Previously an Executive Director of London Transport and other UK based companies, Chairman of Community Health Services at NHS - County Durham & Darlington Community Health Services and Non-Executive Director at NHS Darlington Primary Care Trust, Brian was originally nominated by England, and has been a Non-Executive Director on the Board of British Gymnastics since June 2011 and President since 2016. 

Brian is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, Awards Selection Committee


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Dr Nicola Bolton
Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: February 2013

Nicola is a Principal Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, currently seconded to the Quality Enhancement Directorate.  Until 2015 she was Programme Director for the MA, Sport Management and Leadership and led the School of Sport on Strategy and External Engagement.  She is an active researcher and has evaluated national interventions including Calls 4 Action, Free Swimming and Physical Activity and Young People and has published her research in peer reviewed journals.  Prior to re-entering higher education, she has worked for various organisations at senior level including Head of Policy at Newport Council.  She was appointed as a member of the Sports Council for Wales and also worked to create a single professional body, CIMSPA serving as a board member of ISPAL and NASD. 

Nicola is also a Trustee for the British Gymnastics Foundation 

Nicola is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Remuneration Committee, Awards Selection Committee


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Alastair Marks
Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: December 2018

Alastair is sports marketing specialist having previously worked as a Senior Executive and Board level operator with over 20 years of experience in the sports industry. He has a broad skills base covering marketing, sponsorship, digital change management, major events, fundraising and participation having worked with leading sports marketing agency, Octagon, major International brands such as AVIVA, Sainsbury’s and McDonalds as well as two of the countries largest sports governing bodies in the Rugby Football Union and the Lawn Tennis Association.

Having founded a new sports business consultancy Line 7 Consulting he now specialises in supporting sports organisations and businesses to develop clear plans to grow participation and commercial opportunities all built around a clear understanding of why they do what they do.

Alastair is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Investment Committee (Chair), Audit Committee, Commercial Advisory Committee


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Howard Marsh
Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: November 2016

Howard is a Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants in England and Wales and currently is CFO of Alliance Medical, Europe’s leading independent provider of medical imaging services, having previously worked in senior finance positions within Misys plc.

Howard has significant experience in developing and implementing new strategies within organisations as well as establishing good governance practices.

Howard is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Audit Committee (Chair), Investment Committee (Chair), Commercial Advisory Committee


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Adam Pengilly
Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: December 2018

Adam Pengilly is a former skeleton athlete who has been involved in sports administration for 15 years, both at national and international level. A two-time Olympian and World Championships medallist, he has represented athletes on various athlete commissions as well as sat on the boards of London 2012, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation and the British Olympic Association. He was an IOC Member for eight years and WADA Foundation Board member for six. Adam holds an MBA with specialism in corporate governance in international sport and runs his own modest sport consultancy business.

Adam is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Audit Committee, Awards Committee


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Sara Sutcliffe
Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: February 2013

Sara is a very experienced and versatile senior sports administrator, currently as Chief Executive of Table Tennis England and before that, she spent 12 years as Director of Legal at the British Olympic Association. Sara also holds a number of other positions including non-executive directorships and as a legal and ethics adviser.

Sara has extensive experience of dealing with senior individuals across various sporting, commercial, legal and political environments both domestically and internationally.

Sara was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in February 2013. 

Sara is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Governance Committee (Chair), Nominations Committee


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David Watt
Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: September 2011

David C Watt, Executive Director for the Institute of Directors in Scotland, has been with the IoD for over ten years and in that time has seen their Scottish operation grow and prosper.  He comes with a varied background - for over ten years in international consultancy focussed on individual and organisational development, particularly in the sport and leisure industry; and before that in a range of public and third sector posts. David spent two and a half years leading Scotland’s Millennium activities and celebration, encouraging a range of partners to contribute £11.6 million to the festivities for people and places throughout Scotland in the year 2000.  He also has extensive current experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, acting as a board member and advisor in a number of settings.

David has been a Director on the British Gymnastics Board since September 2011. 

David is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Awards Selection Committee, Governance Committee


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Jane Allen
Chief Executive Officer
Joined the Board: April 2010

Jane commenced her Sports Administration career over 33 years ago in Australia and worked in several sports including softball, athletics, rowing and gymnastics.

Her involvement has included various roles in sports administration including CEO of Gymnastics Australia for 13 Years. Jane has also been involved as a coach, an official and on volunteer club committees for many years which has given her a strong understanding of issues within sport from club through to national level. Jane is also involved actively in international gymnastics affairs and has been a member of the FIG Marketing Commission since 2010. She has extensive major event experience and has played a leadership role in the 1994, 2005 & 2015 World Gymnastics Championships. 

Jane currently is the Chief Executive Officer of British Gymnastics, a position she has held since 2010 and she became a certified member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in 2011. 

Jane is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Investment Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee, Commercial Advisory Committee, Governance Committee


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Martin Reddin
Executive Director (Sport)
Joined the Board: December 2010

Trained at Carnegie School of Physical Education, Martin spent his early career teaching and then as a PE Advisor. From a background of professional /semi-professional football, Martin’s passion turned to coaching Gymnastics whilst at Carnegie. He has held many Coaching roles since then from School/ Club Coach through to National Senior Squad Coach for Men's Gymnastics, experiences including numerous European and World Championships as well as Head Coach for the Sydney Olympic Games 2000 and the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002.  He is an FIG Brevet Coach in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics 

After joining British Gymnastics as National Development Officer for Education in 1992, Martin has taken on the roles of Principal National Development Officer; Technical Director for Men's Artistic Gymnastics; Head of Education and in 2010 took up his current position as Executive Director, Sport (including Performance Sport, Events and Participation). In 2011 Martin became a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), he is well respected internationally and holds a position on the FIG (Federation of International Gymnastique) Executive Committee. 

Martin is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Awards Selection Committee (Chair)


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Michelle Fulford
Executive Director (Corporate & Community Services)
Joined the Board: March 2012

Michelle’s background is in Human Resource Management and her career began with Epson. After project managing the introduction of a 100 head call centre, Michelle secured a position as Customer Support Manager with Epson. Michelle later moved to Celestica where she programme managed their Apple Account. Before settling at British Gymnastics as Head of HR, Michelle also held an HR Project manager role at PDSA.

Michelle’s current position as Executive Director of Corporate & Community Services at British Gymnastics includes the portfolio of Community Services (Education, Customer Support, Volunteering and Relationship Management) and People Services (HR, Standards, Safeguarding and Learning & Development). Michelle became a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in 2011 and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

Michelle is the Safeguarding and Equality champion for the Board and is also a Trustee of the British Gymnastics Foundation

Michelle is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Remuneration Committee, Governance Committee


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Ryan Fulford
Executive Director (Strategy & Commercial Operations)
Joined the Board: July 2016

With experience in the areas of commercial, insight and strategy, Ryan is passionate about understanding the needs and desires of audiences, and working to drive brand advocacy. 

After an initial career in technical training and support, Ryan became an account manager for Microsoft, managing performance and identifying trends through KPI data. He later joined Microsoft as Channel Marketing Manager based in the USA for a number of years defining retail marketing strategies, managing multiple agencies and driving stakeholder alignment. 

Before joining British Gymnastics in 2014, Ryan was Director of Retail Training & Advocacy at Momentum, London where he was responsible for defining the discipline and service offering in line with the Momentum brand and capability and advising clients on creating effective strategies for retail staff engagement, in line with their brand promise. 

Ryan’s current position as Executive Director- Strategy & Commercial Operations oversees Strategy & Business Planning, Insight, Product Development, Project Management, Marketing & Communications and IT.

Ryan is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Commercial Advisory Committee (Chair)