Chair & Non-Executive Independent Director
Joined the Board: March 2011
Matt joined the Board of British Gymnastics in March 2011 as an Independent Non-Executive Director, with particular responsibilities for Finance and Audit. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a long and successful business background incorporating Professional Practice, Finance Director, Managing Director and Executive Chairman roles. He becomes the organisation’s first truly Independent Chairman, a widely accepted indicator for good Corporate Governance, and a requirement of our funding bodies.
Matt is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Nominations Committee (Chair), Remuneration Committee (Chair), Investment Committee
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
Joined the Board: June 2014
In March 2017 Marzena joined the FA as Head of Marketing and Commercial, Women’s Football, to help in achieving the FA ambitions of doubling participation and fans in the women and girls game.
Since 2006 Marzena had been running her own marketing consultancy b-focused ltd, specialising in sports marketing, sponsorship and event management. Prior to b-focused, Marzena spent ten years prior to that as the inaugural Director of Marketing at the British Olympic Association (BOA) where she developed and led the first commercial and marketing department. A key achievement from her time at the BOA was introduction of the internationally recognised Team GB brand.
Previous employers include The Test and County Cricket Board (now ECB) and Squash Rackets Association (now England Squash) and a Non-Executive role at Volleyball England
Away from work, Marzena is an active sports participant and volunteer and is passionate about sport and the value it plays in all our lives.
Marzena is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Nominations Committee, Commercial Advisory Committee
Dr Nicola Bolton
Joined the Board: February 2013
Nicola is a Principal Lecturer at Cardiff Metropolitan University, currently seconded to the Academic Standards and Quality Unit. 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. Prior to re-entering higher education, she worked for diverse 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 actively worked to create a single professional body 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
Non- Executive Director
Joined the Board: November 2016
Sharon is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of S T DuPont, a listed French luxury goods company. She is also a Director and Chair of Audit at Crest Nicholson, a FTSE 250 housebuilder, a Director and Chair of Audit/Treasury at Network Rail and a Trustee and Chair of Finance at the Science Museum Group. Previously Sharon has served as a Group Chief Financial Officer at Sun European Partners, Finance Director of John Lewis Department Stores and as a Trustee and Chair of Audit at Shelter, the housing Charity as well as Finance/Strategy roles at Kingfisher, OC&C and Unilever. Sharon has a BSc in Mathematics from Bath University, an MBA from INSEAD and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Sharon is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Audit Committee (Chair), Investment Committee
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, Commercial Advisory Committee
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
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
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 (Chair), Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee, Audit Committee, Commercial Advisory Committee, Governance Committee
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)
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
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)