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.

Mike is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Nominations Committee (Chair), Remuneration Committee (Chair), Investment Committee                                                                                                                                                               

  Helen Phillips 

Helen Phillips MBE
President & Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board: October 2019

Elected at the AGM in October 2019 to the role of President as the first female President of British Gymnastics. A highly experienced businesswoman and Executive Director most recently within the electronic security industry.

Helen is Vice President of the Commonwealth Games Confederation and Chair for Commonwealth Games Wales. Recently retired from the role as Chair at Welsh Gymnastics, Helen is credited for leading the significant transition and modernisation of the NGB. Incredibly well networked across the national and international sporting landscape, Helen is a well-respected Non Executive Director who leads with strong governance values and personal integrity.

An eager participant of the sport in early years, later as a coach and international judge, Helen is a passionate believer in the positivity that local gymnastics clubs can have as a vehicle for social change in communities across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Helen recognises the impact that world-class role models can have on the next generation of aspiring gymnasts and will strive to develop the Great Britain talent we have.

Helen is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Nominations Committee, Awards Committee, Governance 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, Nominations Committee


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Alastair Marks
Interim CEO
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:
Club Stakeholder Advisory Group (Chair) and Investment 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, Remuneration Committee, Commercial Advisory Committee, Nominations 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 Selection Committee


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Sara Sutcliffe MBE
Non-Executive Director (SID)
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)


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Ryan Fulford
Executive Director (Strategy & Innovation)
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 & Innovation oversees Strategy & Business Planning, Insight, Product Development, Project Management, Marketing & Communications and IT.

Ryan is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Club Stakeholder Advisory Group


Gareth Harvey 

Gareth Harvey
Executive Director (Finance & Commercial)
Jointed the Board: January 2020

Gareth has over 20 years' experience in finance, commercial and governance. He is keen to implement a flexible structure of governance and best practices with a view to creating a sealmess finance function that would meet our members and customers' needs. Gareth is passionate about continuous improvement and freeing ourselves from the status quo, designing our own future and with his "can do" attitude making them a reality.

Gareth started his career in practice working for a local Chartered Accountants. He later made the move into industry and became a Finance Controller for Xerox being responsible for the UK ITO division. Gareth then progressed to a European Finance Director for Xerox overseeing all aspects of finance including approving all commercial contracts and cost models, external and internal audit, weekly reporting and forecasting, accurate timely management information as well as the day to day finance functions.

Prior to joining British Gymnastics in July 2019, Gareth was a Company Director and Finance Director at Grange Fencing Ltd based in Shropshire where he was again responsible for all aspects of finance, governance and commercial focusing on cost reduction initiatives. Gareth joined the British Gymnastics Board in January 2020 as an Executive Director being responsible for Finance, Commerical Operations, Product Development and Management and Membership and Community Services. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Assocation of Accounting Technicians and Chartered Management Institute.

Gareth is a member of the following Board Sub-Committees:
Investment Committee (Chair), Remuneration Committee and Audit Committee