At the British Gymnastics AGM last night, Helen Phillips MBE claimed a place in the organisation’s history books when members appointed her as their first ever female President. Helen replaces outgoing President, Brian Everett MBE who completed his eight year tenure on the Board.
In accepting the position, Helen paid tribute to Brian’s outstanding contribution as President and wished him well in his retirement from the Board and also had a message to the members who elected her.
Helen said; "Being an experienced Executive and Non-Executive Director in both business and sport, I will challenge and provide extensive supportive skills to a board that is at the heart of British sport. I pride myself on being efficient, fully informed and capable of representing the views of the members I represent and the organisation I uphold the values for.
"My modern approach to leadership, my inclusive style of engagement and my passion to make a positive difference will support the impactful reputation the sport has already created. I am confident I can add value, continue to drive ambition and represent the membership of British Gymnastics fairly and honestly.
"It is an honour to be the first female President of British Gymnastics and follow in the footsteps of those significant contributors who have held office before."
Helen’s passion for gymnastics extends over 40 years, from being an eager participant to being a club coach, manager, international judge, area chair, technical panel chair, local and national competition organiser, fundraiser, Home Nation Chair and like many of our members, a very committed volunteer and passionate fan.
Chair of British Gymnastics, Mike Darcey welcomed Helen to the Board by saying; "We are delighted that Helen has joined us and we believe her extensive gymnastics knowledge of British Gymnastics and Home Country Associations, along with the wider sports community at both national and international level, will be of great value to the Board."