About the boa

Boa board


  • Princess-Anne_160x90px


    HRH Princess Royal has been the President of the British Olympic Association (BOA) since 1983.The Princess Royal won two silver medals in 1975 and one gold medal in 1971 at the European Eventing Championships and competed in the Olympic Games, in Montreal 1976. The Princess Royal has been an IOC Member since her appointment in 1988.

  • Sir Hugh Robertson


    Sir Hugh presided over the London 2012 Olympic Games as Minister for Sport and the Olympics from 2010 – 2013, having previously occupied the same post as Shadow Minister from 2004. He was subsequently the Minister of State at The Foreign Office responsible for The Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism. Hugh stood down as an MP at the 2015 General Election and is now the Vice Chairman International of strategic consultancy Falcon and Associates. Earlier in his career Sir Hugh worked for seven years at Schroder Investment Management and served in the British Army, seeing active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, The Gulf War and Bosnia. He is also currently the Chair of the Canterbury Cathedral Appeal and a Trustee of the Chelsea FC Community Fund.



    Annamarie represented Great Britain in the Women's Eight at the Atlanta Olympic Games, 1996. She is a former member of the BOA Athlete Commission (1994-98) and was World Champion in Lightweight Women's Fours in 1993. A Decorative Arts Consultant by profession, Annamarie is a Non-Executive Director of The Fine Art Society Plc, as well as Chairman of British Rowing and Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association. 

  • Bill-sweeney-square_160x90px


    Bill Sweeney joined the British Olympic Association as Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. A highly accomplished sports business executive with more than 25 years’ experience developing some of the most recognised and successful brands in sport, Bill is responsible for directing the day-to-day activities of the BOA, including overseeing preparations for all summer and winter Olympic Games and the many other international, multi-sport events in which Team GB competes.

    A versatile athlete, Bill represented and captained his English Universities UAU football side and played rugby for Aberdeenshire and Roslyn Park. He is also an accomplished golfer and skier.




    A practising triathlete, Ian is President and Chair of the British Triathlon Federation and a member of the executive board of the European Triathlon Union.
    He spent most of his working life with Siemens in the UK and in Germany and in his last role was Senior Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions, based in Munich.
    Currently Ian is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of MKM Mansfelder Kupfer und Messing, headquartered in Germany, a producer of semi-finished copper products. He is also Chairman of Pensions Committee of the Westinghouse section of the Railways Pension Scheme.  

  • Lisa Wainwright


    Lisa is currently Chief Executive of British Basketball having joined the governing body in October 2016. She has significant experience in leading transformational change in sport, having previously held senior roles at Sport England, England Netball and most recently CEO at Volleyball England for eight years. This is in addition to her non-executive portfolio with the Amateur Swimming Association as Deputy Chair and IOS Chair. 

  • Sarah_Treseder_160x90px


    Sarah became Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association in 2010. Sarah was elected to the BOA Board in November 2011.

  • Hew_Chalmers_160x90px


    Hew has been a director of British Curling Ltd since its inception. He was Great Britain Olympic Team Manager in 2002, Team Co-ordinator in 2006 and Women’s Team Manager for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He has considerable experience of high performance sport having coached national teams to medal success at European and World Curling Championships. Hew was elected to the BOA Board in November 2010 and in 2014 was elected to the World Curling Federation executive board.

  • David Joy


    David has been the Chief Executive of British Canoeing since January 2016 having previously held roles with Scottish Athletics, Derbyshire Sport and most recently England Golf. David also has experience within Sport England, Sport Scotland and Sports Coach UK. 

  • Ben Hawes_160x90px


    Ben Hawes is Chairman of the British Olympic Association Athletes' Commission, representing British Olympic Athletes on the BOA Board. He was elected in 2015 after serving on the Commission for four years.

    A three-time Olympian and former Team GB field hockey captain,  Ben first competed for Team GB at Athens 2004 before captaining the side four years later in Beijing. His final Olympic outing was at London 2012 before retiring in 2013 with 99 GB caps to his name, in addition to 128 caps for England.

    Ben works at the InterContinental Hotels Group as Brand Partnerships Manager, Europe.


  • Andy Anson_160x90px


    Andy has had a successful career in the media and sports industries.  He was recently appointed Global President for Teneo Sports. Teneo is a leading global CEO advisory business, based out of New York.  For the past five and a half years he has been President of Fanatics International (formerly Kitbag), a leading sports e-commerce and retail business.  He has previously been the Commercial Director for Manchester United, on the main Board of the company, and the Chief Executive of the ATP World Tour in Europe, where he was also Chairman at the ATP World Tour Finals.  He then led the England 2018 FIFA World Cup Bid as Chief Executive.  He is also a non-executive Director of Racecourse Media Group and was previously a non-executive Director of UTV Media Plc.

    Earlier in his career, Andy worked for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank California, in a senior capacity within the successful Consumer Products division and spent time at Channel 4 TV, one of the UK’s leading network TV companies as Head of Strategy and MD of Channel 4’s digital media business. He joined the BOA Board as a non-executive Director in May 2011.

  • Baroness Ford


    Baroness Ford is known to many at the BOA as the Chairman of the Olympic Park Legacy Company. From 2008-2012, she led the physical master planning for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the highly successful commercial negotiations that have left such a strong housing, employment and community legacy from the 2012 Games. 

    She is a highly experienced Company Director and currently chairs Scottish Television plc and is the Senior Independent Director at SEGRO plc and New River Retail plc. Her own sports are golf, tennis and cycling and she also chairs the British Tennis Foundation. She is the National President of the British Epilepsy Association.

  • David_Ross_160x90px


    David is Chair of the Nottingham University Development Committee and Chair of the David Ross Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise which funds, amongst other things, the David Ross Education Trust’s 29 academy schools in the East midlands. Previously, David was the co-founder and Deputy Chairman of the Carphone Warehouse from 1991 through to 2008. He is the current Chairman of the BOA Audit Committee, and joined the BOA Board as a non-executive Director in June 2011.

  • Venkatesham Vinai


    As Arsenal Football Club's Chief Commercial Officer Vinai is responsible for all commercial and marketing operations on a global basis. This includes Arsenal's sponsorship, strategy, ticketing, hospitality, retail, marketing, fan services, customer relationship management and media businesses.  In total Vinai leads a team of over 200 permanent staff. Formerly at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Vinai is a member of the Arsenal Executive Team, a board member of Arsenal Broadband Limited who own Arsenal's media and digital rights, and also a Non-Executive Director at the London 2017 World Athletics and World Para Athletics Championships.




  • Craig_Reedie_160x90px


    Craig became Chairman of the British Olympic Association in 1992, where he served for more than a decade before retiring in 2005. Previously, he was a successful Badminton player at national and international level from 1962 – 1970, before becoming involved in the administration of the sport as President of the International Badminton Federation. Craig is also a member of the IOC Executive Board.


  • albert-woods_160x90px


    Albert is the President of the European Canoe Association and the President of the British Canoe Union, where he is Chairman of the World Class Management Group. Albert started canoeing aged 17 and went on to compete with the British Canoe Slalom and Wildwater teams.

  • John_James_160x90px


    John is currently the Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation. Previously, he was the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Association for many years until his retirement in 2003. John was also President of Tennis Europe, and acted as ITF Technical Delegate for Tennis for three Olympic Games.


  • Dr Neil Townshend


    Dr Neil Townshend is a General Practitioner in the Cotswolds having been Luge Olympian in 1980. He was British Champion on three occasions and North American Champion in 1980. He has previously held various roles within the International Luge Federation (FIL), including Chief Medical Officer and in1996 re-wrote the entire doping control regulations for the FIL.

    Neil was elected to the National Olympic Committee in 1980, in 1990 was appointed to the BOA Board and in 1992 was elected Vice Chairman.  Neil also chaired the National Sports Medicine Institute 1996-98 and in 1993 was Chair of the Organising Committee of the European Youth Olympic Days, held in Bath in July 1995.  He was Chair of the British Olympic Medical Trust becoming one of the three inaugural trustees & Vice Chairman of the British Olympic Foundation before taking over the Chair in 2017. 

    In 2008 he was selected to become a Specialist Member of the newly formed National Anti-Doping Panel and in 2013 was appointed to the National Safe-Guarding in Sport Panel. 

  • Dick_Palmer_190x60px


    Dick was appointed Deputy General Secretary of the British Olympic Association in 1975, and General Secretary in 1977 – a position he remained in until his retirement in 1997. He was Chef de Mission of the Great Britain Team at 10 Olympic Games (Summer & Winter) and for England’s Commonwealth Games Team at 3 Games.