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BOA BOARD MEMBERS

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    HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL – PRESIDENT

    HRH The Princess Royal has been the President of the British Olympic Association (BOA) since 1983. Her Royal Highness 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 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member since 1988.

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    SIR HUGH ROBERTSON – CHAIR

    Sir Hugh was appointed as Chair of the British Olympic Association in November 2016. He presided over the London 2012 Olympic Games as Minister for Sport and the Olympics from 2010-13, 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 now Chairs Camelot, the operator of the National Lottery, and the Racing Authority. 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.

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    ANNAMARIE PHELPS CBE - VICE CHAIR

    Annamarie was appointed Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) in February 2017. She represented Great Britain in the Women's Eight at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. She is a former member of the BOA Athletes' 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 having been Chair of British Rowing (2014-18) and a Board Member of the British Paralympic Association. Annamarie continues to support the international rowing scene, including through her role as Commonwealth liaison for the World Rowing Federation, FISA, and as a member of the European Rowing Management Board.

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    BILL SWEENEY – CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

    Bill Sweeney joined the British Olympic Association (BOA) 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. Bill is also a member of the European Olympic Committees' (EOC) Executive Committee, having been elected in November 2017.

    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.

NGB REPRESENTATIVES

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    IAN HOWARD TD

    A practising triathlete, Ian is President and Chair of the British Triathlon Federation and a member of the executive board of the International 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 Chair of the Pensions Committee of the Westinghouse section of the Railways Pension Scheme.  

  • Lisa Wainwright

    LISA WAINWRIGHT

    Lisa has significant experience in leading transformational change in sport, having previously held senior roles at Sport England, England Netball, Volleyball England and most recently CEO at British Basketball. This is in addition to her non-executive portfolio with the Amateur Swimming Association as Deputy Chair and IOS Chair. 

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    SARAH TRESEDER

    Sarah became Chief Executive of the Royal Yachting Association in 2010. Sarah was elected to the BOA Board in November 2011. A keen sailor, Sarah's previous experience included being Managing Director of private events company The Admiral Crichton, a Global Director of drinks firm Diageo, and Managing Director of Newsquest Buckinghamshire, a newspaper publishing business.

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    HEW CHALMERS

    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 British Olympic Association Board in November 2010 and in 2014 was elected to the World Curling Federation Executive Board.

  • David Joy

    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. He has managed commercial and public sector relationships and led the development and implementation of strategic plans for individual sports and multi-sports programmes. David also has experience within Sport England, Sport Scotland and Sports Coach UK. 

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    BEN HAWES – CHAIR OF BOA ATHLETES’ COMMISSION

    Ben Hawes is Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) Athletes' Commission, representing British Olympic Athletes on the BOA Board. He was elected in 2015 after serving on the Commission for four years, and was re-elected as Chair in September 2018.

    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 Director - Loyalty and Partnerships.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

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    ANDY ANSON

    Andy has had a successful career in the media and sports industries. In 2017 he was appointed Global President for Teneo Sports - a leading global CEO advisory business, based out of New York. He is the CEO of Goals Soccer Centres Plc, having previously been President of Fanatics International (formerly Kitbag), a leading sports e-commerce and retail business. He has also 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.

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    BARONESS MARGARET FORD

    Baroness Ford is known to many at the British Olympic Association (BOA) as the Chair of the Olympic Park Legacy Company. From 2008-12, 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 London 2012 Olympic 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. She joined the Board of the BOA in November 2017.

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    DAVID ROSS

    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 Chair of Carphone Warehouse from 1991 through to 2008. He is the current Chair of the BOA Audit Committee, and joined the BOA Board as a non-executive Director in June 2011.

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    VINAI VENKATESHAM

    Vinai was appointed as Arsenal Football Club's Managing Director in September 2018. Previously he was the club's Chief Commercial Officer, 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 also a board member of Arsenal Broadband Limited who own Arsenal's media and digital rights, and was a non-executive Director at the London 2017 World Athletics and World Para Athletics Championships. He joined the Board of the BOA in November 2017.

IOC MEMBERS

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    SIR CRAIG REEDIE GBE

    Craig became Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA) 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 International Olympic Committee (IOC), where he became Vice-President in July 2012. He is the current President of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

HONORARY MEMBERS

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    ALBERT WOODS OBE – HONORARY LIFE VICE-PRESIDENT

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

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    JOHN JAMES OBE - HONORARY LIFE VICE-PRESIDENT

    John was formerly the Chair of the British Olympic Foundation. 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.

OBSERVERS

  • Dr Neil Townshend

    DR NEIL TOWNSHEND

    Dr Neil Townshend is the Chair of the British Olympic Foundation. A General Practitioner, Neil was a Luge Olympian in 1980, 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.

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

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    DICK PALMER OBE – EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

    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 and for England’s Commonwealth Games Team at three Games.