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.

  • Richard_Leman_160x90px


    Richard is a former British hockey player who was a member of the bronze medal winning team at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games and the gold medal winning team at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games. That team remain the only British team to date to win a gold medal in hockey. He became President of the Great Britain Hockey Board in January 2008. Richard was elected to the BOA Board in March 2007.

  • 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 Sparkes


    David was appointed as Chief Executive to the Amateur Swimming Association and British Swimming in 1994 and held both roles until July 2014 when they separated and David became Chief Executive of British Swimming. David was fully involved in delivering the 2002 and 2014 Commonwealth Games and later the FINA World Championships 25m 2008.  He was also a member of the successful bid team that secured the London 2012 Olympic Games and the 2016 European Swimming Championships. David was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011 for his services to swimming.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Adam Pengilly_160x90px


    Adam is a former international bobsleigh and skeleton athlete. He has been a member of Team GB at the Olympic Winter Games on three occasions – initially as a bobsleigh coach in 2002, and then as a skeleton athlete in 2006 and 2010. He won the silver medal at the World Championships in 2009 and was elected to the IOC Athletes’ Commission by fellow Olympians at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, where he became an IOC Member and sits on several IOC Commissions as well as the WADA Foundation Board. He was also elected to the post of Vice President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation in 2014. Professionally, Adam works in an advisory role consulting in sport performance and governance.


  • 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.

  • 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.