About the boa

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  • Princess-Anne_160x90px


    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.

  • Sir Hugh Robertson


    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.



    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.

  • Andy Anson_160x90px


    Andy has had a successful career in the media and sports industries and was appointed the BOA's Chief Executive in 2019 having been a Board member since 2011. Previous to the BOA, Andy was Global President for Teneo Sports - a leading global CEO advisory business, CEO of Goals Soccer Centres Plc and President of Fanatics International. 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.



    • Sarah_Treseder_160x90px


      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.

    • Vicky Gosling 


      .Vicky joined GB Snowsport as Chief Executive Officer in April 2018.

      A former Group Captain in the Royal Air Force, Vicky’s military career in the RAF featured highly successful operational, strategic and leadership roles which saw her awarded an MBE in 2004, followed by an OBE in 2014 for services to the military.

      She played a crucial executive role in the organisation and breakout success of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, going on to become CEO of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando, USA.

      Vicky also sits on the Board of the Global Mental Health Summit, is an Armed Forces Lawn Tennis Association Councillor, a strategic advisor to the UK Invictus Games Delegation, and is a founding custodian of Rugby Centurions.

    • 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. 

    • Ben Hawes_160x90px


      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.

    • Georgina Usher 


      Georgina Usher was elected to the BOA Board on 28 February 2019 as an NGB representative. Georgina joined British Fencing in April 2014, successfully implemented a new insight-led strategic approach to increasing participation in fencing. This followed a successful fencing career, representing GB at many European and World Championships and spending several seasons ranked in the World Top 16. She holds 10 individual Senior National Championship titles, and has won several Commonwealth medals (including Gold in 2014). She currently competes on the 40+ circuit where she is two-times European Champion. Georgina is also a member of the FIE Women in Fencing Council.

      Prior to her role at British Fencing, Georgina was the Operational Director at CIO Connect, an independent advisory and consulting organisation dedicated solely to the Chief Information Officer, their leadership teams and their agenda. As part of this, she oversaw a successful initiative to increase membership retention through customer focussed initiatives, whilst re-structuring the cost-base to deliver financial sustainability. Prior to CIO Connect, Georgina worked as a project manager, strategist and business consultant for companies including Legal & General and Accenture.


    • Juliet Slot 


      Juliet has worked in the business of sports for 29 years starting her career at Octagon before moving on to spend five years at Adidas International where she held a series of marketing communications posts across Running, Brand and Women’s.  

      After moving back to the UK, Juliet was made Commercial Director of Fulham Football Club before being appointed to the Board, the first female in the club’s history in 2000.

      Juliet joined the London 2012 bid in 2014 and stayed as part of LOCOG for a year before leaving to become Managing Director of a subsidiary of the Haymarket Media Group and then Pitch as MD in December 2009

      Juliet then joined Ascot Racecourse Ltd as Commercial Director in November 2012 before being promoted to Chief Commercial Officer in 2017.  

    • Baroness 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. Baroness Ford joined the Board of the BOA in November 2017 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 2019 New Year Honours List for her services to sport and business.

    • 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 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.

    • Venkatesham Vinai


      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. 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.


    • Craig_Reedie_160x90px


      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).


    • albert-woods_160x90px


      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.

    • John_James_160x90px


      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.


    • 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. 

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