Coaching in the UK

Colin Rattigan and Wayne Allison join Board of UK Coaching

Thu, 30 Nov 2017

UK Coaching has today announced two new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to its Board.

Colin Rattigan is a former Athlete and Olympic Bobsledder, representing Great Britain at the 1988 and 1992 Winter games. He has coached at all levels from elite to grassroots across three sports. Colin has a global background in consumer engagement and digital transformation, and is currently Vice President of Global Consumer Engagement for Adidas.

Wayne Allison is a former professional footballer who has developed a career in sports administration, specialising in Coach Development and Diversity.  Wayne is currently the Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager at the Football Association, where he leads a high-profile inclusion programme to address and improve the under representation of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic male and female coaches at the elite level of the English game.

Both Colin and Wayne bring their wealth of sporting, and business experience to the board and will help contribute to the strategy and governance of UK Coaching as it drives forward its mission to put coaching at the heart of physical activity and sport. 

The announcement of the two new NEDs comes on the same day of the inaugural England Coaching Summit that takes place in London with over 50 leaders of sport and physical activity meeting to discuss how people in coaching roles can continue to respond to the ever-evolving needs of the UK population. 

Mark Gannon, Chief Executive of UK Coaching, said: “I welcome Colin and Wayne to the Board of Directors and I am confident that the experience they bring from both within and outside of the sporting arena will add real value and impact to the organisation and coaching in the UK.

“UK Coaching is committed to ensuring that we are a leader in placing equality and diversity at the heart of everything we do and at all levels of our organisation. By doing so we are leading by example as we strive to achieve a coaching workforce reflective of society.”

Gillian Wilmot, Chairman of UK Coaching, said: “I am delighted to welcome Colin and Wayne who bring with them an enormous amount of coaching and sporting credibility and understanding. Our Board now represents our commitment to diversity on all dimensions including 50% female and 25% BME.

Coaching has many wider benefits than sport alone and is a key contributor on national issues including social inclusion, health and physical activity.

“My thanks are also extended to our outgoing trustees, Jackie Bryson and Kevin Bowring, for their guidance throughout their tenure on the UK Coaching Board.”

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