Coaching in the UK

Inaugural meeting for Sports Coach UK Board of Directors

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Sports Coach UK’s newly appointed Board of Directors have held their inaugural board meeting as part of ongoing organisational developments.

As the UK’s technical agency for coaching, Sports Coach UK is broadening its horizons; developing as an organisation and wanting to bring the benefits of great coaching to everybody.

Coaching is no longer considered as simply acquiring and honing sports skills. It is much wider than this. It’s about improving a person’s experience of sport and physical activity by providing specialised support and guidance aligned to their individual needs and aspirations. In short, great coaching leads to great experiences.

As such the members of the board will play a crucial part in the running of an effective and efficient organisation that is current and relevant to the changing needs of coaching.

The new Board are as follows:

Alastair Gilmartin-Smith

With a career in finance spanning over 25 years, Alastair has been the Finance Director at media and communications regulator Ofcom since 2008.

Dr Rosemary Leonard MBE

Qualifying as a doctor from Cambridge University in 1980, Rosemary works in the NHS as a senior partner at a practice in South London. Her second main line of work is as a medical journalist, regularly contributing to the BBC, Daily Express and Woman and Home magazine.

Lizzie Broadbent

Lizzie Broadbent joined Shell in 2008, working in global roles running marketing and customer operations for B2B businesses, including: Lubricants, Aviation and Bitumen. Lizzie is passionate about development and coaching. She was the lead of the senior women’s stream of the Shell women’s network in the UK in 2012-2013 and regularly acts as business faculty on Shell’s senior leadership development programmes.   

Martha Collins Rolle

Of Counsel at the London office of global law firm, Bryan Cave, Marty has over 30 years of legal experience in the US and England, advising on complex transactions, including: financings and joint ventures. Through her legal practice she has advised clients across many industries, including: sports and entertainment, hotels and resorts, film and media, telecommunications, natural resources and the railroad industries.  

Richard Wheater

Richard is Performance Director at Loughborough University and former head of coaching and development for both England and British Athletics (BA).

Mark Gannon, Chief Executive Officer of Sports Coach UK, said:

“Coaching is about supporting and guiding people through great sport and physical activity experiences, positively benefitting both the coach and the participant.

“As this definition of coaching broadens and we evolve as an organisation, the expertise from our Board will prove to be invaluable.

“I want to extend a warm welcome to them as they join us on our new journey at Sports Coach UK.”

Gillian Wilmot, Chairman Sports Coach UK, said:

"I am delighted to welcome our new Board members who bring a wealth of experience across coaching, business and health.”

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