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Our Board

The Board of non-executive Directors is chaired by Atholl Duncan and has four committees (Finance, Audit and Risk; Governance; HR and Remuneration; and Nominations). The Board is supported by the Executive Management team.

Atholl Duncan - Chair

Atholl is a business leader with a wide range of experience as a non-executive director in sport. He was the chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) – the governing and regulatory body for the UK’s second largest spectator sport – and still serves on the BHA’s board. He was a non-executive director of sportscotland from 2001 to 2009; a director of the Scottish Sports Council Trust – which runs three national sports centres – for a decade; and one of the founding trustees of the Hibernian FC Community Foundation.

He is the chair of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation and a trustee of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Atholl is passionate about getting more people, more active, more often to address the nation’s problems with health and inactivity. He is inspired by the great work of our elite coaches winning on the world stage, as well as the achievements of the many thousands of our coaches who change people’s lives at a community level. He was a schoolboy rowing international, a club rugby player and still competes in 10Ks, triathlons and half ironmans.

In his professional career, Atholl worked for the BBC for 20 years and was head of news and current affairs for BBC Scotland from 2007 to 2011, leading 270 journalists working on TV, radio and online. He was also executive director of ICAS – the professional and membership body for 21,000 chartered accountants – many of whom are chairs, CEOs and CFOs, leading the best known companies across the UK and in 100 countries around the world. Atholl is an INSEAD qualified executive coach and is the owner of The Edge Coaching and Consultancy Ltd.

Committees: Nominations (Chairman)

Wayne Allison

Wayne is currently the technical director of the League Managers Association. He previously worked as the coach inclusion and diversity manager at the Football Association and prior to that as the organisation’s coaching research manager, responsible for providing the underpinning knowledge of research to inform policy to support and enhance coach education and development.

Wayne is a former professional footballer, who holds the full range of UEFA coaching qualifications, including the UEFA Pro Licence; and has also been on the coaching staff at several professional clubs. Wayne has a PhD in Sport Exercise Science and Coaching and is co-author of 'Advances in Coach Education and Development: From research to practice'. 

Wayne is also a non-executive director at UK Coaching and sits on their HR and Remuneration Committee. He has recently been appointed to the Sports Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

Committees: HR & Remuneration

Michelle Bramley

Michelle Bramley is a senior lawyer and business leader with nearly 30 years' experience in a variety of legal and senior management roles at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, most recently as Global Head of Knowledge. 

Michelle has significant operational management experience including digital transformation and innovation delivery. Her expertise includes international dispute resolution, risk and regulatory compliance, business and human rights, and modern slavery. 

Since leaving Freshfields, Michelle has undertaken consulting work for charities and is currently an advisory board member of ForestSEA, a not for profit organisation developing reforestation initiatives in South East Asia. 

Michelle is also a member of Thomson Reuters’ Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law and Knowledge Management Advisory Boards. 

Committees: Finance, Audit & Risk and chair of the Governance committee

Lizzie Broadbent

Lizzie started her career as an investment manager, running equity portfolios and covering various market sectors, principally, for UK charity clients at JP Morgan Fleming. She then spent seven years as a management consultant at Capgemini Consulting.

Joining Shell in 2008, Lizzie worked in global roles running marketing operations and customer operations for B2B businesses, including: Lubricants, Aviation and Bitumen. From 2012-2013 she led the senior women’s stream of the Shell women’s network in the UK. After completing a coaching qualification at Henley Business School, she returned to university in September 2017, studying for a Masters in Behavioural Science. She works as an independent consultant with a particular focus on the impact of inclusion on performance in teams and organisations.

Lizzie is the Board's Senior Independent Director. She is also the Board's Equality and Diversity Champion; her role is to advocate the importance of equitable practice and to support the implementation of UK Coaching's key equality and diversity projects.

Committees: HR & Remuneration (Chairman) and Nominations

Alastair Gilmartin Smith

As a chartered accountant with a career spanning over 25 years, Alastair is the chief operating officer at UK Finance, the trade body representing banking and finance in the UK, and has overall responsibility for finance, HR, IT, risk, legal, procurement, facilities and hospitality. As part of his role, Alastair also leads work on diversity and inclusion for the company.

Prior to joining UK Finance he was the finance director at the media and communications regulator Ofcom, and provided financial leadership during the organisation's transformation programme to deliver 30% efficiency savings and embed operational change. During his career, Alastair has held a variety of senior finance roles in both financial services and the telecommunications sector, and has considerable experience of leading and managing organisational change and transformation.

Committees: Finance, Audit & Risk (Chairman) and Governance

Rosie Ranganathan

Rosie began her HR career working in music for EMI Records and then BMG, where she was part of the team who worked on the merger with Sony Music. She then moved into TV and worked at Channel 5 and Channel 4, where she ran the HR Operations team for almost six years. During her time in the media sector, Rosie worked on a number of large-scale organisational design and change projects, including the purchase of EMAP TV, the outsourcing of Transmission and the lucrative acquisition of the UKTV advertising sales team.

Moving into sport in 2013, Rosie joined Wasps RFC and was part of the team that transitioned them to their new home in Coventry. She joined the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2014 as people director, and created a HR function that partnered closely with the business to develop, attract and retain the best; culminating in the organisation winning both the men's and women's cricket world cups. As part of the Senior Management team, Rosie has championed an inclusive culture that brings out the best in everyone, including continuous performance management and personal development. Passionate about inclusion and diversity, Rosie has championed an inclusive culture and has led on the ECB’s inclusion and diversity strategy. 

She is also a qualified executive coach and mentor and is currently studying for a master's degree in leadership (specialising in sports leadership and high-performance).

Committees: HR & Remuneration Committee

Colin Rattigan

Colin began his career with Shell with various periods in the business strategy and retail marketing departments. After leaving Shell, he moved from the energy sector taking on a variety of senior management roles in advertising, consumer marketing and technology consulting roles in Asia and Europe. 

Colin is a former athlete and Olympic bobsledder, representing Great Britain at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Games. He has coached at elite and grassroots levels across three sports. He believes in the strong connectivity that sport can changes lives and coaching is the catalyst and enabler of that goal in society. 

Committees: Finance and Audit & Risk

Jo Stent

Jo has overall financial responsibility for the European Tour group – which comprises of the European Tour, the European Challenge Tour and the Staysure Tour as well as being managing partner of Ryder Cup Europe. 

Jo joined the European Tour in January 2017 from Vodafone plc where she was the regional CFO for Vodafone Americas based in New York. Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2000 with EY, she has held progressively senior financial leadership roles with large multinational organisations such as TELUS Communications and Scottish & Newcastle plc in the technology and consumer goods industries - in several different geographies, as well as some time in mergers and acquisitions advisory. 

She holds an international business and languages degree from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and ICADE, Madrid and is fluent in Spanish and French.  Her primary focus is on driving growth through innovation and change management, as well as creating rigorous financial discipline within the business and she has led several impactful business transformation programmes.  Previously, she has held external positions such as with the ICAS Council and is a frequent guest speaker at conferences and leadership events. 

Committees: Finance, Audit & Risk

Deborah Vickers

Deborah is a comparison site expert with 15 years of experience in technology and finance.

Working across the private sector for MoneySuperMarket.com, Dixons Carphone, LastMinute.com and Zuto, and launching a start-up telecoms/finance company has allowed Deborah to hone expertise in growing brands, financial planning, product expansion and strategic direction.

A regular face in the national press, providing expert comment for The Times, Express and Independent, among others, also producing thought leadership features on personal finance topics, for example women in finance, brexit, budgeting, energy prices and more.

Deborah is an England Athletics endurance coach and a visually impaired guide runner. 

Committees: Finance, Audit & Risk

Richard Wheater

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

While working for England Athletics he led on the development of the National Coach Development Programme, which now impacts on more than 1,500 coaches in the UK at any one time. Since leaving athletics Richard has completed an MBA at Cambridge University and owned/directed two small companies.

A former team coach/manager at World Juniors, European Cup, Commonwealth and World University Games, Richard has a keen interest in the development of athletes at critical points in their journey, particularly supporting those who are making changes in their programmes or approach.

Committees: Nominations