Kevin Aitchison

Chair

Kevin is the Head of Knight Frank Investment Management. Prior to this he was CEO of ING Real Estate UK which at the time was part of the largest property fund manager in the world. He therefore provides the GBWR team with a wealth of experience in the areas of business and governance.

He first became involved with wheelchair rugby in 2006 when ING Real Estate and the charity BOOST jointly sponsored the GB squad for the World Championships in New Zealand. He quickly became hooked on the sport and joined the Board as a Trustee. In September 2010 he was elected as Chairman of the new charitable limited company. He is committed to helping GBWR develop its governance and grassroots game while being passionate about the Great Britain team achieving medals and Paralympic success.

Kevin is married to Sam and lives in Kent with their three children. A former rugby union player, he is now a season ticket holder with Harlequins and is passionate about all forms of the game.

Michael Spence

Vice Chair

Michael first saw wheelchair rugby being played when he was an inpatient at Rookwood Hospital, the spinal injury centre in Cardiff, and was instantly hooked. He began playing for the recently-formed Cardiff Pirates, now the Ospreys, in 1991, was player / coach for a number of years and finally ceased playing rugby in December 2012.

He became part of the GB squad in 1993; and his first international tournament was the World Championship in 1995. He captained the development squad, which won its first gold medal at the World Wheelchair Games in 1996, then captained the elite team at the 1997 European Championships and the 1998 World Championships, and continued competing up to and including the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000. More recently Michael developed and coached the Great Britain Invictus wheelchair rugby team to a gold medal at the 2014 Invictus Games in London. He also co-commentated on the ITV coverage of the BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015 tournament.

After spending five years as Treasurer, then Chairman, and Team Manager in the early years of the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association, he was accepted onto the Board for GBWR Ltd. He looks forward to continuing to further develop the sport at grass roots, domestic and international levels throughout the UK.

Prior to his spinal cord injury, Michael worked as a Contracts Manager for a plastering contractor, specialising in conservation and restoration work in the UK and abroad. In 2005 he returned to education and undertook training as a teaching assistant in primary education and currently works part-time in a local primary school. He also had many years’ experience as Vice Chair of the school’s governing body.

In his limited spare time, Michael enjoys travelling, cycling, fly fishing and dancing!

Michael is also the Board Champion for Safeguarding.

Mary Daunt

Senior Independent Director

Mary was a leading real estate lawyer heading teams at firms including Eversheds, Browne Jacobson and Andersen Legal and was chief executive of Birmingham Forward before retiring from full time partnership some years ago to look after her daughter who is visually impaired and has learning difficulties. Mary was also a consultant for law firm Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP and a non- executive director and vice-chair of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Mary is also a trustee of The Complete Works Limited, an independent School incorporated as a charity in 1999 that enables young people in difficult circumstances to engage in education.

Mary is known as a clear strategic thinker with acute attention to operational and financial performance who habitually challenges accepted norms and is prepared to implement tough decisions when necessary but always keeping the interests of the business at heart.

A lover of all forms of sport, Mary has trekked to both the base of Everest, summiting Kala Patthar at 5,643m and to Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru. In June 2016 Mary managed to climb half way up Mont Blanc before turning back due to serious avalanche warnings.

Mary looks forward to contributing her specific skills to help facilitate the continuing development of GBWR.

Simon Le Fevre

Chair GFC

Simon is a member of the sports consultancy, Wharton Consulting.   Simon spent most of his career working for NatWest Investment Management, later Gartmore, ultimately acting as chief operating officer for a US-based hedge fund of funds.   He was later deputy director of the United Nations Association of the UK. He then served as head of investment & governance at the United Kingdom Sport Council (UK Sport) and more recently as interim head of corporate governance at the English Sports Council (Sport England).

Simon helped to found the Amateur Swimming Association’s related registered charity, the National Swimming Trust. Later he was appointed a Board Member of the ASA. He was also a company director of Swim Portsmouth Ltd, set up to manage the lottery supported regional high performance centre in Portsmouth during the late 1990s.

Simon is a Cambridge University graduate and also holds a Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from the Sir John Cass Business School of City – University of London.

Simon brings to GBWR a wide range of knowledge and expertise in sports’ governance and in investment matters, as well as some 30 years’ experience as a trustee, chair and secretary of various charities. His aim is to help GBWR to achieve high standards of governance and effectiveness for the benefit the sport and all its players, clubs, volunteers, staff and supporters.

Richard Allcroft

Richard first became involved with rugby in 1992 and was instantly drawn into this exciting sport. He played at clubs in Sheffield and Nottingham clubs for 14 years participated for three years with TeamGB. He was selected for the development squad at World Championships in 1998 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium winning Gold against Japan, and won Gold at a low-point tournament in Munich against Belgium, which he describes as his best game of rugby, playing on-court for the whole game.

He has spent many years involved with the national governing body and is also actively involved at the Sheffield Spinal Injuries Centre; a role which centres around peer support, advice and educating patients in assistive technology. Prior to suffering a spinal cord injury following a diving accident aged 22, he served as a weapons technician on nuclear submarines in the Royal Navy after qualifying as an electrician, nuclear missile launcher and armourer.

Richard was selected to take the oath on behalf of all judges and referees at the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

Andrew Flatt

Andrew held a number of senior leadership roles at Grant Thornton, a major international accounting firm, before retiring in May 2010 – the same year that he was recruited to the GBWR Board. In the latter part of his public practice accounting career he was one of the leaders of the firm’s audit business, having previously gained valuable experience in recovery and corporate finance. His client experience included a number of well known sporting and membership organisations, motor retail, high-end engineering and the drinks sector.

On the GBWR Board Andrew has responsibility for all aspects of finance, and he also assists with the development of the company’s international profile and influence. Having known next to nothing of the sport when he joined the Board, he is now an enthusiastic – and, perhaps, slightly less ignorant – supporter.

Away from GBWR Andrew continues as a governor of a Catholic voluntary aided secondary school (one of the top 100 non-selective schools in England), is an avid theatre and concert-goer, and is a member of Ealing RFC.

Margaret Moore

Margaret is Chair of the Health and Social Care Sub Committee, and a trustee, of national charity Sue Ryder, which provides complex neurological and end of life care, in the community and from its five neurological centres and seven hospices.

She is also Vice Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, the independent regulator of charitable fundraising, which was established, in response to the cross party review into fundraising self-regulation, to strengthen the system of charity regulation and restore public trust in fundraising.

Margaret was a commercial/competition partner at city law firm, Travers Smith LLP, for 22 years, advising on a wide range of commercial contracts, including partnerships and joint ventures, and latterly focussing on competition law, providing compliance advice and training, as well as risk management.  During her time there, she established and became head of the Commercial and Competition Departments, responsible for the management, strategic planning and development of the businesses.  Alongside her legal practice, Margaret was very involved in mentoring, coaching and recruitment, working particularly with the trainee solicitors.  She was the first, long term female partner at Travers Smith.

Margaret loves all forms of sport, particularly rugby.  She is a longstanding Leicester Tigers supporter and season ticket holder. GBWR combines her passion for furthering the cause of those with a disability with her keen interest in rugby.  Since being co-opted as a trustee in September 2015 (and following her election at the 2016 AGM), she has seen, at first hand, the significant contribution which GBWR makes to the sport and very much looks forward to playing her part in its continued development, at both grass roots and elite level.

Margaret is also a member of the Governance & Finance Committee.

Suzy Christopher

As BT’s charity and community director, Suzy is responsible for BT’s global charity and community strategy, and the company’s publicly stated goal to generate more than £1bn for good causes by 2020 through its technology and the skills of its people.

She ensures that both the company’s charity partnerships and its volunteering programme help to bring BT’s purpose – to use the power of communications to make a better world – to life, advising the Chairman, Board and Operating Committee.

Prior to this role, Suzy was part of BT’s brand leadership team where she led “Ingenious”, BT’s innovation programme, and the Paralympic programme. Before this Suzy was head of communications for BT’s successful London 2012 partnership, leading on all areas of PR and communications, brand management, sponsorships/partnerships, crisis comms and stakeholder events. As part of this role, Suzy led on BT’s Paralympic activation, including running the annual BT Paralympic World Cup event in Manchester, and managing BT’s relationships with Paralympic athletes and the British Paralympic Association.

Born in Kidderminster in the West Midlands, Suzy is now based in Tooting, south west London. She’s a keen sports fan and is particularly passionate about cricket and Welsh rugby. Suzy is a reluctant runner, and last year ran the London marathon in April followed by the Las Vegas ‘rock n roll’ half marathon in November.

Andy Barrow

In 1997, Andy Barrow was playing rugby for his local club when he suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. He was just 17 years old.

Following this catastrophic, life-changing injury and many hard months of rehabilitation, his life was transformed again when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as “Murderball” – and joined the London Wheelchair Rugby club.

Andy was selected to train with the Great Britain squad in 1999, and narrowly missed out on a place at the Sydney Paralympics. Vowing never to miss a major tournament again, he dedicated himself to the life of a full-time athlete, and made his international début at the Wheelchair Rugby World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2002.

His wheelchair rugby career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of the record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row. He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics – one of his proudest moments.

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the greatest sporting event in Great Britain’s history, and the perfect opportunity for Andy to end his career on a high. He took the decision to make this his final tournament, following well over 100 appearances for GB.

Since retiring, Andy has worked as an athlete mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, created his own successful mentoring projects and now coaches current Great Britain athletes through their public appearances.

Andy regularly speaks to corporate audiences about performance and has also taken his presentations international, where he specializes in creating bespoke itineraries for organisations. Andy is an experienced ambassador who has represented charities including Team London, Right To Play and most recently, Laureus.

Jon Nutman

Jon Nutman was born in London and grew up in the south west. Jon sustained a spinal cord injury in 1984, at age 17, playing rugby for his 1st XV at school in Bristol. Whilst studying for a degree in Politics & Economics, Jon moved to Wales and played wheelchair rugby for the Cardiff Pirates in the 1990s; the team achieved National Champion status two years running. In that period, Jon was also selected for the GB squad and represented his country at several international tournaments. Jon was also Secretary of the precursor organisation to Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association, (GBWRA).

Jon left his role at the GBWRA, (and his playing career), to pursue a full-time career in the law. Jon qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and then took up that role in the Crime & Regulation Department with Slater & Gordon Lawyers, based in Cardiff, where he remains to date.

Prior to undertaking his legal career, Jon was active in the disability movement in Bristol and a member of the local Coalition of Disabled People. From that developed the movement for Independent Living and Jon undertook the role of Project Manager for the West of England Centre for Independent Living. Jon also undertook two years in the role of Lecturer, designing & delivering bespoke courses to students with disabilities at Brunel College, Bristol.

Jon has an interest in the structural barriers, both attitudinal and physical, that exist in our society and that hinder the personal development and the empowerment of disabled people. Jon believes that sport is a force for good and that greater participation in wheelchair rugby, and thus the social interaction and the team spirit that result, lead to greater self-confidence & personal independence.

Jon is married to Helen and he lives in south Wales.

In his spare time, he enjoys travel, music, film and time with his friends and family.

Kevin Aitchison

Chair

Kevin Aitchison

Michael Spence

Vice Chair

Michael Spence

Mary Daunt

Senior Independent Director

Simon Le Fevre

Chair GFC

Simon Le Fevre

Richard Allcroft

Richard Allcroft

Andrew Flatt

Margaret Moore

Suzy Christopher

Andy Barrow

Jon Nutman