Sports Leaders UK Board of Trustees

Duncan Lewis - Chair

Duncan is an experienced, commercial, Chartered Marketer who has been successful in a variety of blue-chip organisations. His core brand marketing skills are reinforced by experience of corporate strategy and business planning across a breadth of financial, general management and sport organisations.

His work in sport has included a three month secondment working with Sir Clive Woodward and the British Olympic Association senior management team as acting Operations Director for the Olympic Coaching Academy project in 2008-09; from July 2009 he led the Marketing, Commercial and Communications function for Commonwealth Games England in the lead-in to the Delhi 2010 Games.

He also has current charity experience consolidating and building the recently launched Age UK brand since June 2010 as Group Marketing and Development Director. Duncan is a Business Leader member of the Marketing Society and has completed the London Business School strategy programme and the Institute of Management leadership programme as well as several other management CPD programmes. Duncan is a keen sportsman and spectator and is a level 2 RFU coach involved with coaching youth teams at old Albanians RFC. Since 2007 he has been a non-executive Director for the British Volleyball Federation appointed via the partnership between FTSE and the British Olympic Association to help maximise British success at London 2012 and beyond.

David Cove - Vice Chair

David is CEO of Dacorum Sports Trust. He has extensive experience of delivering positive sporting, social and educational programmes to a wide community. His Sports Trust has a reputation for innovation and excellent delivery whilst being one of the most profitable and commercially dynamic in the sector.  A wide range of operational experience over the past 20 years, coupled with management of large scale projects has allowed David to pursue his passion about the positive impact that sport can have on the lives of everyone, particularly young people. He held posts of Head of Services for Children and Young People and then Head of Sport for Dacorum Borough Council before taking up the role of CEO of Dacorum Sports Trust. He has valuable experience and understanding of both the public and charitable business sectors.

Fun fact about Dave: He once appeared on the Big Breakfast with Keith Chegwin in a pantomime horse outfit.

Dominic Goggins - Trustee

Dom is a political and communications strategist with experience in a variety of sectors, ranging from international diplomacy on poverty and climate change to sports broadcasting regulation in the UK. He currently works for British Cycling.

Dom has run more than 20 marathons to raise funds to tackle blood cancer, in memory a childhood friend lost to Leukaemia. In 2012 he carried the Olympic Flame. In 2015 he cycled the entire Tour de France course, one day ahead of the professional race to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia.

Lara Lill - Trustee

Lara is Head of Health and Wellbeing at the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), she is responsible for developing strategy and building influential partnerships to improve the quality of life for people with health conditions and contribute to the public health of the population.

Lara is also a member of the European Women and Sport Board responsible for promoting leadership for women in sport. Lara has a background in secondary school teaching and is  delighted to be appointed as a trustee to Sports leaders UK. 

Maria Turnbull-Kemp (FCCA) - Chair of ARaC

A professional qualified and highly experienced finance and operation director with a successful career in commercial and sport’s national governing bodies. Maria has worked with a number of Government bodies including Sport England, and UK Sport.

Since 2012, Maria has been the Director of Finance and Operations with British Judo. She has key responsibilities for managing finance, memberships services, events, IT, merchandise. She was previously the Finance Director for British Swimming and the Amateur Association since 2007 until she joined British Judo.

Maria completed her MBA in 2013 after studying at Nottingham University.

Shaun Dowling - Trustee

Shaun taught PE in secondary schools for around twenty years, first qualifying as a Sports Leaders UK tutor in the mid-1990s. He gained promotion to become Director of Sport in the first sports college in Kent before becoming deputy head in two further sports colleges.

After three years in a national role with the Youth Sport Trust (YST) Shaun was seconded to United Learning, a national group of 50 state academies and independent schools as their Head of Sport. This role has since become substantive.

One of Shaun’s first decisions was to put on a Sports Leaders UK tutor training course for the group, enabling over a dozen teachers to qualify as either sport or dance tutors. He has since produced and co-edited ‘The A-Z of School Improvement through PE and Sport’ with professor David Woods.

In 2015 Shaun completed his first ½ Ironman and was recently awarded Coach of the Year by Chichester District Council for his work in youth triathlon.

Charlotte Graham-Cumming - Trustee

A Senior Marketing Professional, with a specialism in working with technology, retail, supply chain and print companies. I have worked globally, across the full marketing mix (B2B and B2C), and specialise in demand generation and inbound marketing strategies.

I work with Business Leaders and CMOs to help them optimise their marketing strategy and brand positioning, as well as helping them to make the shift to inbound marketing.

In September 2015 I contributed a chapter on marketing to the bestseller From Small Business to Big Business (

In October 2013, I was lucky enough to be a finalist in Business Woman of the Year awards, run by Sue Ryder. I was up against 3 amazing women, and was honoured to be included.

Richard Ramsey - Trustee

Richard is an experienced corporate Director and non-executive Director having had a successful thirty five year career in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, financial performance improvement and corporate banking.

He developed a reputation whilst a Director at Duke Street Capital and Hill Samuel Bank for providing the boards of companies throughout the UK with objective and constructive support, enabling them to optimize and implement strategies to achieve their objectives. That has included board alignment and performance, strategic direction, operational strategy and performance, financial governance and management.

Richard has also advised trustees in the charity sector on structure, including M&A and consolidation, to ensure the objectives of the charity are achieved in the most effective way. He places an emphasis on the sustainability of excellent service levels and financial performance.

During his professional career he has been a member of the Chartered Banker Institute, represented MCG plc on the Management Consulting Institute, Hill Samuel Bank and the TSB plc on the insolvency law review panel.

Richard is a keen sports man, having competed in ten sports. He is a level two RFU coach, currently coaching adults at Kings Wimbledon RFU, is active with the RFU in the community initiative and competes several times a week throughout the year in veterans’ team tennis.

Jill Lanning - Trustee

Having initially worked in business administration, Jill spent the rest of her working life in the Learning and Skills sector and is a keen advocate of vocational education. She taught in a FE College in Birmingham for a decade and then worked with regional schools and colleges on the development of their vocational curriculum. Later she managed the delivery of large training programmes for managers and staff in schools and colleges.

Jill’s primary experience has been in the world of awarding bodies that offer vocational qualifications. This ranges from the technicalities of delivering and quality assuring qualifications to the ever-changing government policy around vocational and skills education. Her expertise was developed through working for BTEC (later part of Edexcel/Pearson) for a decade and then latterly as the Chief Executive of the Federation of Awarding Bodies, the trade association for vocational awarding organisations.

Since retiring three years ago she has combined taming a large overgrown garden with serving on the Boards of a couple of awarding bodies and of her local FE college.

Date printed: 24/08/2019

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