EFDS has two offices- the head office in Loughborough and another in Manchester. A lot of our team work out of the office, to attend meetings and build relationships.
Our Board is made up of 10 people, who have a variety of essential skills and experiences to support EFDS strategy, policies and vision.
Please see below the details for staff, Board and Advocates. You can also use the contact us form for general information.
Found 38 team members.
Chris WhitakerEngagement Advisor (East and South East)
EFDS has a team of Advisors to support local and national work. The Engagement Advisors cover nine regions across England. Along with our National Advisors, they support key strategic partners, including County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). Their work helps these partners to be more effective in enabling more disabled people to be more active in sport and physical activity.
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Charles has been involved in sport for disabled people since 2005 when as a Director at Nationwide Building Society he was responsible for a £1million seven year sponsorship of EFDS events. After leaving Nationwide in 2008 Charles maintained his involvement as a volunteer and was invited to join the EFDS Board in December 2010. Charles brings a wealth of commercial and corporate experience to the Board. He was appointed Vice Chair in May 2011 and elected Chair by the Federation's membership in September of that year.
Charles was re-elected for a second three year term as Chair at the 2015 AGM.
Besides his role with EFDS, Charles is a main Board member at Sport England and a Trustee of the London Marathon Charitable Trust. He also Chairs an advisory Board for sports career academy students at Cirencester Sixth Form College. Charles was previously on the Boards of the Active Gloucestershire CSP and the Institute of Customer Service.
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Rob has worked as a PE teacher and outdoor instructor for 20 years. Based in Dorchester in Dorset, he specialises teaching disabled children aged from two to nineteen.
Rob coordinates athletics, table cricket and boccia for school aged children across South West England which has lead too many successes and increased opportunities in his region.
Specialising in inclusive sport education Rob advises many schools and organisations on practical solutions in addition to delivering professional development training. Rob is passionate about sport and believes every person, if they choose, should have access to sport and leisure irrespective of their ability.
Rob was first elected to the Board at the AGM in July 2015.
Ken has worked as a practitioner in the area of inclusive physical activity and sport for disabled people for over 35 years. This has included ten years working in special education, and stints with a disability sport organisation (UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability), as disability sports development officer for Leeds City Council sports development team, the Inclusive Sport Officer with the Youth Sport Trust, three years as Sports Consultant with the Disability Sport Unit at the Australian Sports Commission and two years running a research and development centre on disability sport at Loughborough University.
Among other roles, he was part of the coaching staff of the England Cerebral Palsy and Great Britain Paralympic swim teams from 1982-1992.
Ken now works independently as an advisor and consultant. Recent work has included the ongoing development of the TOP Sportsability online resource for the Youth Sport Trust. He has also delivered inclusive physical activity & sport projects in overseas development settings with current projects in Bangladesh,Ethiopia, Malaysia and Peru.
Ken is also a founding director of The Inclusion Club, a website aimed at practitioners working in inclusive physical activity & sport. He also works part-time as a lecturer and adviser on inclusive sport at the University of Worcester.
Ken has been a Member of the Board of Trustees since March 2011. He was re-elected for a second three year term at the AGM 2015.
Following an early career in teaching, Kate has worked in the development and transformation of services within family services and healthcare. This has included 10 years working within Early Intervention and prevention services with vulnerable children and their families. More recently, leading primary care health transformation as Managing Director of a successful GP Federation in Wakefield. Kate also provides consultancy support for developing businesses.
Alongside this, Kate is a welfare officer for a grassroots football club and a parent governor. She is passionate about supporting communities to develop sustainable provision that meets their needs.
Genny has worked in the media industry for many years, working on feature films, television dramas, entertainment programmes and documentaries. She moved into digital media becoming Head of Production for ISO design overseeing the creation of apps, websites and interactive installations before moving into her current role at BBC Sport.
As Producer on the BBC Get Inspired initiative, Genny works with sporting governing bodies, BBC brands and external partners to develop ideas and create opportunities to discuss the importance of physical activity. Genny is passionate about helping people to help themselves.
James has led a number of successful organisations throughout his career. He is presently the Chief Operating Officer of Vista Data Services, providing investors and lenders with products and services related to U.S. residential credit pricing. James was formerly the CEO of BoardEx, a leading provider of relationship capital services (now part of TheStreet). Previously, he was the Managing Director of IQ Financial Systems, Europe. Prior to joining IQ Financial Systems, James was the General Manager for the UK, Germany and Switzerland for Dow Jones Markets.
Dr Philip Friend OBE FRSATrustee
Phil Friend, himself a wheelchair user, is acknowledged as the UK's foremost consultant on disability matters. A powerful and highly popular communicator, his company – Phil & Friends - provides consultancy to many of the country's best-known companies.
He has also worked on disability and diversity projects in Estonia, Romania, Poland, Germany, Canada and the USA. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to equal opportunities and disabled people and made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in February 2007. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc) in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to equality and diversity from University of Hertfordshire.
He is the co-author of “Why are you pretending to be normal?” a self-help book designed to help disabled people manage rather than cope with their disability.
He is a former Chair of Royal Association for Disability and Rights (RADAR) and Disability Rights (UK). He is a Vice President of the Level Playing Field Association, an Associate of the Business Disability Forum, a Trustee of RICA and a Commissioner on the Extra Costs Commission.
Phil was first elected to the Board at the AGM in July 2015.
Janet has been an active volunteer in sport since she was 14. Janet was trained as a Specialist PE teacher before going on to re-train and work in the Primary sector for 20 years, ending her career as a qualified head teacher. She left teaching to care for a family member and came to work, on a part-time basis, at Active Lincolnshire from 2004 to June 2017.
Janet is a person who believes in the value of community, she set up a Playgroup, Mothers and Toddlers and a youth group in her village and later went on to raise over £250,000 to build a purpose built Youth Centre to support young people in her community.
Janet was the Development Director at Volleyball England for 14 years and supported them through the first iteration of the NGB whole sport plan and worked as the lead for safeguarding to guide them through the CPSU Safeguarding standards.
In 2012, Janet was seconded to LOCOG and worked as part of the Games Maker team that delivered the London 2012 Beach Volleyball event.
Janet holds a number of non-executive roles, including Chair of the Boston Sports Initiative, Director at Lincoln City Football Club Sport and Education Trust, was chair of a local charity Young and Safe In Gainsborough, a member of her village hall committee and a community champion.
"I am also part of the new CSP Network Board of Trustees which I hope will compliment me being part of the EFDS Board, an exciting time for sport and happy to be supporting its development."
Tracey has been involved in disability sport since 1992. She read law at Birkbeck College, University of London and is a barrister.
As well as being Chief Executive of the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA), the organisation responsible for intellectual disability classification and enabling talented high performance athletes to excel in national and international sport, she is the former Chair and current Trustee of the lead strategic disability equality in sport London agency Interactive.
Tracey is a former Secretary General of both Inas (world) and Inas (Europe), the international sports federation for athletes with intellectual disability, its current Nominations Committee Chair and a member of the Inas Governance Review Group, as well as a respected member on the British Paralympic Association’s classification expert panel.
Prior to working in sport, Tracey held positions in the commercial sector including advertising, property and media. A passionate advocate for disability equality and rights, her other interests include swimming, Gaelic football, hurling, politics and Egyptology.
Tracey was re-elected for a second three year term at the AGM 2015.
Maria is a recently retired senior health professional with lived experience of disability who has worked at a senior level managing multi-million budgets. Maria has both knowledge and success in bidding for health care funding and extensive experience in providing and commissioning activity services.
Maria is an advocate of aligning increased activity with health outcomes within wider population, which she believes are in line with the values of EFDS.
Fran is a former Paralympic swimmer who represented Great Britain for over ten years as one of the leading disability swimmers in the country. She began her career competing at EFDS sport events in athletics and swimming, progressing to represent Great Britain.
During her career as an international swimmer, she won six Paralympic medals, competing at Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008. Fran also won five world championship titles, recently beginning her coaching qualifications in order to pass on the benefits of her experience to others.
Also an athlete mentor with the Youth Sport Trust, Fran has worked with national sports governing bodies and several charities including United Response, for whom she is a Vice President. She also holds a first class degree in social policy and a masters degree in disability politics.