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 39 team members.
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.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBEHonorary President
As Honorary President, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE brings with her a wealth of knowledge as well as decades of experience- from grassroots to elite level. She is an 11 times gold Paralympic medallist and a respected figurehead in sport. “Tanni” as she is better known as has received numerous accolades and awards in recognition of her sporting achievements. Over her career she won a total of 16 Paralympic medals, held over 30 world records, and won the London Marathon six times between 1992 and 2002.
Having acted as Chair herself for several months until the 2011 AGM, Grey-Thompson passed over the baton to her Vice Chair at the time, Charles Reed.
John Amaechi OBEVice President
John Amaechi OBE became EFDS's Vice President in 2006, when Disability Sport Events, as a separate charity, merged with EFDS. President for DSE's programme, he brought with him a wealth of sporting insight and player pathway expertise. Now retired from professional sport, he is an advocate for inclusive participation and challenges perceptions on every level.
Amaechi is a psychologist, New York Times best-selling Author and social entrepreneur working in both the US and the Europe. His work is mostly in industrial and organisational settings with medium to large institutions: business, educational and philanthropic, to help them maximise their human capital.
In the UK, John works with his own charity as well as local and national government to create a network of holistic community and sporting centres for urban communities (www.amaechibasketball.com).
John has extensive expertise in keynote and motivational speaking, conference chairmanship and workshop administration. He is able to set and maintain tone, as well as use wit, warmth and insight to link the individual facets of any programme. His demeanour and experience allow for an inspiring, entertaining and unforgettable interaction.