Board

Charles Reed - Chair 

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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. 

Besides his role with EFDS, Charles is a Board member of the London Marathon Trust and Chair of the Advisory Board for Cirencester College's Sports Career Academy. He is also an Advisory Associate with Leading Lights, a leadership development consultancy based in Marlborough, and lists among his previous non-executive roles an eight year Directorship with the Institute of Customer Service. 

In October 2013, Charles was appointed to the Sport England Board.

 

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 With over 15 years experience as a marketing and communications professional, Rashmi has worked in London, Brussels and Dubai and in a range of areas including healthcare, education, the UK government and European Union. Rashmi has advised senior executives and ministers and helped organisations such as the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the European Parliament and Commission and one of the world’s largest medical research charities to develop and implement strategies that engage people to make informed decisions and bring about positive change.

Most recently as an Executive Director for a leading UK learning disability and autism charity, Rashmi helped develop relationships with stakeholders such as policymakers, disability groups, carers and the media to improve understanding of the needs and aspirations of disabled people in order to enable them to achieve their full potential.

Rashmi has an MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge where she wrote her thesis on autism education and has an older brother who has autism. Rashmi is passionate about sport and enjoys running, ice skating, cycling, swimming, yoga, trekking, (completing the Everest Base Camp ascent as a fundraiser in 2012) and dance (participating in the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony as a dancing nurse).

 


Ken BlackKen Black

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 or current work includes the development of the TOP Sportsability online resource project for the Youth Sport Trust, as well as an inclusive physical activity & sport projects in Zambia (UK Sport), India (British Council - India), Sudan (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) and Vanuatu (Australian Sports Committee).

Ken has been a Member of the Board of Trustees since March 2011.


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Lee Mason is the Chief Executive of the County Sport Partnership Network- the body which represents and supports the nationwide network of County Sports Partnerships. The role builds on Lee’s time as Director of the County Sports Partnership in Bucks & Milton Keynes, which he led since the Partnerships’ inception in 2000, overseeing its success and growth into a highly regarded multi-agency Partnership and working closely with Stoke Mandeville Stadium and WheelPower to develop sport for disabled people in the local area.

Lee has enjoyed a career in sports development with previous roles in Local Authorities and Governing Bodies, always with a passion to make a difference in sport especially for disabled people, and is now working to enhance the contribution CSPs make to across the country.

Lee is an active cricketer, being an MCC member and level 3 coach and enjoys a range of other sports alongside a busy family life. 

As an independent Trustee for EFDS, Lee believes the organisation has a key role to play in leading the development of sport for disabled people in England.


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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 classification and supporting athletes to excel in national and international sport, she is chair of Interactive, the lead strategic London based organisation that works in partnership with the Mayor’s office, sport and physical activity providers, and the health and disability sectors to achieve disability equality in sport.

Tracey is a former Secretary General of INAS, the international sports federation for athletes with intellectual disability, its current Nominations Committee Chair and sits 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, Egyptology and an eclectic music mix.


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Liz works as the Director of Specialism for Cedars School Sports College in Gateshead. She graduated in 1976 from Newcastle University Education Department in Physical Education and English. Since then she has thirty years specialising in physical education for young disabled people and special educational needs.

In 1992, she founded Gateshead Kestrels to encourage young people with a physical or sensory impairment in special and mainstream education, to participate in sporting activities and provide performance pathways.

In 2007, Liz was part of the move for Cedars to be designated as a Sports College. This followed  in 2011/12 with Cedars selected as an Inclusion Partner school with Youth Sport Trust. The same year, Cedars were selected as a Project Ability site to drive through disability sport through the School Games.

Since 1986, Liz has been actively involved in a voluntary capacity at regional and board level with BSAD, DSE and EFDS. This led to her being awarded the EFDS North East Lifetime Achievement Award for service to Disability Sport, the Bobby Robson Local Hero Award for service to Sport and in 2012- the North Tyneside Lifetime Achievement Award for service to Disability Sport.


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Steve’s career spans over many years. He is now the Managing Director of his own company,  having formerly been interim Head of Sport for Birmingham City Council, Regional Director  for Sport England West Midlands and Head of strategy for East Midlands. He spent 25 years in local government with responsibility for services including sport and his last role was Corporate Director with responsibility for all community services.

In his spare time he has been a former High School Governor and Chair of Finance, Panel Member for Queens Awards for Voluntary Service, secretary and chair of a number of local community organisations, Board Member of GB Wheelchair Basketball and for CIMSPA(WM)

Steve has studied for three degrees including  an MBA in sport from Loughborough.

In sport, he took part in swimming and water polo at National League and University level, was coach, referee and club official in a range of sports and the GB women’s water polo team coach. During this time he has taught and coached disabled children in a swimming club setting, set up Bradford Disability Sport and was  the national lead for Sport England on equalities.


Janet Williams

Janet was invited to join the EFDS Board in September 2011 and sits on the Finance and Audit Committee for the Federation. Janet brings a wealth of experience in finance and systems having previously worked in this area for Chrysalis plc for 8 years. In more recent years Janet has worked in project management roles in the sports sector for differing governing bodies and sporting organisations both at a national and international level. Janet is a Board Director of the Rugby Care Medical Trust, a jointly owned initiative set up by Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Football Union to support the medical care of rugby players from the age of 16 to the end of their professional career.

 

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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.