Staff team

EFDS runs across two offices- the national office in Loughborough and another in Manchester. A lot of our team work out of the office a lot of the time, to attend meetings and build relationships with our partners.

Please see below the work areas and contacts for all. You can also use the contact us form for general information.

Adapted sport

Chief Executive - Barry Horne

Barry provides leadership to the organisation, working closely with the Board and all staff to make sure that EFDS is able to deliver exceptional results and see more disabled people getting and staying active. Barry can be contacted by e-mail

Director of Development - Chris Ratcliffe

Chris oversees EFDS’s partnership work with NGBs, NDSOs and other key delivery partners, to ensure more disabled people are actively taking part in sport and physical activity. In addition, Chris is responsible for our Inclusive Fitness Initiative and the Disability Sport Events programme. Chris can be contacted via e-mail

Partnerships and engagement


Ray Ashley - Head of Engagement

Ray provides leadership and support for the development and success of the Engagement and partnerships team. He oversees the local engagement, work with National Governing Bodies of sport and other partnerships, such as building relationships with the disability sector. 

Tom Webster- Engagement Advisor (North West and North East)

Mark Fosbrook- Engagement Advisor (West Midlands and South West)

Jon Whittingham- Engagement Advisor (East and South East)

Catherine Slater- Engagement Advisor (East Midlands and Yorkshire)

Jess Cook- National Partnerships Advisor 

Jayant Mistry- Sports Development Advisor

To contact our  regarding engagement, National Governing Body work, projects or partnership programmes call 01509 227750 or email



Kat Southwell - Active Kids for All Manager

Kat manages the development and delivery of the Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive PE and Inclusive Community training across the four home nations in liaison with project partners and Sainsbury’s.

Chloe Studley- Active Kids for All Project Support Officer

Chloe supports the development and promotion of the Sainsbury's Active Kids for All programme.

Contact the team by email or telephone 01509 227751

Physical Activity


Dawn Hughes - IFI Equipment Manager

Dawn manages the IFI project and leads on the equipment standards, working with manufacturers nationally and internationally to ensure that all future gym equipment is accessible.

To discuss our physical activity programmes, including the Inclusive Fitness Initiative:

01509 227750 or e-mail

Disability Sport Events


Jannine Walker - National Events Manager

Jannine has been involved in our Disability Sport Events programme for many years. She now manages the events function within EFDS, developing leading participation opportunities for disabled people to take part in sport at all levels.

For more events support, please contact the events team

To contact our events team regarding player pathways, inclusive competition or supporting your activities.

0161 228 2868 or e-mail



Anne-Marie Marshall- Fundraising Manager

Anne-Marie works to build relationships with grant making trusts, foundations, Government and other major donors, including corporates. She started her role in January 2015.

To find out more on how you can support EFDS, please contact Anne-Marie on email.

Lucy Stanbrook- Fundraising Officer

Lucy's role involves supporting the generous individuals who run, swim, climb and much more through various fundraising events.

Email Lucy if you would like to join in with or organise any of fundraising events.

Research and insight


Emma Spring - Research and Insight Manager

Emma is responsible for past and ongoing research knowledge relevant to disabled people in sport. She identifies key needs in existing work in order to influence future insight, providing relevant and appropriate research to fill those gaps.

Francis Leng- Research and Insight Advisor

Francis joined EFDS in November 2014. This role was created to solely support the National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs) to deliver their Inclusive Sports Fund programmes.

To discuss past and future insight for disabled people in sport:

0161 228 2868 or e-mail

Marketing and Communications


Sarah Marl - Marketing and Communications Manager

Sarah has been involved in sport for disabled people for several years. She now leads and oversees the marketing and communication function across the whole organisation, ensuring EFDS’s position is developed positively for all internal and external stakeholders.

Jimmy Smallwood- Communications Officer

Jimmy joined EFDS's marketing and communications team in December 2014. He focuses on building the charity's presence through various online and offline activities. Jimmy also supports the Sainsbury's Active Kids for All Inclusive Community training programme.

Courtney Perks- Marketing and Communications Advisor

Courtney joined EFDS in November 2014. This role was created to solely support the National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs) to deliver their Inclusive Sports Fund programmes.

To discuss how we can assist in marketing and communicating to disabled people in sport:

0161 228 2868 or e-mail

Finance and administration


Christine Envis - Personal Assistant

Christine provides full secretarial and administrative support to the Chief Executive and Development Director. She works closely with the Board, Members and all staff, assisting in the day to day running of the organisation.

Matt Green - Finance Manager

Matt is responsible for managing the finance function of EFDS. He manages the day-to-day operations, providing systems and procedures to support EFDS’s finance

Joan Massie - Finance and Administration Assistant

Joan's role supports the Finance Manager, IFI Team, Partnerships Manager and Sports Development Managers with all their administration needs. Joan is also the first point of contact on for the Loughborough main line telephone queries and  Federation email enquiries. Joan also provides website administration assistance

To discuss any financial matters or administration support

01509 227750 or email