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.
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 AK4A@efds.co.uk or telephone 01509 227751
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