Our Board

Sir John Beckwith
Founder and President

Motivated by a passionate belief that all young people benefit from taking part in sport, Sir John created the Youth Sport Trust in 1994. Trained as a Chartered Accountant, at aged 24 Sir John formed London and Edinburgh Trust, a property development company which became one of the top ten property companies in the UK and one of the leading international real estate companies.

Since 1993, he has chaired a privately owned and diverse international asset management group, specialising in the management of private equity investments, real estate, traditional and alternative investment funds. As well as the Youth Sport Trust, Sir John has actively supported a wide range of charities and community projects. He was awarded a knighthood in 2002 for services to youth sport.

Duncan Goodhew
Vice President

Duncan is Vice President of the Youth Sport Trust and co-founded the organisation in 1994. Duncan won a gold medal for 100m breaststroke and bronze medal for the 4x100m medley relay in the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. Since retiring from competitive swimming he has been involved with various charities: he is President of Swimathon, whose swimmers have raised over £34m for charity; Vice President of Dyslexia Action; and Chairman of the Millfield Foundation.

Duncan has extensive and diverse business interests and also fronts many media and promotional campaigns. Limelight Sport Ltd, winner of The Sports Industry Sport Agency of the Year, is the UK's leading mass-participation sports marketing agency. Duncan is also a Director of Premier Sport.

Baroness Sue Campbell CBE

Baroness Sue CampbellSue has been with the Youth Sport Trust since the charity's inception in 1994. Sue is a former junior international pentathlete and netball player and went on to represent her country as a player, a coach and a team manager. Trained as a physical education teacher, Sue has taught at the University of Manchester and lectured at Leicester and Loughborough Universities. Before joining the Youth Sport Trust, she was Chief Executive of the National Coaching Foundation (now Sportscoach UK) for 11 years.

Among many honours, Sue has received 10 honorary doctorates, the latest of which was awarded from Queen's University Belfast in July 2013. In June 2003, Sue was awarded a Commander of the British Empire for her services to sport. More recently, the Baroness was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards and was the Chair of UK Sport (until early 2013), where she presided over Team GB and ParalympicGB's largest medal haul in living memory. 

Viscount Mackintosh of Halifax

Viscount Mackintosh of HalifaxViscount Mackintosh is a founding Trustee of the Youth Sport Trust having been involved since its inception in 1994. He is Treasurer of the Trust and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He was educated at The Leys School, Cambridge and Oriel College, Oxford where he gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 and has been a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers (and its previous firm of Pricewaterhouse) since 1992 where he specialises in advising on private client tax. He sat in House of Lords between 1980-1999. He is interested in all sports but these days his main participation is in cricket and golf.

Jeremy Darroch

Jeremy Darroch was appointed as a Director of BSkyB in December 2007, having previously been Chief Financial Officer since 2004. Prior to joining BSkyB, Jeremy was Group Finance Director of DSG International plc (DSG), formerly Dixons Group plc. Prior to DSG, Jeremy spent 12 years at Procter & Gamble in a variety of roles in the UK and in Europe. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Marks & Spencer plc and a Council Member of the Council for Industry and Higher Education.

Paul Dickenson

Paul is a television sports and events commentator and has worked on every Olympic Games for the BBC since 1988, covering athletics and many other summer and winter sports. His broadcasting portfolio also includes World Cup Rugby, World's Strongest Man, Superstars, Blue Peter, The Lord Mayor's Show and the Teaching Awards.

A former Olympic athlete, British record holder and GB team Captain, he chaired the International Athlete's Club during the 1980s and was a national athletics coach. Paul used to be a school teacher and is still actively involved with coaching, combining his television work with media and presentation skills training and facilitation within the corporate sector.

He was appointed Governor of SportsAid in 2003 and Director of the Youth Sport Trust in 2007.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan's extraordinary achievements have earned him a place in history as one of the world's greatest and most admired athletes. He made the record books in 1995 when he broke the World Record at the World Championships in Gothenburg with an amazing jump of 18.29m in the second round; to date no one has even come close to this distance.

It was the BBC who first recognised Jonathan's potential off the track and he naturally became one of BBC Sport's key pundits and commentators covering all the major athletics events including the Olympics in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Jonathan presented the Canoe Slalom and Athletics morning sessions of the London 2012 Olympic Games live from the stadium for BBC Sport and joined the commentary team for the evening sessions, as well as presenting live from the Diamond League events for BBC 3′s coverage. Jonathan also presented the morning programme of the London 2012 Paralympic Games for Channel 4. After a fantastic Summer of Sport Jonathan has now also joined the BBC's team as the presenter for their cycling coverage.

Jonathan was selected to sit on the board of LOCOG as their athlete representative - the highest-profile ex athlete in a senior position outside of the Chairman. He is Chair of the Sports Advisory Group, having played an important part in the success of the London 2012 bid as an Official Ambassador, and a member of the Athletes Advisory Group. He was also appointed as the Deputy Chair of the London 2012 Nations and Regions Group, helping to ensure the benefits of the Games are maximised across the UK.

Lynn Gadd

Lynn GaddLynn's initial teacher training was at Chelsea College of PE and later an MA from The Institute of Education. She has spent all of her teaching career in London schools. This has included two Deputy Headships (Dunraven School, Lambeth and North Westminster Community School) and a successful Headship at Copthall School, Barnet.

Lynn was Principal Designate of The Harefield Academy, planning the vision of The Academy that opened in September 2005 with specialisms in sport, health and well-being. Change and innovation has been both exciting and rapid since The Academy opened. Its unique sporting excellence programme for over 70 day boarders is built on sponsorship and support from Watford Football Club, TTK/Greenhouse, The Harefield Gymnastics Academy and many others. Lynn further developed The Academy to support local students and those who travel to The Academy from afar to access the Sporting Excellence programme. 

Sophie Goldschmidt

Sophie GoldschmidtSophie Goldschmidt has been the Rugby Football Union's Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the RFU Board since July 2010, joining from the National Basketball Association (NBA) where she was Senior Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa Operations.

The Chief Commercial Officer role at the RFU gives Sophie responsibility for all the union's commercial programmes in addition to marketing, digital and resourcing. This includes Sponsorship, Business Development, Media Rights, Ticketing, Stadium events, Retail & Licensing, Marketing and Digital, plus all the joint venture operations such as Twickenham Experience Limited (TEL), Marriott Hotel, Virgin Active and England Rugby Travel.

In over four years at the NBA, she spearheaded impressive growth across media distribution, sponsorship, licensing and events in addition to overseeing seven regional offices. She helped lead the NBA's international efforts with a strong media and grassroots strategy, which included bringing the NBA's first ever regular season games to Europe. Prior to her time at the NBA, she was the Women's Professional Tennis Association (WTA) Vice President of Marketing and Sponsorship, developing and overseeing key commercial programmes, including the Sony Ericsson title sponsorship and various partner and marketing platforms including the WTA Tour. Sophie began her career at adidas where she was the Tennis and Women's Soccer Sports Marketing Manager in the USA.

Chris Grant

Chris GrantChris is Managing Director of 14A Ltd. His primary activities are in the fields of governance, group facilitation, mediation and change. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of International Inspiration, the London 2012 Programme which is engaging and empowering millions of children in 20 countries, and is a Member of the Commission on the Future of Women's Sport. Chris chaired the £1.1bn Chip and PIN Programme, successfully introducing new card payments technologies across the UK.

He has served as moderator of events such as the inaugural World Cities Forum, the NHS's Medical Directors' Conference, The Pacific Coast Builder's Conference and as a facilitator on leadership development programmes for organisations including the BBC, DSG International and General Motors. Chris has recently facilitated strategy and planning events at board and senior management level for the UK Payments Council, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, UK Sport, AXA Insurance and The Royal College of Radiologists.

Tim Hollingsworth

Tim HollingsworthTim Hollingsworth is the Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, working alongside National Governing Bodies of Sport towards London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and projects post-2012. Previously Tim was the Chief Operating Officer at UK Sport, the nation's high performance sport agency. Prior to becoming COO, he spent five years as the organisation's Director of Policy and Communications. Before UK Sport, Tim worked for four years as a Director of a strategic communications consultancy. Tim also worked for two years as Head of Corporate Media and Internal Communications at Granada Media plc and spent five years as Head of Media Relations at the Confederation of British Industry.

Alongside his current role as board member of the Youth Sports Trust, Tim is the Co-Chair with Don Foster MP of Team West of England, which is a partnership dedicated to ensuring that the region benefits from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A graduate of Exeter University, with a Masters degree in Drama, he is married with two sons and lives in Bath.

Melanie Honnor

Melanie HonnorMelanie has over 20 years of experience working with international media and broadcasting companies with a focus on digital media and new technology platforms. She is currently Business Development Director for Qualcomm Europe, one of the world's largest mobile technology firms. She leads Qualcomm's business initiatives for mobile TV and broadcast, which include working with mobile partners and content providers on creating commercial opportunities for mobile video.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, she has held various marketing and business roles at Sotheby's, PwC, Disney, BSkyB, Capital Radio (now Global Radio) and most recently at Discovery Networks International where she managed the Digital Media business for EMEA and was responsible for all commercial and strategic development of Discovery content across mobile and broadband. Throughout her career in the UK, she has worked with numerous sporting associations, leagues and stadium owners on how to use new technologies to improve the fan experience, create new commercial opportunities and increase interaction with players. 

Melanie holds an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She resides in West London with her husband Andrew and children Zachary, 7, and Annabelle, 5. In her spare time she is a keen swimmer and supports her local community by sitting on the Board of Friends of Brook Green.

Dame Joan McVittie

Dame Joan McVittie began teaching in Manchester in 1974. Following a career gap where she raised two daughters, both of whom are now teaching, she returned to teaching in London. She gained her first headship in 2000 at Leytonstone School, London. She has been the Head of Woodside High School in Haringey since 2006. Woodside High was named by the Prime Minister in August 2011 as one of the schools which was 'spearheading a social fight back'. In February 2011, the school was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

Joan was a School Improvement Partner for two local authorities: Waltham Forest and Camden; and is also a member of the Governing Council for The National College. In July 2011, Woodside High was designated as a National Support School and Joan as a National Leader in Education. 

Sally Munday

Sally MundaySally Munday is the CEO for England Hockey Board (EHB) and Great Britain Hockey and has worked in sport for all of her career previously having worked for the Lawn Tennis Association and Reading Borough Council.  Prior to taking up the CEO position in January 2009, she held the position of Development Director for EHB and was instrumental in leading the development and implementation of a complete review and subsequent changes to hockey's player development pathway, which is now embedding successfully throughout the sport.

In addition to her sports administration career, Sally has been an active sports coach and team manager having most recently managed England and Great Britain's junior and senior squads. In her spare time she is currently studying for an MBA at Henley Business School.

Ben Stimson

Ben StimsonBen Stimson is Director of Retail Operations (North) at Waitrose. He holds responsibility for half of the Branches in Waitrose, the food stores of the John Lewis Partnership. Through his team he leads over 20,000 Partners dedicated to serving Waitrose customers. Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, and he has held a number of senior positions, including Director, Retail Services for Waitrose, until taking up his current role in October 2013.

He joined the Partnership from British Sky Broadcasting (Sky). Ben is Chairman of the Nationwide Foundation, the charitable foundation of the Nationwide Building Society. He is also a Vice President of the Institute of Customer Service. He lives in Teddington with his wife Mindy and children Anuska, 5, and Zoran, 2.

Marc Woods

Marc WoodsMarc represented Great Britain as a swimmer for 17 years, winning 12 Paralympic medals from five Games and a further 21 from either World or European Championships. Marc has held world records for 200m, 400m, 1500m freestyle, as well as being part of the team that held the world record for 4x100m freestyle. He now runs his own business delivering conference speeches and training to corporations around the world, such as IBM, Pfizer and LV.

He has also written two books: 'Personal Best' and 'Where do all the Paperclips go?' and is occasionally called upon to do commentary for the BBC.

Marc was a Founding Member of the British Athletes Council, an Ambassador for CANSA (South Africa's Cancer Charity), a former Trustee for the Teenage Cancer Trust and Patron of the Bone Cancer Research Trust.