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Our Board is chaired by Baroness Sue Campbell CBE, and features prominent individuals from a variety of backgrounds who all believe in our mission.
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. 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. 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 Campbell

Sue has been with the Youth Sport Trust since the charity's inception. 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 a school in 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 11 honorary doctorates, the latest of which was awarded from Nottingham Trent University in July 2016. 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 Halifax

Viscount Mackintosh is a founding Trustee of the Youth Sport Trust having been involved since its inception. 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.

Billy Downie

Billy DownieBilly is Headteacher of The Streetly Academy in Sutton Coldfield. He is also a National Leader of Education supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

In 2011, Billy chaired one of the first Local Organising Committees for the School Games. He served as a non-Executive Director of Youth Sport Direct, the trading arm of the Youth Sport Trust until 2016, as well as being a Board Member of the Black Country County Sport Partnership until 2014.

In February 2013, Streetly received the Youth Sport Trust Innovation Award for Excellence in harnessing PE and sport as a catalyst for learning. Also in 2013, they became the only school ever to win two Pearson Teaching Awards in one year.

Billy serves as an Education Strategist for Frog Education, one of the country’s largest online learning platform providers, and is an elected member of the West Midlands’ Regional School Commissioner’s Headteacher Board.

In his spare time Billy enjoys football, skiing, and travel but most of all spending time with his young family.

Dr Paula Franklin

Dr Paula FranklinPaula studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and worked as a GP before leaving clinical practice to study public health at Johns  Hopkins University in the USA. Following this she  worked for the Children’s Defense Fund charity in Washington DC on US health policy and legislation. On returning to the UK Paula joined Bupa and between 1996 and 2010 held a number of senior medical roles in both funding and provision businesses. Paula then joined Marie Stopes International where she was Global Medical Director.

She returned to Bupa in 2013 to take up the role of UK Medical Director. In addition to her medical degree Paula has an MPH from Johns Hopkins, an MBA from the London Business School and a diploma in counselling.  She recently completed an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law.

Denise Gladwell

Denise GladwellDenise was born in Manchester within sight of both Old Trafford grounds; cricket and football and has been in education for 57 years.

She attended Whalley Range High School for Girls and went on from there to Totley Thornbridge Teacher Training College and afterwards Sheffield University to graduate with a Bachelor of Education in 1973.

Moving from Manchester to Cornwall in 1979 and raising two sons was achieved alongside a successful teaching career. Firstly the headship of a small primary school in Coads Green and then in 1999 the opportunity to create a new school from the architect’s plans eventually opening with just thirty six pupils. 16 years later this new school, St Breock, with now 240 pupils is nationally recognised as an exemplar school for PE and Sport. This is in addition to academic achievement at the highest level. Since St Breock’s involvement as an advocate school for London 2012 and a member of Youth Sport Trust the school has gone from strength to strength and Denise’s passion for encouraging everyone to engage in sport has deepened. Denise believes that there is a sport out there for each of us; it just needs to be found.

Sophie Goldschmidt
Sophie Goldschmidt

Sophie 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.

Tim Hollingsworth
Tim Hollingsworth

Tim 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 Honnor

Melanie 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.

Sally Munday
Sally Munday

Sally 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 Stimson

Ben is Retail Director for Waitrose, with overall responsibility for leading the company's portfolio of 350 branches and the business's e-commerce offer. This includes developing Waitrose's shops to meet changing customer needs - including spearheading a rapidly growing hospitality and convenience offer.

Since he joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, Ben has held a variety of senior roles, within both Waitrose and John Lewis. Before taking up his current role, Ben was Partnership Registrar, John Lewis, a board level position responsible for ensuring that the values of the Partnership are upheld throughout the organisation. He has also held the positions of both Director of Retail Operations and Director of Retail Services for Waitrose. 

Before joining the Partnership, Ben worked for Sky in a senior marketing and communications role. He is chairman of the Nationwide Building Society's Charitable Foundation, and a board member of the Youth Sport Trust.

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