Our Founders and Patrons

YST Our Founders and Patrons
The inspirational people who realised the positive impact that sport can have on the lives of our children and young people.
Youth Sport Trust congratulates Sue Campbell on new FA role
Our Founders
Sir John Beckwith

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 MBE

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.

Our Honorary Life Ambassador
Baroness Sue Campbell DBE

Sue has been involved with the Youth Sport Trust since the charity's inception, first as Chief Executive, and then as Chair. 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.

After stepping down as chair at the end of 2017, Sue became an Honorary Life Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust.

Our Patrons
Lord Sebastian Coe

Lord Coe won four Olympic medals and set eight world records in middle-distance running. In 2004 he was named head of London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics. After the successful bid, he became the chair of the London Organising Committee of. In 2015 he was elected president of the IAAF. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1991, was promoted to Knight Commander (KBE) in 2006, and was invested as a Companion of Honour in 2013.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is Britain’s greatest Paralympic athlete, and is recognized as one of the most gifted and courageous sportswomen of her generation. She has won 11 gold medals in five Paralympic Games. Between the years 1992 and 2002, she was crowned the winner of the London Wheelchair Marathon six times, and in 2005, she was made ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE for her services to sport

Steve Cram MBE

Steve Cram is a British Icon recognised as one of the finest athletes of his generation. He is a World, Olympic, European and Commonwealth medallist as well as 3-time World Record holder during his illustrious athletic career. He was recognised for his achievements by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the year in 1983, and receiving his MBE in 1986.