Board of Trustees

We are governed by an amazing trustee board who bring different experiences, insights and sector knowledge to strengthen and benefit the charity and its operations.

Chair of the Board of Trustees and passionate about ‘sport for change’, especially how it can be used for positive social mobility. Ed is a successful entrepreneur with extensive knowledge and links in business and sport, and has supported Coach Core since it began in 2013.

Originally a PE teacher, Heather went on to found Lifetime Training in 1995 and built the company to become the UK’s most successful apprenticeship and skills training provider. She now focuses on actively developing and investing in a number of brilliant businesses all at different stages of growth.

Mitch has spent his career working extensively at the interface between skills and employment across the sport and physical activity sector. Having spent 10 years in the public sector, he has now been working independently for over 5 years developing a business portfolio where his clients include CEOs, Boards, NGBs, commercial businesses, leisure operators, Active Partnerships and leading educational institutions. He is ideally placed to support Coach Core with examples of best practice in apprenticeship delivery, new business opportunities and organisations on the front line who want to get ahead of the game when it comes to developing their next generation of coaches and leaders.

Eboni is a solicitor at a leading legal firm in the South West, she joins the Coach Core board as a Trustee in a legal advisory capacity, having previously been a Coach Core Sporting Ambassador for the past 4 years. Eboni was also part of the England Netball Team that won the gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She continues to successfully combine a flourishing legal career whilst striving for yet more success on the netball court.

Huw is the CEO of ukactive, the not-for-profit health body whose vision is to get more people more active, more often and to improve the nation’s health by promoting active lifestyles. He has also worked for both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Olympic Delivery Authority during the delivery of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Huw brings a wealth of experience and insight into public policy and sector governance to assist Coach Core remaining at the forefront of key developments in the sport and physical activity industry.

Becoming a chartered accountant has enabled Dermot to enjoy a career in a variety of industry sectors including health and fitness clubs, pubs and restaurants, sailing, golf and a major marketing programme as CFO of Loyalty Management, the owner of the Nectar programme. In recent years Dermot has held the position of Director of Resources at WWF-UK and as Finance Director at The Sports Consultancy. He has held a number of voluntary positions as a trustee at Sported, a school governor and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee at Change Grow Live. Dermot has been involved in sport for more than 55 years and remains an active participant in golf, skiing and triathlon.

Victoria is a former diplomat, now a senior manager at CARE International. She has worked at the heart of the UK government on a range of policy issues and was an effective influencer across Whitehall, with the EU and other donors. She is now part of the CARE leadership team, driving forward safe and impactful development and humanitarian programmes globally. She is an expert in programme leadership; currently managing c. £200m of development programmes globally. She is also the director responsible for safeguarding at CARE UK. Victoria is an adoptive parent and this work builds on years of working closely with UK social services on issues pertain to vulnerable children in the UK.

Andrew is an experienced international fundraiser, working principally in the sports, Higher Education and charity sectors. Following commercial roles with organisations including the LTA, he transitioned in to the world of philanthropy at the University of Oxford. After leading a campaign to redevelop the famous Iffley Road sports complex and the University’s London 2012 celebrations, he became Director of Development at St Peter’s College engaging with alumni and donors. In 2015 the International Paralympic Committee appointed Andrew as its first Fundraising Director, responsible for generating philanthropic support for Para sport on a global basis via the Agitos Foundation in Germany. Since 2019 he has been using his career experience for the benefit of consultancy clients as a director of the Philanthropy Company, a specialist fundraising agency.