Meet the Team
Alaina MacGregor, Chief Executive
After a successful 16 year career in marketing Alaina turned to charity work as she felt that she wanted to ‘put something back’. For seven years, she set up and managed a £1.3 million community project in Leamington Spa which was noted by the National Lottery (now the Big Lottery) grant manager at that time as the most successful project of its type in the UK.
As history was and continues to be one of her passions, she took up a heritage project in 2007. The award winning project enabled her to develop a number of parallel projects alongside which included volunteer development programmes, archives, educational resources for teachers and the publication of two books, copies of which are held at the Bodleian library and the National Archives.
Alaina became involved in disability sport as a volunteer advisor to British Blind Sport in 2010 but took up the mantle of Chief Executive Officer when the role became available in early 2011. She is passionate about making a visible difference through sport and the charity has grown year on year under her guidance. Outside of her work Alaina loves spending time with her family, going to the theatre and walking her beloved dog, Stirling!
Lucy Beattie-Cooper, Fundraising Manager
Lucy joined BBS in May 2018 as our Fundraising Manager. With over 10 years experience, Lucy has worked in a variety of roles raising funds for charities supporting vulnerable people with health conditions and disabilities.
Lucy said “I am thrilled to have joined the BBS team. This role combines my two passions – fundraising and sport! It’s an exciting time to join BBS with ambitious plans for the future and I’m working hard to ensure we secure the funding to make our dreams a reality and make a visible difference through sport”
A dedicated gym-goer, Lucy likes to keep active and healthy with strength training and HIIT sessions. Lucy would really like to hear from you if you have any great ideas for fundraising or would like to get involved. Visit our fundraising page to find out how.
Alex Pitts, National Partnerships Manager
As National Partnerships Manager, Alex is responsible for the development of key partnerships with stakeholders from across the VI sector and sport sector to achieve greater connectivity and widened opportunities for participation of sport for people living with sight loss.
Alex has worked with BBS since 2018, previously as our Participation Officer, and has gained extensive experience of brokering partnerships with a range of organisations, and maintained relationships with a lot of these partners through the set up and continuation of our regional VI sport forums. Alex has always had a passion for disability inclusion in sport, and applied this passion throughout her degree in Sports Development at the University of Portsmouth. In her free time, Alex enjoys going to her local CrossFit gym, playing golf and snowboarding!
Hannah Green, Communications Officer
Hannah joined British Blind Sport as the Communications Officer in October 2019, after 2 and half years living in South Africa. She spent her time working in communications and marketing for a sporting charity in Cape Town, which upskilled sports coaches from disadvantaged backgrounds and helped them deliver PE lessons in their communities. Previous to this, Hannah graduated from Loughborough University with a First Class Degree in International Relations.
Now back in England, she is excited to combine her passions for communications and sport at British Blind Sport. Outside of work, Hannah plays competitive netball, loves cooking and will drop everything to fuss over dogs of any shape or size!
David Melville, Participation Officer
David joined British Blind Sport as their Participation Officer after spending 3 years coaching and teaching sport within the education sector across Warwickshire and Leicestershire.
David has always been a devoted sportsman who has spent many years playing Rugby Union at a very respectful level. The highlight of his career was having the opportunity to play overseas in Canterbury, New Zealand, for 12 months. Upon his return, he represented Warwickshire County and played at Twickenham Stadium in the RFU National County Championship Final in 2018. Since hanging up his Rugby boots David still stays active by competing in CrossFit competitions and events.
Tommy Garwood, Young Leader Officer
Tommy joined British Blind Sport in June 2020 as the Young Leaders Officer, overseeing the See My Voice project, after finishing a Masters in Coach Education.
Tommy is passionate about coaching, starting in 2011 by volunteering at his brother’s disability cricket team, and then studying Sports Coaching Science at University in 2014. Throughout University Tommy coached wheelchair basketball with the Worcester Wolves and GB, cricket with the Worcestershire Cricket and University Womens teams, and Ultimate Frisbee with his University and club teams. After working for the Ultimate Frisbee NGB as their Coach Development Officer, Tommy carried on coaching Ultimate Frisbee, eventually attending the World Ultimate Junior Championships as the Assistant Coach for the GB U20 Womens team. Currently, Tommy is the Head Coach for the GB Mens Senior team, and is looking forward to the World Championships in 2021.
In his free time, Tommy enjoys reading, exercising at the gym and through sport, cooking and spending time with friends.
Jane Jacobs, First Steps Officer
Jane joins British Blind Sport as the newly appointed First Steps Officer, which she is extremely excited about. Jane has a BA honours degree in Sport, Physical Education and Community Studies, and has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and families to help improve their life experiences.
Due to having children with additional needs herself, and understanding the challenges families can face, she is passionate about inclusion for all and especially disability inclusion in sport. In her spare time, Jane enjoys watching her youngest daughter play rugby, spending lots of quality time with family and friends, riding her bike and long walks.
Jane is available Monday to Thursday.
Cassie Dix, Membership and Finance Officer
Cassie works for British Blind Sport on a part time basis as the Membership and Finance Officer. She brings over 15 years’ experience of finance to the role and oversees the financial functions for the charity. Cassie also works closely with our volunteers to ensure that the administration of memberships is handled effectively for our members as well as managing the day to day running of the office. In her free time she enjoys spending some quality time with her husband and their three children.
Kian Saville, See My Voice Support Assistant
Kian has been behind the scenes at British Blind Sport from a very young age, regularly participating in the BBS National Swimming Gala and joined British Blind Sport in June 2020 as the Young Leader Support Assistant for the See My Voice project.
Kian is a passionate swimmer and has been a coach and swimmer for his local club, Daventry Dolphins Swimming Club. He continues to represent GB in the Team GB Talent Programme and has qualified for the World Para Swimming Series. His main goal is to represent Team GB at the Paralympics in 2021, 2024 and 2028.
Kian is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Sarah Baker, Governance Officer
Sarah Baker works for British Blind Sport on a part time basis as Governance Officer to help with our governance, policies and to support with office administration. Her role includes reviewing policies, systems and procedures in line with Sport England and other accredited organisations to ensure that BBS is compliant in these areas.
Sarah is available on Mondays and Fridays.