Our Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall financial control and strategic direction of the Charity.
They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review British Blind Sport's strategies and policies, and to receive reports from senior management.
Our Trustees bring to the Charity a breadth of knowledge and expertise with extensive backgrounds in the legal, finance and business management professions, communications and professional services.
An annual review of Board members is undertaken to ensure that the Board is made up of individuals with the right balance of skills and experience to meet the needs of the organisation. There is an independent level of expertise on the Board, and currently there is a good mix of skills, gender and disability. The Board skills currently includes finance, business and legal services, human resources, information technology, user and VI involvement and sport specialisms.
All Trustees work for British Blind Sport on an unpaid as well as voluntary capacity.
The Board have delegated some of their powers and responsibilities to a series of committees and panels that cover Classification, Diversity, Finance, Governance, HR, Membership, and Safeguarding. These committees and panels comprise of Trustees, management and external advisors/experts.
Meet our Trustees
Chairman - Ken Nash
I have been a BBS life member for 14 years and a Trustee for over 10
years.Since its inception 11 years ago, I set up and have chaired the BBS shooting Section.
I introduced shooting for the blind into the UK in 1994 and have been working on its development and introduction to clubs ever since. I organise and run the British Blind Shooting championships held at Wolverhampton every year as well as oversee the league competitions. I am a life member of the National Smallbore Rifle Association where I have been Vice Chairman for over 20 years. I am also Chairman of the Rifle Committee and the Referees Committee.
On the commercial side, I am a Director of NSRA Ltd and also BSW Ltd, both of which are trading subsidiaries of the NSRA. The NSRA charity and its trading companies have a combined turnover in excess of £2m.
My experience with the NSRA has involved many personnel matters and disciplinary matters ranging from rule infringements to child abuse.I like to think that my experience has been of benefit to BBS and will continue to help whenever I can.
Vice Chairman - David Gavrilovic
I have been a member of BBS since 1996 and I am in my 8th year as a board member, in that time I have helped with many aspects of the charity and have competed in the majority of our sports.
As well as contributing to the board with ideas and knowledge, I have been responsible for funding bids that have brought in more than £70,000 to BBS.
I am also an England international blind cricketer, a freelance sports journalist and an avid follower of a number of sports.
I hold an unusual position within visually impaired sport in that I have competed at a number of sports firstly when partially sighted and more recently when totally blind, this allows me a diverse insight in to how decisions the charity makes will affect the different sight categories our members fall in to.
The main sport I compete in now is cricket and I have been lucky enough to have been named Totally Blind Player of the Year in 2012 & to have received the Outstanding Contribution to Disability Cricket award at the England and Wales Cricket Board’s NatWest OSCAs (Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards).
Treasurer - Simon Misiewicz
I have worked as a Finance Director for my own company for the past 11 years. In this time I have also been a consultant working with small and large PLCs, LTD's and not for profits, to help them become more profitable and increase their social and community contributions. I am also a board member for Rockingham Forest Association.
My focus has always been on Value For Money. Helping people to identify the purpose and focus and to implement strategies that are cost effective and delivers the required results within the desired time scales. This I believe can only be achieved if everyone in the organisations and its customers / suppliers believe and work towards the same principles and values.
Ben Moorhead - Trustee
Ben is a solicitor with Hewitson Moorhead in London.
He has been involved with disability sport for over 15 years as a trustee of Regain, the trust for Sports Tetraplegics. Ben is on the board of British Universities and College Sport and of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, both National Governing bodies of sport. He is on the Committee of Kent County Cricket Club.
Ben is a trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust; the Mountbatten Memorial Trust (youth work); L’Arche UK, working with people with mental impairment and chairman of the Wye Future Group (environmental). He is on the Finance Committee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He is also a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
Sallie Barker MBE - Trustee
Sallie has worked in sport for over 30 years. She originally trained to be a teacher and holds an MA in Physical Education. Sallie then worked at the GB Sports Council and Sport England for 12 years before joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance in 2002, where she was the Head of Operations.
Sallie retired in 2015 and is now able to use her time on her passion - volunteering and working for her community. She is a trustee of the Torch Trophy Trust, a member of the executive committee of the European Non-Governmental Sports Organisations, chair of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Steering Group, chair of the 2017 Lacrosse Women’s World Cup Organising Committee and board member of English Lacrosse. Sallie looks forward to using her knowledge and expertise to assist the development of BBS and the visually impaired community.
Mick Brunger - Trustee
I am a retired police officer who served with West Mercia Police for 31 years. I served mainly as a detective officer working on major crime investigations. I am currently working as a Regulation Supervisor for the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
As a keen sportsman, I regularly play football and table tennis and enjoy skiing, cycling and going to the gym. Sport has been a very important part of my life and enabled me to meet some interesting people, keep physically fit and visit some wonderful places. I also enjoy gardening and travelling.
I am delighted to be a trustee with British Blind Sport and hope to make a positive contribution to this important charity.
Clive Spencer - Trustee
I am a retired teacher having taught physical education in a school for the visually impaired for 39 years. I was involved with a number of VI sports, regionally nationally and internationally, including athletics, cricket, football, goalball, skiing and swimmimg. I coached with the Great Britain Goalball team at the Sydney Paralympics, and officiated at all the other Paralympic Games between Seoul and Beijing. I am now retired but still involved in officiating cricket and goalball.
As a keen sportsman, I played rugby union for teams including Exeter, Moseley and Worcester. As a committee member of Worcester Athletic Club, I have run numerous road races, including several marathons, and the London Marathon three times. Sadly, injuries have now curtailed competitive participation, but I still enjoy cycling and skiing recreationally.
I am pleased to have become a trustee with British Blind Sport and hope I can make a positive contribution.
Laura Turner - Trustee
I work full-time as a Disability Ambassador. I am a guide dog owner, speaker and volunteer. I have had severe sight loss from birth but, it hasn’t and doesn’t stop me from living life to the full.
Disability and sport are just two of my passions in life. I took on the role of trustee to support BBS to deliver their mission and enable more blind and visually impaired children and adults to access sports and leisure. Sharing my lived experiences and continuing to take part in sport encourages others to ‘have a go’ and give back to a charity who have supported me on my sporting journey.
I have represented Great Britain in both athletics and goalball across Europe and America. For 13 years I focused on competing in dressage but sadly lost my horse in 2014 to unexpected ill health. In 2016 I took up para-cycling and more recently I have turned to triathlon. Keen to get more involved in blind-football too!