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
Interim Chair - Sallie Barker
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. For her services to sport, Sallie was made an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.
‘I am delighted and honoured to become Interim Chair of BBS. The organisation does some fantastic work with, and for, visually impaired people and I look forward to continuing the great work Ken Nash had been leading. We are about to undertake a review of our governance and I hope the changes we make will ensure BBS is able to meet future challenges and continue to thrive and grow.’
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 - Brian Jones
Brian joined British Blind Sports as Trustee and treasurer in December 2018.
Brian is currently the Chief Executive of a Social Enterprise that provides healthcare to a population of more than 2.1M across East London. Brian was appointed to the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority, Ireland by the Minister for Health in January 2016. He has previously spent 7 years working at a senior level within Public Health.
Brian is an experienced board member, holding roles with a number of organization’s. He regularly lectures on the subject of Corporate Governance.In addition to his duties as Non Executive Director, Brian is Patron of a number of UK based professional associations.
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.
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.
Denise Reece - Trustee
Denise joined British Blind Sport as a Trustee in May 2019.
Denise is a Human Resource Management professional with 40 years of experience, operating in senior, strategic positions for over 17 years within a number of ‘blue chip’ companies throughout the UK and Europe.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPM) and Member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), with Certification in Advanced Counselling Skills, Denise brings a unique and specific set of skills, which contribute to the diversity on the British Blind Sport Board of Trustees.
In addition to her duties as a member of the BBS Board of Trustees, Denise is still active in her chosen profession.
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.