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
Sallie Barker MBE - Chair
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 chair of the Safeguarding Adults in Sport Steering Group, Finance and Governance Director on the Board of World Lacrosse, chair of GB Lacrosse Women’s World Cup and President of her local Women’s Institute. Sallie has enjoyed using her knowledge and expertise to assist the development of BBS and the visually impaired community and in leading our work on the 2023 IBSA World Blind Games. For her services to sport, Sallie was made an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.
"I am delighted and honoured to be Chair of BBS. The organisation does some fantastic work with, and for, visually impaired people and I hope the changes we have recently made to our governance will ensure BBS is able to meet future challenges and continues to thrive and grow."
David Gavrilovic - Vice Chairman
David has been a member of BBS since 1996 and is currently the charities longest standing trustee. In that time David has helped with many aspects of the charity and has competed in around a dozen different visually impaired sports.
As well as contributing to the board with ideas and knowledge David has had three separate spells as BBS’s Treasurer, he has helped with a number of successful grant requests & is an expert on sight classification. He is also a former England international blind cricketer, a freelance sports journalist and an avid follower of many sports.
David holds an unusual position within visually impaired sport, in that he has competed at a number of sports firstly when partially sighted and more recently when totally blind, which allows him a diverse insight in to how decisions the charity makes will affect the different sight categories our members fall in to.
Sajid Hussain - Finance Director
Saijid joined British Blind Sport as Treasurer in February 2020.
He is currently the Head of Finance of and Operations at British Judo Association which is the national governing body of Judo in the UK. He manages the Finance, Events, IT, and HR department and has extensive experiences in systems and process improvements. Prior to joining British Judo, he had been working within the banking sector in London for over 10 years.
I am also the Treasurer for Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation which is an independent volunteer-led charity set up 2001 with the overarching aim to increase the involvement of Muslim women and girls in sport.
"I am delighted to be joining the Board of British Blind Sport as Treasurer. I am looking forward to doing all I can to support Alaina and her team and with a background in finance and sport I hope that my experience will help benefit British Blind Sport and contribute to the future growth of the organisation."
Brain Jones - Trustee
Brian joined British Blind Sports as a Trustee 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 DL - Trustee
Ben has been a Solicitor in London since 1981 until January 2022 specialising in Corporate and Sport. In a long career he carried out the legal work to create many governing bodies including Sport England and UK Sport as well as The Sports Council Trust Company to hold all the National Centres. He was also involved with setting up the Anti-Doping framework between King’s College London and UK Sport.
He has sat on the boards of many sports bodies and National Governing Bodies including British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), Regain- The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics, The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association; Kent County Cricket Club where he is also the Board Lead for Safeguarding for Kent Cricket. He is chair of England Karate. He is also on the boards of several non-sport charities including L’Arche, creating homes nationally and internationally for the mentally impaired, Vice- Patron of Kent Autistic Trust, The Mountbatten Memorial Trust, a grant-making charity, The Arts Society, a national arts education charity, The Creative Dimension Trust an arts education charity for 14-18-year-old students in deprived areas, The Canterbury Cathedral Trust.
To 2021 he was a governor of The King’s School Canterbury, Junior King’s and Wellesley House School. He is an Advisory Board Member of St Mary’s University, London. He is a Finance Committee Member of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. He is chair of Wye Future Group (environmental).
He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent.
He lives with his wife and small dog Tommy and loves the outdoors, with a passion for moths and butterflies and birds.
Lauren Myers - Trustee
Lauren is currently a HR Business Partner at UK Sport, the UK’s high-performance sports agency. She is responsible for the design and delivery of UK Sport’s People Strategy, and Business Partner to UK Sport’s Senior Leaders and their management teams.
Previously, Lauren has worked as a Secondary school teacher, her career transitioning from Education to HR through a passion for sharing knowledge and for developing people.
"It is this passion that has led me to join the Board at British Blind Sport and I'm really looking forward to adding value and making a positive contribution to such an important charity."
Lauren is a wife and mum of two boys, and in her spare time enjoys travelling the UK exploring new locations, beautiful walks and stunning scenery. She has been interested in sport all her life; a keen swimmer and netballer at university level and now enjoys them recreationally, along with bike rides with her family.
Sophie Fairclough - Trustee
Sophie joined British Blind Sport as a Trustee in 2022.
Sophie has worked as a solicitor at the London based law firm Mishcon de Reya for the past 7 years. She holds the position of Managing Associate and specialises in commercial litigation and insurance law.
Sophie holds a number of additional roles including being a member of Mishcon de Reya’s Social Impact Committee and the Events Coordinator for the British Insurance Law Association Young Person’s Committee.
Sophie is passionate about sport and enjoys playing netball and running in her spare time.
Joelle Conway - Trustee
Joelle is a marketing specialist working for multiple clients across healthcare, sport and education. She has been involved in community sport for a number of years, helping sports organisations develop strategies and products to ensure everyone has access to sport. She is passionate about the use of sport and movement to protect the physical and mental health of communities and runs football and walking groups to create environments that people feel comfortable to participate.
She is also a trustee of The Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.
“I love the work BBS does to support people in their need and passion for sport. I’m looking forward to being active in supporting the team with their exciting mission.”