We continue to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our British Blind Sport trustees during National Trustees Week 2020.
We finish off the week by learning more about trustee Ben Moorhead – in his own words!
“I joined BBS mainly because I knew Alaina [BBS CEO] having met her at Sports Conferences. I was thrilled to join not only because she has boundless energy and focus but because BBS is a marvellous cause which deserves to thrive and become a household name. My role is to cover governance and legal and make sure we are on the straight and narrow. I have been a lawyer in London in a firm that has offices in Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Northampton. I carried out all the legal work to create Sport England, UK Sport, The Sports Council Trust Company, The National Sports Medicine Institute, The Anti-Doping Structure with Kings College London and The Premiership Lotter-e, the first British online lottery. In my work I am involved with sport, corporate and commercial and charities.
Outside my work, I am involved with a number of national governing bodies and other sports organisations and charities. I am on the Board of Kent County Cricket Club, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), The Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA and Regain - The Trust for Sports Tetraplegics, another disability body. I am also chairman of England Karate.
Outside of sport, I am a Trustee of the Canterbury Cathedral Trust and a National Director of L’Arche - an international charity in 38 countries that creates homes, and cares, for mentally impaired people both young and old. I am a trustee of the Mountbatten Memorial Trust which makes grants. I am on the Finance Committee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which is reaching out across the world.
In the arts, I am a trustee of The Arts Society - a national and international charity that provides education - and I am a trustee of The Creative Dimension Trust which is a wonderful charity that teaches children from deprived backgrounds aged 14 -18 how to create art, be it stained glass, metalwork, painting etc. I am also a governor of two schools in Kent – The King’s School Canterbury and Wellesley House School in Broadstairs. I am an Advisory Board Member at St Mary’s University London.
I am also, since 2015, a Deputy Lieutenant of Kent.
I live with my wife Racheal and our little dog Tommy and we share our time between London and Kent. I was never very good at sport but played lots of them! My best being cricket which, as a bowler, I retired from when it became too painful! I have a passion for wildlife and the conservation of the environment, so in Kent we have created our own wildlife sanctuary with wildflower meadows and a great number and variety of butterflies.
I love being connected with BBS. There is no hostility or contradiction within it. Everyone seems to pull in the best direction. I am honoured to be associated with it.”
If you want to learn about any of our other trustees here at British Blind Sport, please head over to our Meet the Trustees webpage by clicking here.