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Our Board

The Board of non-executive Directors is chaired by Atholl Duncan and has four committees (Finance, Audit and Risk; Governance; HR and Remuneration; and Nominations). The Board is supported by the Executive Management team.

Atholl Duncan - Chair

Atholl is a business leader with a wide range of experience as a non-executive director in sport. He was the chairman of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) – the governing and regulatory body for the UK’s second largest spectator sport – and still serves on the BHA’s board. He was a non-executive director of sportscotland from 2001 to 2009; a director of the Scottish Sports Council Trust – which runs three national sports centres – for a decade; and one of the founding trustees of the Hibernian FC Community Foundation. He is the chair of the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation and a trustee of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Atholl is passionate about getting more people, more active, more often to address the nation’s problems with health and inactivity. He is inspired by the great work of our elite coaches winning on the world stage, as well as the achievements of the many thousands of our coaches who change people’s lives at a community level. He was a schoolboy rowing international, a club rugby player and still competes in 10Ks, triathlons and half ironmans. In his professional career, Atholl worked for the BBC for 20 years and was head of news and current affairs for BBC Scotland from 2007 to 2011, leading 270 journalists working on TV, radio and online. He was also executive director of ICAS – the professional and membership body for 21,000 chartered accountants – many of whom are chairs, CEOs and CFOs, leading the best known companies across the UK and in 100 countries around the world. Atholl is an INSEAD qualified executive coach and is the owner of The Edge Coaching and Consultancy Ltd.

Committees: Nominations (Chairman)

Wayne Allison

Wayne is currently the technical director of the League Managers Association. He previously worked as the coach inclusion and diversity manager at the Football Association and prior to that as the organisation’s coaching research manager, responsible for providing the underpinning knowledge of research to inform policy to support and enhance coach education and development.

Wayne is a former professional footballer, who holds the full range of UEFA coaching qualifications, including the UEFA Pro Licence; and has also been on the coaching staff at several professional clubs. Wayne has a PhD in Sport Exercise Science and Coaching and is co-author of 'Advances in Coach Education and Development: From research to practice'. 

Wayne is also a non-executive director at UK Coaching and sits on their HR and Remuneration Committee. He has recently been appointed to the Sports Resolutions’ Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

Committees: HR & Remuneration.

Lizzie Broadbent

Lizzie started her career as an investment manager, running equity portfolios and covering various market sectors, principally, for UK charity clients at JP Morgan Fleming. She then spent seven years as a management consultant at Capgemini Consulting.

Joining Shell in 2008, Lizzie worked in global roles running marketing operations and customer operations for B2B businesses, including: Lubricants, Aviation and Bitumen. From 2012-2013 she led the senior women’s stream of the Shell women’s network in the UK. After completing a coaching qualification at Henley Business School, she returned to university in September 2017, studying for a Masters in Behavioural Science. She works as an independent consultant with a particular focus on the impact of inclusion on performance in teams and organisations.

Lizzie is the Board's Equality and Diversity Champion, whose role it is to advocate the importance of equitable practice and to support the implementation of UK Coaching's key equality and diversity projects.

Committees: HR & Remuneration (Chairman) and Nominations.

Alastair Gilmartin Smith

As a chartered accountant with a career spanning over 25 years, Alastair is the chief operating officer at UK Finance, the trade body representing banking and finance in the UK, and has overall responsibility for finance, HR, IT, risk, legal, procurement, facilities and hospitality. As part of his role, Alastair also leads work on diversity and inclusion for the company.

Prior to joining UK Finance he was the finance director at the media and communications regulator Ofcom, and provided financial leadership during the organisation's transformation programme to deliver 30% efficiency savings and embed operational change. During his career, Alastair has held a variety of senior finance roles in both financial services and the telecommunications sector, and has considerable experience of leading and managing organisational change and transformation.

Committees: Finance, Audit & Risk (Chairman) and Governance.

Colin Rattigan

Colin began his career with Shell with various periods in the business strategy and retail marketing departments. After leaving Shell, he moved from the energy sector taking on a variety of senior management roles in advertising, consumer marketing and technology consulting roles in Asia and Europe. 

Colin is a former athlete and Olympic bobsledder, representing Great Britain at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Games. He has coached at elite and grassroots levels across three sports. He believes in the strong connectivity that sport can changes lives and coaching is the catalyst and enabler of that goal in society. 

Committees: HR & Remuneration, Finance and Audit & Risk.

Martha Rolle

Of Counsel in the London office of global law firm, Bryan Cave, Marty has over 30 years of legal experience in the US and England, advising on complex financing transactions and joint ventures. Through her legal practise she has advised clients across many industries, including: Sports and entertainment, hotels and resorts, film and media, telecommunications, natural resources and the railroad industries. She has been recognised in Legal 500 for her work on fund financings. 

After 18 years in London as a partner at Bryan Cave, she recently stepped down to become Of Counsel, giving her more time to pursue other interests.

Marty serves on a number of charity boards and advisory boards and is currently a trustee for The University of Colorado UK Foundation and a member of the board of the International Women’s Forum UK, as well as Chair of the Society of English and American Lawyers.

Speaking on compliance issues, anti-fraud measures and the extraterritorial effect of the U.S. anti-terrorist financing legislation on UK banks, charities and NGOs, Marty has been a panel member at the annual International Symposium on Economic Crime (Jesus College, Cambridge) for a number of years.

Committees: Finance, Audit & Risk, Governance (Chairman) and the Senior Independent Director. 

Richard Wheater

Richard is Performance and Development Director at Loughborough University and former head of coaching and development for both England and British Athletics (BA).

While working for England Athletics he led on the development of the National Coach Development Programme, which now impacts on more than 1,500 coaches in the UK at any one time. Since leaving athletics Richard has completed an MBA at Cambridge University and owned/directed two small companies.

A former team coach/manager at World Juniors, European Cup, Commonwealth and World University Games, Richard has a keen interest in the development of athletes at critical points in their journey, particularly supporting those who are making changes in their programmes or approach.

Committees: Nominations.