We are a small organisation of just over 30 employees led by CEO Mike Sharrock supported by a team of five directors.
- Director of Sport - Penny Briscoe MBE
- Director of Finance and Corporate Services - Elaine Battson
- Director of Communications - Anna Scott-Marshall
- Commercial Director - Karl Reynolds
- Director of Operations - Verity Naylor (Maternity Leave)
Meet the Board
In addition to our full time staff we have a Board who are Trustees of the Charity and are made up of representatives of our membership along with four Non-Executive Directors. They meet regularly to oversee the work of the organisation.
Nick Webborn OBE
Nick Webborn, Professor of Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Brighton, is one of the leading sports medicine specialists in the UK, with a particular expertise in the area of disability and Paralympic sports.
Nick has attended nine Paralympic Games in various roles, including as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for ParalympicsGB at London 2012 and also works with the Invictus Games.
Webborn took over the position of Chair of the British Paralympic Association from Tim Reddish CBE, who stepped down from the role at the end of his two-term tenure in 2017.
When not involved at his own clinic, Nick is also a member of the International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee, a member of the WADA Prohibited List Expert Group and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences. Amongst his influential work, Nick started the IPC’s Injury Surveillance Programme in 2002. In 2016, Webborn was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list for services to Paralympic Sports Medicine and the British Paralympic Association.
Nick studied medicine at the Royal London Hospital and was injured playing rugby at 24 years old whilst serving as a doctor in the Royal Air Force, subsequently spending time in both Headley Court and Stoke Mandeville as part of his rehabilitation.
As an athlete Nick represented Great Britain in Wheelchair Tennis in 2005.
Geoff was elected to the BPA Board in 2013. He is also Executive Director to the Tennis Foundation, a role that he took up in March 2011. The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading tennis charity and their mission is to open tennis up to anyone and everyone. They create opportunities for disabled people to enjoy tennis from playing at their local courts with friends and family through to representing their country.
Formerly, Geoff was a Director 2012 at the London Development Agency, with responsibility for delivering social and economic benefits for London through the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
He previously held senior management roles at Marks and Spencer, The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) and as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Geoff has personally been involved in tennis throughout his life, at club, county and international levels. He is also a member of the Committee of Management which has responsibility for organising The Championships, Wimbledon.’
Kate is the Director of Operations and Special Projects for Nesta Challenges - experts in solving critical problems facing society through large scale innovation competitions.
She is also Chair of the Trustee Board at Missing People.
Prior to working at Nesta, Kate was Chief of Staff to the CEO at Comic Relief leading on strategy, Government partnerships and special events.
Kate started her career in management consultancy in the City, and also has a Human Resources background building high performing workforces.
She’s passionate about enabling people to fulfil their potential and thrive, regardless of background or situation.
Emma joined the BPA as a Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2013 for a four year term, and in 2017 was appointed Senior Independent Director.
Emma is currently the Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance and has many years experience in the senior civil service working across three central government departments. Most recently she has led the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit to support Lord Coe as the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador, establishing a role in the sporting landscape post London 2012.
Prior to that, Emma’s earlier roles have included Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, Deputy Head of Mission in the British Embassy in Madrid, Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for social policy and legislation and as an officer in the British Army.
Chris was appointed to the Board in November 2018. An experienced professional services Partner, Chris is currently Head of Business Assurance at EY.
Dave was the captain of Britain’s Football 5-a-side team and competed at London 2012 as the most experienced member of the squad, having achieved 144 caps throughout his international career.
Before taking to the Football pitch, Dave represented his country in the Paralympic-specific sport of Goalball when he competed at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
He returned to Paralympic competition in Beijing in 2008, where the Football 5-a-side team finished in 5th place.
At the Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Dave had the honour of passing the torch to Margaret Maughan, Britain’s first Paralympic gold medal winner, who then lit the Paralympic Cauldron.
Competing in front of a home crowd at the Riverbank Arena at London 2012, Dave scored the opening goal of the competition for ParalympicsGB with his 127th international career goal in a 1-1 draw with Spain. With another draw against Argentina and a loss against Iran in the Preliminary rounds, the British team went on to face a tough 2-1 defeat against China in the classification rounds, when the match went to penalties. 41 year old Clarke, who had announced his retirement during the Games, brought his international career to a close with a victory over Turkey in the 7-8 classification match, where he scored his 128th international goal.
In addition to the Paralympic Games, Dave also has played Football 5-a-side at five World Cups and six European Championships. He has been awarded the Golden Boot at three World Cups, most recently at the 2011 IBSA European Championships in Aksaray, Turkey, where he was the tournament’s highest scorer with six goals.
Forbes was elected to the BPA Board in February 2017. He is currently the CEO of Scottish Swimming, prior to this he spent 10 years working for sportscotland and before that worked in local government.
Forbes worked closely with the BPA in the lead up to the London Paralympic Games, he was a Director on the Board of British Paralympic Performance Services.
He swam for Scotland in the 90’s, is a qualified swimming teacher, coach and tutor.
Recently, Forbes has been appointed as Chair of the South Lanarkshire Disability Sport Branch.
Helen was elected to the BPA Board in November 2018. She has worked in sport for 20 years, both in the UK and internationally and is currently Director of Innovation at British Rowing where she has a remit to deliver cultural change, reach new audiences, support sustainability and drive growth through a series of new projects and initiatives.
Helen was previously Director of Consulting at CSM Strategic, the consulting team at Chime Sports Marketing and led their major sporting projects work with a focus on strategic planning, innovation and organisational transformation. She worked extensively with the International Paralympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Federation as well as multiple National Olympic Committees, cities and Sports Federations.
Anne Wafula Strike MBE
Anne is a Paralympian wheelchair racer, she competed at the Athens Paralympic Games 2004. She is a Non-Executive Director for both UK Athletics and Active Essex. She continues to encourage for an accessible, and inclusive society where people with disability are fully integrated. She holds a B.Ed degree and travels both at national and international level to advocate for inclusion in education, fashion, media, sport, and travel.
As the first Goodwill Ambassador for Action on Disability and Development, she successfully supported in the campaigning for nations to ratify the UN Convention on the “Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities”. She founded the Olympia-Wafula Foundation which works to sensitise communities through disability advocacy, educational scholarships and appropriate mobility aids such as wheelchairs and other assistive walking devices.
We are honoured to have HRH Earl of Wessex as Royal Patron of the BPA and delighted that we have five further patrons who themselves have contributed so much to the development of Paralympic sport in this country, either through their own achievements as athletes or through their work to promote and report on it.
HRH Earl of Wessex
The Earl of Wessex has supported the BPA since he first visited the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 and has maintained a keen interest in the team’s achievements since that time.
He became the Royal Patron of the British Paralympic Association in November 2003 and as such has attended every Paralympic Games to support the team. The athletes and staff have valued his presence and knowledge of Paralympic sport.
Clare Balding OBE
Clare Balding is one of the BBC and Channel 4’s main sports presenters, fronting their Olympic, Paralympic coverage, live racing, including the Grand National, Royal Ascot, the Derby and l’Arc de Triomphe.
Clare, a Cambridge graduate, was elected President of the Union in 1992. She was a good all-rounder in sport, and was champion lady rider in 1990 and leading amateur flat jockey in 1989 and 1990. Clare was honoured with the Horse Writers and Photographers Association (HWPA) Racing Journalist of the Year Award in 2003 and in 2004 she won both the HWPA Sir Peter O’Sullevan Broadcaster of the Year award and the prestigious Royal Television Society Sports Presenter of the Year award. In 2009, she was praised for “perfect presentation” by the judges of the Broadcast Awards who named the Grand National 2008 as their sports programme of the year. Among many accolades for her work in 2012, she was honoured with honoured with a special award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts for her 2012 Olympics and Paralympic coverage.
To find out more about Clare please visit her website: clarebalding.co.uk
Paul joined the BBC Sports team in 1987 as a trackside reporter and since 1990 he has commentated on every major Athletics meeting for the BBC as well as the winter Paralympics and Olympics. A voice that is known to millions, he has also commentated on programmes such as the Lord Mayors Show, Superstars, World’s Strongest Man, Comic Relief and Sport Relief and many other major outside broadcasts.
As an athlete Paul competed in two consecutive Summer Olympics; Montreal 1976 and Moscow 1980. He also held the British and Commonwealth Records for the hammer throw.
Paul is an accomplished host, working on events such as the Youth Sports Trust Annual Conference and the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes programme amongst many others.
Another string to Paul’s bow is stadium announcing, something he’s done at Paralympic World Cups and Paralympic World Championships, as well as IAAF Grand Prix events in Great Britain.
Baroness Grey-Thompson DBE
Tanni first tried wheelchair racing at St. Cyres Comprehensive School, aged 13. At 15 she won the 100 metres at the Junior National Wheelchair Games. At 18, she became a member of the Bridgend Athletics Club, the British Wheelchair Racing Squad and was selected for her first World Wheelchair Games.
In Seoul in 1988, Tanni represented Great Britain at her first Paralympic Games and won her first Paralympic medal, the 400m bronze. Spinal surgery forced Tanni to take a year away from the track and incredibly, at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, she stormed to victory taking four gold medals in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. The same year, she won her first of six London Wheelchair Marathons. Tanni won the 800 metres gold in the Atlanta 1996 Paralympics along with three silver medals in the 100, 200 and 400 metres. At the Sydney 2000 Paralympics, Tanni returned with a vengeance, striking gold another four times in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres. In Athens 2004, aged 35, she took first place in the 100 and 400 metres bringing her Paralympic gold medal tally to an astonishing eleven.
In 2008 Tanni was appointed as a member of Transport for London, where she chairs the Environment, Corporate and Planning Panel, and is a member of the Surface Transport and Safety, Health and Environment Assurance Panels.
In 2010 Tanni was appointed to the House of Lords, where she serves as a non party political crossbench peer. Tanni took the title Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. Tanni is a working peer and hopes to use her experience and knowledge to great effect in debates in the House.
To find out more about Tanni please visit her website: tanni.co.uk
Lord Holmes MBE
Chris Holmes is one of Britain’s greatest Paralympians, amassing nine gold, five silver and two bronze medals across four Games, including a haul of six golds at Barcelona 1992.
Today Chris is a Board Member of UK Sport and was Director of Paralympic Integration at the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG); a vital role in ensuring consistent delivery across the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.
Prior to working for LOCOG Chris worked as a practicing lawyer and has also worked as a freelance journalist and broadcaster at sporting events across the world. He undertakes regular speaking engagements for corporate, sporting and community based organisations. He was awarded an MBE in 1992 for services to British sport.
As the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for Great Britain and Northern Ireland our members are organisations that represent all the summer and winter Paralympic sports and cover the pathway from grassroots to elite level, or are people who have been instrumental in the development of the BPA.
Our membership is made up of Voting Members:
National Governing Bodies
As the national governing body for Athletics, British Athletics oversees the development and management of Olympic and Paralympic Athletics, from grassroots right through to podium.
British Canoeing is dedicated to supporting the most talented athletes in the Olympic disciplines of Canoe Slalom, Canoe Sprint Racing and Paracanoe to win medals at the highest level.
British Curling is the organisation that manages and develops elite curling in Britain. It is responsible for delivering an elite performance programme for the sport that will ensure British curlers can achieve their potential and, ultimately, deliver medals in Paralympic and Olympic competition.
British Cycling is the national governing body for Olympic and Paralympic Cycling in Great Britain. It’s ambition is to inspire participation in Cycling as sport, recreation and sustainable transport.
The British Judo Association (BJA) is the national governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic Sport of Judo in Great Britain. It’s principal activity is the promotion and supervision of Judo activities.
British Rowing is the governing body for the sport of Rowing. It is responsible for the training and selection of individual rowers and crews representing Great Britain, and for participation in and the development of Rowing and Indoor Rowing in England.
The main objectives of the British Sledge Hockey Association (BSHA) are to expand the number of teams active in the UK (and by association the number or participants), to re-introduce a national league and to develop the national team to ensure qualification for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
British Swimming is the national governing body for Swimming, Diving, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo and Open Water in Great Britain. It is responsible internationally for the high performance representation of the sport.
British Triathlon is responsible for matters such as the Great Britain Elite, Paratriathlon and Age-Group Teams, British and International events, Anti-Doping and International Representation. British Triathlon also manages a number of services that are shared with the three Home Nations.
British Wheelchair Basketball British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) is the national governing body for Wheelchair Basketball in the United Kingdom. BWB is the representative body of Wheelchair Basketball in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
GB Snowsport, formerly British Ski & Snowboard, commenced responsibility for Para Alpine Skiing, Para Nordic Skiing and Para Snowboard in July 2018. This followed the integration with British Parasnowsport which was previously operated by the charity Disability Snowsport UK.
Following Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympics in snowsports in PyeongChang, the target has now been set for Britain to become one of the world’s top five Parasnowsport nations by 2030.
The Great Britain Boccia Federation (GBBF) was formed in 2007 to meet the growing need for Boccia to have a co-ordinated Great Britain wide approach to the development of the elite level of the sport.
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Limited (GBWR) is the national governing body for Wheelchair Rugby in England, Scotland and Wales. It is a national member organisation of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF).
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and narrowboats, and personal watercraft.
The Tennis Foundation is Great Britain’s leading Tennis charity and which manages the British Wheelchair Tennis Performance Programmes. The Tennis Foundation’s vision is a sport which is inclusive and accessible to every kind of community. It works closely with the Lawn Tennis Association and a range of partners from across all sectors to deliver this vision.
The British Disabled Fencing Association (BDFA) is the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of Wheelchair Fencing in Great Britain. It is an associate member of British Fencing.
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is the national governing body for horse sports in the UK, affiliated to the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body of Equestrian sports.
The British Table Tennis Association for People with Disabilities (BTTAD) is the national governing body for disability Table Tennis in Great Britain. It works in coordination with the English Table Tennis Association (ETTA), the governing body of Table Tennis in England, to administer, market and develop the sport.
The Football Association (FA) was founded in 1863 as the governing body of the game of Football in England. The FA is responsible for all regulatory aspects of the game in England and is responsible for developing and regulating the game at all levels from grassroots to international.
Volleyball England is the recognised national governing body for Volleyball, Beach Volleyball and Sitting Volleyball in England. Volleyball England is responsible for the development, promotion and delivery of Volleyball across England.
National Disability Sport Organisations
Disability Sports Northern Ireland (DSNI) is Northern Ireland’s main disability sports organisation and is recognised by Sport Northern Ireland as the key body responsible for the development of sport and physical recreation for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.
Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) is the governing and co-coordinating body of all sports in Scotland for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory or learning disability.
Home Country Elite Disability Sport Organisations
The British Amputee and Les Autres Sports Association (BALASA) was born out of the amalgamation of three different associations: the British Amputee Sports Association (BASA), the British Les Autres Sports Association (BLASA) and the British Amputee and Les Autres Sports Federation (BALASF).
British Blind Sport (BBS) aims to ensure that sport and leisure facilities are accessible to every blind or partially sighted person in the UK, with the intention of improving their physical health and self esteem.
UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA) was established in 1980. It’s mission is to encourage the development of sustainable, integrated quality sports provision for people with learning disability from grass roots through to elite level.
WheelPower (the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation) provides opportunities for disabled men, women and children to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport.
- President and Vice-Presidents of the BPA
- Officers and Directors/Trustees of the BPA
- Para Dance UK
- Personal Members (Honorary, Life or Ordinary Members)
- Other Interested Organisations/Individual
Our Honorary Vice Presidents
- Adrian Whiteson
- Dr Bob Price
- Tony Sainsbury
- Barry Schofield
- Bernard Atha
- Mike Brace
- Graham Peacock
- Chris Simon
- Sue Wolstenholme
- Ann Cutcliffe