Vice President Business Development / M&A
Jason is a fitness and sports industry veteran having spent the last two decades working across the global fitness industry. He is the former CEO of Life Fitness Inc. - the $1.1bn division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC). He is now a Vice President at Brunswick leading business development and acquisitions across Europe. Jason is a trustee at Dallaglio RugbyWorks, the charity using the values of rugby to help young people most in need of life changing support and also a trustee at Scotty's Little Soldiers; the charity for bereaved forces children.
As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, when he is not spending time with his wife and four children, he can be found running, kayaking, climbing peaks or generally working out!
I believe in the power of sport and fitness to inspire happier and healthier lives. From young people who have had a difficult start in life through to senior members of the community battling isolation, all types of activity are proven time and again to have a profoundly positive impact.
As a resident in Berkshire and a father of four I have seen first hand how many incredible sports clubs and groups we have across the county doing fantastic work to transform lives and bring communities together.
I am honoured to be appointed Chair of the board here at GBA and excited to work with the talented team to bring about lasting change in terms of physical and mental wellbeing across Berkshire.
Sales Engineering Leader EMEA
Avril originates from Glasgow and has worked in the IT industry for 30 years. Based in Berkshire, she has held volunteer and fund raising roles in various schools and sports clubs. Avril supports an active lifestyle and fits her own exercise around work which means she often sees the sun rising over Ascot racecourse. She is keen to get more involved in the development of sport and physical activity is what has become her home county. Avril holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Computer Science and an MBA.
Theale Green School
Jo has spent 20 years in Education, following 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She has lived all her adult life in West Berkshire and has two grown up children who have benefited from all that the County has to offer in terms of sport, activity and education. Jo is passionate about the power of sport and activity to build health, confidence and leadership skills in young people; she is also fascinated by the place of coaching in everyday life, and the impact that coaching can have in empowering young people.
Jo is currently Headteacher of Theale Green School, where sport is central to everyday life and an important part of the curriculum, and she is a Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust.
Sport and outdoor activity have played an important part in every stage of her life; Jo currently plays in a local netball league and in the last year has discovered the joy of road-cycling.
Director of Digital Media and Fan Engagement
Graeme Harrison is Director of Digital Media and Fan Engagement at SailGP, a new global sports series featuring bold cutting edge technology that is re-defining the sport of sailing. Graeme oversees the online build, content production and distribution for SailGP, social media channels, the SailGP app, and eCRM.
Prior to SailGP, Graeme worked at The America's Cup where he was Head of Digital.
Graeme started his career working in advertising agencies and ran his own digital marketing consultancy.
In his spare time, Graeme is a masters 400m sprinter - winning gold in the relay and silver in the individual at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, 2015.
Tameena has spent 8 years working in the IT industry and a career highlight includes working on the Cricket World Cup as an IT Delivery Manager. She is a born & bred Maidonian who has facilitated sports for women since 2011, most recently setting up a ladies cricket team in 2013 and was Director of Girls & Ladies cricket until Sept 2019.
She has held various positions within the local community including Council panels and school governor.
As a sports enthusiast, she enjoys an active lifestyle as a cricketer & gym-goer and during COVID19, has taken up running & cycling. Having played a role at grassroot level, Tameena is now keen to step up her advocacy for active lifestyles by helping GBA to drive an increase in sports participation within Berkshire.
Engagement Manager, EMEA
Ria is a coach and facilitator; supporting people grow, develop and broaden their awareness in how to live healthy in both work and life. She has spent the majority of her career in HR working in both the Finance and Technology sector with vast experience in facilitation, key note speaking and coaching managers and leaders.
Ria brings her passion to her profession as a health, fitness and wellbeing coach in all that she does, which was influential in shaping the Wellbeing Strategy at Vodafone UK, as the previous Head of Wellbeing. The fusion of her longstanding business career in HR and background in health gives Ria a unique edge in all that she shares to inspire change in others.
Ria currently leads engagement with workplaces at Headspace, whilst still coaching women who skilfully juggle work and life.
ARC Event Consultancy
Becs is a Director at ARC Event Consultancy and has worked on many high profile events covering Olympics, Paralympics, Special Olympics, World and European Championships, Mass-Participation Charity Events and National Schools Games Finals. At London 2012, Becs was the Venue General Manager for the Hyde Park Venue, which hosted the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming Events in the heart of London. She also works with National Sport Federations and Organising Committee's to deliver feasibility studies, event strategy and budget management.
Over the past few years, she has worked with Universities to share her experiences through lectures / workshops and delivered training for non-profit sector events teams. Becs is very passionate about the work that she does and is a strong advocate for equality in the Sport Events Industry.
Strategic Director of Public Health
Public Health Services for Berkshire
Tessa is the Strategic Director of Public Health across the six Local Authorities in Berkshire and heads up the public health shared team which is based in Bracknell Forest Council. Public health's role is to improve health and reduce health inequalities, the unacceptable variations in health experienced by different communities. Tessa provides strategic leadership across the system of health and care in Berkshire and supports the public health teams in each of the councils to commission services, influence policy and promote and protect good health. She is a firm believer in the value of physical activity for mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Before coming to Berkshire, Tessa had similar roles in the East of England and London. She has also worked internationally in Australia and sub-Saharan Africa running disability services and advising government on improving the quality of health care.
Paul Owen OBE
Former Chief Executive
Paul became the youngest ever Chief Executive of an Olympic Sport in 1992 and for over 20 years Paul led British Canoeing to become one of Britain's most successful sports both in terms of participation and elite performance. Paul maintains his fitness by cycling and running whilst setting up his own sports consultancy business, he volunteers with Girl Guiding Berkshire and still has a keen interest in canoeing through Reading Canoe Club and the Devizes to Westminster Canoe Race.
Management consultancy Lane4
Richard currently works for Lane4, a management consultancy based in Maidenhead working with leaders from clients across the world. Previously Richard had a successful career in elite sport in various leadership roles supporting the last 9 Olympics/Paralympics, including as CEO of British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association. Having played rugby for Wasps, Richard has been involved in coaching locally for many years but now just tries to keep fit having just started open water swimming in Cookham where he lives with his wife and two children.
Karen Ross MBE
Former Chief Executive
Karen has recently retired as Chief Executive of Relate Berkshire where she developed relationship counselling services for adults, children and families. She introduced and extended specialist services to reach all parts of Berkshire and was awarded the MBE for services to children and families in 2014.
She is a business mentor with the Education and Business Partnership working as a mentor for children in local schools, helping them to prepare for the world of work. She is a governor of Reading School.
Following major spinal and ankle surgery after a serious accident, Karen has recovered her mobility and exceeded the expectations of her medical team by working with a team of physiotherapists and trainers almost daily at activities which include swimming, aqua aerobics and working out in the gym.
Karen is married with 3 grown up children and 7 grandchildren.
Dynamic Training Consultant
For 10 years Carole led the Rugby Football Union volunteer strategy which doubled the number of grassroots volunteers to over 60,000. Now an independent training consultant Carole's clients come from sport, charity, education and business.
Carole holds an NVQ level 5 in Management of Volunteers and a Masters degree in Environmental Technology. Having retired from playing and refereeing rugby, Carole maintains a keen interest in sport. Her voluntary work has included six roles in four organisations as well as completing fundraising challenges for three charities.
Our Commitment to Diversity on the GBA Board
We do not pursue diversity for the sake of it or to achieve a 'tick-box' result; we do it because diversity brings new thinking and challenge to old ideas. Not only do we want our board and staff to reflect the population they serve we want them to ensure we consider and cater for all aspects of Berkshire society when we make decisions about where we use our resources. We are committed to having no less than 1/3rd of our board from either gender (we currently have 8 women and 4 men) and we welcome and encourage applications from all members of society without prejudice to age, sexual orientation, disability, gender, religion or ethnicity. We will ensure any board vacancies receive the widest possible coverage to guarantee that opportunities are seen and available to all.
Strategic Diversity Action Plan (PDF, 338 Kb)