Our Board

Chairperson

Richard Parker

Richard Parker

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.

On his appointment, in June 2021, as the GBA Chair Richard said:

I am delighted to be confirmed as Chair of GBA and would to thank Jason for all his great efforts over the past year. Having been a Berkshire resident for 15 years and with two children benefitting from the activities available in the local area, I am passionate about everyone having the opportunity to be healthy and active. I look forward to supporting the amazing work carried out by the team at GBA and working with such an experienced board as we continue to tackle inequalities through sport and activity.


Board Members

Avril Couper

Avril Couper

Senior Independent Director (SID) and Vice Chair

Get Berkshire Active

Avril originates from Glasgow and has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. She is currently working for Salesforce as a Senior Director in the UK. 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 other commitments which means she often sees the sun rising over Ascot. She participates in local fitness and running groups (with Get Berkshire Active award winning instructors). She is keen to support 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.

Jo Halliday

Jo Halliday

Headteacher

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.

Graeme Harrison

Graeme Harrison

Director of Digital Media and Fan Engagement

SailGP

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 Hussain

Tameena Hussain

Tameena works as Infrastructure & Security Lead for NGO Podium Analytics, founded by Ron Dennis CBE looking to make a safer world of sport. She previously worked for the England & Wales Cricket Board where she was behind the first Ramadan Iftar in the MCC Pavilion. She's also a trustee at Berkshire Cricket Foundation leading on their EDI work, an area she is passionate about.

As a sports enthusiast, she enjoys being active and a team sport. She is proud to watch her 2 nephews play sports and can be found in the garden (or indoors) playing something with them.

Becs Leach

Becs Leach

Director

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.

Harjinder Obhi

Harjinder Obhi

Physiotherapy student, Lawyer and Physicist

Brunel University

Harjinder is a non-practicing solicitor, formerly employed by Google (for over 15 years) as Senior Director Legal. He specialised in litigation, dispute resolution and human rights. Currently changing his career to become a physiotherapist, he has always been interested in physical activity, appreciating its health and mental benefits. As a leader, he is passionate about team dynamics and intrigued by what enables a group to achieve. Recently, partly spurred by the coronavirus pandemic, he became curious about individual motivation to exercise.

Harjinder played and coached basketball, holds a PhD in Physics, is an accredited mediator and lives in Maidenhead with his wonderful wife and three lovely children.

Paul Owen OBE

Paul Owen OBE

Former Chief Executive

British Canoeing

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.

Karen Ross MBE

Karen Ross MBE

Former Chief Executive

Relate Berkshire

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.

Victoria Bradley

Victoria Bradley

British Skydiving Instructor and Coach

British Skydiving

Victoria is an experienced British Skydiving qualified skydiving instructor and coach. She has carried out around 2600 skydives and has been coaching and instructing for over 13 and 8 years respectively. She has won numerous British national skydiving medals, was part of the British female 4way skydiving team in 2011 and holds several skydiving world records. She is passionate about inclusion and diversity in skydiving and has developed a coaching stream specifically to support and maintain women in the sport.

She is also a keen hiker and can often be found navigating her way round the wilds of North Bedfordshire and North Norfolk.

When not throwing herself from perfectly good planes Victoria works as a self-employed management consultant and has worked with numerous clients across both public and private sectors over the past 15 years. She is also a founding director of the British Indoor Skydiving Association.

Victoria is a Chartered Manager, holds a business studies degree and MBA and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute.

Helen Keen

Helen Keen

Managing Director

Coutts & Co

Helen currently works for Coutts & Co, the Private Bank, where she is a Managing Director playing a key role in the senior leadership team of the client facing business. She has over 37 years experience in banking, strategy, sales, leadership and people management. Helen is passionate about coaching and developing others to fulfil their potential and mentors and sponsors a diverse range of individuals in the financial sector. Helen keeps fit by indulging in her love of reformer Pilates, whilst also managing to play some golf and even less tennis. She lives in Wargrave with her two children who have spent many years playing sport locally.

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.


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