Our Board


Sue Anstiss MBE

Sue Anstiss MBE

Founder and CEO

Promote PR

Sue is the Founder and CEO of Promote PR, an award-winning sports and fitness PR agency based in Maidenhead. Sue has led the agency for over 25 years, with clients that include the likes of the RFU, England Hockey, England Athletics, and The Gym Group.

Sue is also a founding Trustee of the Women's Sport Trust and in 2018 was awarded an MBE for her services to grassroots and women's sport.

In her role as Chair, Sue supports the team at Get Berkshire Active who work sees them drawing funding and expertise from national sources in order to enhance physical activity and sporting opportunities across Berkshire.

On her appointment, in January 2016, as the GBA Chair Sue said:

I've seen at first hand the fantastic contributions of coaches, teachers and volunteers at sports clubs across Berkshire – as a participant myself, but also as an employer and the mother of three sporty daughters. Sport has the potential to transform lives and bring communities together locally. Its impact can be far more powerful than the physical health benefits of being more active, in fact the Government's recent strategy for sport highlights five key outcomes for sports provision including physical health, mental health, individual development, social and community development and economic development. I feel incredibly proud to have been appointed to this role and look forward to playing my part in working with the many organisations that develop and deliver sport and physical activity across this diverse county.

Board Members

Amanda Foister OBE

Amanda Foister OBE

Chief Executive Officer

The Adventure Learning Charity

Amanda is the founder and CEO of the charity The Adventure Learning Charity which operates the outdoor activity centres, Longridge in Marlow, Green Park in Aston Clinton, Royal Docks Adventure in East London and the environmental training centre, Shortenills in Chalfont St Giles. Together these centres provide inspirational training programmes, that includes a highly respected apprenticeship programme for 275,000 children and young people every year.

Carole Thelwall-Jones

Carole Thelwall-Jones

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.

Derek Peaple

Derek Peaple


Park House School & Sports College

Derek has been the Headteacher of Park House School and Sports College in Newbury since 2003, during which time he has played a leading role in a range of regional, national and international sports education initiatives. He supported the design of the London 2012 Get Set Education programme and was subsequently appointed as the first Chair of the Youth Sport Trust's National Headteacher Strategy Group. In 2013 he received the inaugural Sir John Madejski Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Sport in Berkshire and contributed to both the House of Commons Education Committee's Report, School Sport following London 2012: No more political football and All Party Parliamentary Group on Physical Activity. He is Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the nationally award winning Berkshire School Games.

Prior to his appointment at Park House, Derek was the Headteacher of Woodcote High School, another Sports College in the London Borough of Croydon. He was previously a History teacher, Chief Examiner and textbook author, all explaining his obsession with sports history!

Derek's passion for sport also started locally when he joined Reading Athletic Club in the 1970s as a schoolboy middle distance runner.

Avril Couper

Avril Couper

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.

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.

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.

Tessa Lindfield

Tessa Lindfield

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.

Ria Ingleby

Ria Ingleby

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.

Graeme Harrison

Graeme Harrison

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.

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 7 women and 5 men) and we welcome and encourage applications from all members of society without prejudice to age, sexual orientation, disability, gender, religion or race. 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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