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The ASA’s boards and their members

The ASA has two boards: the Group Board and the Sport Governing Board. Find out more about them, and their members, here.

Following a comprehensive review of the governance structure of the ASA, a revised two-board structure was agreed at a Special Meeting of Council in July 2013.  While some recruitment is ongoing for some members of each Board the new Boards are now operational.

Below you can find out more about the boards and their members. Click on the relevant button to shift from one board to another.

The ASA Group Board

The role of the Group Board is to provide the strategic direction for the ASA and subsidiary companies including its mission, vision and strategic objectives and monitor the implementation of the strategic and corporate plans and budgets.

In this and all the areas set out in the terms of reference, the Group Board will work with the Sport Governing Board to integrate their strategies, plans and resource proposals for the part of the ASA they are responsible for into any overall plans or reviews.

Three additional members are to be appointed by the Sport Governing Board.

CHAIRMAN

ASA Group Board Chairman Edward Lord OBEEdward Lord OBE JP

Edward has extensive experience as a chairman, board member and chief executive of public, private and voluntary sector organisations. He is currently Chairman of Capital Ambition and an elected member of the City of London Corporation. Edward led the City’s engagement with the London Olympic Games.

INDEPENDENT

Lisa Wainwright, independent member of ASA Group BoardLisa Wainwright

Lisa is currently Chief Executive of Volleyball England. She has worked for Sport England, ending up as Head of National Sport and has been Membership Services Director at the All England Netball Association.

INDEPENDENT

Nick Humby, independent member of ASA Group BoardNick Humby ACA, BCom (Acc)

Nick is currently Chief Operating Officer & Financial Officer for the Lawn Tennis Association. Previously he has been Finance Director of Manchester United plc and Thames Television and Freemantle (a major TV projection company), as well as an extensive portfolio of non-executive directorships across media, sport and the arts.

INDEPENDENT

Stuart Cain, Group Board Member ASAStuart Cain BA, MBA

Stuart is a senior executive with extensive experience in marketing, media and commercial affairs across sports and entertainment events and businesses. Currently he is Managing Director: Commercial Marketing with the NEC Group, which includes the Ticket Factory, and before that he has had executive marketing and commercial roles with Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Clubs and responsibility for brand development at Bass plc.

INDEPENDENT

Simon Johnson, Group Board member ASASimon Johnson

Simon is currently a Consultant with Charles Russell LLP. His former roles include Chief Executive of Business in Sport & Leisure, Chief Operating Officer of the England 2018 World Cup Bid, Corporate Affairs Director and Company Secretary at the FA, Legal Director at the Premier League and Director of Rights and Business Affairs at ITV.

SGB REPRESENTATIVE

Keith Ashton, group Board member ASAKeith Ashton

Keith is the CEO of S&P, the largest sports and leisure architectural practice in the UK. As well as working with the majority of the UK’s Local Governments to develop sports infrastructure projects, S&P also completed two of the 2012 Olympic venues and continue to work with OPLC on the QEII Park transition. Keith joined S&P in Feb 2001 becoming a Director in 2006.

SGB REPRESENTATIVE

Ian Mackenzie, Group Board member ASA Ian Mackenzie

Ian is the East representative to the Sport Governing and a member of the ASA Board since 2006. Like many volunteers Ian became involved in swimming through his children and qualified as an advanced teacher. Ian as also been a qualified official and is currently a qualified licensed referee and regularly officiates at all levels of swimming events.

SGB REPRESENTATIVE

Bernard Simkins, Group Board member ASA Bernard Simkins

Bernard is the West Midland representative to the Sport Governing Board and a member of the ASA Board since Council 2011. As an active official and qualified referee Bernard has officiated at all levels of regional championships and continues to mentor new officials.

CEO

ASA Group Board Chief Executive Officer David SparkesDavid Sparkes

David has been involved in Swimming for over 40 years. Having learnt to swim at school, he developed a keen interest in the sport and continued to swim both recreationally and competitively with his local swimming club in an open air pool at Droitwich. David was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011 for his services to swimming.

CFO

ASA Ashley Beaveridge Chief Finance OfficerAshley Beaveridge

Ashley has substantial senior finance and business partnering experience gained with three international groups in FMCG including five years as Commercial Finance Director with Carlsberg UK. He was appointed ASA and British Swimming CFO in January 2013.

The ASA Sport Governing Board

The role of the Sport Governing Board is to provide the focus and direction of the core activities of fostering and developing swimming as a sport including membership and clubs.

In this, and all the areas set out in the terms of reference, the Sport Governing Board  will work with the Group Board to integrate their strategies, plans and resource proposals for the part of the ASA they are responsible for into any overall plans or reviews.

There are three sport specialist members yet to be appointed to the Sport Governing Board.

CHAIRMAN

Chris Bostock, chairman of the ASA's sport governing boardChris Bostock

Chris, an independent member of the ASA Board since 2006, has had a long association with swimming. Many will know him from events where he leads on the technology associated with timing, scoring, data-handling and event presentation. In his role as an ASA Board member Chris was also involved in the Audit & Probity Committee with specialism in finance.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Neil Booth

Neil Booth ASA Sport Board MemberNeil is the North West representative to the Sport Governing Board. He has been involved as a member of his club for over 25 years and has successfully carried out the various ‘officer’ roles within his Club. He was a founder member of the management board of the North West Region and following retirement in 2007 from a long career in the police service he has evolved into a ‘full time’ volunteer within the sport. Neil is a British Swimming Referee and is currently involved in developing material and delivering training for swimming technical officials.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Anne Clarke ASA Sport Group memberAnne Clark

Anne is the East Midland representative to the Sport Governing Board and a member of the ASA Board since 2002 and the British Swimming Board until last year. Anne has also represented Great Britain on the LEN Synchronised Swimming Committee 1995 to 2004 and at the LEN Congress held in London in 2004 was awarded the LEN Gold Pin for her services to the Committee.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Ray Gordon ASA Sport Group memberRay Gordon

Ray is the North East representative to the Sport Governing Board and a member of the ASA Board since 2003 and the British Swimming Board since November last year.  Ray’s major interests in swimming now involve the development of Disability Swimming and Workforce Development leading to a Culture Change.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Kay Grimshaw ASA Sport Group memberKay Grimshaw

Kay is the London representative to the Sport Governing Board and a member of the ASA Board since 2006.  Kay became an official in 1987 and officiated at the Commonwealth Games in 2002.  Kay also tutors British Swimming Officials examinations and is a Referee Course Leader.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Ian McKenzie ASA Sport Group memberIan Mackenzie

Ian is the East representative to the Sport Governing and a member of the ASA Board since 2006.  Like many volunteers Ian became involved in swimming through his children and qualified as an advanced teacher.  Ian as also been a qualified official and is currently a qualified licensed referee and regularly officiates at all levels of swimming events.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Robert Margetts ASA Sport Group memberRobert Margetts

Robert is the South West representative to the Sport Governing Board and a member of the ASA Board since 2003.  He has been involved in the organisation of competitions in the South West for ASA National and ESSA competitions since 1982.  In addition to organising swimming competitions Robert also referees at water polo competitions.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Roger Prior ASA Sport Group memberRoger Prior

Roger is the South East representative to the Sport Governing Board.  He has been involved with the South East region as far back as 1984 fulfilling a variety of roles and was elected Regional President in 1996. Roger is an experienced swimming official and referee and has officiated at such high profile events as the Commonwealth Games and European Championships and was a volunteer Games Maker at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE

Bernard Simkins ASA Sport Group memberBernard Simkins

Bernard is the West Midland representative to the Sport Governing Board and a member of the ASA Board since Council 2011.  As an active official and qualified referee Bernard has officiated at all levels of regional championships and continues to mentor new officials.

SPORT SPECIALIST

Ms Pippa Jones ASA Sport Group memberPippa Jones

Pippa is a former international swimmer and water polo player, currently employed as a senior lecturer in Physical Education, Sport Development and Sport Coaching at Sheffield Hallam University. She is an experienced coach and coach educator as well as being current president of the British Water Polo League. Between 1993 and 95 she was one of the first ASA RDOs, working in the North East region.

SPORT SPECIALIST

Mr Barry Saunders ASA Sport Group memberBarry Saunders
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