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Mark Davies

Chairman and Independent Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:
I have been on public and private company Boards, and have seen plenty of examples of what works and what doesn’t! In terms of sport, I grew up in a sporting family, spent five years at BBC Sport, and was involved with issues relating to sports governance in my business career.

What will I bring to this role:
I want to bridge the gap between the traditional part of the sport which has successfully existed for centuries, and the requirements placed upon us by the modern governance framework on which much of the funding that makes a lot of difference to us is derived.

Neil Armitage

Chief Executive

Steve Tully

Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

I have many years of experience leading and developing a highly successful archery club in Surrey and I have worked with many influential people both within and outside our sport in order to help the club grow and to improve our sports public profile. In the commercial world I have directed a number of successful large complex projects from inception to completion and I have the drive and determination to turn a vision into reality.

What will I bring to this role:

I am passionate about grass roots archery and continuing the growth of our sport from a strong bedrock of clubs around the country. I will ensure that the Board and the Executive are continually reminded of the needs of 21st century club archers, whilst working to achieve realistic strategies to grow our sport in line with Government and Sport England guidance and funding opportunities.

Pippa Britton

Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

I have been involved in archery for many years and competed on the British team for 15 years, attending 2 Paralympics and winning 24 International medals from 24 events. I am currently a member of the Para Archery Committee at World Archery, sit on the Board for UK Anti Doping and am Chair of Disability Sport Wales. I am a Level 3 coach and have presented coaching courses for both World Archery and Archery GB. My other roles have included disability awareness training for schools, Government departments and businesses, and I am a qualified coach and mentor.

What will I bring to this role:

I have a huge amount of experience, both in archery and in governance roles and I want to bring both to the Board. I care passionately about the sport that has given me so much and am really excited to look to the future and encourage more people to grow within it. Being able to support archery from grass roots to elite will be a privilege. My experience in both archery and life has given me a particular interest in equity and diversity and I hope we can promote the fact that archery is truly something special - a sport for all.

Muriel Kirkwood

Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

I have been involved in sport from my early 20s, first in cycling and then in archery both at recreational and performance levels. I understand sporting structures and governance and the value of sport to individuals on a personal level. I’ve been a volunteer at almost every level in archery. I work for a government funded statistics research group and play an active role on two workplace committees.

What will I bring to this role:

We’ve gone from a sport that struggled to be recognized and was considered niche, to a mainstream sport that is growing. This brings opportunities as well as responsibility and I’d like to see everyone benefit from this increasing recognition of archery as a rewarding and enjoyable sport

Lizzy Rees

Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

As a member of the GB & N.I Field Archery Team, I have nine senior international caps and a world championship title, all of which have allowed me to gain a detailed understanding of the competition side of archery. Academically, I am in the process of completing a B.Sc. in Sports Performance Analysis at the University of Bath. I have focused my degree specifically around the sport of archery.

What will I bring to this role:

As the youngest member of the board, I hope to bring new and innovative ideas which will adhere to the needs of the younger members, those who are arguably the future of the sport. I will encourage the acknowledgement and acceptance of archery in all of its forms, maintaining the traditions of the sport, but encouraging its future development. Finally, I will endeavour to bridge the communication gap between the board and its members, ensuring the wishes of the membership are at the forefront of the board’s decision making.

Julie Ryan

Elected Director

Erik Rowbotham

Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

Archery is a sport that I have been a part of for over 16 years. I have previous experience as a NGB Board Director, Communications Officer and have also been an Archery Club Treasurer and Captain. In addition to my current full time job as a Project Manager for global technology change initiatives in the Finance sector, sports organisations have been previous employers of mine in both a paid and voluntary capacity for over 10 years. Directors should be representatives of the membership and stewards of the sport, able to further improve the organisation’s processes and frameworks to best serve its current and future members. I believe that with my background of experience inside and outside of the sport I can assist Archery GB in the next steps of its journey.

What will I bring to this role:

Through leadership, accountability, & an ability to listen, I bring my professional management skills, a drive towards best practice and a varied sporting background. My academic years afforded me the opportunity to study ‘culture change at Board level’ in the airline industry and the ‘Governance, Structure & Strategy’ of another sports NGB, both of which are areas of importance for AGB today. In addition to this, I am currently learning in greater detail how sports organisations can perform at a level of sustainable high performance, both operationally and on the field of play, through a unique two year part-time MBA-level ‘Masters of Sport Directorship’ course which is due to complete this year.

Elisabeth Bellamy

Chairman of Nominations Committee and Independent Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

I have been a solicitor for many years, practising in the UK and Singapore, and was the managing partner of a law firm. I am also a member of the Law Society’s Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. I have been involved in other organisations which rely heavily on volunteer support including being the membership secretary of a swimming club and holding various roles within Girl Guiding.

What will I bring to this role:

I have a particular interest in archery as my son took up the sport and, as an adult, now competes at a senior level. I understand the challenges faced in trying to balance the competing needs of different types of archers – recognising that archery is both a hobby and a sport. I am a firm believer in fairness and openness and want to ensure that these principles are embedded throughout Archery GB.

Dave Harrison

Dave Harrison - Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:

I have been in the sport since 1972. I have held several position from regional Secretary, County Chair and County Coaching Organiser. I hold the positions of National Judge and County Coach. I also competed to a reasonably high level over many years. I was Board Chairman for 6 years.

What will I bring to this role:

I want to ensure the workforce is put at the forefront of our sport and enable the grassroots to grow and as a result have a world-class coaching and judging pathway. As well as continually moving the elite archers towards Olympic, Paralympic, European and World success.

Catherine Wilson

Chairman of Audit & Risk Committee and Independent Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:
I have worked in the City as both a solicitor and an investment banker, sitting on various credit committees and juggling different stakeholders within an organization to ensure complex projects happen.

What will I bring to this role:
I hope to be able to help with the ever increasing requirements of corporate governance across all aspects of the company and to ensure a safe and solid financial future for Archery GB as well as seeing an already successful organization grow to the next level

Bryan Woodcock

Elected Director
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What have I done that qualifies me for this role:
I have been a Company Director for over half my working life, contributing to the successful development and prosperity of existing companies and my own entrepreneurial endeavours. Directorships have encompassed Sport organisations including Archery GB, as volunteer Director of Operations. To ensure my knowledge is current and relevant I am studying for an Honours Degree in Sport and Coaching. I am a qualified Archery Coach, current Club Secretary and practising Archer!

What will I bring to this role:
Having a proven track record in successful sport delivery and participation growth, change management, volunteer management, commercial success and a practical knowledge of archery in all its forms, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will assist in overcoming the future challenges for archery as we grow and progress.

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