Meet the Team at Cerebral Palsy Sport:
Cerebral Palsy Sport is governed by a Board of Trustees.
Meet our Trustees:
Interim Chair: Mr Peter Savage
Chair: Mrs Aideen Blackborough – Company Secretary and Chair of the Governance, Compliance & Human Resources Sub Committee. Aideen is currently on maternity leave
Trustee: Mr Paul Bowman – Treasurer and Chair of the Finance, Fundraising and Marketing Sub Committee.
Trustee: Safia Iman
Trustee: Paul Marriner
Trustee: Kay Simnett
Trustee: Lynne Wardle
For more information on each of our Trustees, please click here
Meet Our Staff Team
Chief Executive – Ali Talbot
Ali joined Cerebral Palsy Sport in April 2013 and she has held varied leisure senior management posts in the public sector and private sector leisure facilities and sport development services management and hotel management for the past 24 years. She specialises in strategic, operational, project and resource management of sports, leisure and cultural services including sport, leisure, tourism, visual and performing arts services.
Prior to taking up this role, Ali was RNIB’s National Leisure Services Manager and lead manager of RNIB’s National Leisure Services team. Ali had the pleasure of chairing LOCOG’s London 2012 Disability Community Engagement Forum and represented RNIB on Glasgow 2014’s Advisory group. She also led on RNIB’s London 2012 project and sat on a number of cultural advisory bodies including the government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport Accessible Tourism Stakeholders Forum. Ali was our Event Director for our Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games.
When not working, Ali enjoys spending time with her family in Lincolnshire and supporting her RAF husband with service life. She has two young sons who love sport. Her eldest son has cerebral palsy diaplegia and is a national and international RaceRunner so she is often found on the side of an athletics track. Her favourite food is Italian food. Ali believes passionately about equity and inclusion in sport and understands many of the challenges parents of children with cerebral palsy face.
“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” Napoleon Hill
National Sports Development Manager – Lisa Morton-Smith
Lisa has had 15 years’ experience in Sport development and disability Sport. Her passion for disability sport start at the age of 13 when she was encouraged by her PE teacher to volunteer with a local disability football team.
After studying Sport Development and Coaching at university she became an in school coach delivering curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Lisa was lucky enough to progress in her career becoming a Sport Development Officer with responsibility for Specialist and Targeted programmes including Disability, children in care, women and girls and BME Groups, before working solely on disability sports project and then moving to Cerebral Palsy Sport in 2015 to take up the role as National Sport Development Manager.
“To quote Nelson Mandela ‘ Sport has the power to change the World’ I truly believe this and I am proud to play a part.”
National Disability Sport Engagement Officer – Sandy Drummond
Sandy’s role is to ensure we are working closely with our members and partners to ensure that Cerebral Palsy Sport truly reflect the needs and wants of children, young people and their families.
Awareness, interest and opportunities in disability sport have seen a huge increase over recent years, and the clear social and health benefits are attracting new enquiries from interested participants, families, coaches and sport providers. Cerebral Palsy Sport already take a lead in adapted sport events such as Frame Football, RaceRunning and Table Cricket from grassroots through to performance competitions creating a pathway for all and helping hundreds of children and adults with Cerebral Palsy experience life changing benefits. Additionally, Cerebral Palsy Sport works closely with a range of partners including; county sport partnerships, sports governing bodies and other organisations to help meet the demands for access to sport.
Her role includes providing information and opportunities for those who would like to get involved in sport at any level, and also support sport providers to be able to accommodate and understand the needs of people with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities.
As a qualified tennis coach she has had first-hand experience of working with players with disabilities, and she also worked for the Tennis Foundation who provide access into tennis for disabled participants of all levels. More recently, Sandy worked in sport management which included representing Paralympic athletes. As a regular sports participant herself, she truly believe sport can provide many life skills, social opportunities, health benefits and enjoyment for all.
National Sports Development Officer – Jennifer Basford
Jen joined the charity as one of the National Sports Development Officers at Cerebral Palsy Sport in July 2017. She is the development officer responsible for leading the swimming and the SportStart programmes within the charity.
Before this, Jen worked in Nottingham Primary Schools educating teachers on best practice in PE and school sport.
She was lead instructor for Nottingham school swimming for a year.
Jen is a senior coach at her local swimming club where she has been teaching for about 13 years and have swam for about 22 years.
In her spare time, she loves to box and her favourite food is chicken nuggets.
National Football Development Officer – Richard Kerr
Rich joined Cerebral Palsy Sport in June 2017, having made the switch from Education to take on a National Role. His background is in Sports Development and he has experience of working in Local Authority and Education.
Rich is passionate about supporting people to take part in sport and creating opportunities for people to play and take part. His role at Cerebral Palsy Sport is focused around developing cerebral palsy football and Frame football programmes nationally.
Away from work in sports development, Rich enjoys coaching and hold qualifications in Football, Cricket and Fitness. He has coached in professional football academies, with Universities and he spent time working in New York/New Jersey as a coach.
National Sports Development Officer – CPCan – Adi Fawcett
Adi has 20 years of experience working in sport in Sport Development with British Rowing, High Performance coaching with British Rowing and Rowing Australia and as Talent Manager for Volleyball England. She continues to work as a consultant for British Rowing, as a coach education tutor and assessor, as well as currently coaching at the University of Derby. Adi is keen to provide opportunities for young people with CP, through the Children in Need funded CP Can project, to find their sporting passion.
Outside work Adi is busy with family life with her husband, 2 young boys and 2 pet rabbits.
Administrator – Ann Bell
Ann joined Cerebral Palsy Sport part time in February 2004 to provide a little bit of admin support for the newly appointed Junior Development Officers as the charity really began to grow. Fourteen years later she is still here providing that admin support to the whole team.
She can sometimes be found hiding in a corner at events processing results, or in total contrast, at fundraising Golf Days doing her best to persuade golfers to part with their hard earned money.
Looking around the office recently Ann realised she had probably been with the charity longer than most of the furniture and surrounded by a young, fit team is feeling old and creaky like some of the furniture.
National Disability Football Coach (casual) – Peter Nicholls
Volunteer Co-ordinator – Ian Clegg
Volunteer – Elaine Morris