John Harrison appointed as Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee

Cerebral Palsy Sport is delighted to welcome a new Trustees to its Board of Trustees following an external recruitment process and induction.

John Harrison is Head of Partner Performance at Sport England where he oversees the performance of NGBs and other partners that aim to support more resilient sport and physical activity habits. The identification, development and sharing of learning and insight is a key part of the role.

John has over 10 years experience in the sports industry having previously worked in Sports Equipment, Grants Management, and Sport for Social Change, and brings with him expertise in project management, evaluation and sports development.

John originates from Essex and graduated with a Sports Technology degree from Loughborough University. He still lives in Loughborough and likes to spend his time away from work travelling, playing sport and dog walking in the countryside (whenever the weather allows!).

Cerebral Palsy Sport is governed by a Board of Trustees that bring a range of skills in supporting the organisation with governance decisions. The Board of Trustees consists of up to twelve independent individuals with a range of skills and competencies across key sectors that enables Cerebral Palsy Sport to operate as an effective strategic national disability sports organisation (NDSO), charity and a Limited company.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the charity and ensuring it performs well. Because of the charity’s significant role in the development of the sport, being a Trustee is a position of influence and great responsibility, now and for future generations.

Trustees are people who care passionately about Cerebral Palsy Sport and who recognise the vital contribution the organisation makes to the lives of people with disabilities.

To find out more about the members of our Board of Trustees, please click here

New Chair appointed to Cerebral Palsy Sport

Lynne Wardle has been appointed as the new Chair of Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Lynne is Chief Executive of a specialist strategy consultancy working predominately in public services to improve health and wellbeing. She has previously held senior executive and advisory positions in a range of FTSE 100 companies.  More recently she led a national programme for Big Lottery, supporting a dozen charities to increase their impact and become more sustainable. Through this work Lynne became passionate about inclusion and equality and she is keen to make sure that Cerebral Palsy Sport’s members shape the direction of the charity so that it provides what matters to them.

Lynne is a keen rather than an accomplished sportsperson. Her current love is for skiing although previous sports have included hockey, volleyball, netball, horse riding and athletics, winning her only gold medal in the high jump!

“I joined the board of CP Sport in 2018 and was delighted to be appointed as Chair in October this year. Our team of staff and trustees at CP Sport are continually inspired by all the people who come along to our events to try new sports or to push themselves to every higher standards of performance at our competitions.  Our aim is to ensure that people with cerebral palsy have the opportunities and the motivation to take part in sport regularly and to enjoy all the health, social and wellbeing benefits that brings.”

“Being a trustee is challenging and rewarding in equal measure. I lead a board of exceptionally skilled and motivated individuals who share a belief in the potential of sport to change lives for the better. Our role is to set the future direction for the charity, based on insights from our members, funders and partners. As trustees, we apply our skills to offer constructive challenge and support to our staff team so that together we can make our vision a reality.”

“I have worked with a large number of charities, advising their boards and management teams on ways to increase their impact and ensure their long terms sustainability.  The opportunity to join CP Sport as a trustee brought a number of my interests together – equality, sport and wellbeing – in a role where I could apply my skills and experience to make a difference.”

“I was delighted to be elected as Chair. I’m looking forward to working with trustees and the staff team to support CP Sport to go from strength to strength.”

Lynne is taking over from former Chair Aideen Blackborough. Peter Savage has most recently been interim Chair for the charity whilst Aideen took maternity leave. Peter Savage will continue on the board of Trustees and Aideen Blackborough has become a Patron for the charity.

Find out more about our board of Trustees here

Trustees’ Week 2019

Trustees’ Week is celebrated this year from 4th – 8th November.

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world hey play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work.

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

There are approximately 196,000 charities in the UK and over 1 million trustees. The average trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old, and 55 in Northern Ireland.

There are many young trustees too with some 86,000 trustee positions held by 16-34 year olds.

At Cerebral Palsy Sport out Trustees play a vital role in governing the charity and we thank them for all of their support and hard work.

For more information about our team of trustees please click here