Four New Directors appointed to the Board

Martin Clark, John Timms, Catherine Willcocks and Rebecca Hembrough were appointed recently to the Board of British Para Table Tennis (BPTT).

The first three directors have all taken up these voluntary positions as of 1 March 2020 on four-year terms, with Rebecca’s appointment following on 10 March 2020. The four Independent directors all bring skills that will complement and strengthen the current Board. The positions were advertised with interviews taking place after a shortlisting process. Specific areas of expertise sought included Finance, Governance, Competition / Events and Performance Sport.

Martin Clark is joining the Finance Committee, with over 40 years working in an accountancy practice. He has considerable experience in industry, private practice and in a voluntary capacity in financial management with Table Tennis England, European Table Tennis Union and ITTF. Martin has been involved in table tennis from grassroots to governing bodies, bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to BPTT.

Martin said: “I am pleased to have been appointed and look forward to working with the Board of British Para Table Tennis.”

John Timms has strong links directly with Sheffield City Region community and the business community. He worked with BPTT in the delivery of a Factor 40 British Open Event in 2011 and says the organisation has moved on since those times. John brings with him 25 years of major event management and operational experience, working with national and international governing bodies across Olympic and Paralympic Sports. He will be joining the Competitions Committee.

John said: “I am passionate about sport and I’m delighted to be appointed onto the Board of British Para Table Tennis.”

Catherine Willcocks brings a range of knowledge and skills through a career in Internal Audit, Risk Management and Compliance. She has a broad experience in understanding organisational strategies, objectives and governance strategies across a wide range of industries and organisation sizes in both the public and private sector, latterly specialising in financial services. Catherine has sat as a trustee on various charity committees and is currently a Global Compliance Director at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. She will be joining the Governance Committee.

Catherine said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the organisation and contribute as a board member of British Para Table Tennis.”

Rebecca Hembrough is the Performance Manager for women’s golf at England Golf. Rebecca brings over a decade of experience working in performance sport. In the beginning as a sport psychologist as part of a multi-disciplinary sport and exercise science team at Sheffield Hallam University.

In this role, her standout experience was working with the GB Women’s Volleyball Squad for the 2.5 years leading into the London 2012 Olympic Games. She worked at the Games for the duration of the volleyball competition as part of the support team. Her passion is to support people to have the courage to be more than they thought possible. She will be joining the Performance Committee.

Rebecca said “I am excited to support BPTT and its family as part of the board and the Performance Monitoring Committee.”

The appointments bring the number of directors of British Para Table Tennis to ten. British Para Table Tennis Chairman, Karen Tonge MBE said: “I am delighted to welcome four new members to our Board and look forward to working together as we continue to develop our new four-year strategy, leading to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games and beyond. We have developed a dynamic and exciting Board, with a wide range of skills to drive the organisation forward.

Karen Tonge MBE
British Para Table Tennis, Chairman

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