Special Olympics GB appoints six new board members

20 Jan 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Special Olympics Great Britain has confirmed the appointment of six new members on the organisation’s Board of Trustees.

Paul Richardson (pictured), a former Chair of the Steve Redgrave Trust has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Board, while City Football Group CFO, Andy Young and former ESPN General Manager Charly Classen have also been appointed. 

Long-time Special Olympics GB volunteer Andy Baker, Special Olympics Wales Chair, Dr Dawn Brace and former HR Director at Kerry Foods, Emma Rose make up the new names appointed to the Board.

Michelle Carney, CEO of Special Olympics GB said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome all our new board members to Special Olympics GB. Each of them brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from a wide variety of backgrounds and relevant organisations. Together, with our existing board members, we look forward to developing a new strategy to take the organisation to the next level.   

“High on our list of priorities will be working with the government to try and secure long-term funding along with a proposal for Great Britain to host a Special Olympics World Games in 2031. The infrastructure and talent are already here in the UK, so why not? Intellectual disability is the last hidden disability and more needs to be done across the board to change that. As has been seen countless times, sport can change lives. Special Olympics GB is a catalyst for change and with support could do so much more for people with intellectual disability.” 
Paul Richardson, Chairman, Special Olympics GB, said; “Many thanks to Michelle Carney, outgoing chair Murton Mann and the Board of Trustees for giving me this opportunity. Having been involved in sport and charities for more than 20 years, I strongly believe that Special Olympics GB has huge potential to help change the lives of a lot more people with an intellectual disability.  

“I literally can’t wait to see where we can take this organisation and I look forward to Special Olympics GB no longer being the best kept secret in sport. I have a proven track record in transforming organisations and I am looking forward to working with Michelle, the board and the amazing network of volunteers across the country and in particular the athletes I’ve heard so much about.”    

Working with executive search group Savannah, Special Olympics GB says its new appointments coincide with the rotation of the Board’s trustees who will came to the end of their maximum terms in 2019 and early 2020.