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Senior Management Team

Karen Rothery

Karen Rothery
Chief Executive Officer

Karen joined BUCS after over 20 years of working in manufacturing business, specialising in change management, product development, marketing and sales. She holds a Masters degree in Sport and Leisure Management from Loughborough University, where she won the Sue Glyptis prize for best research project in 2005.  She then spent two and half years at England Netball as its Commercial Director, where she secured a TV deal with Sky Sports and new commercial and sponsorship relationships for the organisation.

Karen is a Board member of Podium, A Trustee of The London Youth Games, a member of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College, sits on the Leadership and Governance Group for Healthy Universities and the Higher Education Advisory Group for Sports Coach UK.

Mark Brian 2009

Mark Brian
Head of Sports Programmes

Mark Brian has 17 years experience of university sport. He started with the organisation in August 1997 as a Sports Programme Manager and later taking on the role of International Programme Manager. Mark has now been Head of Sports Programmes since 2004  As Head of the Sports Programmes department, Mark manages a department of ten and is currently leading on the implementation of the Sports Strategy for BUCS. 

Mark is a graduate of University of Teesside, with a post graduate diploma in Business and Leisure Management and managed the Team England Headquarters at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games.  He is a Governor at his local school and takes part in triathlons.

Jon BrooksteinJon Brookstein
Head of Sports Development

Jon has been with BUCS since January 2010, when he joined as Head of the new Sport Development Team. Having worked previously in Leisure Management, Local Authority Sport Development and most recently in Rugby Development for the RFU he brings a breadth of relevant experience to the new team. With the new team in place to deliver the outcomes of the BUCS & Sport England Partnership Plan, Jon manages the relationship with Sport England and leads on BUCS development relationships with national partners and NGBs.

Jon is a Sport Science graduate of Coventry University, where he captained the University Rugby Club and 1st XV. He still plays Rugby Union (occasionally), Tennis (badly) and enjoys playing any other sport possible! 

Tim Nicholls for WebsiteTim Nicholls
Head of Corporate Services

Tim joined BUCS in early 2011 having spent 8 years in the NHS, most recently as Head of Primary Care & Corporate Finance at NHS Islington. Since joining Tim has taken steps to rationalise and improve the financial information and reporting systems and has made structural changes to the finance team.

As well as being a qualified accountant Tim is also an experienced accountancy tutor and still delivers lecturers and seminars around the subject when time permits.

In his free time Tim is a keen supporter of AFC Wimbledon.

Neil RogersNeil Rogers

Head of International Programmes

As Head of International Programmes, Neil is responsible for coordinating GBR teams to the biennial World University Games (Summer and Winter) and World University Championships, as well as monitoring GB entries into EUSA.  Neil joined BUCS in July 2010 after 10 years of working in a variety of roles in University sport, most recently as Deputy Director of Sport at London South Bank University.  Neil was a sports sabbatical at Goldsmiths following graduation in 00/01 and then at ULU in 01/02, and has also held a variety of voluntary roles in BUCS - including as GBR Team Manager for the World University Taekwondo Championships, National Team Manager for England Universities at BUCS Home Nations, and as Vice Chair and Snr. Vice Chair of BUCS predecessor body.

Tay Attwell 2009

Susannah (Tay) Attwell
Head of Professional and Regional Development

Tay has been working in sport and leisure since 1992, initially as a manager in local authority facilities before moving to lecturing in the FE colleges and joined the HE sport sector in 2000 as Finance Assistant in the AU at Exeter University. In 2002 Tay was appointed as UCS Executive Officer and joined BUCS as Head of Professional and Regional Development. Tay has a BEd (Hons) in Physical Education and a Masters in Sport and Recreation Management.



Rob Smyth
Head of Marketing and Sales


Ed Curran
Sports Manager

Ed joined BUCS in August 2010 as the BUCS Franchise Sports Manager. Ed is a management graduate of Leeds University and has worked in rugby union with the Welsh Rugby Union, and joins BUCS after 5 years in rugby league working for Wakefield Wildcats in the Super League as Commercial and Marketing Manager.  He is a keen rugby player, playing both rugby league and union and enjoys playing golf, snowboarding and travelling whenever he gets the chance.

Tom Gee 2013Tom Gee
Sports Manager
Tom joined BUCS in July 2010 following 18 months working and travelling in Asia, Australasia and South America. Prior to this Tom worked in the 2012 Games Team at the East Midlands Development Agency and was a Student Development Officer at the University of Leicester. He is a University of Liverpool graduate and was the Rugby Union Club Captain in 2003/04 and a sabbatical officer in 2004/05.




Leanne Atkins
Competitions Manager

Vikki Campbell 2013Vikki Campbell
Major Event Manager

Vikki Campbell (formerly Scott) joined the organisation in September 2006 following three years at sports marketing company, Navigator. She graduated from Northumbria University in 2003 in European Sports Management with first class honours. Vikki loves to ski and used to be a 100m and 200m sprinter before everyone got taller than her. Vikki went to the 2009 and 2011 World University Games as HQ Manager and loves to travel to international sporting events. In 2012 Vikki spent nine months on sabbatical leave from BUCS working at LOCOG in the Athletics Delivery Team



Matt Judson 2009Matt Judson
Event Co-ordinator

Matt joined the organisation in August 2007 as a Sports Administrator and has recently taken over the role of Event Coordinator. A graduate from the University of Birmingham in Sports Management, Matt is a keen badminton player with experience setting up and running badminton events in his spare time. Matt went to the 2011 World University Games as HQ Administrator.


Jo Crawford 2013Jo Crawford
Event Co-ordinator

Having graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Geography in 2008, Jo then spent 6 months travelling the world before completing an MSc in Events Management at Manchester. After working for the event management company - Resources for Business Ltd in Macclesfield, and HelmsBriscoe - the world's biggest venue finder; Jo joined BUCS in March 2012 as an Event Co-ordinator. In her spare time she likes running, walking and skiing.



Cesca Stirling 2013Francessca Stirling
Sports Co-ordinator 

Francesca graduated from the University of Leeds, with a 1st class honours degree in Sport Science. She then spent 3 years working as a Sports Development Officer for Harlow Sports Trust, and Fusion Lifestyle, before joining BUCS in March 2012 as Sports Co-ordinator. Francesca is a keen football player and has previously spent summers coaching in the U.S. and France.



Daisy MartinDaisy Martin

Competitions Co-ordinator

Daisy joined BUCS in March 2011 following an ESRC funded PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Essex. In her role at BUCS she coordinates fixtures and results for 4700 teams across over 700 BUCS leagues during the season, as well as allocation of BUCS points and assisting with Disciplinary issues. She is a keen football player and runner, recently completing her first marathon. Daisy also volunteers in her spare time, most notably in the Athlete's Village during the Olympics and as an Athlete's Steward in the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympics.




Nick Burley 2013Nick Burley
Sports Administrator

Nick joined BUCS as Sports Administrator in February 2012 from the University of Gloucestershire where he worked for 7 months in Student Services, dealing with Offsite Student Housing and Community Links. He is a University of Gloucestershire graduate of Sport Development and Business Management and was Sabbatical Sports Officer in 2010/11. In his spare time Nick enjoys playing Volleyball and is currently attempting to pick-up Lacrosse.



Hayley Yates 2013Hayley Yates
London Universities Sports Leagues (LUSL) Administrator

Hayley joined BUCS in October 2012 after graduating from Bournemouth University. Her degree in Sports Development and Coaching Sciences included a one year work placement, in which she travelled to New Zealand, combining her passion for sport and travel. In her spare time Hayley studies videos of footballing greats, in an effort to increase her lunchtime football goal scoring tally.



Marketing and Sales


Justin DeenyJustin Deeny
Digital Marketing Manager

Justin joined BUCS in October 2011 after marketing roles with Essex Cricket Club and Colchester United Community Sports Trust.  A Management of Sport graduate of Essex University, Justin is responsible for raising the profile of BUCS and our sporting events. In his spare time he can be found attempting to play football.




Serena Sharman
Commercial Partnerships Manager

Stuart Milne
Commercial and Media Coordinator

Sport Development Team


 Matt Holdstock

Matt Holdstock
Sports Development Manager

Matt joined the organisation in March 2008 as the Football Development Administrator and became Club Development & Club Links Co-ordinator when the sport development team was formed in January 2010. His role focusses around supporting universities with the development of student sports clubs, intra mural sport, social participation and community club partnerships. A sports graduate from Durham University, Matt is also a keen club rugby player.


Amy Seaman
Sport Development Manager

Amy joined BUCS in July 2013 having worked at Volleyball England for six years in a number of roles across various departments including Events & Competitions, Marketing & Communications and Development. Amy’s role with BUCS is focused on working with Sport England to build relationships between National Governing Bodies (NGBs) with HE objectives together with BUCS member institutions.  A Sport & Leisure Management graduate from Loughborough University, Amy enjoys taking part in all types of sport, in particular volleyball!

Heather Smith
Sport Development Coordinator


Oliver SelfeOliver Selfe
Football Development Manager

Oliver joined BUCS in October 2011 having previously worked as Senior Football Development Officer for the Surrey County Football Association. Prior to this he worked in the 5-aside industry as General Manager for JJB Sports and Power league Fives. Oliver joins BUCS with significant experience in Football Development and will be using this to drive forward the BUCS Football Development Strategy with specific aims of increasing opportunities for students to play football and recruiting more volunteers to the game. In his spare time Oliver is a keen mountain biker and a seasoned skier. 


Prathiv Kholia 2013Prathiv Kholia
Football Development Coordinator

Prathiv joined BUCS in October 2012 from Birmingham County FA having previously worked as Coach Education Officer. A graduate from the BUCS Football Futures programme Prathiv contributed over 300 hours volunteering while studying Sports Coaching & Physical Education at Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). Prathiv is also a current member of the FA National Game Youth Council and fulfils a roll on the group as Head of Admin & Social Media. Prathiv is an avid Leicester City fan, who also tries to play Football, Cricket and Golf from time to time.

David Padgen
Disability Sports Officer

David is the first national Disability Sports Officer to be appointed by BUCS and was previously employed by the English Federation of Disability Sport where he was Regional Manager for 7 years. He is a keen adventurer and since retiring from competitive athletics in January 2008 he became the first European with Cerebral Palsy to climb Kilimanjaro.

International Team

Claire Powell 2013Claire Powell (currently on maternity leave)
International Co-ordinator

Claire joined the organisation in January 2004 as an Administrator, and in 2007 became the Development and International Administrator. A Sports Science graduate from Greenwich University, Claire is responsible for team logistics, for all BUCS representative squads travelling to WUGs and WUCs. Claire creates and manages the international databases for each games and is the key support staff for Neil Rogers, Head of International Programmes.


  Corporate Services Team

Marie WebsiteMarie Atkinson-Brian
Policy & Membership Liaison Manager

Marie has been with the organisation since 2000, working for six years as a Sports Programme Manager, since 2007 as Finance & Administration Manager and in 2011 moved over to Finance & Governance Manager. She works part-time (Monday and Tuesday in the office and on a Wednesday morning at home) and is responsible for supporting the Head of Finance & Governance. Marie is a former international swimmer and competed for GB at the World University Games in Sicily in 1997. Marie graduated from the University of Greenwich with a BSc.(Hons) in Sports Science in 1997 and is also a qualified fitness instructor & personal trainer, swimming teacher and massage therapist.


Lee Walker

Lee Walker
Finance Manager
Lee joined BUCS in 2011 following several years across the public sector. A qualified AAT member and now undertaking the CIMA qualification, Lee has taken significant steps to improve the administrative processes within the finance department. 

Claire Livesey 2013Claire Livesey
Corporate Services Manager

Claire joined BUCS in July 2012 following 9 years as business manager at Concept International. She is a graduate of the University of Southampton and enjoys playing cricket, currently with Catford Wanderers Ladies, supporting Wasps Rugby and travelling the world whenever possible.


Last updated: 9th Jan 2014 09:31

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