The BUCS Board is responsible for leading strong governance and strategic leadership within the sector.

The BUCS Board is currently made up of the chair, five independent directors and three BUCS directors - two representing students and one representing the senior staff of the membership. The Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer also attend the board meetings.  All directors are also trustees of the Charity. 

Directors are the custodians of the BUCS Strategy, overseeing the organisation's growth and delivering its vision.

The Board meets four times a year

Professor Craig Mahoney

Professor Craig Mahoney

Chair of the Board

Craig is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Law. Internationally-recognised sports psychologist, Professor Craig Mahoney champions university sport on the world stage. He is passionate about inclusivity in activity and the connection between sport and mental wellbeing.
Born Barikor

Born Barikor

Physical Health & Activity Director

Born's expertise focus on business development, sports coaching and media production. As the Founder and CEO of Our Parks, Born is driven to providing opportunities for all to get moving and physically active. 
Cathy Gallagher

Cathy Gallagher

Chair of BUCS Senior Managers Executive

Cathy is Director of Sport at the University of Stirling and, as Chair of the Senior Managers Executive, represents Directors of Sport and staff in similar roles on the BUCS Board. She also leads on Senior Managers Network.

Chris Anthony

Chris Anthony

Chair of BUCS Advisory Group

Chris is Business Efficacy Manager at the University of Birmingham and, as Chair of Advisory Group, represents the BUCS membership on the BUCS Board.
Jenny Agnew

Jenny Agnew

Governance and Legal Director

Jenny is a qualified barrister.  She has previously worked as Head of Governance at England Hockey with experience of regulatory and legislative compliance, and is currently a senior school bursar.  She is a retired Army Officer having served for sixteen years within the Royal Logistic Corps and latterly with the Army Legal Services during which time she qualified at the Bar.  She was appointed to the BUCS Board at the AGM on 9 December 2020.  She was a committed hockey player at University and understands the benefit sport brings not only to health and fitness but to forming friendships and providing a lifelong love of the sport.

Josef Baines

Josef Baines

Inclusion Director

Josef is the Insight Officer at London Sport . He has a key focus on creating an inclusive and diverse environment at BUCS and is incredibly passionate on creating university sport a place for all.
Josef was re-appointed for a second Board term at the AGM on 9 December 2021. 
Katy Storie

Katy Storie

Sport and Competition Director

Katy advises the direction of BUCS sport and competitions, both national and international level. As the Director of Sport at Newcastle University and a former Rugby England representative, Katy's expertise is around sporting structures, competitions, recruitment and partnership development.
Maddi Cannell

Maddi Cannell

Student Director

Maddi is in her second year as Student Director for the 2021-22 academic year. Maddi is the former York Sport Union President and now works as Club and Performance Sport Administrator at Sheffield Hallam University.  Maddi will help mentor the first year Student Director and continue to work with the student officers across our strategic areas and represent the student voice on the  Board

Russell James

Russell James

Commercial Director

Russell is Sales and Marketing Director of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and has over 20 years of experience in commercial and marketing. Prior to his appointment at the ECB in 2019, Russell was a Director at The Football Association (FA), overseeing marketing and digital.

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

Finance Director

Simon is a Chartered Management Accountant and works as Finance Director for England Golf. His previous accountancy roles were in a mix of public and private sector roles including running his own accountancy business.  He was appointed to the Board at the AGM on 9 December 2020 and is looking forward to being able to contribute to such an important part of many students’ time at University and College.   He loves watching all sport at all levels and in recent years has tried to keep fit by participating in running based sports like orienteering, speedgolf, parkruns and triathlon. 
In his Board role, Simon also chairs the BUCS Finance and Audit sub-committee. 

Zoe Clifton

Zoe Clifton

Student Director

Zoe is the first year Student Director on the Board having been elected in July 2021. She is the current VP for Sport at Nottingham Trent Univeristy.  She also has a strategic portfolio covering Physical Activity and Social Recreational Sport and will work closely with her fellow elected student officers across our strategic areas and represent the student voice on the Board and BUCS Advisory Group. 

 

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