Tom has a wealth of experience and is a proven innovative thinker with an excellent track record of delivery. He is an expert business development adviser for sports based social enterprises with specialisms in community asset transfers, sustainable growth strategies, corporate governance and social finance.
Richard is a Chartered Accountant and trained in law, specialising in corporate finance, equity and debt fundraising. He has turned his focus to Social Investment and was instrumental in setting up the Blackburn Rovers Supporters Trust group of social enterprises and charities, and is now a leading Impact Investment specialist working in Social Finance.
Paul is a Chartered Accountant who previously worked in accountancy practice and the infrastructure industry. He has completed the On Purpose programme; a one year fellowship designed to develop leaders in the social enterprise sector. He specialises in developing financial models to plan business growth, acquire funding and ensure long-term sustainability. Paul joined Sporting Assets in July 2015.
Pete is an experienced business consultant with nearly 20 years’ experience advising businesses and sport sector VCSEs. Pete supports community organisations across a range of issues from initial feasibility and asset transfer through to large scale social investment readiness; and works with national bodies, supporting the development and delivery of their facilities and investment strategies.
Director of Strategy
Nicky was a Civil Servant until 2013, including Director of Sport for DCMS, where she led on the Government strategy on public participation in sport and on Olympic and Paralympic sport. Nicky was awarded a CBE for services to the staging of the London 2012 Games. She is on the Board of UK Sport and chairs their major events panel. She is a keen horse rider and athletics fan.
Director of Operations
Richard has over 20 years’ experience of project management, business development and grant assessment and procurement in the sport, leisure and community development sectors. Richard’s ‘hands on’ project management experience is underpinned by a detailed working knowledge of strategic planning, regeneration, grant giving policy, government strategies and wider development frameworks.
James has been supporting community led sports projects for more than 12 years, starting off at Sport England with the Sports Match scheme before moving to Supporters Direct and setting up the SD Club Development consultancy. He has helped more than 50 sports clubs restructure and realise the benefits of community ownership, including helping to raise over £7 million from community share offers.