Meet LYG

Your borough. Your sport. Your passion.

MEET THE TEAM

Andy Dalby-Welsh

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

  1. Favourite Sport?Football
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG?
    I believe in the power of sport to change lives. To be able to change lives with London Youth Games involving any young Londoner no matter their background is hugely exciting.
  3. Best sporting moment?
    Selfishly for me opening the batting and bowling for the England blind cricket team against Sri Lanka in the 2002 Blind cricket world cup.

Vicky Griffiths

Head of Operations (MAT. LEAVE)

  1. Favourite Sport? Athletics
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Thursday of Summer Finals. There are lots of kids, great sports and great atmosphere.
  3. Best sporting moment? Jessica Ennis-Hill winning Gold at London 2012 Olympics.

John Burton

Head of Operations & EVENTS (MAT. COVER)

  1. Favourite Sport? Basketball & Rugby – cannot split them!
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? I am very excited to explore how we can implement equitable ways to engage young people with the biggest barriers to participating in sport, and create a lifelong relationship with physical activity for those groups.
  3. Best sporting moment? Stephen Donald kicking the winning penalty for the All Blacks World Cup win in 2011.

Lucy Baines

Interim events and workforce Manager

  1. Favourite Sport? Athletics
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? You get to meet so many great people and there is such a variety in what we do so, it is very exciting to get stuck in with everything.
  3. Best sporting moment? Super Saturday during London 2012 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium.

Dharani Thayi

events and workforce officer

  1. Favourite Sport? Football and Tennis
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? A chance to work with diverse, young people and possibly impact the course of their futures through some of LYG’s amazing projects spanning a range of sports in an inclusive manner and to witness what sport means to this great city.
  3. Best sporting moment? Watching Lionel Messi score a hattrick at the Camp Nou against Granada and Roger Federer play (even if he did lose) on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Steph Walters

Sports development and delivery manager

  1. Favourite Sport? Netball
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? The events have such a welcoming and supportive atmosphere! I feel very passionate about community grassroots sports provision, so it’s exciting to be a part of an organisation that provides an amazing opportunity for young Londoners.
  3. Best sporting moment? I always loved Beth Tweddle growing up, so watching her at the O2 during London 2012 was a moment I’ll never forget.

AYO Akingbehin

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT & DELIVERY OFFICER (dIGITAL)

  1. Favourite Sport? Athletics
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? LYG represent togetherness and I’m proud to be involved in bridging the gap between sports and young Londoners. On top of that it’s a thrilling experience with plenty of opportunities to get involved in sporting projects.
  3. Best sporting moment? Hard to decide but I’ll narrow it down to three: 1. Watching Usain Bolt race against Yohan Blake in London 2012 Olympics and breaking the 100m Olympic record. 2. Christian Coleman breaking the 60m indoor world record. 3. Elaine Thompson-Hershey smashing the 10.60s barrier and running the second fastest time ever in the 100m of 10.54s.

Dhruvi shah

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OFFICER (disability)

  1. Favourite Sport? Cricket & Football
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? To use sports as a vehicle for change and allowing young Londoners to express and be the best version of themselves through participating and competing in the sports they love and inspire them to develop a lifelong passion for it.
  3. Best sporting moment?Being interviewed by sky sports while leading a dynamos cricket activity at the nursery ground at Lord’s cricket ground. 

SUBOMI ODANYE

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

  1. Favourite Sport? Basketball
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Being able to connect with young Londoners and help them make London a better place through sport. 
  3. Best sporting moment? Winning MVP for my basketball team in secondary school. I managed to get the last bucket to help my team through to the next stage. It was an incredible moment. 

MEET THE BOARD

Mickela

Mickela Hall-ramsay

Background: 


Mickela is a multi award-winning entrepreneur and community social enterprise leader, who has impacted the lives of more than 45,000 young Londoners through her company, HR Sports Academy. Mickela is the youngest Chair since London Youth Games began in 1977. She is also the first to have actually competed at the Games. Mickela represented Haringey at London Youth Games in 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004, winning Gold in the female basketball competition each year.  

Favourite Sport: 


Basketball and Football

 

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG: 


I am very passionate about sport and the positive impact it has on the development of children and young people. I have many fond memories associated with the London Youth Games and sport in general has helped me become the person I am today. I want to use my knowledge and experience to help create even better outcomes and opportunities for young Londoners. I want to help the London Youth Games reach as many young people as possible, so they too can gain from the many benefits that come from playing sport.

 

Best sporting moment: 


Winning the National Basketball League for the first time and attending the London 2012 Olympics. I was lucky enough to watch many sports and some great finals, meet amazing athletes and have fun within the Olympic Park. The atmosphere at the Games and in London in general was amazing.

Roisin Wood

Roisin Wood

Background:

Roisin brings vast expertise to the board having spent nearly 10 years as CEO of leading anti-discriminatory charity Kick It Out, and having served in the Northern Ireland Judiciary Service as a Lay Magistrate specialising in youth and family law over the last 15 years. Previously she held roles working with young women and outdoor education in an Education Board, and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland supporting the re-integration of ex-political prisoners and their families as part of the Peace Process before moving to London. There she began working for the Metropolitan Police as the MVP Community Engagement Manager, then Redbridge Council in Inclusion Development, before becoming Head of Equalities for the Football Foundation. Roisin is also an Advisor to the Global Institute of Sport Board, an EDI consultant, a Non-Executive on Touchline Technology supporting non-league and grassroots football and is about to start working for Inc Arts.

Favourite Sport:

Football, netball and rugby

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG?

I have a massive commitment to inclusivity and I’m passionate about giving all young people the best possible opportunities. Sport gave me a confidence that I never had in any other part of my life. London Youth Games has the platform to help build young people’s confidence. It is not just about participation and excellence in sport, but also resilience and learning about communication and teamwork. I’m also interested in the ways London Youth Games can provide pathways into working in sport and being around the governance in sport.

Best sporting moment?

As a Liverpool fan, I would have to say winning the Champions League with Stevie G. I had just moved to London. I watched it in a West Ham pub with no Liverpool supporters. At half time I was crying into my beer, but by the end of it, I had the whole pub behind me shouting at the screen.

From a participating point of view, it would either be winning Gold playing for Northern Ireland for the British Universities in netball (and beating England on the way!), or canoeing down the Amazon. We went down the Rio Negro to Manaus. It was a very tough trip, but it was amazing and one of the best experiences of my life!

Krupa Sheth

Councillor Krupa Sheth

Current Role:

Councillor for Wembley Central, Brent & Cabinet Member for Environment

Favourite Sport:

Cricket

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG?

I want to help young people all across London flourish, learn new skills whilst keeping active and fit, challenge themselves as well as us and most of all work with our future generation to bring out the best in them. 

Best sporting moment?

When England won the 2019 Cricket World Cup at Lords!

ANNA RISSEN

Current Role: 

Director at Moorhouse Consulting

Background: 

A management consultant, with experience of delivering transformational change across a range of industries, but specialising in multi-stakeholder programme delivery within the public sector. Anna currently leads the Health Practice at Moorhouse Consulting.

Favourite Sport: 

Cricket

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG? 

I am passionate about the role that sport can play in local communities, to inspire young people, raise aspirations and improve health and wellbeing outcomes.

My personal engagement with sport began at university, having felt excluded from it at school, where I took great personal pride in representing my university in cricket. This translated into an ongoing passion for a range of sports so when the opportunity arose to give back to an organisation that increases the chances of young people participating in sport from across the diverse spectrum of London’s communities it was an obvious choice!

Best sporting moment? 

Super Saturday at the 2012 Olympics – inspiration for the whole country

Neil Daugherty

Current Role: 

Senior Managing Director, Teneo

Background: 

A strategic communications and reputation management specialist, with a personal and professional interest in sport, and experience working with sports bodies, charities, clubs and sponsors in the UK and globally.

Favourite Sport: 

Football (with a keen interest in cricket and cycling too).

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG? 

I have three children under 9, who practice sport,  live in Camberwell in South London (a hot bed of sporting talent) and attend state school. I am also a keen amateur cyclist, runner and (erstwhile) footballer.  

Best sporting moment? 

Watching: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final / being present when England reclaimed The Ashes at the Oval in 2005. 

Participating: completing the 2018 London Marathon (the hottest on record), without walking and under 5 hours.

Paul Moreton

Current Role: 

Group Creative Director for Merlin Entertainments Plc

Background: 

Proud to lead all product development at the Worlds leading leisure attraction business, including LEGOLAND and Madame Tussauds globally plus Alton Towers and the London Eye. Previously spent several years running digital TV channels and over 12 years in a series of high profile marketing roles in UK and US.

Favourite Sport: 

Big gym goer, love watching Formula 1.

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG? 

London has given me many opportunities in life and I felt it was time to give something back to this great city. What better way than to help encourage more young Londoners to get involved in sport through the fantastic activities of the LYG.

Best sporting moment? 

Being in the Olympic stadium in 2012 when Jessica Ennis went for Gold on the first day of the Heptathlon

Councillor Joyce Ryan

Current Role: 

Joyce Ryan was elected in 1990 so this year marks 30 years of service for the residents of Redbridge, and specifically Fairlop Ward, where Joyce lives.

She is a Trustee of London Sport which is the strategic agency that supports the Mayor of London’s aim for London to become a happier, healthier and more connected city through physical activity.

Background:

Joyce was on the Board of the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority leading up to the Olympics and was fortunate to see the development of the Velodrome, in the Olympic Park and the White-Water Centre. Two great facilities that are legacies from the Olympics.

Joyce has served as a school governor, both on main stream schools and those whose pupils have very specific and various needs. As a primary school teacher for many years Joyce has a good knowledge of and keen interest in education.

Joyce was Deputy Mayor in 2004/5, Mayor in 2007/8 and Deputy Mayor in 2019/20.

Joyce was on the Board of the Kenneth More Theatre and worked there as a volunteer. 

London Youth Games involvement:

Joyce has been a committed supporter of the London Youth Games throughout and has always endeavoured to ensure that other Members are aware of the importance of them to the young people in the borough and has encouraged them to support events. Particularly at Finals Weekend or the School Games at Redbridge Sport & Leisure, which Joyce is a Trustee of. 

Interests: 

She has a passion and interest in the Arts, Sport and Culture and knows of the value and enrichment that these contribute to people’s lives. She was very involved with both Redbridge Drama and Music Services before they transferred out of the Council’s control.

STUART BURNSIDE​

Background: 

Stuart is a senior independent trustee, and his day job is as an investment management lawyer. 

Favourite Sport: 

His considerable moonlighting in amateur roles shows his favourite sport is clearly hockey! He is the Honorary President of Wapping Hockey Club, who play at the new national hockey stadium in the Olympic Park, where he also coaches.  As the Development Director of the East Region Hockey Association, his hockey remit extends from Lincolnshire to Kent, including London on the way. 

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG? 

Stuart volunteered for the London Youth Games board as he recognises the value participating in as many sports as possible can bring to young people’s development, whether they are on the Olympian track or only playing for fun. 

Best sporting moment? 

His favourite sporting moment was his nephew winning player of the season for his club, in his first season, aged 5 years old.

CHARLIE WEBSTER

Current Role:

TV and radio broadcaster and journalist, writer and speaker. Charlie also does extensive advocacy work.   

Background: 

Charlie is an experienced broadcaster and journalist across both TV and Radio. She has worked globally for major TV networks, events, and brands covering the likes of the Olympics and Paralympics to producing her own investigative podcast series Undiscussable. Charlie has spoken for the United Nations, given keynote address at the US senate and recently gave a TED talk on PTSD and trauma. She’s an advisory to the Ministry of Justice and does extensive advocacy work on domestic and sexual abuse and is an ambassador for Women’s Aid as well as Malaria No More after surviving the deadly disease. She received a fundraising hero’s award in parliament after running 250 miles to and from 40 football clubs, raising awareness amongst the football community of abuse and in 2016 cycled 3000 miles from London to Rio, Brazil. She’s also an ironman.

Favourite Sport:

So hard to choose. Football, boxing, running, triathlon – sorry I can’t choose. 

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG?

I want to help LYG grow its reach and impact to deliver opportunities to all Londoners using the power of sport, not just in direct competition but also in skillset and wider careers around sport . Running saved my life as a kid in so many ways. So often it’s about being given a chance, a belief, a community and a sense that you are worth something. This can totally transform a young person’s life. I still use the same skills I learnt as a young athlete now in everything I do. I have volunteered to help tell those stories and create more of them. 

Best sporting moment?

Again this is so hard, I have so many! In my broadcast career interviewing Nicola Adams as she stepped out of the ring in 2012 as the first woman to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal. In my own sport, crossing the finish line of the London marathon with my best friend a year after I was critically ill and thought I’d never be able to run again. 

TIM GALLICO

Current Role:

Senior Managing Director, CVC Capital Partners

Background: 

Private equity investment professional, having invested in companies including Formula One, Merlin Entertainments, Virgin Active, Hozelock, RAC, Asplundh and Pension Insurance Corporation

Favourite Sport: 

Football, hockey, cricket…amongst many others

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG? 

To give something back to a fantastic organisation that shares my love of sport, and creates opportunities for young Londoners to participate and benefit from it

Best sporting moment?

Finishing the London Marathon

Jane Garrard

Background: 

A Chartered Accountant with a background in Financial Control and Investment Management Operations . However in recent years Jane has transitioned away from the city to working more in the Education and Sport sectors in pursuit of her belief that participation in sport by young people can bring huge benefits in so many aspects of their lives. She has been a school Governor for nearly 10 years with specific responsibility for Finance and Sport. She coaches in Primary Schools and in an effort to engage more young people in sport Jane was recently  involved in setting up and is now running a large netball club in North London.

Favourite Sport:

Participating I love swimming, running, netball and the gym. To watch live- athletics, netball, hockey, cricket – pretty much all sport.

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG?

My first experience of the LYG was as a coach taking a netball team to finals day, subsequently attending many LYG events as a parent supporter or Coach. I was blown away by the event with the once in a lifetime experiences available to the young participants. I am passionate in my belief that sport can change lives in so many ways and volunteering for LYG is a chance to help create opportunities for more young people to get involved and experience the benefits that sport at any level can bring.

Best sporting moment?

Watching – every day that I walked  into the Olympic Park during the London  2012 Olympics and Paralympics;

Participating – The London Marathon , it’s a very long way but I don’t think I stopped smiling  all the way round!

COUNCILLOR PETER FORTUNE

Current Role:

Managing Director of DeCantelo Management Consultancy Ltd and Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Bromley.

Background: 

Peter spent 10 years at Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s largest publishers of regional and local newspapers before becoming Managing Director of DeCantelo Ltd, a consultancy company with expertise in various fields including Health and Wellbeing, Education, Planning, Media and Communications. He has been the chairman of various charities and served on the Board of Clarion Housing Association, the UK’s largest Social Housing Provider. 

Since 2017, Peter has held the role of Deputy Leader of the London Borough of Bromley. In his capacity as Portfolio Holder for Education, Children and Families he was strategically responsible for the successful turnaround of three failed local authority services including the Youth Offending service, Adult Education and the Children’s Services Department which progressed from an Ofsted rating of ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership in just two years. 

Favourite Sport: 

Difficult to pick one but cricket probably just pips tennis and rugby… and football. 

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG? 

Sport provides so many wonderful opportunities – the friendships, the discipline, the achievements and the heartache all combine to help young people develop with positivity and determination. The London Youth Games epitomises these ambitions and it is a privilege to be a part of the Games. 

Best sporting moment?

I’ve been lucky enough to attend Lords, Wimbledon and Twickenham, all cathedrals of Sport. However, it was probably watching my local team, Bromley FC, walk out onto the pitch at Wembley for the FA Trophy. 

Peter Fortune

Councillor Jessica leigh

Current Role:

Labour Councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth and working in Westminster for the Shadow Minister for Police and Fire Service 

Background:

Worked in British politics across England, Scotland and Wales for over 10 years with significant experience in campaigns, elections and referenda. 

Favourite Sport:

Football, but a hard decision – I love watching and playing sport. Cricket, rugby and athletics come close behind. 

Why did you want to volunteer on the board for LYG?

As a former participant of the Greater Manchester Youth Games as a young person, I have lived experience of how this expanded my horizons and gave me the confidence to take up a career in British politics. I have spent my whole life working in voluntary organisations with young people and know how it impacts a life and changes outlooks and I wanted to help LYG do even more of this. 

Best sporting moment?

It’s between two – Manchester United winning the treble in 1999 and being in the City of Manchester Stadium and Commonwealth Games in 2002 and seeing Kelly Holmes, Paula Radcliffe and the men’s relay team get gold for England sat with my Dad!