Meet LYG

Your borough. Your sport. Your passion.




  1. Favourite Sport?Hockey
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? London Youth Games is not just a competition programme. It’s about so much more. It offers young Londoners a safe, fun and inspiring platform to play sport and to make friends. It’s about family.  
  3. Best sporting moment? Leading the Blackheath and Elthamians Ladies 3XI Hockey team to back to back promotions.

Vicky Griffiths

Head of Operations

  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.

Jayna Patel

Insight and Innovation Officer

  1. Favourite Sport? Football
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Having the space to create and deliver projects like London Girls.
  3. Best sporting moment? England Women’s Football Team in the 2015 World Cup getting Bronze in their campaign in Canada.

Cat Hutchinson


  1. Favourite Sport? Football
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Getting to be involved in the provision of such of a wide range of sports and festivals, watching so many young people participate.
  3. Best sporting moment? Completing my first half-marathon raising money for LYG.

Elysia Barrick


  1. Favourite Sport? Horse Riding
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Seeing the impact competitive sport has on young people in London and also seeing interesting sports played at a high standard.
  3. Best sporting moment? Playing Horseball.


SPORT operations Intern

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Grace Clarke

Communications and Fundraising Officer

  1. Favourite Sport? Netball
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? The people! Working with such amazing and inspiring people and volunteers everyday. I couldn’t do it without them.
  3. Best sporting moment? Medal bearing at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Stadium and re-medalling Jessica Ennis-Hill with her Gold Medal.

Lucy Baines


  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.

Luke Gallen


  1. Favourite Sport? Tennis
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Helping to organise high quality events where kids are able to showcase their skills on a big stage which can hopefully inspire them onto greater sporting success in the future.
  3. Best sporting moment? Working at Wimbledon in 2013 watching Andy Murray win the first British male singles title in 77 years.



  1. Favourite Sport? Skiing or Swimming
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Being able to inspire kids across London and giving them the opportunity to get involved in sport, providing them with the best experience possible, where they can have fun, better themselves, try new things and meet new people.
  3. Best sporting moment? Watching my mum run her first ever half marathon after having a major operation and having a lung removed. Proud moment.

Olivia Hylton-Pennant


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Mark Campbell

Background: SVP for RGP with responsibility for managing the European business of a NASDAQ listed management consultancy, Mark also sits on the global Executive Board of the company.   Career in management consultancy specialising in driving technology enabled change and transformation with organisations across public and private sector.


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

Helping young people be the best they can be has long been a passion of mine, I volunteered in schools for many years coaching young people in various life skills.   So when the chance came to combine my love of sport with helping young people by drawing on my business skills I could not say no!


Best sporting moment: 

Best and worst within 2 hours of each other Istanbul 25 May 2005.  Worst at half time, best at full time!


Current Role: 

Director at Moorhouse Consulting


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.

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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


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


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

Background: Joyce is the member representative for Redbridge.  Joyce works as a primary teacher and has a great interest in Education. She serves as a school governor.  During her time on the Council Joyce has held various positions as Chairman/Spokesperson and Cabinet Member on Leisure and Libraries and serves on the Fairlop Saling Centre Panel.



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.