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

  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.

Cat Hutchinson

SPORT DEVELOPMENT and delivery OFFICER

  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.

PIA DAVIES

SPORT DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OFFICER

  1. Favourite Sport? Cricket
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Being apart of a charity that aims to inspire young Londoners to play sport,  giving them the  opportunity and space to play a variety of different sports across London. And therefore, creating lasting memories for young Londoners.
  3. Best sporting moment? Watching super Saturday at the 2012 London Olympics



EMILY SCHORAH

SPORT DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OFFICER
  1. Favourite Sport? 
    Hockey
  2. Favourite thing about working for LYG? Being part of an organisation that is continually inspiring the next generation by organising and facilitating high quality sporting experiences across London
  3. Best sporting moment? Winning the National Finals with my home Hockey Club. 

Lucy Baines

VOLUNTEERING AND WORKFORCE OFFICER​

  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

EVENTS MANAGER

  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.

MEET THE BOARD

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.

 

Favourite Sport: 

Football

 

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!

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. 

Benjamin Ackim

Current Role:

Managing Director, Sports City London

Background: 

Award winning entrepreneur, sports management specialist, and business mentor/influencer. At Sports City, a company I founded in 2011, we design bespoke sports education programmes and projects for schools, youth clubs, and community organisations around the world.  I have a passion to use sport as a tool to change global communities, creating limitless opportunities for all and inspiring the next generation of future leaders.

Favourite Sport: 

Football (with a key interest in American sports).

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

Being born and raised in the acclaimed diverse city of London has given me opportunities in life I could not have benefited from anywhere else in the world. I have experienced first hand the unique way sport engages young people and shapes the communities in which we live in.  I want to use my knowledge, wisdom, and experience of grassroots and elite sports to help shape the programme offer that LYG provides for young people across the city, ensuring we continue to have the biggest impact in the lives of children and young people in London.

Best sporting moment?

Asamoah Gyan’s penalty for Ghana vs Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup Quarter-Finals. He missed a penalty in the 90th minute which would have seen Ghana become the first African nation to reach a World Cup Semi-Finals.  He stepped up moments later to take the first penalty in the subsequent shoot-out…and he scored!!

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!

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