Board of Directors

Membership of UKSA and representation on its Board of Management is limited to the four Home Country Associations. Each Association may appoint two representatives who are Trustees for the purposes of Charity Law and Directors for the purpose of Company Law. The UKSA Board of Management is called the "Board of Directors".

The Board of Directors is led by the Chairman who is elected but is not a Director or Trustee. The Board also benefits from the expertise of its Treasurer, plus a co-opted member who is Chair of the National Eligibility Committee.

The Chief Executive, who is an employee is responsible for the day to day operations of UKSA and facilitates the operations of the Board. She works with Trustees to ensure the organisation meets its objectives and is also the Company Secretary for the purposes of Company Law.

The Board of Directors meets 3 times per year and retains an overview of the organisation, its development and management and decides on all matters relating to governance.

UKSA Board Members

Tracey McCillen LLB

Tracey McCillen LLB

Chief Executive & Company Secretary

Bernard Atha CBE

Bernard Atha CBE

Chairman & President

Bernard was educated at Leeds Modern School and Leeds University and served in the RAF from 1950-52. A qualified lawyer and teacher, Bernard was first elected to Leeds City Council in 1957 and is the city's longest serving councillor. He served as Lord Mayor of Leeds from 2000-2001.

Bernard has served on a vast number of bodies in the voluntary sector and was Chair of many of them, most notably the British Paralympic Association. Currently Bernard is Chair of the Scarborough Trust, Sports Aid (Y&H), Red Ladder Theatre Company, Craft Centre and Design Gallery, EFDS Operating Co td, Yorkshire Youth Ballet, and Northern Ballet. He is Trustee of the Wades Charities, Sports Aid Trust, Middleton Equestrian Centre, Renton Foundation, United Leeds Hospital Charitable Foundation, Mary Jane Butler Trust, and the London Marathon Charitable Trust. He is President of the Cookridge Community Association and Leeds Arts Centre.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, received an OBE in 2001 and in 2007 was made a CBE for his services to the arts and to the communities of Leeds. His special interests include sport, disability and health.

Chris Hindley FCCA

Treasurer

Christopher Hindley is a highly experienced professional in finance, accountancy and management.

He is an instrumental part of UKSA in his role of treasurer. Christopher is responsible for financial and accounting aspects of the charity. He is also the elected treasurer of INAS Europe and an Executive committee member.

Christopher currently works at Stewart Hindley & Co and is responsible for accounting, finance, funding and IT assignments. He has held positions of Managing Director and Finance Director with four companies in the telecoms and IT industries and has an excellent record in starting, developing and managing successful businesses.

Dr Geoff Smedley

Dr Geoff Smedley

Chair, National Eligibility Committee (co-opted)

Geoff has held various positions within the National Governing Bodies for both sailing and canoeing as both a national coach and coach trainer.

He has a close association with Special Olympics and was for some time National Coordinator and was Head Coach to the Special Olympics GB Kayak squad for the 2006 Invitation Games and the 2007 SO World Summer Games in Shanghai. He was the event organizer for Kayaking at the 2005 and 2009 UK Summer Games.

Geoff is a tutor for Sports Coach UK and for the International Coaching Council of the ISMWSF, delivering Disability Awareness Training to Sports Coaches. He has also contributed to many publications and articles to the field of disability knowledge.

Gavin McLeod

Gavin McLeod

Director & Trustee, Scotland

Gavin MacLeod is the Chief Executive Officer at Scottish Disability Sport (SDS). His role is to lead and manage the existing, and prepare future business/ developments plans for SDS.

His previous jobs include: Youth Development Manager at Disability Sport at sportscotland where he provided support for the central aspects of sportscotland's youth sport.

He was also the Sports Development Officer at North Lincolnshire Council and Humberside County Council.

Gavin's work has always had particular focus on increasing participation in sport with young people and people with disabilities.

Janice Eaglesham

Janice Eaglesham

Director & Trustee, Scotland

Janice Eaglesham's involvement within UKSA began almost at the start of her professional life. She has served on sports technical committees for this organisation and has been a board member since 2003 and vice chair since 2008.

Janice has been involved with people with a disability and physical activity/sport for over thirty years and she has been involved with Scottish Disability Sport for all of her professional and volunteering life.

In 1990 Janice and her husband Ian formed Red Star Athletic Club, specifically to cater for a demand by people with a disability. This club has seen many successes over the years at Paralympic and World level.

The BBC recognised Janice and Ian's contribution to disability sport and they were awarded the Unsung Hero award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards ceremony in 2011.

Janice said 'I can't see a time when I will not be involved in disability sport in one way or another. The enjoyment far outweighs any time commitment.'

Jane Coia

Jane Coia

Director & Trustee, Wales

Gerwyn Owen

Gerwyn Owen

Director & Trustee, Wales

Gerwyn Owen is the Academy Manager at Disability Sport Wales. Once a talented, sporting, individual is recognised in the community by Disability Sport Development Officers, Gerwyn assesses the individual's ability by inviting them along to a training session.

The Academy structure Gerwyn manages provides professional support to athletes in the forms of links with consultants such as Nutritionists, Sports Scientists, Sports Psychologists and Physiotherapists.

His previous jobs have also focused on disability sport. Gerwyn was the Disability Sport Wales Development Officer at Gwynedd Council from 2002-2003 and then between April 2003 and June 2007 Gerwyn was the Swimming Development Officer at Federation of Disability Sport Wales.

Karon Nicol

Director & Trustee, England

Karon Nicol was instrumental in the introduction of event for people with disability in the London Youth Games in 1985. She was previously a member of the British Coaching Squad for learning disability swimming.

Karon is a qualified trainer with a specific interest in education and training development in sport. She has organized many International sports competitions and events, including: Swimming, indoor and outdoor athletics; cross country; Sport and fitness conferences and coaching forum development of the Get Active training pack for staff of adult education centre's to introduce sport and physical education into curriculum programming.

Between 1988 and 1995 Karon was a National Sports Development Officer at Mencap. She was the Secretary General of INAS from 2007-2013 and now holds the position of treasurer of Inas.

Elaine Reid

Director & Trustee, N Ireland

Barry Horne

Barry Horne

Barry Horne is Chief Executive of the English Federation of Disability Sport, he took up this post in May 2010. EFDS is the lead National body promoting and enabling more disabled people to become active in sport across England.

Barry's former role was as a Corporate Director in a City Council but has worked in a range of roles including as Chief Executive of the East Midlands Regional Assembly and Regional Local Government Association.

His first seven years of employment were in the community and voluntary sector and Barry is passionate about the role which sport can play in improving disabled people's lives.