Power2Inspire is very fortunate to work with some extremely passionate and gifted individuals. And it is the way in which they come together as a team that ensures the charity has such a powerful impact on the communities it serves.

Power2Inspire has a small visionary team that runs the charity on a day to day basis alongside a group of committed and dynamic trustees from a wide range of backgrounds that are involved at all levels. If you’d like to meet them, read on…

Our Staff

Born without fully formed arms and legs has never stopped John! A Cambridge University graduate he practised law for 12 years before redeveloping the village of Papworth Everard, being the chief executive of what was described as the largest social enterprise in the region. That led to consulting, leading Navigo CIC out of the NHS in Grimsby, and to chair of Provide CIC, a social enterprise providing £60m of services to the NHS.

Inspired by friend Tim Martin, John swam the relay leg of a non-disabled triathlon relay, and the funds raised sparked the creation of Power2Inspire.

John fulfilled his sporting desires in part by completing the Road2Rio challenge in 2016, taking part in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports.  Read more about John’s story here.

Alex has spent the last 15 years in sport, education and charity. Having studied his BSc and MSc at Loughborough University, he then went on to work there as the Rugby Club and Coach Development Officer, including running outreach programmes in inner-city Leicester schools. From there he moved into teaching – where he spent the next eight years as a Head of Rugby, Deputy Head 6th Form, Head of Careers and PE/Games teacher at an independent school. Outside of his full-time career he has pursued a dual career in elite sport, formerly as Scotland Women’s Rugby U20s Head Coach and now as Sweden Men’s Head Coach and Director of Rugby for ‘The Lambs’. Further experiences in athlete mentoring, running his own business and sitting on the Loughborough Alumni Board allow Alex to bring a range of skills to Power2Inspire.

Alex is a passionate about his rugby, but also enjoys getting involved in a range of sports. He is Secretary at the local cricket club and completed the Marathon des Sables in 2012.

Catherine started her career in nursing, specialising in first in intensive care and then in heart transplantation to become the first Clinicians’ Assistant at Papworth Hospital.

Meeting her husband prompted a new career in IT, where she and her husband, John Stewart, set up and ran several companies over 20 years, the last of which was sold in June 2013.

Sadly, he died in April 2011, leaving her with a business and 2 young daughters to manage.

Both had been keen sportsmen, so after John’s death, it seemed poignant to create a long-lasting legacy for him, the John Stewart Memorial Fund. The objective being to ‘Enable Sport for All’, particularly the disadvantaged and disabled.  It is therefore appropriate that much of the fund-raising involved sporting challenges!

Catherine spent 6 years on the board of Cambridge Community Foundation, where she was introduced to the work of P2I and is a keen advocate for inclusivity. She is also Vice President of Cambridgeshire Red Cross and on the Development Boards of both the Cambridge Summer Music Festival and the Bach Choir in London.

Catherine’s interests are sport; cycling, kickboxing and real tennis, oelology and learning to play the piano (badly!).

Dan runs a small IT business in South Cambridgeshire assisting people with all aspects of digital technology.

Dan runs the Power2inspire website and helps the team in whatever he can from designing flyers to taking photos at the amazing PowerHouseGames and ensuring the team is working online as effectively as possible.

You can find out more about his business at www.hometechworks.co.uk

Board of Trustees

Jeremy spent 30 years working in the agricultural supplies business in regions as diverse as South America, Japan, France and more recently in the UK, and is currently involved with a consortium of agronomist companies who deliver advice to growers in North West Europe to produce arable crops. Alongside this Jeremy organises the annual rugby Varsity Matches between Women’s and Men’s teams from Oxford and Cambridge universities, which fits in with his passion for the sport which he played at a first-class level in the glorious days of amateur rugby.

Vanessa currently works for Public Health England as a project manager with a background mainly in Media and Advertising. Vanessa has been involved with sports for many years, having rowed competitively from a young age and more recently completing a Half Ironman. Vanessa also coached rowing for a number of years.

David is a business advisor specialising in the not-for-profit sector. A qualified chartered accountant, he advises charities, housing associations and social enterprises on financial forecasting, business strategy, risk, governance and performance measurement.

Previously he spent ten years in accounting practice, seven years as Treasury manager in a housing association and ten years as Director of Finance at Papworth Trust, a disability charity based in Cambridgeshire.

David played club rugby for 12 years and rowed competitively for six years, including qualifying to race at Henley Royal Regatta and National Championships of Great Britain.  He has been a rowing coach for 25 years and still coaches at Star club in Bedford.

Chris is the Head of Account Management at the leading Independent alcohol education charity Drinkaware. Chris has extensive experience in the charity sector building lasting and collaborative corporate partnerships at local, national and global level. Earlier in his career, Chris has been involved in organising events of various scales and worked with corporate partners at the London Olympics in 2012. Chris has a passion for sport and in particular Football, American Football and Running.

Annabel is a former partner in a Magic Circle Law Firm and specialises in financial services regulation, bringing with her a wealth of legal knowledge and understanding. She has been with Power2Inspire from the outset, becoming the first chair of the board, before passing the baton to Jeremy Macklin in 2019. She remains a member of the board, providing governance and company administrative support. Annabel “was the child who was always left on the bench” and so is committed to sporting inclusion.

Richard is currently a primary school teacher where he is the lead teacher for physical education. He has been a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for primary PE for 7 years and holds a range of coaching qualifications across multiple sports. His coaching and teaching career spans 17 years and has taken in grassroots and elite level performance. Richard has successfully undertaken a number of positions within the coaching and fitness industry; personal trainer, sports coach, secondary PE and primary teacher are the key roles fulfilled to date.

Max is a corporate lawyer at Bird & Bird LLP in London. Max has a particular interest in the Sports and Entertainment sector, and has worked on a range of transactions including club takeovers, industry-specific investments, image rights structures, and sponsorship and staging agreements.

Aside from transactional work, Max has also worked with Sports Governing Bodies on their regulatory and corporate governance structures, ensuring that those bodies are run for the best interests of their stakeholders.

Max is a passionate sports fan and self-proclaimed cricket badger. Though natural playing talents have always escaped him, he has always been heavily involved with facilitation of sport, from ad hoc teams at university to running coaching programs as a level 2 tennis coach in the UK and Australia.

Brendan is a Senior Consultant at the Child Protection in Sport Unit [CPSU], part of the NSPCC. Brendan practiced Social Work as a Children’s Guardian at the Children And Family Court Advice and Support Service between 2010 and 2019. Brendan then worked in the sports sector as Lead Safeguarding Officer at England Golf, before recently starting his position at the CPSU where he supports a broad range of sporting National Governing Bodies and Active Partnerships.

Brendan is an avid sportsman, particularly enjoying football, golf, boxing, and angling. Brendan has been a coach for many local sports teams, and set up a new football team in a small junior school in 2018 who went on to win a local tournament at Lincoln City FC in their first year.

Brendan has been a Trustee at Power2Inspire since October 2019. He has a special interest in embedding inclusivity and creativity within sports as he has a disabled daughter. Brendan has become naturally adaptable and responsive to the needs of disabled children, and encourages this approach with all the groups and organisations he works with across sporting, education and community sectors.

Gemma is a Senior Manager at Price Bailey in Cambridge. She is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser specialising in corporate tax. Gemma advises companies and charities on a wide variety of tax matters.

Outside of work, Gemma is a keen amateur runner and has taken part in numerous races, including four London Marathons. She is part of Power2Inspire’s team running the Cambridge Half Marathon in October 2021.

Gemma also has a young son and is passionate about promoting sporting opportunities for all backgrounds and abilities.

Our Ambassadors

“I am delighted to become a Power2Inspire ambassador! Sport is an incredible way of bringing communities together and can be truly inclusive. I look forward to working with you to inspire more people to get out there and see that disability should not be a barrier, that you can achieve what you want to.”

“Holder of four Paralympic Weeks to date and already excited about the next one! As a Head Teacher I really understand the value of inclusion and the power of sport to teach resilience, perseverance, care, team-working and respect.  Power2Inspire bring these values through their inclusive sports days in bucket loads!  I am therefore truly delighted to become a Power2Inspire ambassador.””

Inspired? Then Get Involved!

If you would like to support us in our mission to “embed inclusive sport in the sporting, education and community landscapes” then we would love to hear from you. We are always looking out for people willing to fundraise for Power2Inspire through their own inspiring means. Or, you could volunteer at one of our events, or you could give to the ongoing work of Power2Inspire. Click the button here to find out more.