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.

Louise has spent the majority of her career within finance, doing her accountancy training in practice and in more recent times working within the construction industry.  Over the last few years her career has taken a back seat while she stayed home with her two children who are now nine and six.

Louise decided to open her own bookkeeping company so she could help small businesses and charities complete their monthly accounting tasks. Since her children started school she has taken a keen interest in education and has been a school governor at her local lower school for the past 5 years, providing governance on finance and other areas.

Louise’s enjoys spending time with her sporty family, spending majority of her weekends, on the side of the football pitch, cricket fields, gymnastic studios and supporting Luton Town FC.

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.

Gemma is a Director 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 was part of Power2Inspire’s team running the Cambridge Half Marathon in 2021 and is running again in March 2022.

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.