Our trustees

Our Trustees and ambassadors are committed to the continuous development of swimming and aquatic sports, and consistently work to support the aims and objectives of the Trust.

Trustees meet regularly to review finances, policies and the development of programmes and activities. Trustees also take a full role in the consideration of applications and proposals.

Trustees

Brian Havill – Chair

Brian Havill has been appointed Interim Trustee and Chairman of the Swimming Trust.

Brian, who is currently Swim England Chief Financial Officer has joined the Trust to oversee the recruitment and appointment of a permanent Chair to take over from Dennis Yeoman who has retired.

Brian moved to Swim England from the England and Wales Cricket Board where he spent 15 years as Finance Director and Company Secretary. Before then, he was the Commercial Director for Pentland Sports Group and Chief Operating Officer for Hi-Tec Sports International. In a voluntary capacity, Brian spent six years on the Council of the Lawn Tennis Association, roles included vice-chair of the LTA’s Performance Committee. Brian is also member of the Audit Committee of the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Brian DeVal – Honorary Secretary

brian-dBrian has been a swimmer since his youth and now competes on the Masters circuit. Working as a consultant in the public sector, Brian also volunteers as Chairman of Sussex ASA where he also Development Hon Secretary. He has been Honorary Secretary of the Swimming Trust since 2000.

 

 

 Ian Thwaites

Ush weddingIan Thwaites was a successful swimmer, competing in finals at national championships until the age of 22.  He spent 10 years working in investment banking, marketing and consultancy working with many of the UK’s biggest businesses and charities including Comic Relief, HSBC, Aviva and M&S and was a Director of Decode UK.  In 2012 he founded Level Water, a national Paralympic legacy charity that shares many of its aims with the Swimming Trust.

 David Sparkes

David SparkesDavid has been involved in Swimming for over 40 years, gaining his first swimming teaching qualification in 1972 before progressing into coaching. He was involved with the ASA as a volunteer in a number of key posts, including being a full member of both ASA Council and the ASA Committee, serving on the management committee, Coach Certification Committee and chairing the Education Committee. David was appointed as Chief Executive to the ASA and British Swimming in 1994 and now is Chief Executive of British Swimming. David continues to swim regularly and is the author of a book – Swimming for All. He is a currently General Secretary of the LEN Bureau and is a member of the FINA Disciplinary Committee. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011 for his services to Swimming.

Jane Nickerson

use-this-dsc08106Jane joined the ASA in 1997 as Head of Administration.  She has held a range of senior management roles within the organisation.   She became Chief Operating Officer in 2009 and has been Interim CEO since July 20th 2016.

Jane has been involved in swimming from 8 years of age, initially as a swimmer competing up to national level, then as a volunteer administrator and event official.  She serving as the Midland District Secretary for a number of years before taking up employment at the ASA.   During this period she competed as a Masters Swimmer, winning some European medals and was also a British Swimming and England Team Manager.

Jane is also an active participant on other bodies such as Deputy Chair of the  Major Spectator Sports Division of the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SARA) and participates in a number of working groups across sport. She is the Company Secretary and a Non Executive Director of GB Badminton.

John Mason

my-photoJohn has been involved with swimming and major events in Scotland since the mid 1990s. John has been a Board Member of  Scottish Swimming since 2006 and prior to that volunteered with the Grangemouth Swimming Club which his children competed for.

John in his work as a Senior Civil Servant for the Scottish Government was heavily involved in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games from the bid stage through to the event itself and was a member of the Organising Committee. John was also heavily involved in the staging of the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in 2014 and many other major events, including securing the Swimming European Championships to Glasgow in 2018. John was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s 2015 Honours List for services to major events and business in Scotland.

He is now retired and devotes his time to various volunteering activities.

Helga Edström

UntitledHelga became involved in swimming through her children who were members of City of Birmingham Swimming Club. Her son was a national swimmer and played National League Water Polo, her daughter a national synchronised swimmer. Helga was Secretary of City of Birmingham and a Warwickshire ASA Board member for many years and is currently Vice Chair of Swim West Midlands.

She is a career Civil Servant, having worked in a variety of roles latterly as a policy lead with The Office for Civil Society at The Department for Culture, Media and Sport where she supports the charitable sector in terms of governance and compliance.

Despite her children’s enthusiasm for the sport Helga has had a life long fear of water, but finally learned to swim in 2016 inspired by the “This Girl Can” Campaign.

Ambassadors

Andy Akinwolere

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In 2007 Andy became the first black male presenter on Blue Peter which he co hosted until 2012. In his final year he set a new world record for the deepest location for an open water swim by travelling more than 5 miles over the Palau Trench in the Pacific Ocean – a feat made more significant by the fact that he only learnt to swim 10 weeks prior to the challenge.

“I have seen the benefits that sport can bring to the lives of young people and local communities and it’s great to see the fantastic work that The Swimming Trust is doing  to inspire young people in the UK, to get into and stay in swimming. Providing local access to sports coaching can change lives and communities for the better. “

Andrew Jameson

Andrew is a former Olympian competing for Great Britain in three consecutive Olympics (1980, 1984 & 1988) taking a bronze medal in Seoul for the 100m butterfly. He won numerous individual and team medals at international competitions during his swimming career. Andrew is now well known as commentator on swimming at all major events.

Jérôme Read

Jerome was part of England’s successful national water polo team from 1985 and achieved a bronze medal in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. He coached England’s national men’s water polo team that competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne and now runs his own fitness consultancy business.