British Para Table Tennis Board and Sub-Committees.
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BPTT structure Issue 14 (Sept 2017)
Meet the Board
Responsible for the governance of the organisation, the Directors and Trustees play a key role in determining the strategic direction of British Para Table Tennis.
Led by the Chairman, Karen Tonge MBE, they all work on a voluntary basis and come from a wide range of backgrounds, including business, education, health and sport. Together, they bring a diverse range of skills and expertise and through scrutiny, advocacy and challenge help us achieve our collective ambition of developing elite Para Table Tennis.
Chairman – Karen Tonge MBE
Karen is an experienced Board Member and Chairman and Vice Chairman in the sport, health, public and education sectors. These have included: Chairman North West Region TTE since 1988; Halton Table Tennis Ltd Chairman from 1999; Cheshire County TT Association. International Umpire since 1988 and International referee from 1997; Member of ETTA Management Committee including Equity, Safeguarding and Teaching & Training1998-2002; Honorary Life Member Table Tennis England.
Member of TTE and ETTU Umpire & Referees Committees, Director for World Championships in Manchester followed by Competition Manager for Commonwealth Games 2002. She has been Director of Sport Cheshire 2001-14 and School Games Ambassador 2014-17 and on Executive Halton Sports Partnership 2001-17.
Wealth of Board experience from her time as Non-Executive Director, Chairman of Audit and later Vice Chairman of an NHS Trust; then Chairman Community Health Council and Health Forum. Chairman Children’s Advisory Panel, member of Adoption Panel and School Governor for many years. CCPR DIO Vice Chairman 2005-9 and North West Federation of Sport Chairman. Also was on National Trade Union Executive.
Karen tutored for TTE in coaching & training umpires, Sport England in Running Sport. Currently self-employed Sports Consultant. Karen became involved with Para Table Tennis with coaching of a player and then as Referee for events. Proud to have been appointed BPTT Acting Chairman (formerly BTTAD) in 2014 and elected Chairman in 2015.
Company Secretary – Mike Smith
Mike has been involved in table tennis for almost 60 years – still playing in the Leicester League. His administrative experience in table tennis started as Secretary of his University Club but has since involved many roles in Club, League, County, Region , nationally and internationally-all still happening . Currently he is a Board Director and Honorary Life Member of Table Tennis England He has a special interest in providing opportunities for competitive play for juniors locally in Leicestershire and nationally.
His involvement in para table tennis started with Special Olympics but broadened when he became Secretary of the then BTTAD in 2005. His current role is Company Secretary -supporting the Board and with involvement in most committees.
He is retired from his senior administrative role at Nottingham University. Apart from his family, his major interest is other sport especially cricket and rugby -as well as the theatre.
Financial Director – Robert Geary
Robert has been involved with table tennis for nearly 30 years. He continues to play in the local Leicester League; is chairman of Knighton Park Table Tennis Club; is a qualified table tennis coach and county umpire.
Robert was invited to join BTTAD when the previous Finance Officer of BTTAD (pre incorporation) resigned his position and has been actively involved with the BTTAD for the last 6 years.
Robert is an accountant by profession: working in both the accountancy profession and in industry. Now, semi-retired, Robert continues to earn income from various roles within accountancy and tax advice. Although not active with any other sports, Robert takes a keen interest in most sports. The rest of his time is taken up by his family.
Non-Executive Director – Becky Bisland
Becky has been involved in sport playing since she was very young. She played a variety of sports but excelled in football and was fortunate enough to play to an elite level for a number of clubs including Fulham, Charlton, Manchester City, Celtic, Queens Park and she currently plays for Partick Thistle Ladies team. She was also fortunate enough to represent English Universities and the Republic of Ireland national team.
Becky has worked within sport at all levels for 13 years and has more recently for the past 7 years been involved with Scottish Disability Sport. Becky worked as Performance Manager for Scottish Disability Sport until 2016 and was involved in managing and preparing the Scottish athletes selected for Team Scotland for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, notably preparing, selecting and managing the Para Bowls team who won a silver medal in the visually impaired mixed pairs.
Through her work for Scottish Disability Sport, Becky worked closely with Table Tennis Scotland and was involved from the inception of starting a national Scottish Disability squad and the disability programmes that have been set up in Scotland. Through her work with TTS and in particular Drumchapel Table Tennis club she found a passion for working within disability table tennis and is keen to support the fantastic work that has started in Scotland.
Becky brings experience of working with elite athletes and performance programmes, and the experiences of working with a number of para sports.
Becky lives in Paisley, just outside Glasgow with her two young daughters and husband. She has recently returned to university to do her post graduate diploma in Physical Education secondary teaching and is enjoying the challenge of studying again.
Non-Executive Director – Keith Childs
Started playing Table Tennis at age 21 and has played in local, regional and national competitions.
His major table tennis activity is managing the Generation 2 TTC in Fareham where he is Lead Coach (UKCC Level 3) for the many cadets, juniors and seniors who want coaching. Charlie can be seen at most of the major junior tournaments with juniors from Generation 2 TTC.
For several years (2008-11) he was Vice Chairman at ETTA to the Coaching Department helping to introduce the UKCC Coaching Framework. He joined BPTT in 2015 as a Non Executive Director and leads the Governance Committee.
Formerly Charlie worked for Ordnance Survey in many senior roles in Production, IT, Marketing and Programme Management. When not involved in Table Tennis he is Chairman Of Trustees for Fareham Academy senior school.
Non-Executive Director – Mel Cheung-Turner
Mel is an experienced multi-channel Marketing Director with over 20 years’ experience in both B2C and B2B environments.
She spent most of her early career with Littlewoods Retail, where she held key strategic marketing roles across home shopping, high street retail and e-commerce channels.
She went on to become Head of Marketing at Johnson Cleaners, the UK’s largest dry cleaners and was consequently appointed to the Management Board as their Marketing Director in 2007. In 2012, Mel joined Morrisons Supermarket to lead the online strategy for the Bradford based supermarket giant as their Head of Online Marketing.
Mel’s experience is extremely diverse and includes senior executive consultancy within the bar and food industry and latterly as Marketing Director with Citation, a professional services provider offering Employment Law and Health & Safety solutions to SMEs.
In addition to her Non-Executive Director role with British Para Table Tennis where she leads the Marketing and Sponsorship group, Mel has also been a Non-Executive Director on the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Retail Board since 2008.
In her spare time, Mel likes to spend time supporting her young son who trains at Halton Table Tennis Club and competes in tournaments nationally. Mel also enjoys running and likes to take part in North West charity fun runs.
Non-Executive Director – Olivia Coady
Olivia has played table tennis from an early age and played at County level as a junior. She has been involved in volunteering for table tennis at several major events including Olympics and Paralympics 2012, Commonwealth Games 2014 and most recently at the European Youth Top 10 Championships.
She has a Sport Management Degree from Sheffield Hallam University and currently works in IT for Lloyds Banking Group. She has held various committee roles for local sports clubs and became Non Executive Director for BTTAD in 2015.