Who we are
The Foundation Board
The Swimathon Foundation is managed by a board of Trustees, who bring with them a wealth of experience and professional competence, as well as a genuine passion for swimming and charitable fundraising.
Anthony Kendall OBE, Chairman
Anthony, a keen swimmer, has been the Chair of The Swimathon Foundation since 2008.
Anthony has extensive experience of the voluntary and community sector having been the Chair of the Newlon Housing Trust for more than 12 years. He also has considerable experience in sports management and administration, including as a member of the board of the London Youth Games for 30 years including several years as Chair.
He was awarded the OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to youth sport.
Anthony has been a member of several funding organisations including over 20 years at Comic Relief as founding chair of Sport Relief grants committee, and over 10 years as a member of Capital Radio’s Help a Capital Child grants panel.
Anthony is currently a Director of Social Action Radio Ltd (SAR), which focuses on co-ordinating social information campaigns on radio, as well as consulting stations on licence applications and development plans.
For the last 4 years Anthony has been Chairman of the Luol Deng Foundation. The foundation promotes Basketball for young people mainly in London.
Anthony, a passionate Arsenal supporter, swims, regularly plays tennis and runs.
Donna is a chartered accountant with over 20 year’s experience in commercial finance including planning, forecasting, pricing, strategy and business partnering, largely acquired during her time at American Express.
She has experience of the voluntary and community sector including the post of treasurer for Beckenham Swimming Club, a major involvement in the new Crystal Palace Club Network (a collaboration of eleven swimming clubs aiming to improve training opportunities and standards of performance) as well as a past treasurer for a charity helping the homeless.
Although Donna is an active sportswoman, with a preference for tennis, badminton and golf, her three children and partner are active competitive swimmers putting in a combined 33 hours per week in the pool.
Deana has been a Human Resources professional for more than 20 years and has been a qualified swimming teacher for over 15 years. She has combined working in the commercial sector with teaching thousands of children and adults to learn to swim.
She is passionate about swimming having experienced considerable success throughout her teenage years representing both her county and her country locally and internationally.
Deana understands the impact that swimming can have on everyone’s life. As a life skill, contributing to both fitness and as a source of pleasure!
In addition, Deana has recently been involved in organizing large charity events, fundraising for a variety of cancer and children’s charities.
Ralph Riley has over 40 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors, managing sports and recreation services, including over 20 years as the Chief Executive of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) at Loughborough University. This has given him a deep understanding of the impact sport can have on a community.
Before ISRM Ralph worked for many years in sport and recreation services. He served as Recreation Manager for Stafford Borough Council, as Principle Officer of Research and Development at Wirral Borough Council and as Director of Barnsley MBC Leisure Services. Prior to this he worked in a swimming environment, including being a lifeguard, swimming teacher, coach and pool manager.
Ralph is still active in the sporting world and is currently a member and advisor to a number of European and UK swimming and sports bodies. As an author, editor and speaker, he has contributed to hundreds of sporting reports, publications and conferences. He has played a prominent role in raising standards in the management and operation of sporting facilities across the UK.
Ralph remains an active sportsman, with a particular passion for hill walking, fitness and swimming.
Philip is a Partner in Clintons, the leading media and entertainment law firm.
He is well known for his work in the creative industries (where his clients include leading brands, celebrated creative individuals (including artists and product and fashion designers), advertising and marketing services agencies, digital media and publishing businesses, sponsorship consultancies, merchandising companies, scriptwriters and film makers and in sports and sports marketing (where his clients include leading sports marketing and sponsorship agencies, event management companies, event owners and sports people).
Philip has particular expertise in dealing with the legal and practical issues arising where charitable fund-raising combines with advertising and marketing activity, in particular in relation to mass participation events.
Philip is a graduate of Worcester College, Oxford. He trained in the City and joined Clintons as a Partner in 1996. He is a keen recreational swimmer.
He is recognised as a “Key Player” in Sponsorship in Chambers and as a Legal Expert in Sport in “Legal Experts”. He is a member of the European Sponsorship Association and has written the legal section of that organisation’s Diploma qualification.
Grant is an industry award winning and professionally accredited IT Consultant with more than 20 years’ experience of strategy, large change delivery and organisation transformation - primarily in financial services.
He has always been a dedicated waterman from junior international to masters competitive swimming, swim teaching and squad coaching in the UK and US, a volunteer coxswain of RNLI lifeboats, competitive surf lifesaving and as a diehard recreational windsurfer.
Grant is a physics graduate of Southampton University and of the United World College of the Atlantic.
Emma has been Director of Communications for the Premier League since 2017. She previously worked for Chelsea Football Club, including eight years as the club’s Head of Communications and Community Affairs.
As part of the Premier League Executive Leadership Team, she manages reactive and proactive communications strategies to promote the competition’s strengths on and off the field. She advises on media strategy, messaging and reputational issues that affect the League's operational and business models.
In her time at Chelsea, she was responsible for the club’s communications strategies and media platforms, as well as its award-winning and wide-reaching charity and community work through the Chelsea Foundation, of which she was a trustee.
Before moving into football Emma was a journalist.
A former international swimmer, Emma has competed in Masters events and remains a keen leisure swimmer to stay fit. She is a huge advocate for the sport, recognising the positive effect it can have on physical and mental wellbeing for people of all ages.
Duncan Goodhew MBE, Swimathon President
Duncan Goodhew is a champion swimmer and British sporting hero. He won an Olympic Gold medal for the 100m breaststroke at the 1980 Moscow games, where he also won a bronze relay medal. Since then Duncan has been focused on helping more people to take up swimming.
Following his fantastic swimming career, Duncan has found success as a motivational speaker. He is a popular choice for after dinner speeches and is a keynote speaker at many corporate events, where he speaks about how to deal with goal setting and stay motivated.
One of Duncan’s proudest achievements is co- founding the Youth Sport Trust, which has been extremely successful in using Physical Activity, PE, school sport and sports leadership to create a brighter future for all young people. As President of Swimathon, for which he has been the event’s ‘head cheerleader’ for 30 years, he has also helped to raise many millions for good causes and has motivated several generations of swimmers to achieve their own sporting goals.
Duncan was heavily involved in promoting the 2012 London Olympics, which were a huge success for his home city. He continues to be a great ambassador for swimming, sport and general fitness.
Graham Batterham, Advisor to the Trustees
Graham has more than 20 years’ experience in sports participation. He started his career at The Sports Council, now Sport England, before establishing an innovative non-profit body owned by the London Boroughs to manage the world’s largest multi-sports programme for children, the London Youth Games, which he was involved with for over 20 years.
Graham went on to create the UK’s first commercial community focused sports events agency, Limelight Projects Ltd (formally London Events Agency), specialising in participation sports and physical activity, where he was Chairman for 18 years.
Working across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors, Graham and his colleagues helped develop and manage some of the country’s leading sports activity-based programmes for both public and private sector organisations.
It was Graham who in 1988 saw the potential of the fledgling Swimathon event and created the first fundraiser with Olympian Duncan Goodhew in London. He has been instrumental in steering Swimathon to the successful national event it is today.
Nick Bush, Financial Controller
Andrew Gilfillan, Co-Ordinator
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