The Foundation Board
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 Swimathon Foundation since 2008. He was awarded the OBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to youth sport.
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.
Anthony, a passionate Arsenal supporter, swims (now in open water too), regularly plays tennis and runs.
Donna is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience in commercial finance.
She has experience of the voluntary and community sector including the post of treasurer for Beckenham Swimming Club, as well as 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).
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!
Ralph has over 40 years’ experience 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, which has given him a deep understanding of the impact sport can have on a community.
He is active in the sporting world and is currently a member and advisor to a number of swimming and sports bodies. As an author, editor and speaker, he has contributed to hundreds of sporting reports, publications and conferences.
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, advertising and marketing services agencies, digital media and publishing businesses, sponsorship consultancies, merchandising companies, scriptwriters and film makers and in sports marketing.
Philip has particular expertise in dealing with the legal and practical issues arising where charitable fundraising combines with advertising and marketing activity, particularly in relation to mass participation events.
Philip is a graduate of Worcester College, Oxford and is a keen recreational swimmer.
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 communication strategies to promote the competition’s strengths on and off the field. In her time at Chelsea, she was responsible for the club’s communications strategies and media platforms, and its award-winning charity and community work through the Chelsea Foundation, of which she was a trustee.
A former international swimmer, Emma has competed in Masters events and remains a keen leisure swimmer to stay fit.
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, speaking about how to deal with goal setting and stay motivated.
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.
It was also 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.