Bristol Sport Foundation is a Charitable Intercorporate Organisation limited, established on Feb 3rd, 2016 and is a registered charity (No 1165410).
The company was established under a Memorandum of Association and is governed under its Articles of Association. Trustees can serve up to three consecutive terms of two or three years and meet on a quarterly basis or as required to do so. The board currently has four trustees, who are responsible for setting the strategy of the charity and have ultimate decision-making power.
Martin qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte in their London office and has subsequently held a number of leadership roles in Business and within the Charity sector. Recent roles include: CEO at Centre Island Hotels (April 2003 – Sept 2015) having overall responsibility for all activities of the group. In this period he grew the company into an owner and operator of commercial hotels employing over 2,000 people. In 2010, Martin became Executive Chairman of Sanderson Solutions Group, a fast growing £400 million turnover IT, Change, Government & Defence Recruitment Services company. Sanderson has a wide UK presence through a comprehensive regional office network and now has offices in India, Dublin, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney. Martin has oversight of the Board, strategic leadership and control of finance, commercial development and acquisitions for over 350 employees.
In April 2012, Martin co-founded Bristol Sport Limited and built up a team to provide commercial support services to Bristol City F.C., Bristol Bears and Bristol Flyers while redeveloping Ashton Gate stadium. He handed over the running of the company once it reached maturity in 2018. Martin concurrently became Chairman of Ashton Gate Limited and in that role has had oversight and leadership of Ashton Gate Stadium including the redevelopment between 2013 and 2016, operations and now the second phase of development of the wider property portfolio.
In March 2016, Martin formed the Bristol Sport Foundation and then took the role of Chair of the Board of Trustees. He oversaw the development of the Charity in their mission to use sport and physical activity to increase physical activity levels in disadvantaged wards in Bristol with a view to improve the physical and mental health of communities
Theresa has been a Trustee of Bristol Sport Foundation since 2016.
After graduating from Bristol University, Theresa spent 30 years in financial services, mostly at the same company (or) at Hargreaves Lansdown which she joined as the first full time employee. She was instrumental in steering the business from small start-up to one of the 100 most valuable companies on the stock market through a variety of operational, management and strategic roles. She started with typing, filing and making the tea, culminated as Group Marketing Director still taking her turn to make the tea. Theresa stepped down to look after her husband and family for the following years after he was diagnosed with metastatic cancer.
Theresa is aware of the difficulties faced by families living with illness and how even a small amount of outside help and physical activity can improve life and bring a sense of well-being to those compromised by poor health. She welcomes the opportunity to work with the Bristol Sport Foundation to help people harness a more active lifestyle to combat anxiety, ill health and to fulfil their true potential.
Theresa is now a non-executive Director of a financial services company, Ravenscroft Holdings Ltd, and a hands-on woodland manager. Her woods in North Somerset are managed for the benefit of wildlife and protection of SSSI and SAC features. They also provide space for the local community of walkers and runners to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of exercise in the natural world.
Dr Jacqueline Cornish
Dr Jacqueline Cornish was appointed to the post of NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood from 2013 to 2019, with responsibility for all children, all ages, all conditions, physical and mental health, from premature birth up to safe transition to adult services. She gave clinical advice to both NHS England, and the Department of Health and Social Care, where she worked closely with Health Ministers and senior civil servants in DHSC and DfE to develop cross government Policy for children
A notable achievement during this time was the initiation of a Programme to reduce infant and child mortality which has slipped over 25 years to nearly the worst in Europe. She initiated a National Child Mortality Database, the most comprehensive in Europe, to collect granular data on not only socioeconomic and health factors but also active learning through the capture of modifiable factors in child death. Dr Cornish was instrumental in changing National Policy to ensure that there was appropriate legislation for the designation of accountability for reporting and investigating child death.
Another achievement was the development of Policy on Child Mental Health, which is the commonest problem of childhood, and the majority of sufferers are in schools, a minority only present to the health system. She worked tirelessly over this time to integrate physical and mental health in children.
Prior to this post, Dr Cornish had 35 years of NHS front line clinical practice in children with High Risk Leukaemia, and she was the Director of Paediatric Stem Cell Transplant at Bristol Childrens’s Hospital. Her Team pioneered the use of Unrelated Donors for Transplant, and their results in Relapsed Acute Leukaemia set a gold standard world wide which have not been surpassed.
Alongside her clinical career Dr Cornish had 20 years of Medical Management in University Hospitals Bristol where she moved from being Clinical Director of Bristol Children’s Hospital to being Head of Division of Women’s and Children’s Services. She was accountable to the CEO for 2,500 staff, more than 30 clinical services, and an annual budget in excess of £100M. The remit was to deliver high quality safe services, with an excellent experience for patients, families and staff, and all within budget.
Now, in semi-retirement, she devotes time to Non-Executive positions with two Children’s Hospitals, is on the Board of Governors of Venturers Academy Trust in Bristol as a member of The Society of Merchant Venturers, and Montpelier High School (previously Colston’s Girls School). She is active on two Care of the Elderly Committees, and is a Pro Chancellor of The University of Bristol.
Dr Cornish is pleased now to be a Trustee of Bristol Sports Foundation where her interest is not only the improvement of mental health, well being and encouraging a healthy life style through sport in children and young people, but also in the important intergenerational work of the Trust.
James Allen has been a Trustee of the Foundation since 2020. In his professional life, James is the founder and director of Counsel Ltd, a consultancy providing advice in public affairs, political strategy, research, communications and governance. He has wide ranging experience and has worked in a range of senior advisory roles in governance, communications and external affairs. He has worked in sport, in the voluntary sector, as an adviser to corporates in financial services and in a variety of non profit organisations. He has led a number of significant projects across the UK and internationally. His international experience includes working with pan European NGO groups in areas including sport and health, in co-leading a joint UK-Japanese knowledge exchange programme and in delivering political and policy elements of a civil society building programme in the former Eastern bloc, sponsored by the US Government.
He worked as a Policy Adviser for a senior Cabinet Minister in the UK Government and has extensive Board experience, including as a Non-Executive Director at Sport Resolutions UK, where he led the development of a new strategy and as a Trustee of the award winning Disability Sports Coach (where he is Board lead on governance). James is a pro bono adviser to the Community Foundation of Crystal Palace Football Club and a range of other community organisations. He worked previously in senior roles at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) – leading work both in policy and on public services reform and as a Director at the Sport and Recreation Alliance.
He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy, is ICSA governance qualified and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
BSF is wholeheartedly committed to working with other like-minded organisations committed to address the inequalities we face and help reconnect the City through sport and physical activity.
Our strategy lays out how we will use sport and physical activity to help make Bristol a healthier city.
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