Meet our board members
John Dowson was previously Senior Independent Director at UK Sport. He is also a former Chair of the UK Boccia Federation.
Before taking up his EIS appointment he served for six years on the board of UK Sport where he also chaired the group audit and risk committee. During his term at Boccia UK, he also chaired the multi-stakeholder local organising committee for the 2018 World Boccia Championships, which were held at the Liverpool ACC and involved 186 athletes from 33 countries.
Prior to his work in high performance sport, his career was in finance, corporate restructuring and infrastructure investment with Coopers & Lybrand, IBM and PwC. He has held UK, European and global leadership roles and worked in over 25 countries. His last role at PwC was as the firm’s UK industry leader for all of the private sector (excluding financial services) before his retirement from the firm in 2012.
Senior Non-Executive Director
Vic represents the EIS on the UK Sport group audit committee and chairs the EIS Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
He has enjoyed a 50-year high-performance business career, both as a global leader and general manager in PwC, IBM and Ford, and as a leadership consultant to many organisations, large and small, in the commercial world and in public service.
Latterly he has served as a Board member at the Ministry of Justice, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, the Rugby Players Association and the Foundation for Leadership through Sport. He also Chaired a group at the RFU driving various initiatives to leave a sustained sporting legacy from the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Nigel joined the EIS in September 2010 having previously been Head of Change and Internal Communications at BBC Wales.
A former international athlete and rugby union player, he represented Great Britain as a high hurdler before switching to rugby, earning 17 international caps for Wales. He has also served as a UK Sport board member from 2006-10, was Chair of the Major Events Panel and a member of the Audit Committee.
Sir David Tanner CBE
Sir David Tanner led British Rowing through its richest ever period of success as Performance Director from 1996 to 2018.
Sir David is a successful leader in International Sport and in Education with wide Board experience as a non-Executive Director. He was the Performance Director for British Rowing for 21 years from 1996 to 2018.
Under his leadership Great Britain has become the world’s leading Olympic and Paralympic rowing nation, topping the Olympic/Paralympic Games’ medal tables for Rowing since Beijing 2008.
Before the days of Lottery funding for sport, Sir David was a medal-winning Olympic coach which he combined with a successful full-time career in Education, latterly as Headteacher of a large Community Comprehensive School until he took up the PD role in 1996.
Sir David was appointed OBE (2003), CBE (2009) and in 2013 received a Knighthood from the Queen for Services to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Ken van Someren
Non-Executive Director, Science and Technical
Ken chairs the Science & Ethics Advisory Group. A former international sprint kayaker, Ken has over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner, researcher and leader across higher education, high performance sport and industry.
Ken held senior positions with the EIS between 2005 and 2013 and has been a technical advisor to many public and private sector organisations. He is a Visiting Professor at two UK Universities and a Fellow of BASES.
Non-Executive Director, Information Management
Matt Rogan has spent his career in the commercial side of sport and entertainment.
Matt is the Chair of Two Circles, a data-driven sports marketing agency which works with some of the world’s biggest sports organisations. Matt co-founded Two Circles in 2011, and led the company’s growth to become one of the leading agencies in the country, including winning the coveted title of Sport Industry Awards Agency of the Year in 2017.
Director of Finance and Business Operations
A qualified accountant, Jamie studied Economics and Statistics at Keele University and held operational and finance roles for a national delivery company.
Subsequently he spent ten years with MAN Truck and Bus (part of the VW group), latterly as Finance Director.
Victoria Aggar (nee Hansford) is the Chair of the British Athletes Commission.
She is a former Paralympic athlete who won 100m gold in athletics at the Wheelchair and Amputee World Games in 2005 before switching her attention to rowing.
Victoria won world titles in 2006 and 2009 as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.
Non Executive Director
Emma Boggis is an experienced Non-Executive Director specialising in the not for profit and sporting sectors.
Emma’s portfolio of roles include being a member of the Board of The National Lottery Community Fund, the Senior Independent Director at the British Paralympic Association (BPA), a BPA nominated Trustee at the National Paralympic Heritage Fund, a Board member of The Boat Race Company Limited, a member of the NCVO Advisory Council and a member of the Investment Committee of Sporting Capital.
Until May 2019, Emma was Chief Executive of the Sport and Recreation Alliance and prior to that had more than 10 years’ experience in the senior civil service working across three central government departments. Emma was a Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office with responsibility for social policy and legislation and then Deputy Ambassador in the British Embassy in Madrid. She was also Private Secretary to the Prime Minister and then led the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Unit set up to support Lord Coe as the Prime Minister’s Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Ambassador post London 2012. Emma spent her early career as an officer in the British Army.
Non Executive Director
Andy Parkinson is the Chief Executive Officer of British Rowing, having joined the organisation in this role in January 2015
Prior to joining British Rowing, Andy was the first Chief Executive of the UK’s national anti-doping organisation, UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), and was responsible for establishing UKAD as a leading organisation managing and promoting clean sport in the UK and internationally.
Previously, Andy was Director of Drug-Free Sport at UK Sport and he has worked in sport for more than 20 years, starting his career as Manager Sport Services for Paralympics New Zealand after completing a Bachelor of Science in Sport (Science and Administration) degree at Nottingham Trent University in 1991. During this time, Andy also held a number of positions in national and international sporting organisations, including President of New Zealand Wheelchair Rugby.
Andy was Chairman of the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Taskforce to determine whether the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) had met the conditions for reinstatement following its suspension from the IPC before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Andy is also a Board member of the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation.
As Head of Performance and Sport Engagement at Commonwealth Games England, Francesca is responsible for the planning and Games time delivery of key athlete and sport performance services ahead of Birmingham 2022 and has recently been appointed Team England Chef de Mission for the 2021 Youth Commonwealth Games in Trinidad and Tobago.
At the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Francesca oversaw the development and delivery of Team England’s Preparation Camp, which saw 450 team members acclimatise, train and complete their final preparations ahead of the Games and will be working with the British Olympic Association at the Team GB Preparation Camp ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Earlier this year, Francesca was the Chef de Mission for Great Britain at the 2019 Winter World University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and worked with Team GB at the European Games in Minsk. Previous to her involvement with Commonwealth Games England, Francesca held positions at the Youth Sport Trust and with Swim England.