The current Board Members at Boccia UK are as follows:
John Dowson - Chair (reappointed for a second 4 year term in March 2017)
John joined the board in 2013 as an independent director to establish the finance committee. He succeeded David Hadfield, now President of BISFed, as Chair in June 2014.
His background is in business where he trained as a chartered management accountant in the manufacturing and retail sectors before joining Coopers & Lybrand in 1985 and becoming a partner in 1991. He worked all over the world on corporate restructuring mainly in the telecoms and postal sectors while holding senior roles in the firm (which became PwC in 1998). He co-led the development of the PwC Consulting global strategy in the lead up to the sale of that business to IBM for $3.5 billion in 2002 then led the global development of new business in intelligent transport systems at IBM. He rejoined PwC in 2007 to become the UK industry leader for all of the private sector (excluding financial services) and retired from the firm in 2012.
He is also an independent director on the board of UK Sport (which he joined in 2015).
His outside interests include anything to do with sport and the arts while also being a 'petrol head' with a backround as a classic single seater motor racing driver.
Abby Laybourne - Finance Committee Chair (appointed 2014)
Abby is a director at PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 16 years’ experience of auditing large, complex multi-national audits in the FTSE 100 (as well as family owned corporations) predominantly. She is a chartered accountant and has significant experience of working with Groups undergoing transformation, whether through acquisitions, system and controls implementations, or operating model changes. Abby spent 6 months living and working in Berlin on PwC's Global leadership development programme and currently leads on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives with PwC.
She is married with two young boys which when not keeping her busy, she also enjoys cooking, reading and travelling.
Lara Hayward (reappointed for a second 4 year term in March 2017)
Lara was a Legal Advisor at UK Sport where she managed all regulatory aspects of investment into Olympic/Paralympic sport including anti-doping, funding eligibility, complaints, governance and athlete welfare matters. She trained and qualified as a solicitor in private practice at Mills & Reeve LLP and, since 2011, has worked in-house in business and healthcare regulation roles in both New Zealand and the UK. Aside from her legal career, Lara has worked in Athlete Services at London 2012, the England 2015 Rugby World Cup and at various ITU triathlon events.
She has a particular interest in the welfare of athletes and dancers and now works as a freelance consultant, advising individuals and organisations on legal and welfare issues, career development and transition.
Her outside interests include most sports and dance, particularly rugby and triathlon, and in her spare time she is a keen trail runner, triathlete and dancer.
Jon Morgan (appointed 2015)
Jon held the post of Chief Executive Officer for Disability Sport Wales from 2002-2017. Responsible for leading the strategic development of disability sport, Jon advised Welsh Government and Sport Wales on all aspects of policy development and implementation.
In 2015, Jon was appointed to the board of Boccia UK and more recently was elected as Treasurerer of BISFed, the International Federation for the sport of boccia.
Jon is currently the Vice Chair of Commonwealth Games Wales, the organisation responsible for taking Team Wales to the Commonwealth Games. Previously, Jon held the role of General Team Manager for Team Wales at the Melbourne (2006) and Delhi Commonwealth Games (2010).
A passionate advocate for (disabled) children and young people services Jon is a Trustee for a Swansea based children’s (disability) charity, Stepping Stones. Married with two children, Jon lives in Swansea, South Wales.
Gavin Macleod - PDC Chair (Appointed 2014)
Gavin joined the board in 2014 as the director representing Scottish Disability Sport. He was appointed Chair of the Performance Development Committee in 2016 .
Gavin is the Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Disability Sport (SDS), the governing and co-ordinating body for all sports for people of all ages and abilities with a physical, sensory and learning impairment in Scotland. In his previous role, Gavin was Youth Development Manager for Disability Sport with sportscotland.
With over 25 years of sports development experience, Gavin held a variety of posts with local authorities south of the border before returning to Scotland to pursue a disability sport focus. Educational qualifications include a BA (Hons) Degree in Sport Studies from Sheffield Polytechnic, a PGCE (Further Education) from Notts Trent University and a Diploma in Community Education from Dundee College of Education.
Kevin O'Neill (Appointed 2011)
Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer of Disability Sport NI, Northern Ireland’s main disability sports charity working to improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities through sport and active recreation.
Kevin who has a degree in Social Policy and a masters in Sport, Exercise & Leisure, has worked in the charitable and disability sports sectors for over 25 years and was instrumental in the formation of Disability Sport NI in 1998.
He is also founder and Director of Live Active NI and sits on a number of key UK and regional organisations and committees including the British Paralympic Association’s NPC and the Northern Ireland ‘Active Living No Limits 2021’ Forum.
Kevin joined the board of Boccia UK in 2011 and more recently facilitated the development of the organisation’s new Strategic Plan for the 2017 – 2021 period. He is also a member of the appeals committee.
Maggie Else (Appointed 2016)
Maggie joined the board in 2016 having been involved with boccia since 1997. Currently Chair of Boccia England, she is also an experienced referee and classifier. After over 30 years working in public, education, voluntary and business sectors in a variety of roles including librarianship, teaching, lecturing, policy setting and performance management, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2013 and left full time work to travel around Europe and South America to study national boccia strategies. Maggie now has several consultancy roles, specialising in policy and performance management for local authorities and other government departments.
She is a director of an artisan food enterprise and on the board of the nationally renowned Bromley House Library.
A keen traveller, often travelling in her VW campervan, she also scuba dives, swims, reads avidly and is an amateur archaeologist.