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Our Board

The BAC Board is comprised of seven Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) and the Executive Chair. Three of the NEDs are ‘Athlete members’ with the other four members having independent specialist skills relevant to the business of the BAC.

The BAC board has sub-committees:
Nominations Committee: Chair Victoria Aggar, Dr Rod Jaques and Peter Crowther
Audit Committee: Chair Dougie Dryburgh, Victoria Aggar and Chris Smith

The BAC is committed to creating a diverse board that is representative of all of its membership and stakeholders.

Victoria Aggar


Victoria is a retired Paralympic rower who won world titles in 2006 and 2009, as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Prior to competing in Paralympic sport, Victoria played National League netball. Victoria worked as Athlete Services Manager at the British Paralympic Association from 2012-2016 and alongside that represented British athletes on WADA’s Athlete Committee.

Victoria is also a Non-Executive Director at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and board member of the Athletics Integrity Unit.

Dougie Dryburgh
Snr Ind NED


Dougie is a former world junior curling champion and European medallist who captained the Great Britain Olympic Curling Team at the Nagano Games.

Following a 16-year career in the Royal Air Force, where he retired as a Wing Commander, Dougie was Group Operations Director at NHS Blood & Transplant prior to being appointed as Director, Military Test & Evaluation, with QinetiQ plc.

Dougie is currently Chief Executive Officer of Viapath Group and brings a valuable mix of public and private expertise, has led large scale organisations and has a significant track record of successful change leadership in complex operating environments.

Chris Smith
NED - Finance


Chris is Chartered Accountant and Director in a firm of accountants and auditors.

Chris has worked with the BAC since 2006, but was officially invited to the Board in January 2014. Chris is also a Trustee of a number of sport-related charities and until recently was the Finance Director for the England Handball Association.

Chris also works with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and the Football Association, as an athlete advisor.

Peter Crowther
NED - Legal


Peter is the Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn’s London and Brussels offices.

He has a broad based advisory practice for clients with significant challenges. He has worked on many cartel cases and associated litigation, achieved complex merger clearances, and has particular experience in complex EU law and regulatory matters.

He has worked across a wide variety of industries including insurance, sports, broadcasting, telecommunications, healthcare, commodities trading, electronics and FMCG.

Lizzie Simmonds
NED - Safeguarding Champion & Athlete Member


Lizzie enjoyed a dominant junior swimming career, winning five golds at the 2005 European Youth Olympic Festival in Lignano before scooping five golds and two silvers at the European Junior Championships over the next two years.

Lizzie made her Olympic debut as a 17-year-old in Beijing, finishing 10th in the 100m backstroke as well as reaching the final before finishing sixth in the 200m backstroke. She came even closer to a medal at London 2012 where she finished fourth in the 200m backstroke. She won the British 200m backstroke title in 2013 before returning to the international stage in 2014, finishing fourth over 200m backstroke and fifth over 100m backstroke at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Donna Fraser OBE
Athlete Member


As a four-time Olympian for Great Britain, Donna’s drive, resilience and ambition to be the best in the world has made her who she is today.

She dedicated over two decades to her sport of athletics, while pursuing a corporate career and can now use her transferable skills to give something back to communities, her sport and those who want to achieve great things in life by inspiring and sharing her knowledge and experience she has gained in the world of sport and business.

Donna was awarded an OBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honour list, in recognition of her service to equality, inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Dr Rod Jaques
NED - Medicine


Dr Rod Jaques FFSEM (UK), Dipl Sports Med, FISM, DRCOG, MRCGP, is Director of Medical Services at the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Rod attended the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB, and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England team.

Based in the South West, Rod coordinates support across the EIS network as well as delivering EIS clinics at the EIS base at the University of Bath.

Lee Murgatroyd
NED - Communications


Lee was previously a Board Director at PR agency, Cohn & Wolfe (now Burson Cohn & Wolfe), and has worked in sport for the last decade, delivering campaigns for a range of clients including NGBs, world-class performance programmes, commercial sponsors and the English Institute of Sport (EIS).

Mahdi Choudhury
Chief Executive (Ex-Officio)


Mahdi is a trained solicitor and worked as in-house legal counsel at the British Olympic Association in 2006.

In advance of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Mahdi moved to the Sport Department of Team GB. In this role he supported several key Olympic sports in their preparations for the Olympics.

Mahdi has attended every Olympic Games since Beijing 2008, assuming senior managerial and leadership roles including Team GB Chef de Mission for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Deputy Chef de Mission for Sochi 2014 and Head of Sport Operations for Rio 2016. He has extensive experience of working with Organising Committees, International and National Federations and the International Olympic Committee.


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