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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
Chair

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Donna Fraser OBE
Athlete Member

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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

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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

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Lee is the Founder and Managing Director of PR agency, Point Communications Ltd. 

He has worked in the sport sector for over a decade and has delivered communications strategies and campaigns for a range of clients including GB Boxing, UK Sport, the British Lionhearts, the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and Team England.  He was also part of Team GB’s communications operation at the Olympic Games in Rio and London.

Prior to setting-up his own company, Lee worked for a number of PR agencies in London including five years as a Board Director at Cohn & Wolfe (now Burson Cohn & Wolfe) where he led the Corporate Affairs division.

Milan Sud
NED - Commercial

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Milan joined the BAC Board in early 2021, and shares responsibility for developing the BAC’s commercial strategy with Simon Freedman.

Milan’s current role is Senior Manager for International Strategic Partnerships at Peloton, where he helped to oversee growth of the brand’s popularity in the UK. Before this, Milan held roles at AXA (Head of Innovation) and Barclays (Global Open Innovation Project Manager).

Away from work, Milan has devoted time to running a scheme enabling children to have a safe space to partake in sporting activities, and is a keen sportsman himself.

Simon Freedman
NED - Commercial

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Simon joined the BAC Board in early 2021, and shares responsibility for developing the BAC’s commercial strategy with Milan Sud.

He has over 20 years of Marketing and Commercial experience within the Sport industry, from having worked for global brands, Marketing consultancies and sports rights holders.

In his current role as Strategy Director at CSM, Simon works across the agency’s business with one its largest global clients across a range of sports partnerships. 

Previously, Simon has led Brand teams for Coca-Cola, Lucozade and Science in Sport, and spent four years at The Football Association, where he led the Group Marketing function, seeking to grow the commercial success of the FA Cup and England teams, as well as boost participation at a grassroots level. 

Most of Simon’s spare time outside work, is either spent watching his daughter play hockey and netball, helping to manage his son’s football team or watching his beloved Leeds United.

 

SARAH NEWTON
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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Sarah heads up the BAC, which involves everything from our day-to-day running to ensuring our full compliance with the Code of Sports Governance.

She is responsible for the delivery of the Athlete Support Unit and Athlete Engagement.

Sarah is an experienced operational lead and joined the BAC having led operations for the charity Safe Passage. Her previous operational roles have seen her spend nine years at the Rugby Football Union as well as supporting The Football Association.

Sarah is qualified in Safer Recruitment, GDPR and Understanding Equality and Diversity.

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