About Skateboard England

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Skateboard England is the official governing body for skateboarding in England and WALES, ANd was formed in September 2015.

We are a membership based organisation set up to improve, support and develop the skateboarding scene across England and Wales. We are run by skateboarders for skaterboarders.

Our aims include encouraging the development of world-class facilities, helping community groups get local skate parks built, create accredited coaching courses, run competitions and events, and much more.

The organisation is run with skaters needs in mind, so we want to hear from you about what you want to see from us and what improvements you would like to see for skateboarding in England and Wales. The more information we have the more we can do to help.

What we are doing is very new so it will take time to achieve all our aims and objectives, so please do be patient and bear with us. Thanks for your support.

Meet the Team


 
  Lucy Adams - Chair   Lucy started skateboarding in 1997 at Crawley Skatepark and first started competing and travelling in 2001. 18 years on she is still a sponsored skateboarder. She has a real passion for teaching her skill to other people who are interested in learning the art of skateboarding as well as organising and taking part in skateboarding events. Lucy works for Adur & Worthing Councils as a More Active Communities Officer, championing a healthy lifestyle and getting young people involved in sport and physical activity.

Lucy Adams - Chair

Lucy started skateboarding in 1997 at Crawley Skatepark and first started competing and travelling in 2001. 18 years on she is still a sponsored skateboarder. She has a real passion for teaching her skill to other people who are interested in learning the art of skateboarding as well as organising and taking part in skateboarding events. Lucy works for Adur & Worthing Councils as a More Active Communities Officer, championing a healthy lifestyle and getting young people involved in sport and physical activity.

  Nic Powley – Director   Nic has been the Vans skate team manager since 2009 and has been running events for many years including the UK Skateboarding Association championships, mini ramp champs, Shop riot, Concrete Carnival. He has also helped out with Nass, Boardmasters and War of the Roses to name a few. In addition to owning Skate Pharmacy, one of Nic’s latest ventures include the Wheels and Fins festival

Nic Powley – Director

Nic has been the Vans skate team manager since 2009 and has been running events for many years including the UK Skateboarding Association championships, mini ramp champs, Shop riot, Concrete Carnival. He has also helped out with Nass, Boardmasters and War of the Roses to name a few. In addition to owning Skate Pharmacy, one of Nic’s latest ventures include the Wheels and Fins festival

  Steve Wilkinson – Director   Steve has over 25 years experience within the International Skateboard Industry, working across all aspects of Skateboarding that has developed from his own passion as a skateboarder and grown into a diverse career within the board-sports industry. Over the years he has been lucky enough to gain first-hand experience in the early stages of riders and brands alike, being a part of their development and growth to become some of the most Internationally recognized within the Skateboard world. Steve created the SWS Agency in 2009 to represent: Vans, Reef, Pro-Tec and Westbeach and support freelance projects within the skateboarding Industry.

Steve Wilkinson – Director

Steve has over 25 years experience within the International Skateboard Industry, working across all aspects of Skateboarding that has developed from his own passion as a skateboarder and grown into a diverse career within the board-sports industry. Over the years he has been lucky enough to gain first-hand experience in the early stages of riders and brands alike, being a part of their development and growth to become some of the most Internationally recognized within the Skateboard world. Steve created the SWS Agency in 2009 to represent: Vans, Reef, Pro-Tec and Westbeach and support freelance projects within the skateboarding Industry.

  Ricardo Magee Atxukarro – Director   Ricardo started skating in 1989 and became the Skate Park Development Officer for Brighton & Hove City Council in 2010. He has been involved in funding, promoting and co-ordinating numerous events, comps and jams along with funding lessons for children and females with great success. Ricardo has created programmes teaching volunteers to run comps and teach skateboarding along with supporting Brighton & Hove Skateparks Association community group to gain funds and run events in the city. He was previously chairman of a community group which ran skate comps, funded portable ramps and was instrumental in creating an indoor DIY skatepark as well as helping others locally.

Ricardo Magee Atxukarro – Director

Ricardo started skating in 1989 and became the Skate Park Development Officer for Brighton & Hove City Council in 2010. He has been involved in funding, promoting and co-ordinating numerous events, comps and jams along with funding lessons for children and females with great success. Ricardo has created programmes teaching volunteers to run comps and teach skateboarding along with supporting Brighton & Hove Skateparks Association community group to gain funds and run events in the city. He was previously chairman of a community group which ran skate comps, funded portable ramps and was instrumental in creating an indoor DIY skatepark as well as helping others locally.

 
  Russ Holbert – Director   Russ has been skateboarding and surfing since 1985. He has been involved for over 15 years in the Skatepark Design & Build industry and is currently a Director of Maverick Skateparks. Russ is also a member of the British Standards Committee concerning skatepark safety.

Russ Holbert – Director

Russ has been skateboarding and surfing since 1985. He has been involved for over 15 years in the Skatepark Design & Build industry and is currently a Director of Maverick Skateparks. Russ is also a member of the British Standards Committee concerning skatepark safety.

  Paul Regan – Director   Paul started Skateboarding in 2001. Over the years he’s been fortunate enough to receive sponsorships to help support his Skateboarding ventures. Some of his sponsors include riding direct for Flip Skateboards and a full team rider for Destructo Trucks. In 2010 Paul set up his own Skate School named 'Active Skateboarding' with the aim of getting more young people active through Skateboarding, as well as developing his own coaching program from his qualification as a Level 3 Sports Coach. Paul is also the founder of The Skateboard Association, a Not-for-profit organisation which supports Skateboarding in Yorkshire & Humberside.

Paul Regan – Director

Paul started Skateboarding in 2001. Over the years he’s been fortunate enough to receive sponsorships to help support his Skateboarding ventures. Some of his sponsors include riding direct for Flip Skateboards and a full team rider for Destructo Trucks. In 2010 Paul set up his own Skate School named 'Active Skateboarding' with the aim of getting more young people active through Skateboarding, as well as developing his own coaching program from his qualification as a Level 3 Sports Coach. Paul is also the founder of The Skateboard Association, a Not-for-profit organisation which supports Skateboarding in Yorkshire & Humberside.

  James Hope-Gill – CEO   James is a very well connected and committed business & sports professional with extensive knowledge of football as well as other national sporting structures and organisations, having worked within the sports sector and governing bodies for over 20 years. He was Chief Executive of a regional Football Association in England for 12 years until starting his own sports consultancy company in 2012.

James Hope-Gill – CEO

James is a very well connected and committed business & sports professional with extensive knowledge of football as well as other national sporting structures and organisations, having worked within the sports sector and governing bodies for over 20 years. He was Chief Executive of a regional Football Association in England for 12 years until starting his own sports consultancy company in 2012.

 
  Clive Bawden – Non-Executive Director   Clive is an Independent Non-Executive Director with specific responsibility for Finance & Risk.  Appointed to the Board following an open search process in February 2017, Clive is also Senior Non Independent Director at Skateboard England.  A chartered accountant and chartered marketer, Clive has an extensive background in professional services, industry and commerce.  These include roles at KPMG, Inchcape plc and Saint-Gobain as well as voluntary roles as Trustee for Finance at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a Non-Executive Director of the Warwickshire Cricket Board between where he held specific responsibility for the development of Women & Girls cricket.

Clive Bawden – Non-Executive Director

Clive is an Independent Non-Executive Director with specific responsibility for Finance & Risk.  Appointed to the Board following an open search process in February 2017, Clive is also Senior Non Independent Director at Skateboard England.

A chartered accountant and chartered marketer, Clive has an extensive background in professional services, industry and commerce.  These include roles at KPMG, Inchcape plc and Saint-Gobain as well as voluntary roles as Trustee for Finance at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a Non-Executive Director of the Warwickshire Cricket Board between where he held specific responsibility for the development of Women & Girls cricket.

  Dave Holt - Non-Executive Director   Dave is an Independent Non-Executive Director with specific responsibility for Commercial & Sponsorship   Appointed to the Board following an open search process in February 2017.  David owns a specialist sponsorship consultancy called holt&co. which helps music, sports, arts and wider entertainment platforms develop new and unique commercial strategies. Prior to this David worked at the NBA in their EMEA partnerships team and agency side where he developed brand campaigns for Nike, Adidas, Samsung and Budweiser to name a few.  

Dave Holt - Non-Executive Director

Dave is an Independent Non-Executive Director with specific responsibility for Commercial & Sponsorship   Appointed to the Board following an open search process in February 2017.

David owns a specialist sponsorship consultancy called holt&co. which helps music, sports, arts and wider entertainment platforms develop new and unique commercial strategies. Prior to this David worked at the NBA in their EMEA partnerships team and agency side where he developed brand campaigns for Nike, Adidas, Samsung and Budweiser to name a few.  

  Catherine Eastham - Independent Non-Executive Director   Catherine is an experienced marketing and communications professional with almost 15 years’ experience in the sports sector. She is Practice Director - Consulting, Sponsorship & Sport at Four Communications, a leading integrated marketing agency.  Catherine has previously worked at the British Olympic Association and London 2012 bid company and clients include: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and bid, Glasgow 2014, London 2012, Sport England and the England 2015 Rugby World Cup, alongside Olympic sponsors: Lloyds Banking Group, Panasonic, B&Q and Lenovo.  Catherine has an MBA with distinction and a CIM Diploma. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director for British Weight Lifting. She is also a keen runner and cyclist.

Catherine Eastham - Independent Non-Executive Director

Catherine is an experienced marketing and communications professional with almost 15 years’ experience in the sports sector. She is Practice Director - Consulting, Sponsorship & Sport at Four Communications, a leading integrated marketing agency.

Catherine has previously worked at the British Olympic Association and London 2012 bid company and clients include: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and bid, Glasgow 2014, London 2012, Sport England and the England 2015 Rugby World Cup, alongside Olympic sponsors: Lloyds Banking Group, Panasonic, B&Q and Lenovo.

Catherine has an MBA with distinction and a CIM Diploma. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director for British Weight Lifting. She is also a keen runner and cyclist.