2017 Trustee Nominations

Nominations for Management Trustees

 

Tony Taylor  (Chair)

 

Tony heads up an independent management consultancy specialising in human resources and talent management. He chairs a number of organisations and is Chief Examiner for a large professional body for whom he is also a subject expert author in sales, marketing, operational management, leadership and corporate governance.

 

Tony has been active management Trustee of LPF for a number of years, having been Secretary prior to taking on his present responsibilities.

 

Tony is also a director of CAFE (the Centre for Access to Football in Europe).

 

Stephen Evans (Secretary)

 

Steve, a keen Liverpool supporter, was born and lives on Wirral, Merseyside. He joined the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) at the age 16 and after a successful military career, worked for Nestle until illness and disability forced early retirement.

 

He then became a radio presenter and can currently be heard regularly on local hospital radio on Wirral; he is also a sports summariser and newspaper reviewer for a commercial radio station in Liverpool. 

 

Steve was a Games Maker and Ambassador at the London Paralympics in 2012 and is currently a Public Governor of the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Steve recognises the benefits of following football and the need for a greater emphasis to be channelled into encouraging disabled people to attend sporting events.

 

Steve is also a supporter of LPF’s sister organisation, CAFE (the Centre for Access to Football in Europe), and he remains an active committee member with LDSA

 

Joanna McNicol (Management Trustee without portfolio)

 

Joanna brings with her a wealth of experience and has actively worked and campaigned for greater accessibility within the travel industry for numerous years. 

 

A lifelong supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, Joanna has followed Spurs across the UK and Europe, building friendships and contacts with both the club and fans alike. She is also a keen traveller and attends other sports matches worldwide.

 

Joanna intuitively understands the needs of others and uses her excellent communication skills to better improve the experience for all. Her aim is to close the gap of what is accessible and what currently is not.

 

Nominations for Executive Trustees

 

Jamie Beddard

 

I have been delighted to serve on the Board of LPF over the last 4 years, and am keen to continue the relationship, and journey we’re on.

 

For my sins, I travel the length and breadth of the country, following the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Ipswich Town. Facilities, services, infrastructures and matchday experiences for disabled supporters vary considerably, and LPF has a key role in providing both ‘carrot and stick’ in ensuring we (18% of the population) can expect equitable treatment at sports venues. LPF has trod this line brilliantly, working collaboratively with organisations to improve and aspire towards best practice, whilst applying pressure on those bodies reticent to action and change.

 

Equality is a right, not an option. In the context of exponential financial growth at the top-end of football, there can be no excuses in failing disabled supporters.

 

Working in the Arts, and promoting the diversity, inclusion and access agenda, I believe much can be learnt and exchanged across sectors, and am proud of LPF’s reputation as a change-maker across wider contexts.  This can continue, and grow.

 

Rex Burton

 

I am a retired consultant car body design engineer, and in my younger days I was very involved with playing, and organising, football and cricket until an accident put an end to it. I have been registered disabled for over 40 years, with both hips having been replaced twice.

 

Some years ago I wanted to get back into football in some way, so I decided to become a member of the Milton Keynes Dons Supporters Association where I have been their Disability Officer for 10 years and Vice Chairman for 3 years.

 

My working life put me in charge of multimillion dollar projects, and the leader of teams of design engineers, working in Bentley (controlling the design of two custom built cars for the Queens diamond jubilee), Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford, and Vauxhall, my position required me to plan manpower, finances, timings, and logistics.

 

My work for the MKDSA includes event organising, fund raising, along with negotiating on all types of supporter issues with the clubs directors.  

By becoming a member of the trustees I would hope that in some way I can use these past experiences to enhance the ethics already in place at LPF.

 

Kristine Green

 

My name is Kristine Green. I am a single parent to 2 children and an avid Grimsby Town fan. My son has autistic traits and so from my personal experience I do see how the ambulant disabled are often forgotten about.  Football needs to not only cater for those with a visible disability but also those that aren’t.

 

I want to make a positive impact wherever possible for as many people as possible and this is why I put myself forward and was successful in being appointed GTFC SLO. Through this I work closely with our disabled supporters club, listening to what it is they want from the club rather than making an assumption. 

 

I am also now a National Council member for FSF which I feel will open the reach of me and LPF so that if I am successful it will be of benefit to more people.

 

I am a big believer in always learning and upskilling to be the best that you can be for others. I have recently undertaken the EFL Inclusion course and the Kick it Out/Solent University Equality and Diversity certificate to give a better understanding going forward.

 

Christopher Johnson

 

Football has always been my passion. In 1966 I became an apprentice at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and remained at the club until 1970. I suffered a career ending injury and had to end my contract. I have continued to be involved in management and sponsoring local football.

 

I then joined Barclays Bank and worked for 16 years until I left to set up my own business. I ran my own cleaning company until 2007, when I sold the business. During this time I became a qualified member of the Institute of Directors.

 

In January 2017 I became a Governor of Lancashire Care NHS and am thoroughly enjoying the role. Additionally as a disabled member of Level Playing Field, I have been involved in assisting my local club, Burnley Football Club, in upgrading the disabled facilities to the new requirements of the Premier League.

 

I will be honoured to serve as an Executive Trustee of Level Playing Field.

 

Mo Mohammadi

 

Mo is a Chartered Building Surveyor and Access Consultant who has over 30 years’ experience, in the field of disability equality and inclusive design. Mo’s passion to promote equality within the context of the social model has been an integral part of his career.

 

He has a practical knowledge of inclusive design guidance documents and experience of working with a wide range of stakeholders within private and public-sector settings, influencing and promoting accessibility of built environment and service management.

 

Mo has worked within multi-disciplinary private practices and Local Authorities as Corporate Access Officer.

 

Mo has extensive experience in assisting planning officers in their appraisal and determination of planning applications for major projects including sports ground developments.

 

He has a clear analysis of the complementary bodies of legislations such as Building Regulations, British standards, Accessible Stadia and the Equality Act 2010 and their application in providing services for all.

 

Qualifications and Professional Contribution:

 

  • RICS (IEC) – Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Inclusive Environments Consultant
  • BSc (Hons) – Building Surveying
  • ICIOB – Member of Chartered Institute of Building
  • Co-author – Code of Practice on Access and Mobility
  • Chair of Merseyside Code of Practice on Access and Mobility Steering Group
  • Trustee and Director of Adult Dyslexia Access