Trustees

Management Trustees

 

Tony Taylor - Chair

 

Tony works as an independent management consultant specialising in human resources and training.

 

He has been an active management trustee and Secretary of LPF for a number of years.

 

Tony has a strong background in both football and corporate governance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Keith Graham - Acting Secretary

 

Keith, from the Wirral in Merseyside, was a serving Police Officer for 29 years, during which time he was involved in the policing of a number of major football matches on Merseyside, gaining a knowledge of stadium access and evacuation issues. An accident cut short his police career in 2003.

 

He is an avid Liverpool Supporter and watches them at home and travels to as many away games as possible.

 

A wheelchair user, he is currently Chair of the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Committee.  He has been involved with the LDSA since 2006 and has dealt with the full range of issues affecting disabled supporters at Anfield and at away grounds around the country.

 

Keith has always been keen to share his personal experiences and is a regular contributor to the Level Playing Field website. Keith’s reviews and submissions to the ‘Fans Comments’ section on the site provide valuable information and guidance to supporters from around the country.

 

Keith has travelled abroad whilst supporting Liverpool and is also a supporter of CAFÉ, the Centre for Access to Football in Europe, helping him to keep up to date with pan-European disability and access issues for supporters.

 


 

Executive Trustees

 

Jamie Beddard

 

Jamie is an independent artist working as director, actor, writer, trainer and consultant.  In 2012, he directed ‘Breathe/Battle for The Winds’, an outdoor spectacular in front of 15000 people on Weymouth beach, heralding the opening the sailing events for the Olympics. 

 

Previously, Jamie has been a Diversity Officer (Arts Council), Associate Director (Graeae Theatre Company) and Editor of ‘Disability Arts in London’ magazine (DAIL).  Jamie has worked in many higher education institutions, drama colleges and community settings, and worked in advisory capacities for organisations including the Independent Theatre Council, London Metropolitan University, the Football League and Transport for London.

 

Thirty-six years ago, Jamie was dealt the misfortune of following Ipswich Town home and abroad.  He won the Premiership’s Supporter of the Month in 2000, and made films and writes extensively about this obsession.

 

 

 


 

Kush Kanodia

 

Kush recently had the honour of being a Torch Bearer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and has been a disabled football supporter for the last 25 years. He was also a member of the Chelsea Disabled Supporters Association (CDSA).

 

Kush, a Delivery Improvement Consultant with the North East London Commissioning Support Unit at the NHS,  is also a trustee for the charity Ability Net which focuses on making technology accessible for disabled people, and Vice Chair of the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation.

 

Previously, Kush co-founded Choice International. He also gained management and leadership experience, working Morgan Stanley Capital International. He has helped pioneer and develop best practices in equality and diversity for a number of large multinational organisations

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Joanna McNicol

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Steve Evans

 

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.