Suffolk Sport Board Members
I started my Leisure career in Suffolk 27 years ago, moving into Essex and onto Hertfordshire but following my heart returned home in 2008 as Chief Executive for South Suffolk Leisure. I have a well-rounded background in Leisure Management I have excellent experience in driving strategic change, and developing and managing large projects and teams. I have a proven track record in a private, public and trust environment, am skilled in financial management taking underperforming business into success. I take an open door approach resulting in building excellent teams, delivering excellent results and driving exceptional customer service.
Becoming a trustee with Suffolk Sport allows me to share my knowledge and experience and support the steer of Suffolk Sport towards a sustainable future.
Born in Suffolk, although now living in Cambridgeshire I still have a strong affinity with my home county. Over the past 9 years whilst working as the Regional Project Manager for the London 2012 Games and more recently having set up my own business Bavester Associates I have had the pleasure of working closely on many Suffolk projects linked to Sport, Physical Activity and Culture.
Throughout my career I have worked in the private, public and third sector and now focus on supporting organisations with their project management and strategic development needs.
Outside of work I also chair a voluntary group committed to supporting my local community engage with arts based activities. I enjoying skiing, exercising regularly and have been known in the past to take part in the Suffolk based Great East Swim and half marathons.
I am a Londoner and spent my entire career in the City working in a variety of financial roles. We first came to Suffolk for holidays and weekends and fell in love with Bury St Edmunds, where we now live.
I was very fortunate to go to a school with excellent sporting facilities. In those days, we were at school six full days a week of which over a day (believe it, or not!) was devoted to sport. So, I played cricket, rugby, some tennis and occasional athletics whenever possible. The love of sporting activity has never left me. I now swim and go to the gym on a regular basis.
My day job with pension schemes continues to give me a close involvement with mortality statistics, with longevity and the factors that go to support longevity and (perhaps more to the point) health and happiness in advancing years. I feel very strongly that exercise has a key role to play in this and in relieving pressure on the NHS and other similar agencies.
I have a number of advisory roles in Suffolk, including Suffolk Scouts, Age UK Suffolk and the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds. The skills that I bring to those organisations, and to Suffolk Sport, are financial, governance and wide ranging business experience.
Life Vice President
I am from Felixstowe and although I have been resident in Sheffield these past 25 years, I intend to move back to the town later this year.
I have served in the Army,firstly with the 1st East Anglian Regiment and then with the Army Physical Training Corps. After military service, I attended Loughborough College for Teacher Training, Loughborough University for a Masters degree in Human biology and then another masters degree by research, in Physical Education. Later on, with a N.A.T.O. Fellowship, I studied for a doctorate in Sports Management in the United States.
I have taught and lectured in schools, colleges, polytechnics and universities, to include being Director of Physical Education and Sport at Sheffield University and Professor of Sports Studies at Buckinghamshire Chiltern University College. Furthermore, I have written several books, published numerous articles and presented papers at conferences in subjects relating to human sports performance, health related fitness and coaching.
In sport and in particular athletics, I have served on several committees to include being Chairman of the International Athletes`Club and President of Sheffield University`s World Student Games Directorate.
As a performer, I have represented Great Britain at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games in athletics [discus event], 1966, 1970 [bronze] and 1974 [silver] Commonwealth Games, 1966, 1969 and 1971 European Championships. I represented Great Britain 55 times and held the British discus record for 25 years. After competitive athletics, I became an National event coach to the British Amatuer Athletics Board [BAAB] and presently, coach and lecture on behalf of UKAthletics and the International Association of Athletics Federations[IAAF].
I was awarded an MBE in 1992 for services to athletics.