TeamMCR strengthens Board of Trustees

Team MCR (Manchester Schools PE Association) are delighted to announce the appointment of five new Trustees to the board.

Eamonn O’Rourke joined the association as Chairperson in January, bringing significant strategic experience and expertise. Eamonn is currently a Sports and Leisure consultant working with a wide range of National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Authorities, International Federations and Commercial Sporting Organisations. Prior to this Eamonn was Head of Community and Cultural Services for Manchester City Council where he played a key role in the establishment of the infrastructure associated with the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the East Manchester development, attracted key strategic sporting partnerships for the City and established an extensive national and international events programme.

Eamonn said;

“I am delighted to be joining TeamMCR as its new Chair. I have followed the Charity closely over the years and have always been highly impressed with the impact that it achieves for so many Young People in the City through the provision of high quality Sport and Physical Activity programmes. I feel that I join at an exciting time following the launch of a far reaching new 5 year strategy along with a new brand that Young Mancunians can really identify with.”

Alongside Eamonn the board welcomes Chris Edmends, Amy Fletcher, Gary Lintern and Martin Roberts.

Chris is a Senior Director at Nike with responsibility for leading Business Development and Transformation across Europe, Middle East and Africa. A keen participant himself, Chris is a firm believer that Sport and Physical Activity has the power to move the World forward and is committed to giving back to his local community.

Amy is Head of People Change at BUPA. As well as bringing extensive strategic HR and Employment Law experience to the board Amy is also a Manchester resident who is passionate about the impact that Sport and Physical Activity can have for Children and Young People

Gary is Director of Faculty for Sport, Exercise and Development at Connell College. Gary’s extensive experience in the Further Education sector will help TeamMCR to develop the new 16 to 25 element of it’s strategy that will create a pathway for the Young People we already work with on leadership programmes.

Martin brings significant experience of working in the community and education system within Manchester. He works extensively with Young People and has a clear understanding of the issues and barriers children face in taking part in activity. Martin’s knowledge will be invaluable in helping TeamMCR to shape future work programmes.

These five appointments add to the excellent range of expertise already on the board which comprises Kate Berry from Vialto who provides extensive fundraising and commercial experience,  Nigel Birkett a financial specialist with over twenty years experience with Deloitte, Dave McHendry a highly experienced Sport and Leisure Consultant with Knight, Kavanagh, Page, Mike Parker an experienced Public Health Consultant and Practitioner and Aaron Saxton who is a technology and digital specialist and Head of Disruptive Learning at UA92.

Eamonn commented;

“These are excellent appointments for our board which add significant knowledge and expertise along with a wide variety of skills that will really enable us to move the Charity forward in 2023”

James Crowley