Mark Abberley will leave British Taekwondo this month to explore new opportunities having completed his part in the change and modernisation project for the organisation.
Since joining the organisation at the start of 2016, membership and participation figures have grown, we had the largest athlete entries for the National Championships in both Kyorugi and Poomsae, and achieved some of the best results in the international environment for Poomsae at the European and Para World Championships. Progress has also been made in the Cadets Kyorugi Development and Competition programme that have recently come under British Taekwondo responsibility. British Taekwondo finances are in a healthier state, and we have developed positive relationships with both World and European International Federations.
British Taekwondo will now focus on completing its strategic restructuring plan, relocating and recruiting staff into its new base within the Manchester Regional Arena in the Etihad Campus, and completing the launch of the various modules within the new digital membership platform.
Mike McKenzie will take a technical lead liaising with our instructors and members to manage and develop taekwondo, while Shirley Stapleton, an experienced Senior Finance and Operations Director, will take charge of the operational side of the business temporarily pending a permanent appointment in the New Year.
Jon Smith, Chair of British Taekwondo, said ‘Mark has done a great deal to both consolidate and develop our organisation and we are now in a much stronger position from which to move forward and further develop our strategic plans. I would like to thank Mark, on behalf of the Board, for the contribution he has made and wish him well for the future.’