Volunteer Department Appointments Announced

Following a detailed application and interview process, British Taekwondo are pleased to announce three new appointments as part of the process to build the new BT Volunteer led Department Structure.

This structure, agreed at last year’s AGM by members, aims to provide the transparent, ethical, and democratic logistical platform for members to thrive in their chosen specialist areas of Taekwondo growing participation and opportunity over the coming decade.


Gerry Reilly has been appointed as Chair of the new Poomsae Referee Department. 

To this role Gerry will bring over 30 years of experience in Taekwondo, as a student, competitor, coach, referee and tournament organiser, as well as experience as a senior executive in the IT industry where he is currently Chief Technology Officer of Health Data Research UK.

Gerry said: “My vision for the new role is to help build a team that can collaborate across British Taekwondo to make the UK a great place to be a Poomsae Referee and to ensure we can run successful events for all our clubs and athletes. I want to base this on open and transparent communications, trust and humility.  My early focus will be on developing the strategy as a team that can encompasses an understanding of our referees and with tournament organisers and their needs, to create a framework for excellent referee training and advancement opportunities.”


Tom Stammer has been appointed as Chair of the new Sport Referee Department.

Tom has many years’ experience at Board level in both industry and in Taekwondo, which combined with his knowledge as a World Taekwondo Class 1 International Referee makes him a good fit for the Chair role and the future activities of this new department.

Tom commented, ”I am honoured to serve in this new role. I can assure our BT Referees, of all Classes, that you will be at the heart of the development of a new and exciting BT Sport Referee Family. I would also like to encourage anyone else who wishes to be part of this Department to apply for the 3 remaining roles of Referee Director, Education and Marketing Managers by the end of July. For those who don’t apply, or are unsuccessful, please be assured that you will still be part of the greater Referee Team. You will be crucial in influencing how we develop, improve and grow, based on collaboration, openness and transparency.”


Rick Simpson has been appointed as Operations Manager of the Sport Referee Department.

Rick is again an International Referee with great experience of working in the International and National Taekwondo worlds. His skills, gained through many years working in a business environment, and enthusiasm in driving the operational functions of this new department will be invaluable in the coming period.

Rick said, I am delighted with this appointment and am really looking forward to helping to make the BT Referee Department a World Leading model. Lots of work to do! –  which we can’t do alone, so looking forward to all Referees working together to our common goals.


Other roles within the new structures are still available and can be found on the BT website under vacancies. Click HERE to view now.

Available roles within the Martial Art, Sport and Events departments will be published in August, once things settle down and clubs return to some form of normal training following the Covid-19 pandemic shutdown.

The next round of application deadlines is the 31st July so if you feel you want to be part of the future development of Taekwondo in the UK and have the skills and passion for our Martial Art & Olympic Sport – then get your application in!