Board

Independent Chair

Eamonn O'Rourke

Responsibilities

Eamonn has 40+ years experience in the sport and leisure industry, with his previous role being Head of Community and Cultural Services at Manchester City Council. Eamonn was part of the senior leadership team that created the Sports Facility and Sports Development Strategic Plan for Manchester that resulted in the Commonwealth Games coming to the UK in 2002. He also has board member experience with Manchester’s County Sports Partnership, Greater Sport, Water Polo, Squash & Hockey, while also being an independent Chair of the Stakeholder board that delivered the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships.

Address
British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Chief Executive Officer

Ian Leafe

Responsibilities

Ian has a 40 year history with the Martial Art and Sport.
Over that time he has been an athlete at international level, a coach, and an S Class International referee for over 25 years, officiating at World level events including the 2004 Olympic Games.
Ian was also a founding director of GB Taekwondo, the world leading high performance arm of the Olympic Sport. In the last decade, acting as Head of Events, Ian delivered multiple British & European Championships, & ground-breaking Grand Prix series. Just before joining BT, Ian was the event director of the team that delivered the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships at Manchester Arena.
Ian still trains and teaches Taekwondo, and is a Kukkiwon 8th Dan Grand Master.
Ian’s combination of Taekwondo specific experience and operational skills will support the board on its future journey!

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British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

President + Non-Executive Director

Sarah Stevenson

Responsibilities

Sarah is Great Britain's trail blazing Olympic taekwondo athlete, three times world champion and four times Olympian, she won Great Britain's first ever Olympic medal in taekwondo, a bronze, at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Sarah also delivered the athlete Olympic oath at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games in front of a Worldwide audience on behalf of all the athletes. Sarah went on to become the Athlete Rep on the World Taekwondo Council and currently chairs and sits on a number of international federation committees.

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British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Non-Executive Director

Gemma Biescas

Responsibilities

Gemma holds a BSc Honours Degree in Biological Life Sciences and tutors science. She is a former U.S. Naval Fitness Manager with qualifications including: Personal Training, Military Fitness, Pre/Post Natal, Sports Massage & Injury Therapy, Nutrition & L1 Gymnastics Coaching. Gemma is a former Kyrougi National Team member, World level & European Silver Medallist 1994 and former Poomsae National Team member, European representative 1997 & 2009. She is also British Taekwondo's Head Poomsae & Para-Poomsae Coach. Gemma has been a black belt since 1988, is a club Instructor, holds a 7th Dan Kukkiwon and is the highest ranked U.K Female.

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British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Non-Executive Director

Helen Martin

Responsibilities

Helen is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in senior financial roles, primarily in the funded sport and not-for-profit sector, including 15 years as Director of Business and Finance at the English Institute of Sport. Helen advises the board on finance and governance matters, as well as chairing the Audit and Risk Committee.

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British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Non-Executive Director

Matthew Barnes

Responsibilities

Matt is a Qualified Solicitor and is the current Head of Legal at the Rugby Football League, having previously held the same position at British Cycling. Matt now has over 15 years of working in the sports industry, having previously also competed internationally in the sports of Modern Pentathlon and Athletics. Matt advises the board on legal matters, as well as being a member of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

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British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Non-Executive Director

Said Khelwatty

Responsibilities

Said is a fellow of the institute of biomedical science (FIBMS), holding a PhD in Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, a MSc in Biomedical Science (Haematology) and a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science. He is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and British Association for Cancer Research (BACR). Said is currently employed at the Kingston University London leading several multi-site cancer research projects. As a result, Said has built an extensive network in the higher education sector both in academia and Taekwondo. With over 20 years of World Taekwondo experience, Said currently holds a Kukkiwon 5th Dan and is still actively competing.

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British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Non-Executive Director

Siva Ramasamy

Responsibilities

Siva is a first-class degree holder in BSc Honours Computer Science with a strong industry experience who later diversified into finance and taxation. Over the years Siva has developed a great interest in the property market and currently runs a successful property business applying the knowledge and experience built over the years. Siva has 26 years of Taekwondo experience, from being a former national seeded athlete, Siva moved onto coaching at club level and later joined GB Taekwondo as a Talent Pathway Development Coach and Cadet National Coach. Siva has great experience in delivering community-based projects through Taekwondo, he delivered the Capital Kicks Project in London in 2017 as part of the London Grand Prix. He was also part of the steering group and the Field of Play Manager at the 2019 World Taekwondo Championships in Manchester. Siva was also the Torchbearer at the 2012 London Olympic Games and in the same year he had a special invitation to attend Her Majesty the Queen's garden party at Buckingham Palace for his Services to the Community.

Address
British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF

Non-Executive Director

Shaun Gagie

Responsibilities

Shaun has over 10 years work experience delivering HR, Organisational Development and Safeguarding across varying sectors which include Sport, Housing and Education. Shaun advises the Board on Safeguarding, but also provides advice to British Taekwondo’s team on HR procedures.

Address
British Taekwondo
Manchester Regional Arena
Rowsley Street
Manchester
England
M11 3FF