5 new directors join the Volleyball England Board

12th August 2021

5 new directors join the Volleyball England Board

On the 24th of July, at the Volleyball England AGM, we welcomed five new directors to the Volleyball England Board and said goodbye to three departing board members. 

Phil French as an Independent Director, and Jake Sheaf, Alastair Marks, Jess Plumridge and Ronu Miah as Elected Directors, are the five incoming directors to the board. 

Phil joins the board with a wealth of experience in sport management, having been Director of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport Department, Director of Public Policy and International Relations on the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and has held roles in the English Premier League and the UK Government's Department of Culture, Media and Sport. 

Jake is an England beach volleyball athlete, who represented his country at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is also a Director of Deep Dish Beach Volleyball and the UKBT. Jake will bring a fantastic insight to the board. 

Alastair brings a large amount of experience of working in National Governing Bodies to the board. He has been a non-executive Board Director at British Gymnastics since 2018 and has recently become the interim CEO. Alastair is Business Development Director at Nielsen Sports and has previously held senior roles at the Lawn Tennis Association and Rugby Football Union. 

Jess is a UK Marketing Manager at Neoss and a freelance Marketing Consultant at JP Consulting. She has over 8 years of marketing experience in both B2B and B2C organisations. Jess brings on-the-ground experience to the board as a volleyball player, coach and treasurer at Leeds Gorse VC. The grassroots point of view that she holds will prove to be an important addition the board. 

Ronu joins the Volleyball England Board alongside his roles as a mentor at Diversity in the Business of Sport and Strategic Advisor and Consultant, Sports Media and Marketing at Castalia Consulting Limited. He previously held two roles for Football Marketing Asia as EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel and later, Strategic Advisor and Consultant. 

Seyram Atubra, Ian Wall and Jefferson Williams have all left the board after many years of hard work and dedication. 

Seyram led on research and insight work and strategy development after joining the board in 2017. She was previously Head of Insight for British Gymnastics and is now the Strategy lead for the UK Home Office. 

Ian also joined the board in 2017, with a background in Marketing and Commercial. He was a founding member of Tamworth Spartans VC and is a volleyball coach and referee. Ian will still play a crucial role in the development of volleyball, as he remains a board member of the Volleyball England Foundation. 

Jefferson is a well-respected volleyball coach and is part of Malory Eagles VC. He was a long-standing member of the Volleyball England board, having been elected in 2015 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Seyram, Ian and Jefferson for everything they have done for volleyball whilst on the board and wish them all the best for the future. 

A very warm welcome to Phil, Jake, Alastair, Jess and Ronu to the Volleyball England Board. They will be joining existing board members, Freda Bussey MBE, Simon Griffiths, Richard Harrison, Brendan Fogarty, Andres Hernandez, Clare Francis and chair, Adam Walker.  

We look forward to working with you to realise the ambitions of The Game Plan, your input, commitment and challenge will be very welcome. We can’t wait to see what can be achieved when we combine the skill and experience of the VE team with new and existing VE board members along with our dedicated and committed volunteer workforce – An exciting future is ahead! 

Find out more about the Board of Directors and how to contact them here


* Please note, Alastair Marks is no longer a director on the Volleyball England Board *

5 new directors join the Volleyball England Board