As Chief Executive of England Netball, Joanna Adams is responsible for the strategic plan of the sport across the country. Under her leadership, England Netball have secured the rights to host the Netball World Cup in 2019 and were awarded the National Governing Body of the Year at the Sport Industry Awards in 2014. Joanna has been involved in netball for seven years having joined the organisation as Commercial Director in 2010. Over this period the sport has seen record figures for participation, sponsorship and ticket revenue. Under her guidance, netball has proudly become the fastest growing female team sport in the country.
Joanna started her career in sales and marketing, specialising in sport. Having worked on projects such as the UEFA Champions League, Six Nations and Natwest Cricket with Empics sports photography, her attention turned to football. She became Commercial Director of the Football Conference and was appointed onto the board of Notts County FC before setting up her own media agency as family commitments grew. Her 20+ years in working with brands, rights holders and the media have helped establish Joanna as one of the most highly regarded and innovative Chief Executives in British sport.
Tony Allcock MBE, Chief Executive, Bowls England
Tony Allcock MBE, born in Thurmaston, Leicestershire, began playing bowls at the age of 10 under the watchful eye of his parents Ernie, a Leicestershire Middleton Cup player and Joan, an England International.
It was as a 30-year-old in 1986 that Allcock won the first of his 15 world titles with the last coming in 2003. Allcock was awarded an MBE for services to bowls in the 1989 New Year Honours.
He was Performance Director for the England Lawn Bowls Team at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 before being appointed Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003. Allcock was an influential figurehead in merging the English Bowling Association and the English Women’s Bowling Association to create Bowls England in 2008.
Philip Bernie, Head of BBC TV Sport
Philip Bernie is the Head of BBC TV Sport – responsible for all TV Sport output on the BBC.
Philip joined the BBC in 1984 as a Production Trainee after leaving university.
He became an Assistant Producer on Grandstand, later becoming Editor of Football Focus and then Match Of The Day.
He has also been Assistant Editor and then Editor of Grandstand.
He was Editor of Sports Personality Of The Year from 1999 to 2005, during which time he won a Royal Television Society Award for the show, and since then has been Executive Editor of that programme.
He was Editor on the Olympic Games from 1992 to 2004, and on the Commonwealth Games from 1994 to 2002.
He was Editor of the World Cup in 1990 and 1994 as well as Euro 96, and was Executive Producer of the World Cup in 2002.
He was Editor of Wimbledon from 2003 to 2007 and founding Editor of both the BBC One series On Side and the BBC Two series Match Of The Day 2.
Prior to his current role, Philip was Head of Programmes and Planning in BBC TV Sport from 2005 to 2007 and then Head of TV Sport Editorial from 2007 to 2009.
Before joining TV Sport in 1987, Philip worked in various areas of the BBC including spending a year in Radio Sport and a year at the Breakfast Time TV programme.
Nick Bitel, Chairman, Sport England
Nick Bitel has been the Chief Executive of the London Marathon Events since July 1995 which, as well as staging the iconic London Marathon, also puts on the world’s largest cycling festival, RideLondon.
Since 2013 Nick has also been the Chair of Sport England and continues to act as consultant at Kerman & Co Solicitors.
As a lawyer, he has represented a number of leading sports events and organisations including The Wimbledon Championships, Ryder Cup, PGA European Tour, UEFA, Rugby Football Union and the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Nick is also currently a Board Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation and UK Sport and a trustee of Wembley National Stadium Trust.
He is a previous Chair of the Sports Rights Owners Coalition and of the British Association for Sport and Law.
Paul Blanchard, CEO, Commonwealth Games England
Paul Blanchard is the Chief Executive of Commonwealth Games England, the organisation responsible for leading and managing the participation of Team England at the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.
With a career spanning more than 25 years in the sports industry, Paul has extensive experience of working for some of the country’s best known organisations, including the Scottish Premier League, the NFL, Southampton FC, Harlequins Rugby League and The Oval. Prior to joining Commonwealth Games England, Paul was the Chief Executive of the Surrey Sports Park, an elite training and event facility based at the University of Surrey. He was also Chair of Active Surrey, the county sports partnership.
Marzena Bogdanowicz, Head of Marketing & Commercial, Women’s Football
Marzena joined The FA in April 2017, to deliver integrated marketing and commercial support to the women’s game across the whole organisation. This involves leading and co-ordinating a cross-functional team on all aspects of the women’s game across marketing, commercial, digital and communications.
In the previous 10 years, Marzena was managing director of her own consultancy, b-focused ltd, specialising in sports marketing, sponsorship and event management. Clients included Team GB, Youth Sport Trust, British Rowing and Panasonic, among others. She led the management and co-ordination of largescale events such as the Team GB FanZones 2016, Birmingham Rugby World Cup Fan Zone 2015, the London 2012 Live Sites Network, 2008 Visa Handover in The Mall, London and 2004 Olympic Torch Relay, London.
Prior to b-focused, Marzena spent 10 years as the inaugural director of marketing at the British Olympic Association (BOA) where she built and managed the BOA’s first commercial and marketing department. During her time at the BOA, she was also the architect of the Team GB brand.
She is currently a non-executive board member of British Gymnastics.
Lawrence Dallaglio, Former England Rugby Player
Lawrence Dallaglio, OBE (born 10 August 1972) is a retired English rugby unionplayer, former captain of the English national team, and 2016 inductee of the World Rugby Hall of Fame.He played as a flanker or number eight for London Wasps and never played for another club, having arrived at Sudbury as a teenager. He was capped in all three positions in the back row, and captained England. He is a regular pundit on BT Sport rugby coverage.