Board members

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Adam Folwell, Academy Performance Director

I have dedicated most of my life to this amazing sport: being fortunate enough to represent GB and England myself; as well as coaching others to participate at the Olympics, Worlds, Europeans and Commonwealth Games. When I decided to retire from competition aged 21, I discovered that I also had a passion for working with children and made the jump across to coaching.

I was quickly promoted to Head Coach of the General Programme and then again to Head of Women's Artistic at Huntingdon. My path was deviated somewhat by an invitation from BG to become National Development Coach for Women's Artistic where I travelled the UK working with squad members and their personal coaches as well as, leading the creation and introduction of the Performance Pathway.

My regular visits to Notts in an official capacity provided me with huge optimism for the levels that the Academy could go on to achieve under the right guidance. The Board of Directors work incredibly hard behind the scenes and have provided the Academy with some much needed stability and a platform to build upon. They, along with the wonderful coaching team, were the largest factors in my decision to apply for the role.

I had a dream of leading a team of equally passionate and forward thinking people and I now have this at Notts. I will look to realise the vision of creating a family atmosphere within the Academy, where first class levels of service and professionalism are provided across every session that we offer, in order for each and every individual to fulfil their own levels of potential

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Joanna Jackson, Chair

An ex-competitive gymnast myself (Artistic and Sports Acrobatics), I now have two young daughters just starting out at the Academy and it is a delight to see them developing a love for the sport that I enjoyed so much.

Beyond a deeply ingrained love of gymnastics, it is seeing the difference in all round confidence, coordination and discipline that a passion for sport can bring that makes me determined to support the Academy and ensure its long term viability.

With a mathematical background, my career has seen me working in Financial Services analysing and exploring new opportunities as well as consulting on the operational effectiveness of businesses. In addition I have served as a Governor in a small rural primary school for the last 10 years.

These skills and experiences I believe can benefit the Academy and specifically enable me to lead the Finance Committee.

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Alan Price, Vice-chair

By profession I started out as a qualified Software Engineer however I became increasingly involved in gymnastics after my daughter started training in 1997. I initially helped out with the General Gymnastics sessions before becoming involved with the WA discipline and taking responsibility for the Open Age gymnasts. I left my full time job in 2003 and increased my involvement with the sport, taking on numerous roles within the East Midlands Gymnastics Association along with coaching in the Club, Schools and Leisure Centres. I now also work for British Gymnastics (as Workforce Development Coordinator) and am a Tutor and Assessor for training coaches.

I have a passion for the Club and the Sport of gymnastics and believe I can bring my knowledge gained over the last two decades to the coaches, parents and gymnasts at the Academy to help ensure that the Academy is regarded as one of the best Clubs within the UK at all levels from Elite Performance to Preschool.

Kerry Hill, HR and Welfare

Having been involved in Education for the past 15 years, I strongly believe in providing children with skills for life. The positive effect and qualities that sport and in particular gymnastics can bring, such as focus, discipline, resilience, positive health and well being as well as enjoyment for an activity, are qualities that need to be nurtured and developed in today's society.

I have a daughter in the WA discipline and after having seen the time, energy and commitment that the Notts coaches invest in our children, I believed that my skills as a Head teacher would benefit the Academy. Having worked mainly in challenging schools which require rapid improvement, and leading busy and diverse organisations which involve working with multiple stakeholders including children, parents, staff and communities, I felt that these skillsets transfer well to Notts Gymnastics Academy. I am pleased to be able to use my experiences and expertise, to support HR and Personnel matters, within the Academy.

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Adam Coventry, Marketing and Communications

Having lived in Rushcliffe for a number of years, I am a huge supporter of the rich and diverse sporting culture of the local area. The Notts Gymnastics Academy has always been a corner stone of the local sporting setup and it has been a great opportunity for my two daughters to spend a significant amount of their time at the club over the last few years.

I work locally for the Boots Company in their Supply Chain operations and I play most of my sport as a member and captain of the Boots Rugby club at the Lady Bay Sports facility.

As I have begun to get to know the Club, I have seen what a great organisation it is, with a phenomenal brand, supporting a broad range of gymnastics and underpinned by a very professional team. There seems to be a very exciting future evolving and it is great to have become involved in contributing to its direction.

I will be using my experience and expertise to lead on Communications and Marketing within the Academy.

Ceri Walters

I am a qualified accountant currently working for local government in Nottingham. I have also worked with private organisations and central government enabling me to bring a raft of knowledge regarding business sustainability and financial strategies. I am a dedicated, tenacious and determined to do the right thing for the organisations I represent.

I have always had a passion for sport, believing it brings people of all abilities and walks of life together. As a child I swam competitively but also enjoyed general gymnastics and horse riding. I became reacquainted with gymnastics when my godson's took up the sport and I saw how it can help children learn discipline, respect, dedication and become team players. All qualities that can serve them well in later life. When the opportunity arose to become part of this elite Academy and help drive it's already outstanding performance, it was an opportunity too good to not take up.

Think you might be interested in joining our Board of Directors?

We are looking for people with enthusiasm and commitment for both the sport and our Academy. Specifically experience in Legal, Buildings/Maintenance, Health and Safety, Procurement or Project Management would be beneficial, however the most important thing is that you have the time and passion to help us make a difference!


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