Chief Executive Officer: Emma Atkins

I am proud to be the Chief Executive Officer of this wonderful charity and my role is to ensure that our team realises all the ambitions of our Board to impact on young people facing disadvantage and athletes in their lives beyond sport.  I am passionate about supporting people to be the best they can be and be empowered to take hold of their own lives to reach their potential. 

I have been with the charity since it started in 2008 when my role was Sport Director, focused on supporting athletes to transition.  We have come a long way since that first day with only four of us and no money and I'm really proud to have been part of the journey to impact on over 300,000 young peoples and over 400 athletes lives.

Before the Trust I spent over 20 years working in sport administration, I'm specifically passionate about coaching.  I still drop into my local basketball club and help out with coaching the little dids!  At school I was committed to sport particularly hockey and basketball and competed at county and national level.

In my spare time I love spending time with my family including our 2 mad dogs!  I also love cycling on my bike “Henri” and spinning as much as possible.  I love to watch musicals and dance plus have a weak spot for a bit of karaoke!



Head of Young People Programmes: Ben Hilton

I’m the Head of Young People Programmes and part of the Senior Management Team for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust. I’m responsible for ensuring the implementation and sustainability of the Trust’s Young People programme, alongside the development of programmes nationally.

I personally want to have the biggest impact I can on people and communities who need it the most and working in the charity sector allows me to do that. I think we all have capabilities to make a positive contribution to those around us but not everyone has the same opportunity to do this. I strive to make a level playing field for those that don’t have the opportunity.  

Prior to working for the Trust I worked for the business membership charity Business in the Community as the Head of Community Impact for the South West. I progressed to become the National Operations Development Manager for their Work Inclusion programme which supports homeless and people at risk of homelessness into employment.

Before beginning my working life, I studied to be an actor and got a degree in Drama Theatre Studies from Middlesex University. As you can see, that didn’t quite work out! When I'm not at work I enjoy running, surfing and spending time with the family.

You can contact me on benh@damekellyholmestrust.org


Head of Athlete Programmes: Adam Whitehead

As the Head of Athlete Programmes I’m responsible for leading the strategy and development of the athlete area at the Trust.   This includes both the training and development programme, which I’m proud to say has supported over 800 world class athletes since 2008.  I also manage the other members of the Athlete Team, who are all former world class athletes themselves.

I retired from an international swimming career in 2006 and found it incredibly difficult to find what to do next with my life.  I was fortunate to get introduced to the Trust in 2008 and received world class support and development from them, I know the impact the Trust made on me and want every world class athlete to have the same opportunity.  The most rewarding part of my job is supporting athletes through difficult periods within their own lives and seeing them flourish in new roles or careers.

My background is training and development and I have written programmes that we now deliver at the Trust as well as for other organisations previously.  I have worked my way up from being an athlete mentor, trainer, assessor and manager to the role I am currently in.  I’m proud to be an example of an athlete who is More Than a Medal.

I enjoy fishing, socialising and walking my dog.  I have recently learnt how to mix electronic music, which keeps me learning and developing a new interest. 

In my swimming career I'm very proud that I was European and Commonwealth Champion and swam at the Olympics in the year 2000.  But I’m most proud of the relationships I have built and the people I have supported with their own dreams and aspirations.  As an athlete mentor, this was young people, but as Head of Athlete programmes, this is athletes. 

You can contact me on adamw@damekellyholmestrust.org

Richard FaulknerSenior Communications Manager: Richard Faulkner

My main task is ensuring the Trust communicates clearly and accurately with its key stakeholders and that the significant impact of our work is recognised within the public domain. I work for the Trust as I'm passionate about the role sport can play as a vehicle for social change.

Prior to working for the Trust I worked in communications and public affairs roles at the Football Foundation, UK Anti-Doping and within the automotive industry.

When not at work, I can usually be found playing golf or down at Craven Cottage watching Fulham. I'd say my greatest sporting achievement so far was winning an amateur downhill skiing competition in Canada.

You can contact me on richardf@damekellyholmestrust.org



Head of Finance: 
Kamal Chadha

I am the Head of Finance at the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust with responsibility of providing quality and timely financial information to the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Team, Executive Team and Board of Trustees whilst ensuring that all financial, compliance requirements are met for the Trust.

I am a qualified Associate Chartered Management Accountant with over 7 years PQE and a total of 13 years Finance experience in Industry, Practice and Not for Profit Sector ranging in roles from Management Accounting, Systems Accounting and Financial Accounting.

I am really excited to be part of a growing organisation where we are dedicated to supporting both young people facing disadvantage and world class athletes beyond their sporting careers.

Besides work, I am often found to be spending time with my family who are my main priority as well as socialising with my friends and travelling, mainly to India where I love to relax and recoup.

If you want to get in touch with me, please feel free to email me on kamalc@damekellyholmestrust.org

Executive Assistant to the CEO: Jackie Roberts