Chief Executive Officer: Ben Hilton

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 [email protected]

Director of Income Generation: Louise Griew

Commercially driven but passionate to help young people make the most of their lives, I bring along to the Trust, a wealth of experience in the private, third and public sectors. For many years, I worked in sport marketing and sponsorship agencies delivering activation plans, strategic partnerships and consultancy on sponsorship portfolios for global brands, including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, and many others. I headed up the commercial partnerships at Sport England for the London 2012 Olympics before joining the third sector as Director of Fundraising and Communications for the Mayor’s Fund for London working with the then Mayor, Boris Johnson to support young people from disadvantaged areas in London.  I have since worked for Greenhouse Sports leading the fundraising, events, marketing and communication teams and will be doing the same for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, hoping to support young people and athletes from around the UK, into their future pathways, something I am passionate about.

I have been involved in sport all of my life and have seen first-hand how it can influence and shape an individual’s future. At school, I played hockey, netball, tennis and swimming at National, county and club levels and still try to fit in a bit of sport when I can, although it’s more about my children’s sports and social life these days! I love hosting friends and family at our home and spending time away with my family when we get the chance. Theatre, cinema and other cultural things that I love take a bit of back seat these days, but I am always up for it if given the opportunity!

You can contact me on [email protected]

Head of Training and Learning Design: Adam Whitehead

As the Head of Training and Learning Design 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 [email protected]