Dame Kelly Holmes Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of four additional Trustees who joined the Board on 20th November 2020. They join us at an important time as we undertake a strategic review which will be launched in April 2021.

Catherine Baker, Helen Donovan, Martin Henlan and Sue Piper were selected following an open recruitment process and will each join on an initial three-year term.

From left to right: Catherine Baker, Helen Donovan, Martin Henlan, Sue Piper

Col. Dame Kelly Holmes, President and Founder of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust said:

“I am really excited about Catherine, Helen, Martin and Sue joining our Board of Trustees. Between them they have a wealth of experience in areas as diverse as education, sport, communications, fundraising and law in both the public and private sectors. It is a real testament to the Trust’s reputation that we have been able to attract such talent and I look forward to working with them as we strive to support more young people facing disadvantage over the months and years ahead.”

Catherine Baker

Catherine is an ex City Lawyer who now focuses on developing people and strategy at Board and Executive level. In 2015, Catherine set up Sport and Beyond, a training and consulting company, one of the company’s first partnerships was with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and Catherine is excited to continue her relationship with the charity now as a Trustee.

Helen Donovan

Having worked in education and specialised in neurodiversity for 20 years, Helen is passionate about having good role models and opportunities for individuals to reach their potential. Helen has worked in Advertising, Events, Education and national and international charities in strategy and programme development.  She currently Chairs the board of a football foundation and also the Advisory Committee of BBC Children in Need (SE).

Martin Henlan

Martin is an experienced media and communications executive with a particular expertise in revenue generation. Before his career in media, Martin played basketball in a 15 year professional career which included representing both England and Great Britain. Inspired by the work of the Trust, Martin joins it intending to use his life experience in sport and media to support the young people that the Trust seeks to reach and the athletes who deliver its programmes.

Sue Piper

Sue is a fundraising professional within the charity sector and professional strategic leader with 20 years’ non-profit experience. Working in the hospice sector and more recently the Scouts Sue is driven by helping to create a positive impact in society. She has great aspirations to continue to build upon the incredible success of the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust to extend the reach and benefit many more young people in the future.


You can see details of all our Trustees as well as details about our Committee structure on our Governance page.

Increasing the diversity of our Board of Trustees is a key objective and the Trust are grateful for the support from Sport England, UK Sport and Perrett Laver in this recruitment process. Their support allowed us to access a pool of diverse, skilled and experienced candidates to ensure our Board reflects as closely as possible the communities we work in. For more information please visit the Sport England website.