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]

Head of Programmes and Impact: Martin Talbot

There is so much untapped potential in our communities.   My passion has always been to help young people be the best they can; to live fulfilling lives.  As Head of Programmes and Impact, I am responsible for providing high quality outcomes for young people, athletes and their communities.  I was attracted to the Trust because I strongly believe in the transformational impact sports people can have on young people as positive role models.  I am proud to play my part in this.    

I have over 20 years’ experience of working in the community including as a founder of the EY Foundation and as Head of Community at the Liverpool Football Club Foundation.   

Away from work, I have a young family and enjoy walking in the Lake District, running, swimming and watching football. 

You can contact me on [email protected] 

Head of Fundraising and Development: Richard Snook

I have an incredible passion to connect key local social issues with transformational partnerships to benefit young people facing disadvantage. I am inspired daily by our personal, social and emotional development programmes and the lasting impact these have on the lives of young people, enabling them to become healthy, achieve in education, enjoy career success, and take part in meaningful activities. It is incredibly exciting and humbling to be part of team who are working tirelessly to ensure we can both sustain and maximise our impact over the coming years.

When I am not working I spend most of entertaining my two young children, and swimming or cycling when the weather is good!

If you are keen to work with or support the Trust in any way, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me on the details below. All ideas are welcome and will be explored!

You can contact me on [email protected] 

Athlete Manager: Adam Whitehead

As the Athlete Manager 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 400 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 Athlete Manager, this is athletes. 

You can contact me on [email protected]

Programmes Operation Manager: Sarah Gray

As the Programmes Operation Manager at the Trust, it is my role to support the operational delivery of all contracts at the Trust. I am passionate about the work that we deliver within local communities and I believe in the transformation that we make.  

Before working for the Trust, I had held positions with a local county sports partnership as a football development officer and also with football in the community at Scunthorpe United FC. All of these positions had specific focus in enabling disadvantaged communities to engage in positive activities. I had particular focus in working with disabilities and it's work that I thoroughly enjoyed developing.

In my spare time I love to road cycle and go to the gym and spend time with my family. However my main passion in life is sewing and handcrafting little outfits.

You can contact me on [email protected] 

Charity Secretary and Office Manager: Hayley Arkinstall

As Charity Secretary and Office Manager for the Trust I oversee all legal compliance; this aspect of the role includes ensuring that trustees have the right information to enable them to make informed decisions and fulfill their responsibilities. I am also responsible for organising office operations and procedures. I work part time for the organisation, generally working three days a week.

Before working for the Trust I worked in the leisure industry for fifteen years in a variety of capacities and then made the move to the charity sector by managing a community centre as it gave me the option to build ties within the local community. This experience led me to realise I could use my skills within an organisation linked to both industries I enjoyed.

Before starting work I got a degree in Sports Science and enjoyed swimming competitively with the University, Wales and my local swimming club.

In my spare time I find myself looking after my children and keeping them out of trouble! 

You can contact me on [email protected] 

Finance Manager: Bev Rigby

As the Finance Manager at the Trust, I am responsible for ensuring the finances of the charity are tightly managed by having effective and efficient processes and procedures in place. I am responsible for assisting in the production of the monthly and annual accounts, the production & managing of our cash flow statements, managing all payments, managing payroll, and assisting in the preparation and monitoring of budgets. I work part time for the Trust, working three days over the week.

I have completed my full AAT qualification, and have over 17 years working within finance departments for a variety of organisations. I have previously worked for Bristol City Council and The NHS, but for the last 10 years prior to joining the Trust, I have mainly worked in the private sector for IT and Cosmetic companies. I provided my services to the local children’s holiday and after school club, where I was Treasurer and this gave me an interest to look for more involved work within the charity sector, especially working with young people.

In my spare time I enjoy taking part and watching a variety of sports and am also a regular Pilates partaker! However, my main extra-curricular activity is looking after my 2 children, who keep me very busy!

You can contact me on [email protected]

National Programmes Officer: Alexandra Kurek

As National Programmes Officer I am responsible for supporting the delivery of programmes ensuring that partners have what they need to make them run smoothly and successfully.

Before working for the trust I had many years experience working within a National Governing Body, my roles included working with athletes as well as programmes involving young people and charities both locally and nationally. This experience led me to realise this was the path I wanted to take in the future, I am now lucky enough to work across all three of these areas in my role at the Trust.

When not at work I try to fit in as much sport as possible. I am currently, quite literally, having a crash course in road cycling, and will be taking on a mountain in the Alps very soon!

You can contact me on [email protected]

National Programmes Officer: Anè Bedford-Smith

As one of the National Programmes Officers, I manage the smooth running and delivery of our young people’s  programmes.

I grew up in South Africa and always had an interest in sport and fitness. At University in Pretoria I started cycling and by the time I was 20 I was competing nationally in Cross Country Mountain Biking and Stage Racing. After recovering from a serious accident, I did a bit more Triathlon and less Cross Country Mountain Biking. 

I trained as a Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach. I worked for companies such as Virgin Active and later Carterton Leisure Centre when we emigrated to the UK.  I realised I had more to give and wanted to go back to university. I attended the University of West London and Completed a BSc in Health Care. I went on to do a Postgraduate in Exercise Prescription for Neurological Conditions focussing on Stroke. I worked my way up through the ranks of the NHS delivering rehabilitation programs for stroke patients. At the moment I am enrolled with the Stratford Business School doing an Extended Diploma in Strategic Management.

I have been lucky enough to become part of the Trust team to give back to the community. Merging together my love of sport, a genuine interest in wellness and years of management skills.

I am a proud army wife with two small boys, so I tend to do less mountain biking these days and running after the boys on their balance bikes.

You can contact me on [email protected]

National Programmes Officer: Leigh Hall 

I am passionate about working with young people, particularly those who experience multiple disadvantage and believe that every young person has potential. I believe in the Trust’ ethos and the impact athletes can have on young people.

Having a strong youth work background, I began my career at the age of 18 when I got my first part-time youth work role, from there my enthusiasm for working with young people grew. My degree in Dance helped develop interest in physical activity, plus I also did various pieces of work with offenders. After taking a year out to travel I decided that this kind of work was what I wanted to do. I started with Dame Kelly Holmes Trust in summer 2016.

You can contact me on [email protected]

Grants and Trusts Officer: Natalie Archer

As the part time Trusts and Grants Officer in the team, I am responsible for identifying and managing new funding opportunities that will enable the trust to deliver more programmes supporting more young people. My role also is to ensure we report back to all our funders so we can really demonstrate the amazing impact our programmes have. I’ve worked in the not for profit sector for the last decade primarily in income generation, helping organisations to increase their income, raise their profile and develop better relationships with funders.


In my spare time I’m a passionate, if not very good yogi and a fair weather runner. When not failing at headstands I can be found at my local RSPCA branch of which I am Chair of the Board as well as Volunteer Social Media and Content Manager and champion cat fosterer!  

You can contact me on [email protected]

Fundraising and Events Officer: Pippa Stott

Working as Fundraising and Events Officer allows me to combine my background in events with a passion to support and help grow the incredible work that the Trust does.

Having studied sport at both undergraduate and post-graduate level, I really believe in the power that it and our athletes have to help and inspire others. Prior to working in the events sector, I worked for two years in Hong Kong as a teacher.

In my spare time, I am a keen runner, enjoy travelling and also baking – although I don’t think I’ll be on the Bake Off anytime soon!

You can contact me on [email protected]

Communications Officer: Rob Phillips

My job to get our message out to the media and the general public about the amazing programmes we run and the inspirational athletes and young people we work with. I also look after our website and our social media feeds so if there’s anything you want to hear more about, let me know.

I’ve had a varied career so far which has included running theme parks, working in software education and dressing up as a furry dog on more than one occasion. After a long time in the corporate world, I’m really excited to be working for an organisation dedicated to helping young people facing disadvantage.

When not at work I can often be found out running, cycling or volunteering at a local parkrun. Unless it’s raining really hard outside, then I might be playing with my ever growing Lego Star Wars collection.

You can contact me on [email protected]