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 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]

Data Insight and Impact Manager - Gabriella Monasso

As the Data Insight and Impact Manager at the Trust I am responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact we are having on the lives of young people. I set up the analysis frameworks for the different projects, support data collection and analyses across projects, and help disseminate learning. I support the Trust one day a week, as a secondment from Envoy Partnership - one of the Trust’s evaluation partners - where I am the Lead Consultant.

I am passionate about tackling inequalities and have focused on this during my studies, work and volunteering. Prior to joining Envoy Partnership and the Trust, I worked as the Volunteer Centre Manager at the London School of Economics. In my spare time I enjoy (lots of) sports, reading and travelling.

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] 

Associate Northern Ireland Operations Manager: Johnny Davis

I have been privileged to spend my entire life in the sporting and creative industry sectors and have consistently witnessed the power of training, mentoring and personal development in transforming lives and attitudes.

As a two time Olympian I have experienced the extreme highs and the extreme lows that come with being a dedicated international

 athlete. The experiences I have gathered from the wonderful and challenging journey of competing at Olympic level have helped me to form my own positive personal perception of the world and to help and support others who may be struggling to come to terms with the situation which they find themselves in.

I have previously worked with the Youth Sports Trust on their Ambassador Programme and was Programme Manager for the initial Together: Building a United Community (Cross Community Youth Sports Programme) which was an award winning headline action for the NI Executive.

I am extremely excited to be heading up the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust operation in Northern Ireland and I am confident we can have a very positive impact within our local communities.

I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by positive, supportive people both during and after my sporting career and I look forward to being able to offer that same support to our young people

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: Leigh Hall (On Maternity Leave)

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]

National Programmes Officer: Naomi Laws

I am a nutrition, physical activity and public health specialist, with a keen interest in contributing to the improved health, well-being and happiness of target populations.  I have a background in the NHS and also project delivery, particularly delivering sport and nutrition sessions in areas of high deprivation.  I have also collaborated with Sport England to deliver the national campaign This Girl Can to young women, as I am also very passionate about getting women and girls into sport.  More recently, my previous role was working as a writer for a national education publishing company, writing P.E and Sports Science resources for teachers and students at GCSE, BTEC and A-Level.

In my spare time, I enjoy vlogging, blogging and taking photos for nutrition and well-being content for my YouTube channel, website and Instagram and have also collaborated with some nutrition companies across the UK to write content for their websites.  Also, I absolutely love athletics; I used to compete at county level for Somerset when I was a teenager, specialising in the 100m and javelin and as a result, have turned into an Olympic Games enthusiast! I am very much looking forward to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, so I can create lots of content for my viewers, readers and followers!  I also like to keep fit and active in my spare time, taking part in anything from yoga at home, to 10k and half marathon events in London and Cardiff.

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

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]

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 look after the public affairs side of our work as well so you'll often find me in Parliament or speaking to other influential people about our work. 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]