Board of Directors

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Lucy Adams (Chair)

Skateboard England

A household name in UK skateboarding, Lucy is a well travelled pro skateboarder and also the Chair of Skateboard England. At the top of the British skate scene since 2009, winning the UK Skateboard Champs and Girls UK Skate Jam numerous times, Lucy has been a tirelessly upbeat presence in UK skateboarding for years now. Lucy's efforts to make skateboarding more accessible for girls includes setting up Brighton based She-Shredders coaching sessions and leading on mass participation and inclusion events such as 'Push The Prom'.

In 2017, Lucy celebrated over twenty years in the game with a Pro Model on Lovenskate, a 12 page interview in Grey Skate Mag, and a new part 'Master of Camouflage'. Lucy works her 'day job' for the RSPCA in the Data & Insight Team but also MC's and commentates on National and International Skateboarding events.

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Ali Menzies

Scotland Scotland

Ali has been Char of Skateboard Scotland since 2005. He has been skateboarding in Edinburgh constantly since 1988 barring a few breaks to heal broken bones. Initially his days were spent at Bristo Square street skateboarding until the new dawn of Concrete skateparks in Scotland. Although the closure of Bristo Square is still a sore point. He can now be found skating Saughton skatepark in Edinburgh a few times a week with his son Kieran who rides for Santa Cruz. He also has two other kids which keeps him busy. He spends a lot of time trying to organise events for Skateboard Scotland such as War of the Thistles and has also recently represented Scotland’s voice at various Skateboard Summits organized by the World Skateboard Federation both in Istanbul and South Africa. To pay the bills he currently works as an Assistant Vice President for a corporate bank.

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Kim Grant

Skateboard Scotland

Kim has been skating for 7 years in Edinburgh and Glasgow where she now lives. Having been fortunate to meet so many wonderful people along the way, it's exciting to see how much skateboarding has grown in that time. Getting to see how many more girls and women are getting involved in the sport and how much more accessible it is to participate, is really encouraging. Other than skating, Kim is a musician and illustrator, as well as holding 2 day jobs in a nursery and bar, which doesn’t allow her to board as much as she wished.

Kim said “It's exciting to be on the board of Skateboard GB and witness the further growth and accessibility of skateboarding. I hope this creates new opportunities for skaters at all levels”.

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John-Paul Matthew

Skateboard: NI

JP has skated for nearly 30 years and was sponsored for a time by Counter Culture and Circa Shoes, travelling around Europe with them and entering comps. He was also sponsored by his local skate/snow shop and worked there whilst he studied at university.

He has been coaching for many years, giving 1-2-1 lessons and has plenty of experience in that area. He was one of 5 Directors of Belfast Urban Sports, and they worked together with the council over 5 years to bring Belfast's first outdoor concrete skatepark in the centre of town under a rail bridge. JP also worked with the lead designers of the contract to get the best design, whilst running an indoor skatepark for 2 years at the same time. More recently JP has been involved in advising multiple local councils on park design via C.I.C Skateboard:NI of which he is chairman, based on his experience of local parks and those around the world and in Europe. Skateboard:NI is a dedicated team that promotes skateboarding in Northern Ireland and puts on an annual jam or some ad hoc events to encourage and enthuse current and future generations of skaters in the country.

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Glenn Lyall

Skateboard: NI

Glenn is 41 and started skating when he was 14. At the beginning it was finding spots close to his house but as he got older and got better he started to go into Belfast city centre and the university area. Here he met a lot more like minded individuals who just wanted to skate and have fun.

As he got older life got in the way and he started giving back to the skate community. Glenn and some friends started a charity and opened an indoor park. They ran events, had meetings with local council members and sourced funding to open Belfast’s first outdoor park. The work hasn’t stopped and he loves being able to give back to the incredible and local skate community in Northern Ireland.

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James Hope-Gill

CEO

James is a very well connected and committed business & sports professional with extensive knowledge of football as well as other national sporting structures and organisations, having worked within the sports sector and governing bodies for over 20 years. He was Chief Executive of a regional Football Association in England for 12 years until starting his own sports consultancy company in 2012.