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Board of Directors


The British Judo Board of Directors

Name: Ronnie Saez, 5th Dan
  Chairman, British Judo and Judo Scotland

Ronnie was elected to the Board of JudoScotland in 2008 and became Chair in 2011.  He has been involved in Judo for 39 years competing at various levels in Juniors, Seniors and Masters.

Name: Peter Blewett, BEd(Hons), MA, NPQH, 7th Dan
   Vice Chairmam, British Judo Association

Peter was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2012.  He is a Senior Examiner, Senior Club Coach and is Chairman of the London Area, a position he has held twice from 1995-98 and from 2008 to present.  Peter won the British National Championships in 1979 and competed for Great Britain in the World Student Games in Rio de Janeiro in 1978 and the European Team Championships in 1980.  He is currently Vice-Principal of the Langley Academy and has been a member of the BJA since 1965.

Name: Eddie Awford, 6th Dan
  Chairman, England Area Clubs 

Eddie is a Lifetime Member of the BJA.  He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2003 and was re-elected in 2006 and 2009.  He is currently Chair of the BJA National Kata Commission and Chair of the Judo for Self Defence Commission.  He is a BJA Senior Examiner, Kata Examiner, Senior Club Coach and UKCC Assessor and Lead Verifier and BJA Midland Area ATD.

Name: Andrew Haffner, 5th Dan

Andrew was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2012.  He is a Senior Coach and has been coaching for 35 years.  He is also Senior Examiner, National B Referee, Technical Dan Grade Assessor and Area Kata Examiner.  He is a British National Veterans bronze medallist and has been British Kata Champion three times in different Katas.

Name: Fred Prosser, 4th Dan
  Chairman, Welsh Judo Association

Fred commenced Judo as a youth under the late Terry Edmunds in 1958.  He practiced, trained and coached in clubs throughout Wales and was awarded 1st Dan in October 1962.  He competed in the National Championships on ten occasions. Since early 1980s he has been involved with the British Schools Judo Association.  Fred joined the Hertfordshire Constabulary in 1967 and in 1983 was Chairman of the Herts Police Athletic Association. 

He has taken BJA Judo classes in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Garston and Hatfield and
has refereed for many years.  Fred has been a Director of the Welsh Judo Association for many years and has been Vice-Chair since 2009.  He was elected Chair in April 2013.

Name: Bill Taggart, 3rd Dan
  Acting Chair,Northern Ireland Judo Federation

Bill has been involved in Judo for over 34 years. He is currently UKCC Level 2 Coach, Senior Examiner and National Referee, having been the first International Referee in Northern Ireland. Bill is also the Conduct and Complaints Officer within the NIJF. Bill is a former soldier serving with the Royal Engineers and a qualified Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Ryan Wilkinson Name: Ryan Wilkinson
  Independent Director

Ryan was appointed to the Board in 2016. He spent 7 years as a Non-executive Director for Finance at the British Triathlon Federation. The 2014 British Judo Masters Champion’s professional background is in finance and accounting having had previous roles with KPMG, Clearwater International and Vantis plc. He is an alumni of Cranfield University School of Management, Cambridge University Institute for Manufacture and also holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Wales. 

Name: Sara Hayes, 1st Dan
  Independent Director

Sara was appointed to the Board in March 2013.  She started Judo in 1972.  She is a Club Coach and BJA National C Referee and was a member of the Conduct and Complaints Commission.  Sara is a non-practising solicitor and worked with the Law Society dealing with consumer complaints; she was also Head of Adjudication and Technical and Policy Support.  Sara now sits as a part-time Judge of the First Tier Tribunal and is a Fitness to Practice Panellist for the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Name: Loretta Cusack-Doyle, 8th Dan

Loretta has been actively involved in Judo for 41 years; an international athlete for 17 years and member of the G.B team, World Champion in 1992, and double European Champion in 1983 and 1993 and then 12 years as a national cadet and Junior G.B coach.  Loretta is currently a member of the IJF Coaching and Education Commission and a member of the EJU Live Stream Team.  As a Judo teacher for the last 19 years, she holds an EJU level 4 coach award. More recently she was an Athlete Service Manager for the 2012 London Olympic Games, and Technical Operations Manager for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, both for Judo.


Malgorzata Grzyb

  Independant Director

Malgorzata was appointed to the Board in June 2014.  Her professional background and expertise is in commercial sponsorship, particularly in sport, having worked with the BOA as the Director of Business Development and LOCOG as the Commercial Manager.  She runs a consultancy business for sports organisations providing commercial advisory services to sports rights holders relating to the exploitation of their commercial rights.

Name: Alan Rickard, 6th Dan 

Alan started Judo in 1960 at the age of 17.  He took over the running of Croydon Judo Club in 1972 when it was threatened with closure and in 2006, some 34 years later, the club moved into purpose built premises.  Alan gained County Coach status in 1974 and became a Promotions Examiner.  He qualified as a National Referee in 1974, became an IJF β€˜B’ Grade referee in 1982 and in 1990 qualified, in Tokyo, as an IJF β€˜A’ Referee.  He refereed at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and also at three Commonwealth Games.  He has served as Surrey County Chairman and was elected President of the Surrey County Judo in 1990.  Alan has also served on Southern Area Committee and in 1989 was elected Vice-Chairman, Chairman of the Finance sub-committee and Area Representative to the British Judo Association Council.  He was also elected to the English Areas Commission as Treasurer.  Alan is a firm believer in integration and has always encouraged people with disability to get involved in Judo.  He has set up a programme of courses introducing Judo to older players and encouraging them to become coaches and as graded adults to help with the classes for youngsters.