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Board of Directors

 The British Judo Board of Directors

Name: Kerrith Brown, 6th Dan
  Chairman
Bio:

Kerrith was elected as Chair of the British Judo Association in November 2012.

As a player, Kerrith competed at Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, He won European Bronze in 1985 and Silver in 1986 and was World Bronze in 1987,

Name: Mac Abbotts, 6th Dan
   
Bio:

Mac Abbotts was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2007 and was re-elected in 2010.  He is a Senior Coach and is Chair of the National Technical Officials Commission, he also sits on the Performance Management Group. Mac was GB Coach at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul and in 2004 in Athens.

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

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: Rowena Birch, 6th Dan
   
Bio:

Rowena was elected to the Board of Directors in 2010.  She is Chair of the Masters Commission and sits on the Performance Management Group.  Rowena was European Champion in 1994 and was Women’s Head Coach at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.  She is a Senior Club Coach and was Area Examiner and referee.

Name: Peter Blewett, BEd(Hons), MA, NPQH, 7th Dan
   
Bio:

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: Dave Clark, 6th Dan
   
Bio:

Dave was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2005 and was re-elected in 2008 and November 2012.  He is Chair of the Inclusion Commission and the Performance Management Group.  He is the Director responsible for Safeguarding.  Dave is a Senior Club Coach and Senior Examiner.   

Name: Andrew Haffner, 5th Dan
   
Bio:

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
Bio: 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: Ronnie Saez, 5th Dan
  Chairman, Judo Scotland
Bio:

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

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.

Name: Mark Palios
  Independent Director
Bio:

Mark was appointed to the Board in 2011.  He spent 17 years as a professional footballer, retiring in 1985.  A psychology graduate from Manchester University he became Chief Executive of The Football Association 2003/004 following 17 years as a Partner in the accounting giants PwC and Ernst Young.  Since 2004 Mark worked as a consultant in business turnaround.  He is a member of the Audit Committee at Surrey County Cricket Club and media commentator on football.

Name: Sara Hayes, 1st Dan
  Independent Director
Bio:

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 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: Malcolm Collins, PhD, 6th Dan
  British Schools Representatitve
Bio:

Malcolm is Chair of the British Schools Judo Commission and has been involved in Judo for schools for over 50 years.  He is a Senior Coach.

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