Sir Harry Burns
Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde
"Physical activity is a proven and effective way of improving health but I am also very interested in the concept of using sport, art and culture to inspire social action and involvement; I believe that in doing so Spirit can tap into some of the social factors which impact people’s health and wellbeing".
Sir Harry was Chief Medical Officer for Scotland between 2005 and 2014.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon
Managing Director of the Barbican Centre since 2007
A founding Member of the Spirit of 2012 Board between 2013 and 2015
“As a Spirit Patron, I feel both honoured and excited to be involved in ensuring that the legacy from the 2012 Games is continuing to support the power of the arts and creativity to change our lives. Spirit of 2012 has now funded projects up and down the country that improve the quality of people’s lives and help them to feel better about themselves.”
Baroness Sue Campbell
Director of Women’s Football at the FA. A founding Board Member of Spirit of 2012.
“I was lucky enough to be involved in shaping the high performance system that gave our athletes the support they needed at the London 2012 Games. Just as important to me was my 23 years with the Youth Sport Trust to ensure that every school-age child had the opportunity to participate in high quality physical education and sport. When I was asked to join the Spirit Board I accepted, because of their focus on opportunities for and the development of young people.”
Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson
Welsh former wheelchair racer and 11 time Paralympic gold medallist.
She served on the Spirit of 2012 Board between 2013 and 2014 and has continued to be a friend and advocate for Spirit She is now an active parliamentarian, television presenter and social media commentator and also gives her time to support the work of numerous sports and disability voluntary sector organisations. As a working peer Tanni campaigns tirelessly and has won cross party respect for her performance in debates on sport, disability, health, welfare, and youth development where she deploys her knowledge and experience to great effect
Jane Lady Gibson
Chair of Make It York
“Involvement in arts and culture has been a thread running through my life and I am delighted to be helping Spirit to spread the opportunities that taking part can bring to communities across the whole of the UK. The Opening and Closing Ceremonies were such a great example of powerful storytelling, artistic collaboration and mass participation and their legacy lives on in our vibrant arts programmes.”
Tim Elwell-Sutton, Assistant Director for Healthy Lives at the Health Foundation.
“I’m interested in how we can improve the quality as well as the quantity of life people experience in this country. Physical activity and a sense of community are both vital for this. That’s why I think Spirit’s work is important and I’m proud to be part of it.”
Director of Policy at the BMA
"It is an immense privilege to join Spirit’s board. The health and well being of our communities is shaped by a range of economic and social influences and I passionately share Spirit’s aims of tackling social isolation and empowering those with the fewest opportunities."
Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate Theatres
"Six years after the stirring optimism of the Olympics, Britain is a very different place and Spirit of 2012’s remarkable commitment to proving how arts, sport and culture can be used to improve personal empowerment, social cohesion and community well being is needed now more than ever."
Susie Rodgers MBE
"Having competed at London 2012, I experienced the spirit first hand. By using sport, arts and volunteering to bring people together, we can hope to sustain and extend the spirit and opportunities of events such as London 2012 to people across the UK"
Founding Director of VaR Capital
"Spirit of 2012 has a critical part to play in ensuring the impact of the 2012 Games and other events last much longer than weeks or months by engaging large numbers of the population beyond the direct participants"
“I share Spirit’s vision and values and I am a firm believer in the power of community based-sport to bring together people of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs to combat isolation and promote social cohesion as well as physical and mental well-being. I hope to combine my passion for community-based sport with my professional skill set to help Spirit achieve its goals.”
Managing Director of Business in the Community
“I welcome this opportunity to join the Board of Spirit of 2012. Through its unique approach to investment in sport, the arts and volunteering, Spirit brings measurable impacts on the key issues of social cohesion and well-being in communities across all regions of the UK.”
Executive Committee Member of WACL
“The uplifting energy and palpable connectedness felt during the 2012 London Olympic & Paralympic games was a very special moment in time. Ultimately it was the people that made the games and keeping that special spirit alive is a valuable mission, which I am delighted to support”
Linda was previously Managing Director of Metro, part of DMGT Pl.
Chief Financial Officer, Former Financial Executive Director of VSO
"Having witnessed first hand the positive lasting benefits volunteering can have on both the individual and the communities involved I am excited to be able to assist Spirit with the great work it is doing to promote social action and lasting impact"