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Patrons

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.

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.”

Board

Alan Coppin

Chair
"What I find compelling about Spirit is that it invests in happiness by grant funding arts, physical activity, and sport and volunteering, in genuinely inclusive ways. The commitment to learning how to achieve good outcomes for people and communities sets Spirit apart as a funder, and is close to my own heart."

Susie Rodgers MBE

Gold medallist
"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"

Vikash Gupta

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"

Swati Patel

“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.”

Lady Jane 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.”

Michaela Collins

Youth Panel Chair
"Investing in happiness has never been more crucial for communities across the UK. I hope to combine my extensive experience and knowledge of working with communities at a grassroots level and passion for sport, social action, volunteering and the arts to help Spirit create lasting legacies and reach some of the most vulnerable members of society."

Kieran Harding

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.”

Linda Grant

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.

Graham Loader

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"