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Team Leaders

Team Leaders

The Commonwealth Games NGB Team Leaders play a vital role in the success of Team England at the Games.  They are an integral part of: the build-up to the games in terms of information gathering and dissemination, administration and management; during the games as a crucial team member for daily organisation, motivation and support to their sport and Team England; and after The Games  as a participant in the overall Team England evaluation.

  Aquatics - Diving
  Alexei Evangulov

A former international diver for Russia, Alexei joined British Diving in 2008 after leading his home country to three silver and two bronze medals at the Beijing Olympics.

Last year he was Team GB’s Diving Team Leader which saw the team enjoy one of their best ever Olympic Games where Tom Daley won bronze.

  Aquatics - Swimming
  Grant Robbins

Grant has been active in swimming for the past 35 years as a swimmer, coach, administrator and Parent!

He competed at the 1990 commonwealth Games and was a Coach in the 1998 Games. He was also the Team Leader for swimming at the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

Grant leads the talent team for England Swimming and wants to make sure swimmers that enter this pathway go on to make major games in the future. 

  Martin Rush

Martin was the Team Leader for the British Athletics Junior team from 2002 to 2008 and the European Cross Country and Race Walk teams in 2014 and 2015.  He was also the endurance coach for England Athletics at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Martin is currently Head of Coaching and Athlete Development at England Athletics having worked for UK Athletics since 2001 in Performance and Coach Development.  Prior to that he worked as a teacher and athletics development officer.


As an athlete he started as an 11-year-old at school and after 7 attempts finally won the English Schools race walk Championships (perseverance!).  He progressed from there to represent his country at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, multiple World Walking Championships and the 1992 Olympic Games.


He has a passion for walking and running around mountains, as well as watching athletes and coaches realise ambitions. 

  David Butler
David is the Delivery Director at Basketball England where he leads on all things participation related, including competitions, education, coaching and officiating as well as taking responsibility for other areas of strategic importance for Basketball England. In his spare time, he enjoys running, cycling and swimming and supporting his children’s sporting interests.


David gained significant experience in international sports tournaments with his previous employer, the Rugby Football League, where he was Operations Manager for the Women’s, Wheelchair, Armed Forces, Student and Police Rugby League World Cups in 2013, tournament director for the Wheelchair Rugby League Home Nations tournament in 2014 and the European Championships tournament in 2015. 

  Beach Volleyball
  Darren Chapple

Darren is currently Director lead of Performance and Talent at England Boxing (EB). The Gold Coast Games 2018 will be his first Commonwealth Games.

Darren has worked in boxing for almost 40 years as a competitor, coach and official/referee, and brings extensive experience as a Team Manager acting as chair of the EB Team Managers Panel. Within EB, he oversees the delivery of Pathways within the Performance and Talent infrastructure, chairing the Performance Management Group that controls such England boxing Pathways.

Additional roles are executive member of the GB Talent Commission and Asst. Director lead for Coach Development.

  Keith Reynolds

A gold medallist for England at the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games in the men’s team time trial event, the last time that both the Games were held in Scotland and England topped the medals table.

At British Cycling, Keith is responsible for all the logistical arrangements of the Great Britain team at major events, such as World Cups and World Championships.

  Mike Weinstock

Mike is a retired school teacher currently living in Shropshire. He is still actively involved in coaching gymnastics and teacher training/coach education.

The 2018 Gold Coast Games will be Mike’s sixth Commonwealth Games that he has been too either as Coach or Team Manager.

  Michaela Smith

Michaela is currently the Performance Operations Manager for GB Hockey. Michaela played the Team Leader role for GB Hockey at the Rio Olympic games where the Women’s team created history by being the first ever British women’s team to win Olympic gold.

A former International athlete, Michaela has either played or worked in performance sport for the past 20 years.

  Lawn Bowls
  John Bell

John Bell is delighted to announce that he will be a Team Leader for England in Lawns Bowls at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

John participated as a player at Victoria 1994 and Kuala Lumpur 1998. He was a team manager at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006. John was also a team director for Delhi 2010, where 11 out of the 12 athletes won medals.

John is excited to be involved in the lead up to the next games and the opportunities that will arise from this great opportunity. 

  Sara Symington

Sara Symington recently became Performance Director at England Netball after a 6 year stint as Performance Director at Archery GB where she oversaw the Olympic & Paralympic WCPP including a role as Olympic Team Leader in 2012.

Previous roles include Performance Advisor at UK Sport, Talent Manager at British Triathlon, Business Manager at Global Zurich and a police officer. Her education includes a B.Sc in Sports Science & Social Science and a M.Sc in Sport Science.

Sara’s athlete background includes representing GBR at both triathlon & cycling – the latter involved two Olympic Games & Commonwealth Games in road cycling, and multiple world championships (road & track). Sara also currently sits as a NED on the British Boxing Board & the UK Sport PD Strategic Group. 

  Rugby 7s
  Claudia Brightman
Claudia worked at IMG as PA to Sir Nick Faldo for 4 years which included his Ryder Cup Captaincy moving into the world of rugby. Claudia joined the RFU in 2006 as PA to the CEO.  During that time Claudia played her part in various transformations of the RFU before working on the 2003 RWC ten year anniversary weekend and the 2011 RWC send off dinner. In 2013 Claudia moved over to join England 2015 and work on the Rugby World Cup running the Tournament Guest and Protocol team. Claudia has now returned to the RFU as the England 7’s Ops Team Manager.
  Christian Schofield

After 35 years as an Infantry Officer in the British Army, Christian joined British Shooting as the Talent Pathway Co-ordinator in 2014.  As well as running the Regional Development and Great Britain Talent programmes for the Olympic shotgun disciplines, Christian is the coach for the Great Britain Junior Olympic Trap team.

As a volunteer, Christian has been involved for the last 20 years in teaching, coaching and organising events within the shotgun shooting community.

  Table Tennis
  Simon Mills

Simon has spent the majority of his professional career in high performance sport, firstly in alpine skiing as a skier, then coach and finally a performance director in New Zealand, before moving to Triathlon. At British Triathlon, Simon was responsible for growing the GB and England talent pathways, the National Performance Centre in Loughborough and he also fulfilled a role of interim performance director.

The move to Table Tennis England in March 2014 to build the performance pathway has coincided with a renaissance in the performance of English players on the world stage and should see two players qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time in 20 years, after the first medal winning performance at the 2016 World Team Championships since 1983.

  Ian Pyper

  Dan Wagner

During the London 2012 Olympic Games Dan was part of Team GB staff, acting as Games Services Manager to support all aspects of operational planning to facilitate the successful participation of Team GB.

Dan was appointed Weightlifting’s Talent Pathway Manager in 2013 and was tasked with overseeing the Talent Development programmes and has led several teams to European and World age group events. He was England’s Team Leader for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa. 

  Eddy Kavanagh

Eddy is a full time wrestling development manager for Sharples wrestling club B olton for the last 9 years, and recently this year opened Castle Hill wrestling club also in Bolton. He is also Head coach of both wrestling clubs.

Eddy has been involved in wrestling for over 24 years, first as a competitor and now as a coach. He was Assistant Team leader for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, and also worked at the 2012 London Olympics as National technical official.

Eddy won Bolton Sports Coach of the year in 2012.

  Lawn Bowls


  Lawn Bowls