GB Badminton board

Great Britain board members

Should you have any questions relating to Badminton England’s governance please contact the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive in the first instance via ea@badmintonengland.co.uk.

Jane M Nickerson (Company Secretary & Non-Executive Director)

Currently CEO of Swim England, Jane has a deep understanding of sport through the eyes of a competitive swimmer and through her involvement in sport governance.

She swam competitively reaching national championship standard, and during the 1990s, was an England and Great Britain swimming team manager.

Jane graduated with a B Ed majoring in History and English after studying Ethnography in France. Outside work Jane continues to enjoy swimming for relaxation and is committed to her voluntary work with the Samaritans.

Stephen Baddeley (Chair and Non-Executive Director)

Stephen was one of England’s most successful men’s singles players, winning European and Commonwealth titles while gaining 143 caps for his country.

His first ‘proper’ job was as Director of Coaching and Development for Badminton Scotland before joining Badminton England in 1996, initially as its Performance Director, followed by 7 years as its CEO. In 2004, he moved to Sport England as its Director of Sport which included a 14-month term as its interim Chief Executive.

He is currently Director of Sport at the University of Bath. Stephen has been Chair of the GB Board since November 2016.

Christine Black (Director – Badmintonscotland)

Christine has been a director of Badminton Scotland since 2007 and is currently chair of Performance since taking up the role in 2015. She was also President of Badminton Scotland between 2009 – 2011.

A former international player, Christine has been Team Manager for 4 Commonwealth Games and she now sits on the Scottish Disability Badminton Working Group.

The current Badminton Development Officer for East Lothian Council, Christine has introduced many hundreds of both Primary and Secondary school pupils to the sport.

Kelly Aston (Director – Badminton Wales)

Kelly is the most decorated Welsh Ladies Singles Players with a career high of World Number 5 gaining over 140 caps for her country, Commonwealth Games Gold, European Silver & Bronze, three time Olympian and received an MBE in 2002 for her services to sport.

Having retired from professional badminton in 2006, Kelly settled in Dubai and moved into teaching and then nursery development, successfully launching and building a British International Nursery Franchise business in the Middle East.

In October 2017, Kelly joined Badminton Wales, initially as Head of Operations, and is currently CEO of the National Governing Body looking forward to a future of Badminton in Wales.

Kenneth Nixon (Director – Badminton Ireland)

Ken is a retired Solicitor and District Judge.  He was past President and Chairman, and current Council member of Ulster Badminton.  He retired as Company Secretary of Badminton Ireland in 2020 after long term Board involvement.  Ken was also past chairman of the NI Sports Forum (umbrella organisation for sport’s Governing Bodies) and of the Confederation of British Sport, from which was a founding member of Sports Resolutions UK.

Ken currently sits on the Sports Resolutions Mediation/Arbitration Panel and pro bono Advisory Panel.  He is a current Board member of the Northern Cricket Union, the Mary Peters Trust and the NI Commonwealth Games Council.  Despite the effects of Polio Ken was able for many years to play standing doubles badminton but now plays with the benefit of a wheelchair with members of the Para Badminton group at the NBC Lisburn.

Graeme Finch (Non Executive Director)

Graeme has a 1st class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering which was followed up by an accountancy qualification.  He has been involved in manufacturing, system development, product development and project management in roles ranging from technical design to sales and board director level.

Graeme has had significant success in strategic redevelopment and growth through sales and acquisitions and turnaround success in taking businesses from significant loss to very profitable business enterprises.

Further career moves involved running a business support organisation where he developed a business model that was later adopted nationally by the Dept of Industry to provide support to SMEs in England.   This was followed by establishing  and running one of the National Skills Academies to support Process industries.

He now operates his own company and works as a Strategic and Interim Manager offering “Trusted Resource for Critical Help” which in recent years has focused on efficiency improvement in health and adult social care.

For over 35 years Graeme has been an Executive Director and also as a non-executive director and has extensive experience in company governance including chairing audit committees for publicly funded companies.

Graeme is a keen sportsman, both as a participant and a spectator, and brings commercial, governance and strategic skills to GB Badminton.

Derek Batchelor (Director – Badminton England)

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Priya Guha (Independent Director)

Priya is a Venture Partner at Merian Ventures, investing in women-led innovation, a Member of the Innovate UK Council, NED at the Digital Catapult and Adjunct Faculty at the Ashridge Hult Business School. She was previously GM for RocketSpace, launching their UK operations.

Priya used to be a career diplomat, most recently as British Consul General to San Francisco and previously in India and Spain. She is on the Althea Foundation Board, Tech London Advocates Advisory Board and Royal

Academy of Engineering International Committee. She also Chairs the Board of Trustees of Modern Muse and is an Advisor to The Youth Group. Priya was recently named in the 2020 Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology for the 3rd year running.

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Adrian Christy (Accountable Officer)

Adrian has been Chief Executive of Badminton England since 2006 and is leading the organisation through a vision for badminton to be one of the nation’s most popular sports and to consistently win World, Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Should you have any questions relating to Badminton England’s governance please contact the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive in the first instance via ​ea@badmintonengland.co.uk​.

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Badminton GB Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, who’s Members are the Badminton Association of England Limited, the Scottish Badminton Union Limited, the Ulster Branch Badminton Union of Ireland Limited, and the Welsh Badminton Union Limited. Badminton GB Ltd is governed by its Articles of  Association.

Badminton GB Ltd is responsible for the governance of GB Badminton and its objects are:

  • to foster, encourage and promote the participation of GB Badminton in the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and any other events involving a GB team;
  • to arrange, provide and secure all necessary assistance and support for the preparation, representation and success of Players in the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games;
  • to affiliate and provide representation to the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association; and
  • generally to advance and safeguard the interests of British Badminton in the Olympic and Paralympic context and to do all such acts and things as from time to time are deemed necessary or expedient.

Please click here to find the Annual Governance Statement for 2020.

The home nations come together to compete as Great Britain at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, European Games and Youth Olympic Games and therefore the GB programme is managed under a Memorandum of Understanding between Badminton GB Ltd and its Members.

The day to day operation and management of the GB programme is delegated to one of the Members and governed by a Lead Home Nation Agreement. Badminton England is the appointed Member nation for the Tokyo cycle.

The Technical Advisory Group, made up of all four Home Nation’s Technical Leaders and the Lead Home Nation’s GB Performance Director and Head Coach, meet to assist the development of the GB World Class Performance Plan.

The Selection and Appeals Policies for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics can be found below:

Financial Statement

Please click here to view the Financial Statement for 2020/21.

Diversity Action Plan

Please click here to view the current Diversity Action Plan

The GB Badminton board meet approximately four times per year, usually at the National Badminton Centre – home of the England performance programme – in Milton Keynes.

To read the agenda for recent GB Badminton Board meetings please click the relevant link:

Older agendas are available on request.

To read the minutes from each GB Board meeting please click the appropriate link below (please note in some instances confidential information may be redacated):

  • GB Board minutes: January 2021 (will be available once approved at the May 2021 meeting)
  • GB Board minutes: October 2020
  • GB Board minutes: May 2020
  • GB Board minutes: January 2020

Older minutes are available on request.

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