We believe sustainable sport can help to build a better future for all
To harness the power of sport to build a sustainable future
To empower sport in the UK to become a world leader in sustainability, with the urgency dictated by science
Russell is passionate about wildlife, recycling and all environmental issues. He is devoted to the welfare of this planet and to the preservation of its ecosystems for future generations. Working at Lord’s Cricket Ground as the first Sustainability Manager at a major sports venue in the UK, Russell has had the opportunity to see how powerful an influence sport can have on the behaviour of both the participants and the public. With this in mind, he set up BASIS in 2010, with the intention of bringing together like-minded individuals at all levels of sport, to share ideas, experiences and strategies.
Simon is a Chartered Accountant who has spent much of his career in the sport and leisure sectors. More recently he has been the Finance Director of the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lords and of Luton Town Football Club. He has also been involved with the charitable side of sport at both MCC and Luton.
Simon is a great believer that sport can play a huge role in driving sustainable practices, and has been involved with BASIS for several years. He is a keen sportsman and qualified cricket coach and follows many sports as a hobby. Simon likes to raise funds for charities through events and has raised close to £75,000 over the years for good causes.
Dom is a political and communications strategist with a background in environment and social justice advocacy. He works at national and international level with organisations including Unicef, CAFOD, Malala Fund, the Institute for Public Policy Research and the European Climate Foundation. He has worked for British Cycling and the Sport & Recreation Alliance, and has been involved with BASIS since 2016. He has written several reports including Hit for Six. Game Changer and Atmosphere and has represented BASIS in national and international broadcast and print media.
Kirstin is the Sustainability and Corporate Social Values Manager for The Jockey Club where she has worked for ten years. Having created a new role at The Jockey Club to focus entirely on improving the organisation’s sustainability and reducing its impact on the environment, a background in analysis was a useful start point to pull together data and set challenging targets for improvement. Significant reductions in energy consumption and improvements in waste management have been achieved with the support of the employee engagement programme ‘Going Green’ which Kirstin introduced in 2013.
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Chris is a Facilities and Investment Manager at the England and Wales Cricket Board co-ordinating and supporting the delivery and implementation of NGB facility funding programmes in the recreational game. He first joined BASIS in 2008 as one of its Founder Members and has been in the role of Chair of the Steering Group for the last 3 years. His interest in Sustainability is underlined by an understanding of the power of sport to drive behaviour change. Bringing NGB’s, Venues, Manufacturers, Innovative Solution Providers, Academia and the many other stakeholders that can make systemic changes to the way sport is delivered to its participants and fans, is his guiding principal as Chair.
Darren currently works as the Facilities and Safety manager for the Principality (formerly Millennium) Stadium and has worked in the Facilities industry for 30 years. He moved into the sport sector in 2010. He has been instrumental in securing certification to BS8901 and ISO2021 (Sustainable Events Management System).  Working for the Principality Stadium came with its challenges to develop the sustainable development programme. His tenure has seen many new sustainable programmes and features added to the stadiums operating methodology, and he recognises that there is always more that can be done to improve. Shortly after joining the Principality Stadium, Darren began to work with the BASIS and was elected as the secretary. He provides support and advice to other venues and sectors and has been working closely with devolved lead, Welsh Sustainability matters.
Anna has spent over 15 years working in training and education event management for not for profit organisations. She has worked for the NSPCC, IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising), RCP (Royal College of Physicians), NHS and the University of Bath. She has experience of organising all kinds of events for different audiences.
Driving sustainability and creating change within events & business over the last 20 years, Amanda is currently leading the ATP Tennis Tour sustainability programme as well as supporting numerous events and festivals on plastics reduction initiatives.
Amanda recently led the M&S Plan A environment programme for the Foods division. Prior to M&S, Amanda has created and delivered numerous sustainability strategies, managed environmental programmes, and implemented management systems(ISO 20121 & ISO 14001) for businesses and events including both Tokyo and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Amanda has recently become a Systems Change practitioner enabling creative and reflective solutions to find points of interference within a system for positive change.
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Hattie is the Sustainability Manager for The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which stages The Championships, Wimbledon. There she is responsible for developing and supporting the environmental sustainability agenda for the organisation across climate impacts, resource use and biodiversity. She joined the AELTC in February 2019 following nine years as Sustainability Manager for the BBC. Hattie holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.
Chris is the General Manager for Musco Lighting Europe Ltd, based in Bolton. He has over 11 years of experience in the design and installation of lighting systems for sports applications from club level to international stadiums. Chris has been the lead for Musco on major projects for clients such as Wembley Stadium, Arsenal FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Southampton FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City FC, Aviva Stadium, FC Barcelona, Paris St. Germain FC, The RFU, The GAA, and many others. Chris is a member of the Institution of Lighting Professionals.
Musco Lighting Europe has supported BASIS as a partner/sponsor since 2015.
With over 30 years’ experience across the UK, USA and Australia, Peter Watts is one of the leading experts in sport venue and events operations. Having worked for Compass Group and now managing Rockvolt, a specialist consultancy and project management company, he has experience of delivering services and solutions to Olympic and Commonwealth Games. He’s also been involved with numerous international sports venues including Ascot, Wimbledon, Twickenham, Chelsea, Edgbaston and SEC. His focus is on ensuring operations are developed and progressed with sustainable good practice at their core.
Jo spent five years training and competing as a full-time international Great Britain and England hockey player. During this time Jo graduated from the University of Bristol, having studied Geography Bsc and pursued her interest in the environment and sustainability by looking into how her two passions, sustainability and sport, could be brought closer together. This lead to both becoming involved in BASIS and driving sustainability initiatives at both the Hockey World Cup 2018 and the Netball World Cup 2019.
Since stepping back from being a full-time athlete Jo is now transitioning into a career post-sport in the environmental sustainability space, working for environmental consultancy Carbon Credentials.
Mike hates waste. He hates wasting money, time, energy, food, plastic and any other resource! Having worked at Arsenal since the long hot summer of 2001, Mike has seen a lot of waste, but he’s pushing to reduce that. It is a perilous journey but progress has been made and he is dedicated to making these steps into giant leaps. Having installed a 3Mw battery into the stadium in 2018 and introduced a reusable cup in 2019, he has been working to make the changes that will see Arsenal at the forefront of sustainability in sport. There is still a long way to go — the sports environment holds unique challenges that require innovative solutions.
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