Board Members


Dugald Mackie Chair

“London 2012 demonstrated that the huge energy and optimism generated by an event can be very powerful. Spirit will work through events in the future to ensure we use that power as a catalyst for positive social change; I am very proud to take a lead role in this exciting initiative”

Dugald retired as Vice-Principal of The University of Manchester in 2008, after a 30 year career in higher education

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"

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.

Paul Cuttill OBE Independent Consultant in the energy and business development sectors

“London 2012 was the highest of high water marks. A kingdom united by excellence and positive energy. To draw on that spirit to shape our country going forward should be a goal for everyone. Spirit can help deliver this goal and that is why I joined”

Paul was formerly Chief Operating Officer of EDF Energy plc.

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.

Efa Gruffudd Jones MBE Chief Executive of Urdd Gobaith Cymru

“I am very pleased to be able to contribute to the work of Spirit of 2012. I know the impact volunteering can have on young people and communities, and the great things that can happen when people come together”

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.”

Carl Konadu Chair Spirit Youth Panel

“In order for major events to have real impact they must engage communities and empower young people, and the work of Spirit will contribute to this massively. It’s brilliant that as a young man, I can play a role in such a charity and I think it reflects the values of the organisation”

Carl is the Sport for Development and Peace co-ordinator at the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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.”

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"

Susie Rodgers Paralympian

"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"


David Watters Managing Partner of RSM McClure Watters, Northern Ireland

“Through my involvement with Spirit I hope to inspire lasting social impact in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK”