Staff Members


Debbie Lye Chief Executive

“It is both a challenge and immense privilege to be charged with re-igniting the transformational spirit that characterised the London 2012 Games and more recently the Glasgow Commonwealth Games within communities across the country, to provide a constantly revitalised sporting, cultural and social legacy”

Ruth Hollis Director of Policy and Research

"I am passionate about the power of sport, arts and culture, and volunteering to improve wellbeing and really change lives both for communities and individuals. I work across all our programmes to make sure that we can understand and promote the impact of our investments, ensuring we can see real, sustainable, and meaningful change across the country. We want to share this learning to promote the link between providing opportunities for people to get involved in activities and wellbeing."

Neil Rodger Head of Communications

"I have worked in Communications for over ten years, and my role at Spirit is to ensure that our stakeholders understand what we do and how / why we do it. I’m lucky enough to have visited a number of our projects, and have seen first-hand the benefit our funding is having. I am proud to be part of an organisation that is directly improving people’s lives and their communities across the UK." 

Helen Killingley Grant and Learning Manager

"I have been inspired by the London 2012 Games since we won the bid and have worked in the charity sector across similar portfolios to those that Spirit now fund.  I now manage a series of Spirit funded projects and enjoy working with them to develop, understand and share their learning and impact on individuals and their communities."

Amy Finch Head of Learning and Impact

"I was attracted to working for Spirit because it is serious about understanding the impact of the money it gives, and genuine in its commitment to learning. Through our funding, we emphasise that those elements that make up the social fabric of our lives – our community connections, our cultural experiences, physical activity – can have a highly significant impact on our capacity to flourish and find life worthwhile. I am proud to work for an organisation that funds so many projects addressing wellbeing inequalities, and helping life be that bit more enjoyable for communities across the UK."  

Alex Johnston Programme Manager

“I was initially seconded from our founder, the Big Lottery Fund, and managed our Spirit of Glasgow programme. As a Glasgow resident, this was hugely exciting for me and a real thrill to play a part in creating a legacy for the XX Commonwealth Games. I now manage projects related to the Spirit of Rio and looking at how physical activity can lead to social change.”

Nikki Adebiyi Communications Officer

“Working for Spirit has been an amazing opportunity for me to delve into communications and learn more about managing social media and writing about amazing causes and people. I am thrilled to work for an organisation that is making a real impact in communities all across the UK.”

Helen Spedding Programmes and Learning Manager

"Working for Spirit builds on my professional involvement in the education and health of children and young people through sport and physical activity. Sport has always featured in my life, from junior sports teams through to a recent London Marathon run.  I manage projects and help draw out learning for Spirit and to share with others. Spirit’s investment in the potential transformational power of sport, the arts, culture and volunteering is a real motivator."