Meet The Team

Meet The Team 2019-08-21T11:45:23+00:00
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Mark Winder

Chief Executive Officer

Email Address:
Mobile number: 07711 049565

About Mark:

I am truly delighted to be the CEO of Goalball UK. It is a complete pleasure to lead such a talented group of people. A very wise person said,

‘Find a job you love and you don’t go to work anymore.’ I feel I have found this position. I have over 15 years’ experience in sports, charity and education management.

I have worked in schools, colleges, Higher education settings, local authorities and professional sports clubs in a variety of leadership roles.

My aim is to work with everyone in our sport to provide vision and leadership and ensure high quality services. I love providing individuals, groups and communities with the best environments to achieve their full potential. I am a lifelong sports enthusiast and I have played, coached and watched sports all my life.

Development Staff

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Becky Ashworth

National Development Manager & Lead Safeguarding Officer

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 07975 893924

About Becky:

I joined Goalball UK back in May 2013 and have been on a fantastic journey with the sport whilst seeing its growth following London 2012. I joined goalball after completing my undergraduate and masters degree at Sheffield Hallam University.

Outside of goalball I am very active and participate in many sports, one of which is korfball and play for a local club in Sheffield. Also, I enjoy going to watch Liverpool FC particularly the European nights.

On the occasional break from goalball I enjoy going travelling to different countries and always try to go somewhere new each year. A place I always want to go to is New Zealand so hoping they host a goalball tournament sometime in the near future!

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Faye Dale

National Talent Lead

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 07526 169289

About Faye:

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Kathryn Fielding 

Participation/Coach Education and Visual Impairment Consultant 

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 07795 263642

About Kathryn:

I enjoy all sports but my favourite is definitely football.

I am a massive Everton fan and as a season ticket holder go to all home games and as many away games as possible. In the past this has included European games in Spain, France and Germany – and hopefully there will be more in the future. Come on you blues!

I played football competitively for 15 seasons for clubs in Yorkshire and Merseyside but I now just occasionally play for fun. I have also coached at a number of disability clubs.

When I stopped playing football I continued running to keep fit and started entering races, progressing from 5k’s to 10k’s to half marathons and eventually to marathons. As I also enjoy swimming and cycling, I then decided to give triathlon a go and instantly became addicted.

Therefore, I now spend lots of time (and money!) taking part in events around the country. This often includes guiding blind and partially sighted athletes.

I’m not very good at sitting still so my holidays usually involve attending big sporting events around the world rather than just sun bathing on a beach! Consequently, I’ve been to numerous Olympic and Paralympic Games, Commonwealth Games and both Men’s and Women’s Football World Cups and European Championships.

I also enjoy listening to live music so regularly go to gigs with old friends from school, dancing around to bands from the 1990’s and reminiscing about our teenage years!

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Steve Cox 

Workforce Development Officer

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 07706 286584

About Steve:

Tom Dobson 

Club and Competitions Officer

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 07526 169288

About Tom:

Stephen Newey

National Schools Officer

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 077195 20528

About Stephen:

I joined Goalball UK in July 2018, having gained 5 years sports coaching experience in schools since graduating Sheffield Hallam University. Outside of goalball I like to keep active in various ways, including going for walks in and around Sheffield and The Peak District, playing various sports recreationally and I recently started running at my local parkrun. I enjoy travelling and visiting new places, with one of my intentions to visit many more parkruns. A life goal of mine is to visit each continent at least once. So far, I have only ever been in Europe… I have a long way to go!

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Alex Bunney 

London Development Officer

Email Address:
Mobile Number: 07894 832820

Working hours: Thursdays & Fridays 9-5pm

About Alex:

I’ve been involved with Goalball UK since 2011. Goalball has taken me to many different sports halls and given me so many great experiences. My favourite so far was being part of the Goalball event team inside the Copper Box at London 2012.

I have a passion for coaching and currently work with London Elephants and Winchester Goalball clubs. I also have the privilege of being the assistant coach for the Great Britain men’s squad.

Outside of Goalball I enjoy going to live sporting events, music festivals, visiting different countries and running. I’m about to embark on my first marathon….not sure if it’s a good idea yet!

Business Support Staff

Steve Ferres

Business Development Manger

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Mark Martin 

Finance Director/Head of Governance & Compliance 


About Mark:

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant, I have spent over 20 years in the private sector advising small and medium-sized businesses. I now work exclusively in the sporting and charity world and has advised several government-funded sports, but Goalball UK remains my longest-serving Board post, where I am also the Company Secretary.

I have been the principal adviser to the Government on how their money is being spent, and I help the Goalball UK Board of Directors understand where the sport’s finances are up to and irritates the Goalball  UK staff with his queries about expenses and invoices!

Aside from my wife Helen and children Leo and Holly, one of my main passion’s is Manchester United Football Club, where I am a season-ticket holder for over 30 years. Family life currently occupies a lot of my time, but when my wife allows me some of my favourite interests are travelling to different countries, reading a variety of books, watching films most people think are boring and catching up with his friends over real ales drunk by middle aged men.

Amongst his various roles, I believe that it’s the warmth, positivity and sense of enjoyment of the people in the world of goalball that make the sport stand out from the others and be a pleasure to be involved with.

Marion Abbott 

Finance Assistant


Emma Evans  

Fundraising Officer

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Click here for the Goalball UK Organisational Structure (2018)