Grid with the headshots of Alison Burchell, Grace Clancey and Dyfrig Lewis-Smith on a blue background.

Goalball UK thanks departing Board members 

The Goalball UK Board of Directors and Trustees marks the departure of three long serving members this month. Alison Burchell, Dyfrig Lewis-Smith and Gracy Clancey have all been an integral part of the goalball community for eight years, each serving two terms on the board. 

During their terms they have all offered expert advice, support and gentle challenge to Goalball UK during a time of growth and unexpected crises such as the international pandemic.

Despite their official Board terms coming to an end, we are pleased to say they will all remain part of the goalball community by keeping their positions on various sub-committees. 

Grace Clancey joined the Board in 2015 and was appointed as the Senior Independent Director in 2017. Grace leaves these roles but continues as a member of the Goalball UK Nominations Committee.

Alison Burchell has been involved as a Board member for eight years and will continue to serve as a member of the Goalball UK Risk Group.

Alison Burchell, departing Board member at Goalball UK said It has been great to see the growth of Goalball from 2015 when we started from a part-time operation with a few part-time staff to an energetic operation taking the sport forward. It’s been an incredible journey serving on the Goalball UK Board, and I’m looking forward to continuing my contributions through the Risk Group. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with such a dedicated team, and I look forward to our continued collaboration in making a positive impact in the goalball community. 

Dyfrig Lewis-Smith joined the Board in 2014 after seeing goalball at London 2012 and joining Cambridge Dons and Lancashire Lions to play. Dyfrig will remain as a member of the Club and Competition Committee and as Board Champion for Safeguarding. 

Dyfrig Lewis-Smith, departing Board member at Goalball UK said “My time on the Goalball UK Board has been truly rewarding, and I’m honoured to have played a part in advancing our mission. I’m not saying goodbye as I will continue as a member of the Competition Committee. I’m committed to continuing our important work to transform lives through goalball and remaining as part of the goalball community” 

John Grosvenor, Chair at Goalball UK said I would like to thank each departing Board member for their dedication, expertise and commitment over the last eight years. We will certainly miss their input to the Board but it’s testament to the strength of the goalball community that they have all committed to remain on their sub-committees.”