Reddish to step down as Chairman of British Paralympic Association after eight years


The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has announced that Tim Reddish will step down from his position as chairman in March following the successful completion of two four-year terms.

Reddish was first elected BPA chairman in 2008, taking over from Mike Brace.

The 59-year-old from Nottingham, who lost his sight in 1988 due to the hereditary degenerative condition retinitis pigmentosa, was then confirmed to continue as BPA chairman for another four years in 2013 having stood unopposed for the position.

A former elite disability swimmer, Reddish competed at three consecutive Paralympic Games – Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 – where he amassed three silver and two bronze medals.

The incoming chairman will be responsible for “leading the BPA Board and ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of BPA and to work in partnership with chief executive Tim Hollingsworth to help maintain the organisation’s strategic direction”.

The BPA is now looking to encourage nominations from a “broad cross section of potential candidates.”

Reddish’s work was recently recognised in the New Year’s Honours, as he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

“It has been a pleasure to chair the BPA over a significant period in its history and I am immensely proud of what has been achieved in this period,” said Reddish.

“In the time I have been chairman there has been an unprecedented growth, exposure and excitement around the BPA, the Paralympic Games and movement and in turn its wider inspirational impact.





Tim re-elected

The National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Great Britain met today to elect the Chair and Board of the British Paralympic Association. Tim Reddish OBE was confirmed as Chair for a further four years having stood un-opposed.
A further five Board members were elected, three of whom were re-elected: Richard Callicott (President of England Volleyball, Chair of British Volleyball and Vice President of British Wheelchair Basketball), Paul Masters (Treasurer of Disability Snowsport UK), and Annamarie Phelps (Chair of British Rowing).
They were joined by David Hadfield (Chair of GB Boccia and Chair of Boccia International Sports Federation) and Geoff Newton (Executive Director of the Tennis Foundation).
Tim Reddish commented on his reappointment:
‘I am delighted to be reappointed as Chair of the BPA for a further four year term. The London Games have put Paralympic sport on a new platform and we are all determined to make the most of this to further develop the organisation and the movement in the UK.’
The Board composition was changed following a review of Governance by Deloitte in 2010 which led to a thorough review of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the organisation, a task supported by law firm Hogan Lovells. The final Board will now comprise of six elected Board members, including the Chair and up to four Non-Executive Directors. The Non-Executive Directors will be appointed later this year, following a review of the skill set of the newly elected Board.

The Guardian

Tim Reddish, Chairman of the British Paralympic Association, was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa at the age of 31, and had lost all useful sight seven years later. Now 55, he agreed to take part in the trial to help the scientists perfect the device, and had one fitted by MacLaren in October 2012.

“In the lab tests, when there are objects on a table, and the lighting is bright, I can tell you how many objects there are, and most of the time I can read the clock they have,” Reddish told the Guardian.

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The one show

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