Greenhouse Sports welcome new era
Mike’s decision means he can prioritise fundraising and playing an ambassadorial role for Greenhouse Sports.
Speaking about his decision Mike said: “Looking back to where we started 13 years ago, I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved. Greenhouse Sports has grown from strength to strength in its delivery of programmes to give every child a fair chance to succeed. Recruiting a new CEO with a fresh perspective is a real opportunity for us and reflects the charity’s rapid expansion in recent years. Moving forwards I will still be very much involved at Greenhouse Sports focussing more on my role as a Trustee and I look forward to the new challenges this will bring.”
Before co-founding Greenhouse Sports with Justin Byam Shaw in 2002, Mike spent 19 years as an accountant. The pair originally set out to open up access to private sporting facilities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds but quickly realised that a big barrier towards participation was in getting them to travel outside the areas they lived in. Since then they have been bringing quality sports coaching and opportunities to schools in areas of deprivation.
In 2011, Mike chaired the Centre for Social Justice report on how best to harness the power of sport to transform the lives of young people. He has played sport all his life but says he picks up tips from Greenhouse Sports coaches and players all the time.
Mike has been impressed by the wide range of applications received for the new Chief Executive’s position and looks forward to being closely involved in the selection process.