Wembley National Stadium Trust has a board of six trustees, led by Dinah Cox OBE. Find out more below.
Dinah Cox, OBE – Chair
Dinah Cox OBE has a long history of working in the charity sector. She studied social policy at South Bank University and the London School of Economics and has over twenty years’ experience in working to influence, develop and fund social change. This has included paid and Trustee work overseeing local community projects, working on equality issues and developing good practice in organisations focused on providing services for homeless individuals, women and young people amongst others. She also worked for the Labour and Coalition Governments as a Senior Policy advisor. She is committed to seeing a world where people can achieve regardless of their background.
Sir Rodney Walker – Vice Chair
Sir Rodney has been involved in many charitable projects throughout his career. He is Chairman of the Wakefield District Community Stadium Trust and Trustee of the London Marathon Charitable Trust, President of the Youth Charter for Sport and Vice President of the Federation of Disability Sports organisations. He is an Honorary Life Vice President of the Rugby Football League, an Honorary Life Member of Leicester City Plc, an Honorary Member of the NSPCC, and is a patron of The Harold “Dickie” Bird Foundation.
In 2013 Sir Rodney was appoint chair of TdFHUB 2014 Ltd, responsible for overseeing the allocation of £10 million of government money for the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart & Stage 3. Taking place over 3 days and starting in Yorkshire before moving onto South East England, the event was attracted 3.8 million spectators, generating an estimated financial benefit of £128 million.
Sir Rodney has a range of charitable interests in Wakefield and across Yorkshire. He has also been very involved in the Arts, being president of multiple theatre trusts and has sat on the board of many other organisations.
Sir Rodney has been Chairman of Goals Soccer Centres Plc. since 2002 and became controlling shareholder & Chairman of Sport Pathways Ltd in 2011. He is Chairman of Lightsong Media Ltd and controlling shareholder of Myerscough Holdings Ltd. Together with his wife and two sons he has formed “The Myerscough Charitable Trust”. He was chairman of Sport England & then UK Sport between 1994 – 2002.
For more information, visit: www.sirrodneywalker.uk.com
Ann John, OBE
Ann John OBE was the Leader of Brent Council until May 2012.
She was previously Leader of Brent Council from January 2001 to May 2006, one of the very few women to lead a London borough council. She was Deputy Leader of the Council from 22 April 1996 to 29 January 2001. She was the Deputy Leader of Brent Council from May 1995 to April 1996 and was Labour Group Chief Whip from 1993 – 1995.
Ann is a retired laboratory technician and she was an active trade unionist during her working life, holding office as an ASTMS branch secretary and as a Staff Side negotiator.
Ann represented St Raphael’s ward from 1990-2002 and has represented Stonebridge ward (which now includes St Raphael’s) since May 2nd 2002.
Ann was closely involved in the two most iconic buildings in Brent, Wembley Stadium – the home of football, England’s national sport and the magnificent Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir – the largest Hindu temple outside of India
Ann is particularly interested in voluntary sector issues and was Brent Council’s representative on the London Borough Grants Committee for many years. She was a councillor representative on Brent’s Domestic Violence Forum. She was also an active member of the Brent Energy Network, which was established to encourage energy efficiency.
Ann is also keenly interested in education and in providing better youth facilities and she has taken the lead in developing policies to combat domestic violence. She represents a very deprived ward in the south of Brent and is therefore committed to policies to tackle social exclusion and promote community cohesion.
Ann received her OBE and was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for services to the community in Brent.
Ann has a son, a daughter and a grandson. She lives in Kingsbury with her three cats and has lived in Brent for most of her life. Her leisure interests include opera, theatre, cooking, gardening, reading and travel.
Alderman Gordon Haines
Gordon has over 40 years of service in the Financial City and is currently a consultant to the financial services industry with THB and Cardinus, having previously been a Chairman, CEO and Director of a number of financial companies. He is also an advisor to a variety of Government, civil service and charitable organisations.
In 2004, he was elected as Alderman for Queenhithe Ward in the City of London and re-elected unopposed for a further six year term in 2010. He is President of the Queenhithe Ward Club and sits on a number of committees for the City of London Corporation. As well as being Past Master Painters-Stainer, Gordon is also a Liveryman and Court Assistant of the Horners’ Company and an Honorary Freeman of the Company of Educators.
His charitable portfolio includes sitting on the executive committees of the Cancer Research UK/Bobby Moore Fund and the Bowel Disease Research Foundation as well as supporting a range of other charitable causes.
Gordon is a member of the MCC and has extensive cricket, football, golfing and other sporting interests.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE is one of Britain’s greatest paralympic athletes, winning 16 Paralympic medals in five Paralympic Games, including 11 gold and 6 times winner of the London Wheelchair Marathon over a career spanning 16 years. Now retired from competitive sport, Tanni’s current roles include membership of the boards of London Marathon and Transport for London. In March 2010 Tanni was made a crossbench peer, becoming Baroness Grey-Thompson of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham.
Following a 15-year banking career, Pete started working in sport development in 1992 through the Champion Coaching programme, then as a Cricket Development Officer with Wirral MBC before becoming Cricket Development Officer for the Lancashire Cricket Board in 1996.
In 1999 Pete joined the ECB, becoming the National Development Manager and then Head of Development with a commitment to ‘Building Partnerships’ with all the games stakeholders, from spectators to elite cricketers.
Since 2010, Pete has worked as the Head of National Game Development for the Football Association, with the aim of creating opportunity, influencing others, continuous improvement and establishing a legacy.
Pete is supporter and keen follower of Manchester United, Sale Sharks, Warrington Wolves and Lancashire County Cricket Club.