Trustees

Wembley National Stadium Trust has a board of eight trustees, led by Lord Toby Harris. Find out more below.

Lord Toby Harris

Toby Harris – Lord Harris of Haringey – Chairman

Lord Toby Harris has been Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity, since May 2013.  He is also Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody that reports to the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Health since 2009 and, at the request of the Minister for Prisons, is leading an Independent Review on the Deaths of Young People in Prison Custody that is due to report by Spring 2015.

He was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers. In 2013, he chaired the House of Lords Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.  He was a member of the Joint Committee on National Security from 2010 to 2014.  He was also a member of the House of Lords Select Committee that reported on Personal Internet Security in 2007.  He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing and Treasurer of the Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology Forum (PICTFOR).

He was born in 1953 and graduated from Cambridge University in 1975, having studied Natural Sciences and Economics and where he was President of the Cambridge Union.  His professional career began with four years in the Economics Division of the Bank of England.  He then spent seven years at the Electricity Consumers’ Council, becoming Deputy Director in 1983.  In 1987, he became Director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales (the national statutory body representing patients’ interests).  He remained there until October 1998, when he established his own public affairs consultancy, Toby Harris Associates, which advises a number of major public and private sector bodies.

He was a member of the London Assembly from May 2000 to June 2004, on which he led the Labour Group and he was the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).  He continued to sit on the MPA from 2004 until 2012, as the representative of the Home Secretary with a remit to oversee the national and international functions of the Metropolitan Police – primarily its role in counter-terrorism and security. He also oversaw their risk management and audit, and was the interim chair of the Audit Panel for the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.

He was a member of Haringey Council from 1978 to 2002 and was its Leader from 1987 to 1999, having previously spent five years as Chair of Social Services.  He was Chair of the Association of London Government, representing the 33 local authorities in London, from its formation in 1995 until 2000, having previously chaired the Association of London Authorities.

From 1986 to 1993, he was Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities’ Social Services Committee and led for local government in negotiations about the introduction of Community Care and the Children Act.  He was also a member of the Executive (and later a Vice President) of the Local Government Association for a number of years. He was also a member of the Executive of the Association of Police Authorities from 2000 to 2006 and was a Vice President from 2006 until 2012.

He was the first Chair of the Institute of Commissioning Professionals, has been a non-executive director of the London Ambulance Service, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, and a member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.  He is a former member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.

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Sir Rodney Walker – Vice Chairman

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

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Ann John

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.

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Gordon Haines

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.

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Dinah Cox OBE

Dinah Cox, OBE

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.

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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.

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Nick Bitel

Nick Bitel

Nick Bitel has been the Chief Executive of the London Marathon, the world’s most successful city centre marathon, since 1995. The event has grown substantially in that time and now sees over 35,000 finishers each year who between them raise a world record £52 million per annum. He was appointed Chair of Sport England in April 2013 following three years as a Board Member.  

 

Nick is also a solicitor and consultant at Kerman & Co specialising in sports law.  His major event clients include The Wimbledon Championships and the Ryder Cup. Nick is a Board Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation. He is also a Board Member of UK Sport.

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Peter Ackerley

Pete Ackerley

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.

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