Board of Trustees
Angus Malcolm - Chair
Born and raised in Ireland, Angus read modern languages at university in London, where he went on to become involved in LGBT rights and the UK response to HIV. Later, Angus moved into media production. He worked as a development producer at the BBC, and then as a freelance writer for television. He first picked up a stills camera in earnest in 2008, and started the Warwick Rowers calendar with the University of Warwick Boat Club a year later. Since 2014, Angus has devoted himself exclusively to working on the Warwick Rowers project and to setting up Sport Allies. You can read Angus's Huffington Post blog posts about Sport Allies and the Warwick Rowers here.
Tom is a partner in law firm Solesbury Gay, specialising in sport and employment law. He is also a double Olympian in rowing (Beijing 2008 and London 2012). Tom’s legal career started at Warwick University, where he studied for a law degree, graduating in 2002. He also has an MSc in Management Research from Oxford University. Tom started rowing at Warwick University and, as well competing for Great Britain in two Olympic Games, has won the University Boat Race, a World Championship Bronze medal, numerous World Cup medals and Henley Regatta twice.
David Nicholls - Company Secretary
David is a non-sporty geek and global compliance expert in the financial sector. He is an LBGT+ advocate who became involved with Sport Allies through the inspiring work of the Warwick Rowers and the feeling of having missed out on the obvious benefits of team sport involvement in his youth. David is truly excited to be part of the Sport Allies team and to lead the way in challenging and overcoming gender policing at source, be that the pitch, the school or the workplace and encouraging others to join in!
A recent graduate of the University of Warwick, Tristan now lives and works in London. His involvement in Sport Allies has grown out of three years of participating in the Warwick Rowers calendar. During his time as a Warwick Rower, he spoke to audiences including National Student Pride, M&G investments Pride Allies network, Buzzfeed and Huffington Post about issues surrounding inclusion in sport. He has an interest in watching and playing a variety of different sports, including rowing, football and crossfit.
Will is a TV producer, currently back in London after more than a decade of living and working in New York and Sydney. In the early 1990s he and his then partner challenged the British Government over the discriminatory gay age of consent laws. (At that time, sixteen was the age of consent for heterosexuals and lesbians, while it was twenty-one for gay men.) He is a keen amateur runner and triathlete, and competes for London Frontrunners, the city's LGBT running club.
Claire is Head of Compliance for BBC Television. Claire started her professional career as a print journalist, before becoming a book researcher and then a published author. Claire moved into television production and contributed to ground-breaking documentary series such as World in Action before joining the BBC to produce factual entertainment. She became the BBC's chief advisor, specialising in harm and offence issues and now works across all aspects of broadcast content.
Uwern Jong is Editor-in-Chief of the world’s leading luxury and experiential travel journal for gay men, OutThere. He also runs Boutique Marketing, a specialist brand engagement and content agency that helps brands connect with gay and lesbian audiences. A self-billed ‘business activist', he has a long track record of championing LGBTQ rights, diversity and inclusion in the industries he works in – mainly travel and tourism – through his profession, but also through the various ambassadorships and leadership positions on other charities and organizations that he has held in the past. Uwern is a University of Warwick alumnus, playing hockey during his time there, but was only made aware that there was a rowing team when the Warwick Rowers calendar unsurprisingly caught his attention.
David hails from a proud Yorkshire rugby league family but unfortunately lacks the 'natural athlete' gene, so is instead delighted to support Sport Allies by applying more than a decade of expertise into further promoting and building such a great brand. He first encountered the charity in 2014 through his work as a director at a global PR firm in London and the cause was immediately dear to his heart, as he understands many of the challenges LGBT people feel in not fitting in within the sports world. Between working and keeping fit in the gym or out running, David loves to travel and can't wait to spread the word about such a good cause outside the UK.
Janet Smyth has been credited on more than 600 hours of international television since 2000, working with leading producers of factual content as Head of Production. Responsible for programme finance and legal matters across several UK production companies, Janet enjoys bringing teams together and keeping the creative forces heading in the right direction. Working with Sports Allies to spread the message of equality in sport, and the wider positive consequences of achieving that purpose, is something that she finds both enjoyable and rewarding.
Mark is Home Bursar of Magdalen College Oxford where he is responsible for most things non-academic, including sport. He played rugby from school onwards and has been involved with rowing for over 30 years, more recently as a member of the Board of British Rowing, an international umpire and as Treasurer of the National Schools’ Regatta. He is also a Chairman’s Assistant at Henley Royal Regatta. Mark became involved in Sport Allies through an interest in raising awareness of LGBT+ sportspeople and links with National Governing Bodies.
Maya Liebana - Administrator
Born in Denmark and raised in Spain, Maya is a psychologist with a Masters in Human Resources and International Business Management. During a fifteen year career in Spain, Denmark and Belgium, Maya has primarily worked in multinational organisations such as IBM and ING Bank, and at the Spanish Embassy in Copenhagen. Combining her background in international business administration and her experience in recruitment, training and coaching, Maya was most recently the HR Advisor to an American multinational before following her passion to become the Administrator for Sport Allies.