Our Team

Meet our team of dedicated individuals raising awareness of mental health in sport.

Our team are dedicated to helping young sports people with mental health issues and raising awareness to let those in sports know they are not alone. Meet our team below and get to know a little about them.

Callum Lea
Founder

Callum is currently an undergraduate at Oxford Brookes University, studying philosophy and politics. This follows five years at Malvern College, which he attended having won a cricket scholarship.

His sporting background consists of representation for Worcestershire CCC from age group cricket level to academy and 2nd XI.

As the founder of Sportingmindsuk, Callum is passionate about taking the organisation from strength to strength, with the primary aim of promoting positive mental health and normalising mental health issues, within the youth representative sport environment.

Callum Lea
Tony Lea
Trustee

Tony has many years experience in the financial services sector, and is currently a director of a business providing financial advice to both personal and corporate clients.

He has been involved in cricket as a player, coach and coach educator for over 40 years. Tony has always had a desire to be involved in a sport related charity and plans to use his sporting and business experience whilst serving as a trustee of Sporting Minds UK.

Tony believes passionately in the promotion of positive mental health in young sports people, and looks forward to being involved in the strategic development of this organisation.

Tony Lea
Dave Middleton
Trustee

Dave was CEO of an Employee Benefits Consultancy until its sale to a global business in 2017 and now works as a Non Executive Director and Mentor. He is passionate about mental health and designed and delivered wellbeing programmes for many of his clients.

Having been involved in cricket as a player, coach and administrator for many years Dave has seen first hand the challenges that young aspiring sports people face. As such he joins Sporting Minds UK as a trustee and is looking forward to working with all involved to develop the charity, and help make a positive impact to young athletes lives.

Dave Middleton
Stewart Wilson-Bett
Trustee

Stewartโ€™s career was in Accountancy and Finance, holding senior positions in large and small retail, commercial and manufacturing businesses as Managing Director and Company Secretary, and also Sports Club Treasurer.

At the Leys School in Cambridge, he enjoyed athletics, rugby, cricket, hockey and particularly rowing.

Stewart feels very privileged to be asked to join Sporting Minds UK and is proud to be associated with this charity founded by his nephew and godson Callum.

He looks forward to contributing his skills to an organisation that assists young sportspeople in their mental health wellbeing.

Stewart Wilson-Bett
Phil McShane
Associate

Phil has worked in the education sector for the last 20 years, holding positions including class teacher, Assistant Head and Deputy Head Teacher. He was also a School Sports Coordinator, developing P.E. and sports coaching links between primary and secondary schools.

His main passion is football and he has been involved in club football as a player, coach and administrator for many years. Phil has also been involved in local club cricket and knows how important the support offered by Sporting Minds UK can be for young athletes involved in club sport.

Phil has vast experience of working with young people, both professionally and through sport, and is passionate about using this experience to support the strategic development and support networks provided by Sporting Minds UK.

Phil McShane
Chris Palmer
Trustee

Chris is an Investment Director with lead responsibility for the economic performance and capital outcome for a large plc. He is a Charterholder of the Institute of Banking & Finance and also the Institute for Securities & Investment.

He played rugby as a Lancashire Schoolboy and as an enthusiast whilst studying at Cambridge University and later in London. He has coached rugby in Surrey and New Zealand and is on the Surrey Panel of Rugby Referees.

If Chris achieved anything on a sports pitch, he says it was likely through effort and application, rather than from any actual talent! He admires and recognizes natural talent in others and believes that ability in young sports people should be nurtured and encouraged. However, that talent needs to be developed appropriately, and it should not become the only part of their lives at the exclusion of other pursuits, academic, social and otherwise. Sport might be a means of earning a living for some, but it should first be a source of enjoyment for everyone, a form of mental release and physical endeavour, including for those with natural talent.

Chris is delighted to be a Trustee of Sporting Minds UK and looks forward to contributing to our success.

Chris Palmer
Beverley Ashton
Associate

Beverley has had a successful career in senior roles in the not-for-profit, charity, central and local government sectors, overseeing the areas of public relations, marketing, communications, customer services and business research.

Her sport participation at school and college was mainly based around racquet sports – tennis, squash and badminton, with the occasional 100 metres and high jump! Now Beverley enjoys the gentler activities of swimming, yoga, pilates, is an intermediate Taiko drummer and plays golf sporadically, plus supporting and spectating at County and National levels.

As an Associate of Sporting Minds UK, Beverley finds it very rewarding being involved in an organisation with the potential to make a huge and positive difference to the well being and success of young sports people.

Beverley Ashton
Vikki Mack
Associate

Vikki has worked in the Housing Sector for 14 years as an Executive Assistant supporting Senior Executives, managing projects, events and being an ambassador for the positive culture throughout the organisation.

She was a Trustee and Volunteer at Norton Priory Museum & Gardens for six years and has extensive experience supporting charity work both in her Trustee role and also within her main employment.

Vikki’s love of sport is far reaching and has been an important part of her life as a spectator, particularly Rugby Union at Club and International level. She has enjoyed many years playing squash and weight training and in her early 20’s she was an amateur competitive bodybuilder. Through this experience, she fully understands the pressure that young sports people face in a competitive environment.

Becoming an Associate of Sporting Minds UK allows her to combine her love of sport and charity work to promote positive mental health in young people and feels privileged to be involved in this immensely rewarding and exciting charity.

Vikki Mack
Aubrey Lindsay-Smith
Associate
Aubrey is a sixth form student at Kings College Taunton studying Maths, Geography and Economics for his A levels. As well as attending a school noted for its sporting excellence, Aubrey represented Bristol Bears Academy during his U16’s year. This has given him a great understanding of the varying pressures of elite sport as well as the wide range of benefits it can bring. As well as sporting experience, Aubrey also has experience of facilitating fundraising events, making him an extremely welcomed and valued member of the Sporting Minds team.
Aubrey Lindsay-Smith
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