Current Board Members

Current board members are:

 

Chairman: Graham Mynott

I started playing ultimate as a student at Southampton University in 1985, I still have the Glyn Lewis designed shirt still (a bit thin now mind). My main ultimate playing career in this country was with Catch 22 and LeedsLeedsLeeds on sand and grass, in domestic, european and world competitions: legendary times. I'm the proud owner of a gold medal from the Euros in 2003 representing the Masters (got the winning point disc as a memento too) and a bronze from the Turku Worlds the following year , although my first Masters foray was in Sweden back in 1996. I don't play any more apart from an annual trot at Glastonbury with the Catch family. My son's got the golden arm though.


My day job is as Chief Executive of Keyhouse a supported housing, advice and training charity based in Keighley in West Yorkshire - I've been running this charity, and before that another in Oldham for well over 10 years now and somewhere in there is the reason that Si Hill approached me to act as Chair when Jamie Cross was heading west. My work has always been based around housing and homelessness.

Treasurer: Wayne Davey

I started playing ultimate at Warwick in 1985. Since then I’ve played at all levels, in mixed, masters and open divisions and I’ve been lucky enough to play in World Championships on 5 continents. I have captained the GB Masters team several times on both grass and sand, including leading the team to success in the 2003 European Championships. I've also been on winning teams at UK Nationals in open, mixed and indoors. In 2011 I was part of the GB mixed masters team that won the World Beach Championships. Unfortunately, injury now limits my ultimate to 2 or 3 beach tournaments a year.

Off the field I have been the treasurer of UK Ultimate for the last 3 years or so. I was also the first treasurer of the UK Ultimate's predecessor organisation. While I have been on the Board I chaired the UKU Spirit of the Game Committee for 2 years. I also spent a couple of years on the BULA Beach Ultimate Committee.


Director of Safeguarding: Anna Trebble

Taking over this role within UKU from Joe, I would like to firstly thank him for all the years he has given to the role and know I have big shoes to fill. I have already been part of the uku safeguarding committee for the past year and a bit, therefore will hopefully rise to this next challenge.

I play for SYC in the women's division, I am a handler, and am more likely to be known as "trebbs" within a frisbee context. 

Outside of Frisbee I am an NHS Speech and Language Therapist. My work is varied, but I mostly work with children and young people who are either Autistic or who have profoundly complex medical/health needs all of whom require a special school environment to meet their educational needs. I am a dysphagia trained therapist, which means I support feeding/swallowing difficulties as well as communication. 

The children and young people I work with are often extremely vulnerable and therefore safeguarding and safeguarding practices are ingrained in what we do. I receive regular safeguarding supervision through work, have been involved in child protection conferences and am CRB checked for both children and adults. 

 

Director of Competitions: Chris White

I've been part of the competitions committee since 2008, starting as the Mixed Coordinator for 4 years and serving without portfolio until 2014 when I became DoC. I have kept a working knowledge of the competitions structure & rules central to my work. These areas are vital to steering the structure of UKU competitions in the coming years as we need to find new ways to grow with the number of teams & players.

Performance Director: Ali Tincknell

I started playing ultimate as a student at Leeds University in 2000 and have since played with teams across all 3 divisions of the UK Tour including LLLeeds Open and LLLadies, Bliss, Jeremy Codhand, and Nice Bristols. I have also been fortunate enough to play at multiple European Club tournaments and at 4 World Club tournaments; twice in Mixed and twice in Women’s. I started my GB career in 2003 and continued through to WUGC in 2012, winning 3 European Gold medals on grass and 1 World Beach Silver medal. After retiring from GB in 2012, I became part of the GB Oversight Committee and in 2018 I was asked to take on the voluntary role of GB Performance Director. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for UK Ultimate and for WFDF, where I hold the role of Chair of the Athletes’ Commission.

Outside of Ultimate, I completed a PhD in 2008 and have worked ever since at the University of Bath where I teach and research in sport psychology. I have also worked with a number of sports organisations including the Premier League, Sport England, UK Sport, and UK Anti-Doping.

University Coordinator: Emily Powell

I am a  Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. I have played ultimate for 3 years, having taken it up in my  second year at uni. I have played for SCRAM and Dark Horses, and I am President for Dark Horses this year, continuing in the role from last year. In addition, I am currently on the  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee for UKU. I want to help University ultimate teams feel heard and to support them through anything they may need.

I think that being a Uni ultimate player and having run a club, I know of a few of the struggles and wish to try help right them. One of my main aims would be to help further the relationship that regional coordinators have with teams in their  district, to try and better support them over the coming year and beyond. It is important that  teams feel they are supported by UKU over the coming year, as we all figure out the impact  COVID has had on our teams. Further to that, I want to continue the development of the women’s outdoor league, by listening to teams on what did or did not work for them with the  aim of making the game accessible to all women. 

Without Portfolio: James Cooper

"I started playing Ultimate at Nottingham University in 2001 and have been playing on and off ever since. I have been luch enough to represent GB at the Masters Level at Beach Worlds in 2017 and Euros in 2019. I've even represented Ultimate in an ill-fated TV appearance on Eggheads!

A Chartered Accountant by background, I now work for a small consultancy helping organisations define and then deliver on their corporate strategies. I've sat on two Boards previously - once as the Treasurer of a charitable organisation seeking to use derelict and underused urban spaces to grow fresh fruit and vegetables; once as an inverstor and Board member in a digital start-up seeking to disrupt everyday delivery services."

Without Portfolio: Ed Lee

I started playing Ultimate in 2001 at Oxford University and, since graduating, I have played for ABH in London for 10 years, including a number as Open captain, Mixed captain and Treasurer. I am currently captaining and coordinating GreyBH on its journey to World Masters in Winnipeg in 2018. I have a strong interest in supporting the interests of clubs focused on being a long-term venture, and I believe my many years of playing Ultimate in UKU tour events for a mid-level team give me a unique perspective to bring to the board.

In my day job, I am a partner in the international law firm, Proskauer Rose, which has a significant sports law practice, including acting for the NBA, MLB and other sporting organisations. I believe my experience and legal expertise, and access to knowledge in the Sports law practice, will be an asset to the UKU.

Without Portfolio: Fowzia Mahmood

Since picking up Ultimate at KCL in 2010, I've found myself deeply involved in the sport as an advocate to get more women playing and unlocking their potential.I co-founded the women's team Discie Chicks, and have been running it for the past 5 years with an almost fresh cycle of players each year. 

My post graduate degree in Gender Studies and work as a curriculum coordinator for a Women's Charity have helped inform my approach to the way I see and can deal with issues in Women's Ultimate. I have served on the UKU Women's committee since 2015, and a personal highlight has been the Find A Team initiative which was launched last year.  

I enjoy playing Ultimate in all disciplines and in most divisions, and the community aspect of the sport is what I find so appealing. Going forward, I'd like to continue ensuring Ultimate in the UK is always inclusive, diverse and equitable.

Without Portfolio: Serena de Nahlik

Serena has been playing ultimate since 2012. She started playing at university with OW!, and has since played for a number of teams, most recently Reading mixed and women's. She played at WUCC2018 and was on the management team for Reading Mixed, helped to organise WU232015 and WUGC2016, and is now trying to get some more structured ultimate happening in Oxford. She sits on the UKU Women's committee and the branding committee, and outside of ultimate spends her time trying to commercialise university research and help academics start companies. 

Without Portfolio: Marius Hutcheson

I come in with no fixed agenda but a strong willing to help progress our sport in the UK for both present and future players. Any part I can play in that would be a pleasure as it is a sport that has given me so much over that last 12 years. One of the areas I am passionate about is reducing barriers to entry for new players entering the sport whilst safeguarding the all-inclusive nature of Ultimate that will inevitably be harder to achieve as participation grows. I believe this is possible and that it is something the UKU has always strived to achieve, however I would like to help drive it forward in the coming years. I am also keen to see club Ultimate in the UK maintain its position as one of the most competitive in Europe, if not the world, so despite inclusivity and accessibility being key components of what I will fight for, this should not be to the detriment of high-level performance.

 

From a professional standpoint, I manage the investments for a number of HNWIs, small business and charities. Presenting at numerous trustee and board meetings over the years has given me significant exposure into the high-level organisation that is required to allow a venture as large as this to prosper.


Without Portfolio: Tom Abrams

Since picking up ultimate as a junior at college in 2005, I have been lucky enough to play at all levels with club and national teams, in the UK and around the world, making lifelong friends within an amazing community. 

 

In my professional life I help organisations to define their goals and create structures that enable their people to effectively make decisions, be innovative and solve problems. I am keen to help UKU create and implement strategies that ensure the long-term success of the sport at both the grassroots and elite levels, so that ultimate players in the UK continue to have great opportunities to play in a way that works for them. 

 

One area I would like to explore, is how UKU and the UK ultimate community can grow the game sustainably through creating positive, rewarding experiences and feedback loops for coaches and community organisers - the people that are the lifeblood of our sport. I believe there are opportunities for us to learn from other sports and ultimate communities around the world to establish a model that puts in place the structures to support these people who make ultimate accessible and fun for everyone.