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 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."

 Tom Daly

University Coordinator: Tom Daly

"I am a Sports Development and Enterprise graduate from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). I started playing Ultimate in my first year at University after working abroad for 5 years. In my 2nd year I was club secretary and in my final year of studying I became President. I was elected UCLan’s VP of Sport for a year after I graduated.

As I play various other sports, my playing time for club is limited but I enjoy picking up where I can and concentrate on indoors with my alumni team, Prone.

I'm looking to increase ties between local clubs and universities, provide more support for new or small university teams and develop an Ultimate network where different universities can share best practice and pass on ideas to the University sub-committee that can be used to influence any changes for the wider University Ultimate community."

 

Director for Youth Ultimate: Joe Wyatt

"I have taught beginner juniors, supported club level teams that have included juniors, helped to promote ultimate in schools through the Matalan Sports Promise and I managed the GB juniors U20s for a 2-year cycle.
As well as this key experience and knowledge these have given, I have also been involved in the youth service since I was 17. In that time I have moved up the ranks to a development officer for a national youth movement. All this experience has given me the knowledge and skills to help young people to reach their full potential. Working as a youth worker gives me daily learning that I will bring to the role.
As a person I'm driven, enthusiastic and a keen problem solver who enjoys a challenge. I'm truly passionate about youth rights and welfare which has a importance role in the development of junior ultimate."

 

Without Portfolio: Willis Bruckermann

"In this country, we have an incredible amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to ultimate. However, the institutional structures that underpin the sport remain poorly understood by many in the sport itself. I've played this sport for all of my adult life, and as I begin to transition out of the competitive playing phase of my career I would like to continue contributing to the community at the institutional level.

Among the issues I would be interested in addressing are:
- knowledge dissemination on UKU's decision making process and rationale in order to bring the governing body closer to the players, many of whom remain woefully under-informed on how the UKU supports their sport
- enhancing institutional mechanisms for best practice dissemination when it comes to developing players
However, the above issues are far from the only ones I in which I have an interest, and any issue brought to the Board will have my full attention."

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: Nick Smith

I run a company called Airbounce, after my favourite throw, which provides consultancy to the sport, education and charity sectors where they overlap with one another, specialising in fundraising and brand communications. My career started in marketing and 5 years in the telecommunications sector before moving onto various roles in education and sport including at the University of Cambridge, The Prince’s Trust and Right To Play UK. When not consulting, I also work part-time at Churcher’s College in Petersfield heading up fundraising and alumni engagement. I am a very keen sportsman, trying out my hand at most things, excelling less. All sports went into the bin when I started playing ultimate in 1994. I was lucky enough to ride the Catch 22 rollercoaster, including winning Nationals and oh so many near misses at Paganello, join Chevron Action Flash for World Clubs in Hawaii, be a founding member of Fire and be part of the GB Open gold medal squad in France 2003. I love everything about ultimate and am passionate about helping the sport grow in the UK.