The Team

Sally Higham

Sally Higham

CEO. Sally has worked for 25 years with youth services, education, sport, social housing, charities, social enterprises and the voluntary sector providing strategy, evaluation and funding support. She feels strongly about enabling communities to run any type of club or group their local people feel they need. Sally is also an NED for the Aster Group. She voluntarily set up and ran a large youth club for three years and still helps out there alongside other volunteering roles.

Alex describes Sally in these four words – ‘Challenge everything, do anything….

Barrie Taylor

Barrie Taylor

Development Director. Barrie has worked with Sally since 2003 on projects ranging from intensive Youth Services value-for-money key projects, the creation of educational tools, National Youth Agency development streams and much more. His creativeness and imagination means he is focused on leading and continuously improving the RunAClub product with the technical team and is already developing potential new areas with our partners. Barrie is the Chair of Governors for a four school Federation and Director of a Multi Academy Trust.

Barrie loves new ideas and creating. Favourite saying ‘Sal, I’ve got an idea…’

Alexandra Bond

Alexandra Bond

Director of Communications. Al has supported the team since 2005 and has a breadth of commercial experience that has translated well to the public and third sector. Al heads up the Customer Service and Accounts, is responsible for the look and feel of the RunAClub website, and leads on our news and features. She was Chair of the Committee for her local Playgroup and is a Fundraising champion for the local primary school.

Al’s favourite saying ‘Sally we’ve got this problem; and the solution is…’

Julie Rouffiac

Julie Rouffiac

Julie joined us in the summer of 2012 and looks after our Finance department, ensuring that our new contracts come on board smoothly.  She has held a mixture of finance roles at a senior level, and has supported many voluntary projects with her finance skills.

Samantha Bland

Samantha Bland

Finance and Accounts. Sam joined us in 2012 and is training as an accountant. Sam works in our Finance department, ensuring that our new contracts come on board smoothly and, very importantly, that our bills are paid! She turns her hand to a mixture of administration roles and has been heavily involved in the social investment process.

Sam’s favourite saying (especially when invoices are paid) is ‘Happy days!’

Jo Grant

Jo Grant

Account Manager. Jo joined the RunAClub team halfway through 2012. Her background includes working with local authorities/charities on an interim basis at a senior level, and has particular expertise in children and young people services and quality standards. Jo is developing new partnerships with Local Authorities. Previously a school governor, Jo now volunteers on the Board of Creative Youth Network in Bristol.

Jo’s favourite thing is getting new contacts across to Alex for a RunAClub demo, oh and shoes..

Linda Cantillon-Guyatt

Linda Cantillon-Guyatt

Linda has worked with the team over a number of years. She is our Quality Assurance Advisor, updating and developing our library of extensive, quality-assured, step-by-step guides to running any kind of club or group.

Linda has a background in support and assists the customer support team with the day to day support management.

Michelle Sumner

Michelle Sumner

Admin and Accounts coordinator. Michelle joined us in mid-2017 as part of a job share opportunity. Michelle previously worked as performance manager in the Internal Audit department at Aviva with a background in communication, organisational and project management skills, operating at CXO level.

Michelle is resourceful, enjoys a challenge, has the capability of working efficiently and creatively under pressure and support/assist in leading change in a positive manner.

Our Advisors and Investors

Mary McKenna

Mary McKenna

Non-Executive Director and Social Investor. A well-known London/Northern Ireland based technology entrepreneur and angel investor, Mary co-founded successful e-learning company Learning Pool in 2006, on the back of a long local government career.  She is on the Board of CAST, the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology, IIBN and Captive Health.  Mary was awarded an MBE for Services to Digital Technology, Innovation and Learning in 2013.

Mary has amazing insight and is very supportive – she is Queen of the networkers and a fab blogger too!

Tim Ramsdale

Tim Ramsdale

Tim is a tech entrepreneur. Owner and Founder of Insiteability and Third Sector Digital  – both Tech Companies, Tim brings strategic and critical business thinking and creativity to our Tech team.

Tim is questioning and knowledgeable and has a great punk haired photo from back in his ‘yoof’.

Annika Small

Annika Small

Annika is Co-Founder of CAST, an organisation accelerating the use of technology for social impact. Annika also sits on the Board of Access – the foundation for social investment. Previously Chief Executive of Nominet Trust, Director of the Tony Blair Foundation and Chief Executive of Futurelab. Non-executive Director of National Foundation for Educational Research. Previous Trustee of NESTA and South West Screen.

Annika was our Knight in silvery/white armour when we first started RunAClub, we wouldn’t be here if she hadn’t taken the time to truly listen to our story.

Bjorn Howard

Bjorn Howard

Group Chief Executive of The Aster Group. Worked for several housing organisations in the public and independent sectors. Previous Non-executive Director of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Strategic thinker, open minded and a fantastic negotiator. Bjorn steers an ocean liner but rather likes hovercrafts too.

Jim Farmery

Jim Farmery

Jim Farmery, ex-Director of Business Investment of Creative England, a £10m programme growing creative businesses working in TV, film, games and digital media, recently became RunAClub COO. Jim brings considerable business acumen, funding skills and a very extensive network and has supported RunAClub as an Advisor in the ‘wings’ for two years. Jim started his technology career at J Sainsbury plc, moved to Pace Micro Technology in 1995 and subsequently to the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward for ten years in economic development. He has fundraised and helped in his local community at cricket, rugby and football for junior clubs in Yorkshire over the last ten years.

Jim has a great passion for cricket (and Grimsby Town FC) and uses RunAClub himself.

Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill

Social investment in the UK and its link with civil society, social entrepreneurship, international development and international trade, EU policy and strategy. Interim CEO of Access – The foundation for social investment. Social Investment advisor.

Katherine grabbed Sally’s attention at a BVC panel. Her empathy, support and positive energy was gratefully received at a stressful time!

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Group Chair at Vistage International, MD of Johnson Leigh, Board mentor and adviser. Kevin has run businesses, operations and major programmes over 30 years, and helped many others around the world do likewise. Previous UKI Board member and global Strategy & Innovation director with Cisco, having also held senior roles with Accenture, AstraZeneca, Courtaulds, ICI.

Hands on help, strategic input and unstinting support. Plus a fabulous Highlands accent….

Lord Ian MacLaurin

Lord Ian MacLaurin

Chairman of Paperless Receipts/eReceipts. Previous Chairman of Vodafone, previous Chairman and Chief Executive of Tesco. Ian is a former Chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board and a former Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire.

With such an amazing private sector and sporting governance background, we are lucky to have Lord Ian’s support. Ian is approachable and happy to help.

Mike Power OBE

Mike Power OBE

Non-executive Director for Sport and Recreational Alliance, British Swimming and Brentford Football Club. Previous Chief Operating Officer for LOCOG and Vice-President Proctor and Gamble. Mike also teaches at the Oxford University Business School and the London School of Economics.

Full of sage advice and support for Sally and amazing connections for many years! Sally’s favourite ‘Mike’ piece of advice is to ‘Think Big’.

Stephen Rockman

Stephen Rockman

Founder of Merism Capital, a pan European seed-stage fund investing in impact start-ups in the health and education sectors. Previously Stephen spent twenty years in commercial roles with global software and technology companies in the UK, Europe and Israel. Stephen mentors and advises start-ups at Wayra UK and Innovation RCA, is an occasional guest lecturer on social investment and sits on the board of a number of social businesses.

Stephen was our very first investor contact; he bothered to comment on one of Sally’s first Guardian articles and then introduced Sally to Annika. Loads of social enterprise/investment type experience and full of ideas.