Meet Our Chair & Trustees
As a registered charity, a board of trustees governs The Squad. Together they bring a wealth of experience from different backgrounds and are responsible for the overall governance of the charity. All trustees are unpaid – they volunteer their time and expertise for free.
Chair - Phil Catt
Phil joined The Squad as a trustee in 2020. He works as a Commercial Manager for a national sport governing body, overseeing sponsorship and marketing initiatives for some of the organisation’s commercial partners. Phil’s early career included working closely with adults with physical disabilities before moving into fundraising and events, followed by various sports marketing agencies and other national governing bodies
Deputy Chair - Ro Osborne
Ro joined The Squad in 2018 and has worked in marketing in the UK and the US for over 20 years. She brings her marketing and commerce experience to the team as well as her knowledge of organising and running events.
Outside of her marketing work, Ro is a qualified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor, teaching fitness classes and PT to corporate client companies.
Secretary - Sarah Williams
Sarah joined the Squad as a Trustee in early 2021. Sarah has worked in Central Banking for almost forty years. She brings to the Board her experience of running operations, project delivery, analytical and governance skills.
Trustee - Nick Beaugié
Nick has been involved with the Squad since 2003, joining first as a volunteer at what is now the Juniors Club. He's been a trustee since 2006. He is our IT guy, bringing skills from his day job as a Software Engineer for a well-known website.
Trustee - Clare Conroy
Clare has been involved in the charity sector for many years, having volunteered and worked for both large and small organisations. She joined the Squad as a trustee in 2018 and brings her fundraising and events experience to the board.
Trustee - Taj Singh
Taj joins The Squad as a Trustee and brings his broad experience in corporate sales and entrepreneurship to the board, with an ambition to foster the next phase of growth for The Squad. Taj joins The Squad from his own personal family experience with learning disabilities and hopes to make an impactful positive difference to the leaning disabilities community.
Trustee - Charlotte Peck
Charlotte’s career has been focused on the disability charity sector and she currently runs a small national charity working with physically disabled young people. Charlotte brings her experience in charity leadership, strategy and operational management to the board and is passionate about supporting those of us with learning disabilities to achieve our potential.
Trustee - Peter Frost
Peter joined The Squad in May 2021. He has worked in a City law firm as a lawyer and senior leader for over 35 years and brings to the Board his legal, analytical and strategic skills. Peter has also been a disability champion for several years . He hopes to use this experience to help those with learning disabilities to achieve their potential.
Trustee - Jenny Betteridge
Jenny is a local resident and has an extensive professional background in volunteer management and community engagement. She works for Sport England, a national public funding organisation, with a mission to enable everyone to benefit from sport and activity. Jenny works supporting investments into community volunteering. She joined the Squad Trustee team in January 2022.
Trustee - Barry Lloyd
Barry joined The Squad as a trustee in 2022. He currently works as a Programme Manager for the British Paralympic Association overseeing their grassroots community programme. Barry has worked for Rethink Mental Illness on a Sport England funded project supporting people severely affected by mental illness to be more active. He previously worked as the disability sport lead in Croydon, Barry also owns a small business back in Mid Wales coaching children sport and PE. As you may have guessed Barry loves all things sport and continues to dabble in cycling, rugby and football socially.
Trustee - Renaud Isman
Renaud recently joined The Squad as a Trustee. Having worked in finance in London and then Asia for more than 30 years, he brings to The Squad his analytical and financial skills. While in Asia, Renaud did volunteering and fund raising for a charity helping teenagers and young adults with learning disabilities. Outside work Renaud enjoys practising endurance sports and is a keen runner and triathlete.
Trustee - Ato Okai
Ato joined the squad in April 2023. He has worked in the financial sector for the last 10 years and brings to The Squad a wealth of experience, particularly with regards to governance.
He was drawn to The Squad as he has personal experiences with learning disabilities in his immediate family.
Outside of work, Ato is a semi-professional footballer.
Special Advisor - Charlie Bowrey
Charlie has volunteered at The Squad for 15 years and brings her marketing experience to the club. She is currently advisor to the board and works on ad-hoc projects.