WSA Staff

Victoria Ward - Chief Executive

Victoria Ward

Chief Executive For 15 years, Victoria ran her own businesses, predominantly a funding solutions consultancy working mainly with sport, with the likes of The Ryder Cup, Coca-Cola, The Welsh Football Trust and the Millennium Stadium’s Charitable Trust. She has also managed sports facilities, served as a Sports Development Officer and worked …
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Tom Sharp

Tom Sharp

Business Development Manager Tom joined WSA in 2018 as our Business Development Manager. As well as being responsible for all member applications and partner agreements for the organisation, he is also instrumental in developing money-saving and income-generating opportunities for members. In touch with members on a daily basis, he is perfectly equipped …
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Josephine Pakes

Josephine Pakes

Business Support Manager Josephine has been our Business Support Manager since 2017 and she’s been with us since 2015 when she joined as a Business Support Officer. She manages all of WSA’s financing (budgeting, credit control, bookkeeping etc) as well as day-to-day operational duties. Instrumental in the development of the DBS Vibrant …
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Steffan Howells

Business Support Officer Fluent Welsh speaker Steffan joined in 2020 as a Business Support Officer, assisting us with the daily running of the business. He is instrumental in managing queries that come in relating to membership opportunities, managing the Vibrant Nation DBS system for the sport and leisure sector and supporting the …
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Emyr Jones

Business Support Officer Part-time Business Support Officer Emyr joined WSA in May 2020 on a full-time secondment from Sport Wales. He now splits his time between us and Sport Wales where he is an admin officer.  His main responsibilities here include supporting the wider team, maintaining our extensive customer databases, researching membership …
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Matthew Williams

Policy and Communications Manager Matthew joined the WSA team just after the start of the pandemic in April 2020.  He is our Policy and Communications Manager and leads on engagement with the Senedd, Welsh Government and other statutory organisations.  He has brought a wealth of experience and expertise to WSA and is …
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Extended Team

Laura Whapham

Laura Whapham

Child Protection in Sport Officer – NSPCC Laura has experience of working in the voluntary social care sector with a range of young people with complex needs, including children with disabilities, young carers and looked after children. She now works closely with Sport Wales to support National Governing Bodies with child …
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WSA Board

Paul Whapham

Paul Whapham

Board Member Paul has developed his career within the public, charity and more recently the private sector. After four years heading up the Ospreys community focused activity, where he oversaw the creation and growth of Ospreys in the Community (OitC) from concept to reality, becoming a leading sporting charitable foundation. Paul moved …
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Lynn Pamment

Chair Lynn is Comptroller and Auditor General for Jersey at the Jersey Audit Office. She has over 28 years experience of working in an advisory and assurance capacity with public and private sector organisations in England and Wales. Lynn is a first class honours graduate from the University College Cardiff …
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Damian Philips

Damian Phillips

Damian joined legal firm Darwin Gray as a partner in 2009 and is known as one of the leading employment lawyers in South Wales.  He has led Darwin Gray’s Sports Law department for the last four years and has considerable experience acting for a number of professional sports people on …
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Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones

Board Member Sarah is Welsh Netball’s CEO. Initially seconded to the organisation for six months in 2015, she has been the key driver of change ever since and was appointed its CEO in 2016. She was instrumental in providing organisational stability, driving culture change, a new vision and long-term strategy. Thanks …
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Kate Stokes-Davies

Kate Stokes-Davies

Board Member Currently Director of External Affairs at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Kate is responsible for all public-facing marketing, communications, stakeholder engagement, partnerships and creative programming at the national conservatoire of Wales. With previous roles including Head of Communications, Policy & Strategy for Sport Wales, Director, Communications & …
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Helen Humphrey

Helen Humphrey

Board Member Helen is a former Vice President of National Operations at McDonald’s Restaurants Ltd. During her 29 years with McDonald’s Helen progressed from a 16 year old Crew Member serving and preparing food for customers, to become the company’s first female Vice President for Operations. In 2006 Helen became a …
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Fergus Feeney

Vice Chair Fergus was appointed CEO of Swim Wales in April 2016. Tasked with transforming and leading the organisation in a new direction, he was instrumental in the overhaul of all stakeholder engagement to guarantee that everyone bought into the vision and mission of the organisation. He also provided the wider …
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Jonathan Ford

Jonathan Ford

Board Member Jonathan is the CEO of the Football Association of Wales and a key member of the International Football Association Board. His remit includes the promotion of the game at all levels, from the grassroots through the clubs and leagues to the national teams. Leading a team of 75, key …
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Mark Tweed

Mark Tweed

Board Member Mark is a Fellow of the ICAEW with over 25 years of accounting, finance and financial control experience.  Having spent the early stages of his career in practice Mark has worked for a number of major global businesses including PwC, EY, Lloyds Banking Group and GM Financial.  Mark is …
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Angharad Collins

Board Member Angharad is Chief Executive of Torfaen Leisure Trust. Initially joining the organisation in 2013, she has been its Business and Finance Manager, Operations Manager, and for the last four years its Chief Executive.  She has steered the organisation through a period of significant change over the last few years …
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