Project Description

British Student Taekwondo Federation Board Members

Colin brings experience from a number of sectors to his post, including prior pharmaceutical research, Public Health England and charity sector project management roles. Colin has led a range of technical and structural developments within the organisation including its registration as a charity, the introduction of the Championships Series format, and the creation of new commercial and sector partnerships with British Universities and Colleges Sport and other key stakeholders. A keen sportsman, Colin continues to practice and teach taekwondo in his free time. He is managing director of the charity.

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Duncan began taekwondo while studying psychology at the University of Surrey. After four years of taekwondo and three years of contributing to his university's club as a committee member he decided to combine his two passions and complete an additional masters degree in Sport Psychology. First elected to the charity's board of trustees in 2015 Duncan's expertise includes sport psychology & research, sports management and charity finance. Duncan works in the sport sector as client services manager at Surrey Sport Park and continues to practice taekwondo in his spare time.

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Kevin began taekwondo as a University of Southampton student hailing from Belfast, Ireland. After trying Gaelic football and hurling Kevin realised that sports using balls weren't for him and moved on to boxing and taekwondo. Kevin has also taught kickboxing & life skills courses to cadets in local community clubs and in workshops hosted in local schools - he is a great proponent that every man, woman & child should have the opportunity to learn martial arts. Kevin was first elected to the board of trustees in 2015. He currently works as a risk manager and team leader at a leading insurance firm.

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Sameh is a computer science and engineering PhD candidate completing his research between the University of Bath and AI development centre in Cambridge. Sameh was introduced to the BSTF and university taekwondo in the late 2000's during his college years, training at the famous University of the West of England SKY club. First elected as a trustee in 2016, Sameh has brought his work ethic and technical skills to bear in his charity role.

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Stephanie began training in taekwondo as a teenager and joined her university's club while reading mathematics at the University of Surrey. Stephanie has since served as a BSTF charity trustee for various periods since 2013, including as vice chair of the organisation's original committee structure. A keen sportswoman and adept manager, Stephanie has an extensive list of achievements in taekwondo, archery and strongwoman events, as both an organiser and as a competitor. Stephanie works as a commercial architect for Amazon's AWS OPTICS team.

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Dr James Thornton is a Lecturer in Law at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University. James has trained in both Chang-Hon and Kukkiwon taekwondo syllabuses, and competed at a high level in Olympic rules taekwondo discipline during his time as a student, qualifying consecutively to represent the University of Southampton in the 2016 European Universities Games and 2017 European Universities Championships, and continues to compete nationally and internationally. He is a non-executive director of the charity.

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