The Voice of Great Britain's Elite Athletes
The BAC is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion because of the make-up of our membership and as a broader commitment to society and social cohesion. Our objective is to recognise the value of a commitment to equality, inclusion and valuing diversity in everything that we do.
This commitment starts at the most senior level in our organisation. The BAC commits to making the composition of our Board as reflective of our membership as possible through an open, competency based recruitment process that reflects our values and appoints on merit.
Victoria Aggar, Chair of the BAC
Victoria is a retired Paralympic athlete who has won World Titles in 2006 and 2009 as well as a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Prior to competing in Paralympic sport Victoria played National League netball. Victoria worked as Athlete Services Manager at the British Paralympic Association from 2012-2016 and alongside that represents British athletes on WADAs Athlete Committee. Victoria is also a Non-executive Director at the English Institute of Sport. Victoria stepped in as Interim CEO of the BAC on July 31st, 2017.
On October 23rd, 2017, Sally Lockyer replaced Victoria as Interim CEO.
Dougie Dryburgh, Vice Chair of the BAC
Dougie is an Olympic Curler who represented Team GB in the 1998 Winter Olympics. Dougie is currently Viapath Chief Executive Officer and brings a wealth of business experience to the BAC Board.
Chris Smith, Independent Director, Finance
Chris is Chartered Accountant and Director in a firm of accountants and auditors. Chris has worked with the BAC since 2006, but was officially invited to the Board in January 2014. Chris is also a Trustee of a number of sport related charities and until recently was the Finance Director for the England Handball Association. Chris also works with the English Institute of Sport and the Football Association, as an athlete advisor.
Anna Watkins MBE, Non Executive Director (Athlete)
Anna Watkins is a BAC director and an Olympic rowing champion from London 2012. She has 10 years experience of international sport and is passionate about helping athletes reach their potential. Her current position is as a VP at McKinsey QuantumBlack, specialising in helping companies and sports teams use their data to maximise their performance.
Dr Rod Jaques, Non Executive Director (Mental Health)
Dr Jaques has been involved in Sports Medicine since 1990, he was FSEM (UK) President (2012-15) and is the Director of Medical Services at the English Institute of Sport (EIS),. He is based in the EIS South West Region at Bath University. Dr Jaques has both clinical and management responsibilities with the EIS and he is involved with the training of doctors in SEM.
Dr Jaques qualified in medicine from the University of London, receiving his MRCGP in 1989. He went on to complete the London Hospital Diploma course in Sports Medicine, qualifying with a distinction and the David Ritchie prize in 1990. He has attended the Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and London Olympics with Team GB and the Kuala Lumpur and Manchester Commonwealth Games with the England Team in a clinical capacity. From 1989-2004, Dr Jaques was the Medical Advisor to the British Triathlon Association. Since that time he has also held roles with England Netball, GB Modern Pentathlon , GB Bobsleigh, Gloucestershire County Cricket and Gloucester Rugby.
He was appointed to the British Olympic Medical Centre, London in 1998 and was there for three years, after which he joined the EIS in 2003.
In his role as president of the FSEM(UK) he cemented close links with, and the joint annual conference with, BASEM the speciality Association . He worked closely with Health Education England to protect training places in SEM in England and justify and expand SEM posts in the NHS.
Recently he has been closely involved in establishing Professional Codes for doctors and Scientists working in sport in the EIS and nationally and working with colleagues abroad on an International SEM curriculum. He has driven several aspects of good Governance in sport medicine both within UKSport and with senior SEM doctors nationally. He has worked most recently on developing a strategy for mental health in the high performance system .
In 2017 he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London.
1n 2017 he was awarded the Sir Robert Atkins award for services to sports medicine in the UK.
Peter Crowther, Non Executive Director (Legal)
Peter Crowther has significant experience of trade/sanctions laws, European Union (EU) merger control, national and international cartels, state aid, free movement, and other general EU and competition law.
He also has a long track record of advising broadcasting and telecommunications companies on regulatory matters. In addition, he devises and implements compliance programmes covering areas such as competition, trade/sanctions, bribery, and corruption.
Peter is a former law lecturer and former holder of a Jean Monnet Professorship in European Law.