Meet the Board

Clare Wardle  - Independant Chair

Date Appointed

May 2016

More information coming soon!

Grace Jacca

Date Appointed

First appointed September 2012; reappointed September 2015

Background

I have been involved in basketball for over 30 years and played local and national league basketball for the Solent area. Currently active as a national league referee and table official. I am also a referee for BWB (British Wheelchair Basketball).  I’m an investigation officer for a Law Enforcement Agency. I have acquired the knowledge of the law and transferable skills, including negotiation, liaison with external agencies/groups along with the preparation of reports and witness statements. My career has enabled me to develop excellent communication skills and the ability to look at the big picture in order to resolve problematic situations. As with refereeing I am often required to take the heat out of emotional situations and take a balanced view, using sound judgment to make fair and considered decisions.

Hopes/Ambitions

Looking forward to exciting times ahead……

Favourite player

Reggie Miller

Interesting Fact

In 1999, I gave up life and basketball in the UK and worked in the USA on a cruise ship for 3 years!



Steve Bucknall - Elected Member

Date Appointed

September 2016

Background

Steve was the first Englishman to play in the NBA and has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a player, coach and administrator in basketball.

Having started playing as a Junior at Crystal Palace Basketball Club, he moved to Governor Dummer High School in the USA, followed by achieving a degree while playing at University of North Carolina.  He was drafted by LA Lakers which saw him become the first Englishman to play in the NBA.  His professional playing career continued in Europe and England.

He was England School Boys Captain, GB Men’s Captain, England Captain and 2006 Commonwealth Bronze medallist.  As a coach he has been able to impart this experience when coaching England U18 men, taking them to Division A in 2012 and earning 9th place in 2013.

Steve has a passion for basketball and a clear vision as to how to make things happen to improve and grow the sport he has dedicated his life to.  Development (in all areas) is the most important factor for him.  He is able to bring current knowledge of both grass roots and elite basketball to developing policy, strategy and procedures.  Monitoring and evaluating events and achievements, from a range of perspectives, enables him to make decisions for the long term picture with basketball as part of the wider society.


Nicky Shaw - Elected Member

Date Appointed

January 2013 reappointed September 2016

Background

I've been around basketball for as long as I can remember as my father played RAF Basketball in the 1950’s / 60’s and was one of the officials to officiate at the Stoke Mandeville Games in 1956! I played in Helsinki in the early 80’s. Qualified Level 3 table official and referee and Level 2 coach. Love the idea that anyone can take this game up and play to any level they aspire to.

Hopes/Ambitions

To move the sport forward and recognise the thousands of volunteers who give up their time and effort to progress this game.

Favourite player

Where to start, the list is endless! But all time, it has to be Paul Stimpson.

Interesting Fact

I was a film extra on the Jilly Cooper film "Riders".


Abigail Cohen - Independent Director

Date Appointed

2015

Background

Born and bred in Yorkshire (Leeds) but living and working in London for the last ten years. I practice as a Barrister in civil and commercial law and my cases can involve anything from contractual claims, employment disputes, regulatory and environmental matters or cases against the government. I have been involved in a number of high profile cases and love the thrill of appearing in court. Outside of work I'm a keen sportsperson and enjoy taking part in events; the London marathon has been a highlight, as has surviving open water swims. I'm relatively new to basketball but am already enjoying learning more about the sport and the basketball community.

Hopes/Ambitions

To support all of those working hard to take basketball forward to where it deserves to be at all levels from grassroots upwards.

Favourite player

Lisa Leslie and more currently Draymond Green.

Interesting Fact

I love to travel in the Balkans and in recent years have visited Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro.


Allan Heye - Independent Director

Date Appointed

2015

Background

Prior to co-founding BCH Capital, a corporate finance partnership, I spent over 20 years in large financial institutions working with investors in a variety of portfolio trading and derivatives marketing roles. I was an All-State basketball player in North Carolina and played two years of college basketball.

Hopes/Ambitions

For Basketball England to capitalise on the growing participation and interest in the sport.

Favourite player

American players - Kenny Dennard & Jeff Denny

English player - Steve Bucknall

Interesting Fact

Played on the 1983 North Carolina High School State Championship team. No player was taller than 6 feet and consequently each player was listed as a guard.


Russ Lidstone - Independent Director

Date Appointed

2015

Background

I have over 23 years experience in business and marketing communications, having worked as a strategist at various blue chip advertising agencies including HHCL, Lowe and JWT. Most recently, I was CEO of the international network agency Havas Worldwide London, where I grew the agency’s creative, digital, social media and PR capabilities. As an elected member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain (MGGB) and one of Campaign Magazine’s ‘Top 10 CEOs’, I'm also keen sportsman and former baller. I currently live in West London with my wife and two teenage children.

Hopes/Ambitions

That the sport lives up to it’s full potential from grass roots through to national level.

Favourite player

Larry Bird

Interesting Fact

Russ once had William ‘The Fridge’ Perry dunk over him!


John Wells  - Elected Member

Date Appointed

September 2016

Background

John is a former National League referee and has moved onto referee mentoring and training.

John truly believes there is a place for everyone in the sport of Basketball and will champion this inclusiveness in the sport whenever possible and is keen to take on the responsibilities of a Director of Basketball England to ‘serve its members interests’ and be ‘directly accountable to its members’.