New Independent Director Appointed

At 2017 AGM held on Saturday 8th July 2017, the membership voted to support the Board’s recommendation to appoint a new Independent Director.

The appointment followed a rigorous open and competitive recruitment process for an Independent Director. A Nomination Committee consisting of Dan Edwardes – Elected Director, Independent Chair – Stephen Mitchell, Independent Director – Catherine Baker & supported by Chief Executive – Eugene Minogue short-listed a selection of high quality applicants who applied for the role. This was then followed by a competitive interview process of the applicants, which the recruitment panel then made a recommendation of appointment to the Board, which was approved at the May Board Meeting and formally presented to the membership at the 2017 AGM for approval.

We are pleased to announce and welcome:


Independent Director

Caroline is a practising lawyer, specialising in commercial and intellectual property law. Her career to date consists of time spent in-house, including at Manchester United Football Club where she specialised in sponsorship, image rights and intellectual property, and in private practice where she currently works helping clients across the sports sector to achieve their commercial goals.

Caroline has a keen interest and longstanding involvement with various sports, which started with a love for swimming and ballet at a young age. After more than ten years of participation, she began to develop an interest in coaching and taught both swimming and ballet for several years. More recently she has taken up CrossFit, initially as participant, and again found that her natural inclination led her to qualify as a CrossFit and CrossFit Kids coach. She is a passionate advocate for the benefits of incorporating functional movement and play into people’s everyday lives – regardless of age, gender, background or ability. Caroline sought out her board role with Parkour UK to further her pursuit of bringing these benefits to as wide a range of people as possible.

Stepehen Mitchell, Independent Chair said:

2017 has already been an incredibly exciting year in the history of Parkour UK, particularly with the formal announcement of the recognition of Parkour/Freerunning as a sport & Parkour UK as the recognised NGB. I am personally delighted that we continue to add to our skills based independent Directors, with Caroline Brennan, who will continue to help drive the organisation forward. With the ongoing leadership and commitment from our Chief Executive Officer, Eugene Minogue I am confident the community of practitioners and professionals will be inspired to continue to challenge perceptions, engage more participants and deliver even more positive outcomes in the future. At Parkour UK we are committed to develop a National Governing Body of the future, working collaboratively with partners across public health, community safety, sports development, urban design, education and the great outdoors, with the community at heart of every decision we make. We will ensure that we continually stay at the forefront of Good Governance for and with our community, as well as the wider sports sector”.

As part the transitional arrangements as part of our Governance changes approved at the 2017 AGM, Dan Edwardes completed his maximum two x 4 year terms as an Elected Director as of the 2017 AGM. Dan has served on the Board of Parkour UK as an Elected Director since our formal incorporation in July 2009.

The Board on behalf of the NGB & our community/members wish to formally express and record their significant thanks, gratitude and appreciation to Dan for his contribution and service as a Board Member. This has enabled us as NGB to continue to develop, progress and break new ground in the sports sector in the UK and beyond.