Alison O’Riordan

Appointed from September 5, 2022 to September 4, 2026

Dr. Alison O’Riordan is a sports professional, educator and researcher with over 30 years of global experience in various positions in the public and private sectors. She is a Paralympic specialist with a 20-year involvement in parasport.

Alison is a director of her own business, AOR Sports Consultancy, and has successfully worked with and consulted with several sports organizations including the Australian Institute of Sport, Athletics Australia, England Athletics, British Athletics and Paralympics Ireland. As a Master Athletics Coach, Alison has coached athletes at six Paralympic Games for Australia, Great Britain and Ireland. As an educator and people developer, Alison has taught at all levels, from elementary through college, as well as athlete and coach development.

Considered the world leader in seated throwing research, Alison holds a Ph.D. in seated throwing biomechanics with a significant number of publications and a global presence in the field. For the past seven years, Alison has been a valued member of the UKAD education team in his role as national coach, combining his passions for clean sport and education. She will join the UKAD board, bringing her expertise in para/disability sport.

george walker

Appointed from September 5, 2022 to September 4, 2026

George Walker is a Chartered Accountant and has held several finance and IT leadership positions in international organizations, primarily focusing on IT-driven business change.

He was a board member of sportscotland from April 2013 to April 2022, a period which included support for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the redevelopment of the national center in Inverclyde into the first fully accessible residential sports center in the UK -United.

George is also involved in sports charities, he is currently vice-chairman of Scottish Sports Futures and a board member of SportsAid Scotland.

Remuneration and Governance Code

Remuneration for this role is set at £215 per day. This appointment was made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments. The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation, or running for office. George Walker and Alison O’Riordan reported no activity.

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