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James Hope-Gill


I am a well connected and committed business professional with extensive knowledge of national sporting structures and not-for-profit organisations having worked within the sports sector for 25 years. I am a facilitator of change and modernisation with a proven ability to grow business, influence, think at a strategic level and create & implement a vision for the organisation to incorporate its goals. This is in addition to the ability to understand the nuances of stakeholder relationships between the commercial, public and voluntary sectors.

In August 2012 I formed Onside Sports Ltd as I wanted to combine my personal & professional experience in sport to deliver successful projects and use the power of sport to affect people’s lives for good.

I have been the Chief Executive Officer of Skateboard England since September 2015 and am an appointed member of the World Skate International Technical Commission.

During the past twenty years I have been a trustee of several sports charities and organisations including South Yorkshire Sport, the Sheffield Council for Sport & Recreation, Football Unites Racism Divides and the Sheffield United Community Trust. Between 1995 and 2000, I was a member of the English Lacrosse Association’s Board taking the role of chair of the Marketing & Promotions Committee. I was a governor at Dore Primary School for 6 years up to July 2017.