Overseeing the delivery of Liverpool’s major sports events as well as bidding for our next events is the Sport Liverpool Board, an independent board chaired by son of the city, Brian Barwick, whose combined passion and sports knowledge is focused on world class event delivery of world class sports in a world class city.


Clare Briegal Chair of the board

Clare held the position of CEO of World Netball between 2012 and 2024 where she led on the Federation’s strategic plan, growth of the sport’s reach and on the performance of the portfolio of events, including the Netball World Cup. Clare advocates for and values diversity and inclusion and is always working to increase opportunities for all to contribute their ideas and passion.

Clare has a commercial background within the chemical industry and consumer durables sector. She has been actively involved in sport as an athlete, official and voluntary administrator in rowing since university and is still competing as a master’s rower. She was a member of the umpires’ panel for the Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race and umpired the women’s Lightweight Boat race in 2019. Clare is also President of the North West Regional Rowing Council and a member the Board of British Rowing. In 2021 Clare was elected to the Executive Board of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF).

Tim Banfield

Tim Banfield is owner of TAB Live Consulting Ltd providing a business advisory service, executive mentoring and specialist venue and event consulting services. With extensive senior executive and board experience Tim is currently acting as business advisor to The ShaperGroup and is an Associate with International Venue Management (IVM) as well as undertaking individual consulting projects.

Tim has vast major venue and events experience having overseen the opening of the 10,000 seat Echo Arena Liverpool and hosting events including BBC Sports Personality of the Year, MTV Europe Music Awards, the St Leger Festival in Doncaster and developing bids for sports events such as the World Netball Cup 2019. Tim has professional passion for mentoring industry colleagues and a year-round love of outdoor sports.

Stuart Campbell

Stuart Campbell is an accomplished Director of Events with over 15 years of experience in the industry. His recent successes include organising the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow in 2024 and the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool in 2022. Stuart is passionate about the impacts major events can have on our communities and uses his experience to champion projects that deliver meaningful sustainable and inclusive results. He has worked with leading sporting federations worldwide.

Jen Falding

Jen has worked as an event and project manager for the last 27 years, working on events such as Rugby World Cup 1999, the Sydney Olympic and Paralympics in 2000 and the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. From 2003 she worked for Culture Liverpool as part of the bid and delivery team, helping to deliver the most successful ever European Capital of Culture in 2008. She also project managed the trilogy of Giant’s visits by Royal de Luxe; the events welcoming more than 3 million visitors to the city. Most recently she oversaw the Opening Ceremony, City Welcome and Fan Park for the Vitality Netball World Cup in 2019 and delivered the World Gymnastics Championships 2022. As Lead for Major Sports Events her role is to work with the Sport Liverpool Board and manage the major sports event team. Jen has been passionate about sport from an early age.

Catherine Forshaw

Catherine Forshaw is a regulatory sports lawyer at leading independent law firm Brabners and recognised by the Legal 500 as a “Key Lawyer” in the sport sector. Catherine is head of the firm’s women in sport and rugby initiatives. Catherine is legal advisor to a number of national governing bodies, elite athletes, sports clubs and leagues. Prior to joining Brabners in 2018, Catherine completed a six-month secondment with The FA. Catherine is a Trustee of the National Football Museum and in October 2023, she was appointed to the EFL’s newly formed Together Advisory Panel, which will guide the work of the EFL on issues relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Charlotte O’Neill

A former England and Super League netball player, who has previously held key positions at British Swimming, the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and Rugby World Cup before joining Manchester City Football Club in 2015. Charlotte is currently Managing Director of Manchester City Women, following 7 years in the club’s boys academy as Director of Operations and Development, and latterly Academy Director. Charlotte was recently Chair of the World Para Swimming Championships 2023 and has also been a board member for the World Taekwondo Grand Prix 2018 and the World Taekwondo Championships 2019.

Anyika Onoura

Anyika is a former Team GB Track and Field International Athlete. During her 20 year career, she went on to win medals at the Olympic Games, European Championships, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Since retiring from elite sport, Anyika has successfully managed to transfer her sporting and leadership skills into the corporate world and is now a Senior People Consultant for a global firm. She recently published her critically acclaimed autobiography, My Hidden Race which was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of The Year 2022 and the Sunday Times Best Sports Writer of the Year 2023.

Andy Owen

Andy has been organising and promoting sports events since the late nineties when he set up his own sports marketing business in Hong Kong. Having delivered professional sports events in Ireland, Hungary and across Asia, Andy completed the MBA programme at INSEAD in France. He then joined Wasserman in 2008, creating and managing a London 2012 project for UK Sport that raised £20m to support athletes in their medal ambition. The multisport experience continued with the Invictus Games as Andy took a leading role in concept development and planning for the Royal Foundation. More recently, Andy led London’s successful bid to host Major League Baseball games and is now responsible for delivery of the annual event at London Stadium.

Professor Philip Wilson

Between 2010 and 2017, as Provost & CEO, he created and led the University Campus Football Business; based at Wembley Stadium, The Etihad, Burnley FC and Real Madrid. In 2017 he joined Conde Nast as CEO of Conde Nast to restructure their global educational operation. Philip is currently Executive Chair, at the College of Esports, having previously been Group CEO (Academic) of Global University Systems, one of the largest education providers with 75,000 students across 30 institutions globally.

His current board positions include the Quality Assurance Agency (Quality & Governance University Regulator), Advisory Committee for Degree Awarding Powers, Burnley FC in the Community, British Wheelchair Basketball NGB and on the Advisory Board of the British Esports Association. He also advises Government on education and its intersection with sport.

He is a member of the Liverpool Athenaeum, Mersey Rowing Club, the Institute of Directors and a Principle Fellow of Chartered Management Institute. He is passionate about sport and the city of Liverpool.

Hamid Vaghefian

Hamid is currently Head of Participation and Community Engagement at London Marathon Events, leading on accelerating their work across communities. He has over 15 years' experience working in a range of senior roles within the community and sport sectors and is a passionate diversity and inclusion advocate. Prior to his current role, Hamid worked as Strategic Lead for Sported where he managed projects and services to almost 400 community sports organisations in London, primarily focusing on disadvantaged and under-represented communities across the capital and understanding barriers to engagement. Hamid holds a variety of Board appointments - Non-Executive Director at the Sport and Recreation Alliance and Chair of their EDI Sub-Committee, Trustee of The Running Charity, and an External Advisor to British Cycling on EDI, amongst other mentoring and advisory roles

Dickon White (observer)

Following 25 years working in the North West Dickon is now the Regional Director for The Jockey Club, with responsibility for Aintree and Haydock Park Racecourses. He has vast experience in organising major events across both racecourses with specific operational and commercial responsibility for delivering the Randox Grand National meeting, one of the UK’s iconic annual sporting events, attracting over 150,000 visitors across the three days, coupled with a viewing audience of hundreds of millions around the World. He also manages the International Equestrian Centre and Golf Centre.

Ben Williams (Observer)

Ben is Commercial Director at The ACC Liverpool Group, operators of M&S Bank Arena, Exhibition Centre Liverpool, ACC Liverpool and ticketing agency Ticket Quarter. As commercial director, Ben’s role includes developing the overall commercial strategy for The ACC Liverpool Group. He oversees the commercial and sponsorship, marketing, sales and ticketing teams across all markets in which the company operates. Ben joined from SMG Europe where, as General Manager, he led the team that launched the first direct Arena in Leeds. Prior to this, he was Commercial and Marketing Director at Manchester Arena and previously a Head of Sponsorship and Promotions for Capital Radio Group.

Ben has worked within the events industry and across large scale venues for many years and has knowledge and experience of working with a multitude of national and international promoters, organisers, sports networks and governing bodies. During this time he has been part of the delivery team for the Fina Short Course World Championships, Tour de France opening ceremony and team presentation and the Netball World Cup.


The Sport Liverpool Board is looking to expand its membership – interested parties should contact jen.falding@liverpool.gov.uk.


If you are interested in bringing your sporting event to Liverpool or want to hear more about the work we do, you can contact us in the following ways:

Email: jen.falding@liverpool.gov.uk
Twitter: @LpoolMarketing


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