The British Ice Skating Board is made up of elected members from the sport of Ice Skating and appointed individuals to provide support in the areas of finance, legal and commercial.
British Ice Skating Board
Karen Rothery is an experienced former Chief Executive with considerable commercial experience and a varied career profile which began with over 2 decades in the international garment manufacturing industry before a planned transition to sport in 2005.
Over a decade of senior leadership positions in sports organisations was initiated by achieving a Masters degree in Sport and Leisure Management at Loughborough University, and her career has included organisational change, delivering financial stability and creative leadership with diversity and inclusion as a recurrent theme throughout.
An experienced trustee and non executive director since 2012, and with her full time career in sport including roles in England Netball, British Universities & Colleges Sport as well as Surrey Sports Park, she now holds a portfolio of non executive roles including Chair of This Mum Runs and board membership at Triathlon England.
Career highlights include securing significant investment into higher education sport through strong relationships with Sport England, delivering research evidence which showed the clear link between sport and graduate employability and delivering a highly successful test event at The Olympic Stadium in 2012.
Robin Cousins has been an active member of BIS (NSA, NISA) for over 50 years and was National champion in Novice ’69 - Junior ’72 and senior ’76/77 – ’79/80. He competed internationally for eight years winning four bronze and two silver medals at European & World Championships, culminating in European gold & Olympic gold in 1980.
He won three World professional titles and has stayed on the ice ‘keeping his feet wet’ since then as a coach and mentor, choreographer and creative director for many ice shows. He also has a long-standing association with the BBC as their figure skating consultant and commentator.
Away from the ice, he has performed on stage as Munkustrap in ‘Cats’, Frank’n’Furter in ‘The Rocky Horror Show’, Teen Angel in ‘Grease’ and Billy Flynn in ‘Chicago’. He was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980 for services to the sport.
ROBIN COUSINS M.B.E
Vice Chair & President
David Thomson graduated with a BA (Hons) in Combined Social Sciences (Politics, History, Economics and Business Management) from Durham University, and then joined Coopers & Lybrand, later to become PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), in 1996 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2000, working initially in the Audit Team before moving to the Project Finance Team.
David joined DC Thomson (DCT) in 2003 where he is currently a Director and Chair of the Trading Businesses. DCT is a private, family-run international media group that includes one of the leading publishing houses in the UK.
As a Board member, David oversees activity across the DC Thomson Group. This comprises IT services provider brightsolid, premium gifting business Wild & Wolf, international digital genealogy business Findmypast, multimedia firm Stylist Media and publishers Puzzler Media Ltd. DCThomson Media produces a wide range of titles for both adults and children, ranging from The People’s Friend to The Beano, publishing more than 200 million comic books, magazines and newspapers every year. The company’s newspaper profile includes regional daily newspaper titles The Courier and The Press and Journal as well as the Sunday Post.
David is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors for Design Dundee Limited, the company set up to build and develop V&A at Dundee, where he chairs the Finance & Risk Committee and recently chaired the Nominations Committee for the appointment of the new chair.
David also chairs Ice Dundee, which is working with Dundee’s world-class figure skaters and coaches. The organisation’s goal is to build a sustainable infrastructure for an elite figure skating academy in Dundee to develop Olympic medallists and to actively promote and increase participation in ice skating in Dundee and the surrounding area, especially for those who would not have easy access to the sport.
Jimmy trained with Gladys Hogg, the doyen of British ice dance, at Queens Ice Club and represented Great Britain in international competitions. He is a Level 5 coach, having trained many British and international skaters who have competed at national and international championships, including the Olympic Games. Jimmy’s skaters have won many junior and senior British titles as well as international competitions, placing 3rd in the European and 5th in the World Championships.
Jimmy has also conducted numerous seminars for International skating associations and governing bodies including the Professional Skaters Association (PSA) and the U.S. Figure Skating Association (USFSA), as well as the Japanese Federation. He was the first ISU Dance Technical Specialist in the UK and became the first professional coach on the Board of NISA/BIS. Jimmy has co-authored a book on figure skating with Peter Morrissey and says he has had the privilege to work with many internationally renowned coaches over the years such as Betty Callaway, Tamara Tarasova, Igor Shpilband and Roman Hagenhauer.
JAMES (JIMMY) YOUNG
Nominated Director: Figure - Ice Dance
Rebecca has been involved in figure skating for over 25 years. Her roles in the sport include junior international competitor, professional show skater, Coach and NGB employee.
After graduating from Loughborough University, she worked for several sports bodies in events, PR and account management positions whilst undertaking her NISA coaching qualifications.
To further her coaching practice, Rebecca undertook an MSc in Coaching Science at Cardiff Met University. Her dissertation examined coach education and micropolitics in the sport of figure skating.
Rebecca accepted a role at NISA in 2014 (now BIS) and left the position to work for Sport Wales. After recently becoming a mum, Rebecca now works part time in the private sector.
REBECCA (BECKY) PROCTOR
Nominated Director: Figure - Singles & Pairs
Ian joined the Aldwych Speed Club in Richmond in 1966 and has been a member of NiSA/BIS since 1967, having also served as Secretary and was chairman for over 15 years at the Club. Ian competed until the late 1970’s and has been an official since the mid 70’s, serving on various committees as a member to Vice-Chair, and became Chair for 10 years of the Ice Speed Committee. As an ISU Competitor Steward since 1984 Ian has worked at many ISU Championships over the years, at both Club and National levels. Ian sets the Domestic Fixtures every year for Short Track as well as being part of the International Calendar Meeting and planning group for 28yrs, which sets all international country and international club fixtures for all of Europe. Ian works closely with the ISU Short Track Technical Committee and ISU Council members and is one of a group that have developed Short Track in Europe, with the StarClass series.
In 2017 Ian was awarded an Honorary Life Membership for Services to Skating.
Nominated Director: Speed - Short Track
Amanda is a BIS level 3 qualified coach in Singles, Dance and Synchronized Skating and a National Technical Specialist (SyS), Coaching at IceSheffield.
Gaining a BSc Honours Degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, Amanda was approached to take on the interim Performance Administrator role at NISA prior to her continuing her study with her PGCE study at Loughborough University.
Continuing with part time coaching in Solihull and Coventry, she worked in Human resources management at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. She was again approached to join NISA undertaking the role of Sports Development Manager. A role which also encompassed coaching administration, safeguarding, anti-doping and event management. In Particular, she was one of the lead members of the Organising Committee for the Junior World Challenge Cup for Synchronized Skating, held at the NIC in Nottingham. Amanda played a lead role in developing the Coach Licensing Programme and the introduction of the Coaches Conference, alongside the then Coaching Director, Simon Briggs.
Having competed successfully in Singles and both Solo and Couples Ice Dance at a National level, Amanda also represented GB at International Synchronized skating competitions 1993-2001. She has also worked with skaters in all of the figure disciplines at National and International level and has coached ice dance couples and synchronized teams to British and International medal success.
Elected to the BIS Board in October 2018 as a Nominated Director – Synchro. Amanda continues to coach 6 Sheffield based synchro teams, which she founded in 2008, and ice dance competitors and British Medallists. She is the Event Director for the Steel City Trophy, ISU Club International Synchronized competition and is a Director of 2 independent skating related companies.
Nominated Director: Figure - Synchro
The Nominated Board Director for Long Track Speed Skating, Tom has been an active skater and coach in both inline and long track speed skating, heavily involved in the day to day running of British Long Track, using his background in sports and exercise science and coach education to aid development of grassroots at our training weekends in the Netherlands, through to working with national teams at various ISU events.
Tom works in local authority leisure management with his main area of expertise being the management of health and safety.
Having prior experience of board directorship, he aims to aid the promotion and development of ice skating in Britain.
Nominated Director: Speed - Long Track
Lois combines professional expertise with sporting experience, having headed up the legal and football administration functions of a large UK club, worked internationally as a sports consultant and now Managing Director of a management company, retaining clients across a number of sports.
Lois was appointed to the Board of British Ice Skating in June 2019 as iNED - Legal, holding positions on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Nominations Committee. She has a keen eye-for-detail in all matters compliance, and places great emphasis on the integrity of the sport being flawless to earn both the trust of its members and stand up to external scrutiny. Lois holds a Masters in sports law and practice from De Montfort University.
INED - Legal
David has worked with a number of international sports federations and UK National Governing Bodies over the previous eight years delivering digital strategies that grow awareness, participation and revenue for sport.
With a specialism in live broadcasting, TV Rights and major events, David has worked on three World Cups, three Euros, one Champions League Final, two SuperCups and the Olympic Games.
David worked directly with FIFA, UEFA, International Table Tennis Federation, AIBA (Boxing), IFF (floorball) and IMMAF (martial arts) on live broadcast and content strategies that increased TV viewers, fan engagement and core revenues.
INED - Commercial
Abigail brings to the board a wealth of professional finance experience from her 14 year career in international tax and accountancy across a range of industries. Having trained at the world's largest professional consulting firm, Abigail held a number of finance roles multinational groups before taking up her current position as Head of Global Business Taxes at a FTSE50 financial services company.
Abigail was a figure skater at national level, a local level judge and, more recently, has 5+ year’s experience as a British Ice Skating Level 2 coach.
Abigail was appointed to the board in February 2020 as Independent Non Executive Director - Finance, and as Chair of the Audit Committee. She has a particular focus on financial integrity, commercial insight and professional excellence. Abigail has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde and is qualified chartered accountant and member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.