Who is it

These are the people that are on the Board of Directors for the Northern Ireland Judo Federation and the part-time members of staff. These people all bring their own individual capabilities to the Federation to develop Judo for everyone in Northern Ireland.

They follow our mission statement of developing Judo and the pathway that it offers for everyone across Northern Ireland. Making the sport a welcoming environment with a view to progression not only in Judo but life.

Board & Staff Profiles

Role: Vice Chairman
Contact email: vice.chairman@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Current coach of Sonkei Judo in Ballycastle, Mark has competed in numerous events both in N.I. and on the mainland.
Passionate about Judo, he wants to make sure as many people in the province can benefit from the sport as much as he has.

Mark is also involved in our anti doping and clean sport compliance processes.

Role: Chairman & Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer

Contact email: chairman@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Involved in Judo for over 30 years, our Chairman Russell is also our Director of Safeguarding, ensuring that Northern Ireland Judo has the highest of standards for protection of all it’s members.

To date we have received exemplary recognition from bodies such as the NSPCC

Russell also holds a Board of Director position with the British Judo Association.

Role: Independent Director

Contact email: admin@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Lauren is an avid Tennis player and has been pro-active on Sporting Boards for 12 years. As a founding member of the Parks Tennis N.I. Committee, Lauren brings valuable experience in governance insights and the workings of Governing Bodies of Sport, Charities and the Third Sector into the Northern Ireland Judo Federation.

Role: Commercial & Marketing Manager

Contact email: commercial.manager@nijudo.com
Short Bio: A Judoka for over 30 years, Mark joined the Federation from a Sports Marketing background. Still actively coaching and helping out in clubs, Mark has a passion for Judo and the benefits that it offers both on and off the mats. He wants to see as many people from all walks of life develop through the sport and grow the membership of the Federation.

Role: Federation Administrator

Contact email: admin@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Gail joined Northern Ireland Judo from Bombardier with a wealth of administration and process / compliance knowledge. Very much the engine room of the NIJF, Gail is a friendly voice at the end of the phone or an email to help our members with questions and ensure a smooth operation of Northern Ireland Judo.

Role: President

Contact email: president@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Involved in the foundation of the NIJF, Richard has achieved too many honours in his career to mention in a short biography. He is still active as a coach in Coleraine Judo Club, very much involved in Commonwealth Judo and is currently compiling the history of Northern Ireland Judo from the inception to the present day.

Role: Conduct and Complaints Officer

Contact email: cco@nijudo.com
Short Bio: A member of the NIJF board since 2014, Peter is in charge of all things regulatory and as well as steering the Board on good practice, he is responsible for conduct and complaints. Coming to Judo as a parent of 2 Judoka’s, Peter is still involved at the grassroots level as a club secretary and welfare officer too.

Role: Treasurer

Contact email: treasurer@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Responsible for the financial transactions of the Federation, Robin came to the sport as a parent of a Judoka and after becoming involved at his club, he joined the NIJF Board and has been a long standing Member.

Robin is also a representative of the British Judo Association as a Council Member.

Role: Mental Health Welfare Officer

Contact email: mhwo@nijudo.com
Short Bio: Still involved in Judo at a competitive level, Rebecca is in charge of a very important aspect of wellbeing as our MHWO.

Her role is to support everyone in the Federation with mental health and wellbeing learning opportunities and signposting to resources, whilst ensuring that mental health is pivotal in all things going forward.


Role: Company Secretary

Contact email: secretary@nijudo.com

Short Bio: As well as being our Office Manager / Admin, Gail is our Board Secretary.

Gail keeps the compliance and minutes of our Board Meetings and ensures the clarity of recording of the events in order to keep the Federation moving in the right direction.

Role: Judo Enhancement Officer

Email: Jeo@nijudo.com

Short Bio: With over 50 years experience in Judo, Jim brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. He is responsible for creating new opportunities across Northern Ireland for both our new and existing members to get involved with Judo in one of our new locations or upskill their capabilities.

Jim is also one of our educators and also is pivotal in the events and masterclasses / learning opportunities we offer as a Federation.


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