Georgina Usher - CEO
Since joining British Fencing in April 2014, Georgina Usher has successfully implemented a new insight-led strategic approach to increasing participation in fencing and has restructured the organisation to improve delivery of this strategy.
Before this, Georgina was the Operational Director CIO Connect, an independent advisory and consulting organisation dedicated solely to the CIO, their leadership teams and their agenda. As part of this, she oversaw a successful initiative to increase membership retention through customer focussed initiatives, whilst re-structuring the cost-base to deliver financial sustainability.
Prior to CIO Connect, Georgina worked as a project manager, strategist and business consultant for companies including Legal & General and Accenture.
Georgina had a successful fencing career, representing GB at many European and World Championships and spending several seasons ranked in the World Top 16. She holds 10 individual Senior National Championship titles, and has won several Commonwealth medals (including Gold in 2014). She currently competes on the 40+ circuit where she is two-times European Champion.
Georgina is also a member of the FIE Women in Fencing Council.
Alex Newton - Performance Director
Following a first degree and then MSc in Sports Science and Management, Alex initially worked for a specialist sports management consultancy. She moved from this in to a more hands on sports development role working with local organisations in Surrey to enhance their sports programmes and facilities with lottery funding.
She moved to Sport England in the mid 90’s where she was initially responsible for the lottery funded community grants programme. In 1999, with lottery funding for elite athletes, she moved to head up the department with responsibility for World Class Programmes leading in to and post the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
At the end of 2001, she moved to the English Institute of Sport to help establish a national network of sports science and medicine facilities. Having been part of the national team leading the initial set up, she moved to Manchester in mid 2002 where she had specific responsibility for the establishment of the NW Regional institute of Sport, as a legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
In 2005, she moved back to London to take up the role of Head of Performance at UK Sport, with responsibility for the investment of over £500m in National Governing Body World Class Programmes. During this time she also studied for and achieved an MBA from Henley Management College.
Early in 2008, she was seconded by UK Sport to the British Amateur Boxing Association as their interim Performance Director to lead and support their preparations for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Boxing won, at that time, an unprecedented three medals (one gold and two bronze).
At the beginning of 2009, she established her own sports consultancy advising other world-class programmes and national governing bodies including continuing her work with Boxing.
In May 2011 she was appointed as the Performance Director for Fencing. Over the last four years, she has overseen a major shift in the way in which the sport has developed and manages their performance programme. The sport now has a recognised World Class Performance Programme supporting only those athletes with the ability and aspiration to be world class and medal winning. She recently oversaw the move from a temporary training base to a new Elite Training Centre at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre in Hendon, London. The Programmes, from Talent to Podium, are still in their infancy but with the support of UK Sport who awarded the sport performance funding, they hope to realise their Rio and Tokyo Olympic ambitions.
Gabby Williams - Development Director
Gabby Williams has spent her entire career in youth and sport development. A former England netball & Super League player and county coach, she worked for the Princess Trust and as a youth worker before moving into the sports industry.
Prior to British Fencing Gabby played a leading role in the community sports legacy following London 2012, securing over 2 million pounds in 2013 of public funds for East London. Working for London Sport, Gabby built partnerships with and between the London Legacy Development Corporation, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the host Olympic Boroughs to facilitate the Olympic and Paralympic community sports legacy for East London.
During her time at London Sport Gabby was also responsible for producing the Community Sport Legacy Plans for the permanent venues on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as securing sponsorship for and event managing the first post Games community event held in the VeloPark - London Awards for Sport and Physical Activity 2014.
She has worked as a Sport and Leisure consultant, leading on Talent ID strategies, assessment of national monitoring & evaluation systems and the start up of Community Sport and Physical Activity Networks across London. She has also managed local authority sport and physical activity teams in Devon, Kent and Oxfordshire and helped to establish the Oxfordshire Sports Partnership.
Gabby is committed to openness, inclusiveness and high standards, whilst empowering others to realise and reach their potential. In her spare time she likes to snowboard but is a meditator and yogi at heart!
David Moseley - Finance Director
David has over 16 years experience in finance, working in practice, industry and sport.
He began his career in practice, gaining experience in accounts preparation, audit and taxation whilst working through his professional exams to qualify with the ACCA in December 2004.
Having qualified and gained experience across a range of areas, he later took time out to travel around Australasia and South East Asia.
Upon returning to the UK, he decided not to return to practice and began gaining experience in a number of industries. This included working for the oilfield services company Schlumberger where he was responsible for reporting the finances of a subsidiary with a turnover in excess of £500 million.
He was contracted by British Fencing in October 2012 and has been working with us ever since.