Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – UK Ice Skating
Meet the BIS EDI Committee
My name is Andrew Hibberd and my role at British Ice Skating is EDI and Community Manager which I recently started after joining the development team at the end of 2019. I have a passion for promoting equality and inclusion and have always been heavily involved in sport. as an athlete, coach and fan.
Previously, I started my own business with two other people who share a similar passion for providing inclusive sports and physical activity sessions and opportunities focused on breaking down barriers to participation. This led to me completing a Bachelors in Sports Coaching and starting a Masters in Sports Coaching Advanced Practice and completing work for Sheffield Hallam University teaching students inclusive coaching practices. I find that these qualities and experiences have helped me develop a passion for creating opportunities for everyone in sport, because sport really is for everyone. I now want to make positive changes in the field, I know how sport is, British Ice Skating has made equality, diversity and inclusion a priority for our sport to progress and that is the beginning of many great initiatives and projects we need to make Ice Skating a more accessible and inclusive place where everyone can enjoy the great benefits that ice skating and physical activity has to offer in the right environment.
At BIS, I am a staff member and my title is Executive PA for the CEO. This means that I provide administrative support to Michelle, as well as to the BIS Board and Committees.
In the past, I have worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors and have come to realize that I have a passion for helping colleagues and others realize their potential in the workplace, as well as increasing their skills and experience to seek more for themselves in the way of role satisfaction. I found that not only leadership, culture, communication, job security, salary and benefits, recognition and rewards, etc., etc. are really important to people, but the feeling of being a valued and trusted colleague and having the same rights and opportunities as others is of paramount importance. When I and others have been treated differently for reasons other than our qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience, competence and initiative, it has made us feel less worth than other colleagues in the eyes of management, and in In fact, if we are worth nothing then why should we help and support such organizations to achieve their goals?
So, in a roundabout way, both in my personal and professional life, I have consistently advocated for fairness and equal opportunity for everyone I work with and for, rather than them being considered biased and treated unfairly. I have helped Black and South Asian community organizations apply for grants and funding for youth work, arts, crafts and music events, promoting cultural festivals, running voluntary courses for the teaching South Asian languages to young British Asians and supporting community organisations. to have a voice to advocate for increased support related to health and research on endemic conditions in ethnic minority populations. At BIS, I want to be involved in supporting the organization by encouraging people in communities who have never participated in ice skating to do so now, and maybe find an activity that they like to participate in and that makes you feel good.”
I am Chairman of Deeside Ice Skating Club and Acting Chairman of ATC Participation and Development. I am also the BIS test organizer for Deeside. I have been involved in the sport since around 2007.
I have an Honors BA in Hospitality Management from the University of Glamorgan and before I retired due to illness I was an Assistant Bank Manager.
I have experience working with synchronized skaters, solo dance and figure skating. I am the events coordinator for DISC and until the pandemic I had organized IJS shows and events on an annual basis. I am passionate about sports and saving in sports. I believe in treating everyone equally and fairly at all times, without discrimination of any kind.
Managing Director at iceSheffield, which is operated by Sheffield City Trust.
Chairman of the Ice Rink Managers Association which has over 65 rinks across the UK as members.
Also sits on the CIMSPA Leisure Operations Professional Development Committee
Has worked in the ice cream industry since 2003 covering a multitude of roles in the process. Manager experienced in health and safety, backup, event management and security.
A personnel professional and CIPD Chartered Member with over 10 years of experience at a senior strategic level. A generalist with strong operational experience, including event and service delivery. Qualified and current NEBOSH Protection Officer for a Leisure Trust.
Jess is a Strategic Partnerships Advisor at Activity Alliance. With over 15 years of experience in inclusion, equality and diversity with a proven ability to achieve goals and effect change. Jess is also an experienced board member and responsible for partnerships. She started her career in Cornwall as Disabled County Sports Development Manager and later joined Activity Alliance (formerly EFDS) as Regional Development Manager in the South East and East Regions, supporting active partnerships with disability inclusion and business development, then working with National Sport Governing Bodies (NGBs), and now with a mix of partners. Jess supports with a wide variety of strategic outcomes, ranging from support and advice to inclusive organizational strategy developments to have a more diverse approach. She also works with National Disability Charities to support a better connection between sport, physical activity and people with disabilities.
Jessica has always been very passionate about sport and disability inclusion, having had first-hand experience when she competed for several years as an international swimmer competing in World and European Championships.
A Level 4 qualified fitness professional, Davina Victory has been skating since she was a little girl and as a professional ice show skater has toured with Holiday on Ice and with Disney on Ice as a semi -main.
With a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science and a PGCE from the Institute of Education, Davina teaches and assesses aspiring gym instructors and personal trainers, as well as those studying for GSCEs and levels. A in sport, health and fitness. As a strength and conditioning coach and human performance specialist, Davina is also working with UK athletes in other sports in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
His passion for equality, diversity and inclusion knows no bounds and believes “IF YOU SEE IT, YOU CAN BE IT!” and is committed to BIS to increase the accessibility of skating to all.