New UKU board members

Further to the board election held in January we are pleased to announce that Willis Bruckermann joins the UK Ultimate board this month.  In addition to the election, Nick Smith has been appointed to the board for a two-year term to support our work to increase the recognition of Ultimate both within the UK sports industry and with potential commercial partners.  Huge thanks also to Ali Smith for her continuing work on the GB Oversight Committee.

Willis started playing Ultimate in the US, but has been playing in the UK for some years now.  He put his interest in joining the board as follows: "In this country, we have an incredible amount of knowledge and experience when it comes to ultimate. However, the institutional structures that underpin the sport remain poorly understood by many in the sport itself. I've played this sport for all of my adult life, and as I begin to transition out of the competitive playing phase of my career I would like to continue contributing to the community at the institutional level."

Nick Smith is a consultant in the sport, education and charity sectors, specialising in corporate social responsibility, fundraising and brand communications. Following 5 years in the telecommunications sector, Nick has enjoyed various commercial and strategic roles including at the University of Cambridge, The Prince’s Trust, Right To Play UK and brand design agency, Navyblue. When not consulting, he is also Head of Development at the University of Roehampton. It is increasingly common that National Governing Bodies of sport appoint some of their board members on the basis of skills, experience and contacts rather than having all of them elected by the organisation's membership.  This is the first time UK Ultimate has appointed a board member on this basis, although since Nick is an ex-Ultimate player, it is a relatively small step in this direction.  It is an approach the board will continue to review.