We are incredibly lucky to have a truly talented team of fantastic staff and volunteers who help make our association the success it is.

Our roots as a community led organisation still run deep, with a large proportion of technical decisions being reached by our voluntary lead committee team and trustees. We’re a living wage employer, and our staff are vetted to the highest standards. Not only are they capable professionals, we ensure they’re also superb, kind people too.

Giovanni Soffietto

Founder & CEO

Giovanni is the award winning social entrepreneur behind both the British Martial Arts & Boxing Association (BMABA) and the Fighting Chance Charitable Foundation. Born into a life of poverty and starting the association with just £20 of capital, he is a living example of how martial arts can offer the opportunity to break free of poverty. Giovanni has more than two decades of experience in martial arts as a participant, instructor and fighter.

Sarah Shelton-Agar

Strategy & Fundraising Lead

Sarah is one of the main faces behind the Fighting Chance Foundation. Her experience of working with high net-worth individuals combined with a superb acumen for building relationships and commercial activities make a superb fit for overseeing the day to day and longer term strategic development of the Foundation’s key charitable aims.

Sarah acts as our Chairwomen and so co-ordinates Trustee affairs, as well as playing a pivotal role in ensuring our Charity remains complaint, functional and ‘fit for purpose’.

Niki Badenoch-Smith

Operations Lead

Behind the scenes of the Foundation’s work and managing the cross over of huge amounts of data, instructors, clubs and participants is the association’s core Operations Team. Niki is our key Operations Lead and is an intricate part of ensuring the Charitable Programmes we deliver are accessible and workable to the instructors who manage them through our key regulatory framework. Without Niki and the wider operations team, we wouldn’t be able to keep the Foundation such an accessible organisation for instructors and clubs and would thus hinder participation greatly.

Kirsty Hawkins

Head Of Executive Operations

Kirsty is one of our longest serving members of the team and now plays a crucial role in running the BMABA’s Executive Operations. Kirsty graduated from Bournemouth University with a 1st Class Degree in Leisure Marketing and plays a key role in guiding our media and PR positioning.

As part of the Executive team she is also key to a number of strategic level decisions working closely with Giovanni on matters of commercial and financial longevity.

Victoria Munford

Customer Services

Victoria has joined BMABA to help us continue providing ‘best in class’ customer services for both our current and new members. Victoria assists Operations and Strategic in ensuring all of our clients have access to the best possible membership support services, as well as helping our new and joining applicants with queries and enquiries across all of our lines of enquiry.

Alice Shelton-Agar

Communications & Membership Services

Alice has joined our team straight from University to help ensure BMABA offers the best presence possible across social media and other digital communication channels. Alice is also assisting Strategic Operations and our Operations Lead in ensuring the most efficient possible turnaround for membership provisions and services.

Catherine Myers

Finance

Catherine works closely with Giovanni and our Executive team to manage the association’s financial day to day running. This includes payroll and accounting, working closely with our accountant. Catherine is a valued part of the BMABA operation.

Our Committee & Voluntary Assembly

William Vincent

William Vincent

Commercial
Mark Stevens

Mark Stevens

Senior Voluntary Committee
Darren Langston

Darren Langston

Senior Voluntary Committee
Craig Sanderson

Craig Sanderson

Senior Voluntary Committee
Thomas Escudier

Thomas Escudier

Associate Assembly
Sally Gleaves

Sally Gleaves

Associate Assembly
Sohail Chowdhary

Sohail Chowdhary

Associate Assembly
Stuart MaCauley

Stuart MaCauley

Associate Assembly
Daren Stirrat

Daren Stirrat

Associate Assembly
Steven Scaddan

Steven Scaddan

Associate Assembly
Neil Mitchell

Neil Mitchell

Associate Assembly
Adam Merton

Adam Merton

Associate Assembly
Lewis Gell

Lewis Gell

Associate Assembly
Neil Kirkland

Neil Kirkland

Associate Assembly

We would also like to also thank all of our extended team, including Anna and Tim who both work closely as trustees, alongside Aimee, Liam, Chris in Digital and our other contributors.