Martin Bisp and Jamie Sanigar
Martin, our CEO, has voluntarily managed and coached at the Empire Amateur Boxing Club since 2004 and worked as a private sector business analyst for over 20 years.
Jamie, our COO, has had a lifelong involvement in professional boxing and experience in running businesses, managing athletes and promoting large sporting events.
Together, they recognised the potential of what they were building, as did more and more organisations and partners.
Charlotte has a range of experience from charity work to politics, television and sports coaching. Charlotte was the Member of Parliament for Bristol North West between 2010-2017, and is currently Director of the Conservative Middle East Council. She has previously worked for The Scouts and as Education Associate with The Young Foundation. Before her election as MP, she was Special Adviser to then Shadow Education Secretary, David Willetts. In 2011 Charlotte formed the All Party Parliamentary Group for Boxing with the aim of promoting the sport and keeping it high on the agenda in Westminster.
Dr. Simon Newitt
Simon has been a trustee since Empire’s founding as a charity. He is a cultural anthropologist and sociologist with a 25-year professional background working in a variety of frontline and leadership roles across children’s and adult mental health services. He has also taught at several UK universities on issues of youth, social exclusion, and mental health. For nine years he was Chief Executive of the award-winning young people’s mental health charity, Off the Record (Bristol), and he is currently a senior consultant in leadership and organisation development at The King’s Fund, a health think-tank based in London that works with leaders at all levels across the NHS, local government and third sector.
David Phillips, Treasurer
David is a Chartered Global Management Accountant who has held a number of Senior Directorships throughout his career. David is currently the Finance and Operations Director of Allcooper Group, a security company.
Alexander has held senior positions in strategy and marketing development in the financial services industry. Alexander has over 20 years’ experience in martial arts and boxing, and currently runs a youth club in north Bristol.
Crispin is the Founder and CEO of Kabuto Noodles, a Bristol based business. Crispin and his company have been committed supporters of Empire Fighting Chance for many years. Crispin recently joined our Board to provide us with entrepreneurial thinking and commercial acumen as we scale our work across the country.
Alex Beresford is a Bristol-born TV personality and ITV presenter, who became involved in the work at Empire Fighting Chance when filming for his knife crime documentary in 2019.
Growing up in the inner-city areas around our gym, Alex is passionate about the local community, and about enabling young people to become the best versions of themselves. He sees boxing as a great vehicle for this.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Marvin has been the elected Mayor of Bristol since 2016. He was born and raised in Easton and used the Empire gym as young man. After graduating from Swansea University, Marvin worked in international development and as a BBC journalist before stints as an NHS Programme Manager and Local Authority Director in Bristol. A Yale University World Fellow, Marvin has a track record of leadership across the political, public and voluntary sectors in both the UK and United States.
Lee Selby was born and raised in Barry, South Wales. Lee was raised in a tough deprived community where violence, drugs and crime was an everyday occurrence. Lee often agrees that if it wasn’t for the sport of boxing he too may have ended up in trouble with the law as many of his friends did.
Lee won the IBF World Featherweight Title on May 30th 2015 and is regarded as one of Britain’s best boxers. Lee is managed by fellow Empire Ambassador Chris Sanigar trains at the Bristol Boxing Gym often visits and mentor’s some of the young people on our programmes.
Chris is Empire Amateur Boxing Club’s Life President, a role which was bestowed to the man who kick-started the Empire success story in 2010.
Chris boxed for the club, reached the national ABA finals in 1977 and was the first boxer from the Empire ABC to box for England.
Photo of Chris Sanigar © Betina La Plante
Liam is an elite sportsman and English cricketer who currently plays for Warwickshire. A right handed batsman and right hand medium pace bowler, he made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire against Derbyshire in April 2011.
Liam has been an strong advocate for Empire Fighting Chance, visiting the gym and introduced us to local schools in Bristol that needed our support. As well as amplifying our message, he has worked alongside our young people and given up his time which has been, as always, gratefully received.
Until 2021, John was Chief Executive of Destination Bristol, a successful joint venture between Bristol City Council and Business West which works closely in partnership with its members, key stakeholders and partners.
John is a huge advocate for mental health and wellbeing, and has helped us with introductions to potential donors and connections which has also furthered the support for the Empire Fighting Chance programme.
Giles Cross is founder and CEO of FOLK2FOLK, a peer-to-peer lending company. He is, in terms of both thought and execution, able to understand the requirements of a business and its audience, delivering customer centric campaigns and activity aligned to corporate objectives. Recognised as an influential and inspirational public speaker, communicating ideas and purpose with confidence, energy and passion.
Tommy David is a former Wales international rugby union and rugby league player. He was selected for the 1974 British Lions tour to South Africa, and at the time played club rugby for Llanelli RFC. He also played for his home-town club Pontypridd RFC, and while at the club was part of the 1976 Grand Slam winning Wales team. In 1981 he switched codes to rugby league, representing Cardiff City Blue Dragons.
Martin Bisp – Founder and CEO
Jamie Sanigar – Founder and COO
Michael Fuller – Director of Growth
Luke Jones – Head of Operations
Joanna Le Vannais – Head of Fundraising
Catherine Bisp – Finance and Administration Manager
Emily Haberfield – Fundraising and Marketing Executive
Ellie Milone – Communications and Advocacy Manager
Helen Jenkins – Family Liaison Officer
Emma Whale – Therapy Line Manager
Sam Kotadia – Sports Psychologist
Ally Britton – School Liaison Officer
Aaron Morten – Partnership Manager
Jimmy Rowbottom – Coach
Courtney Young – Coach Supervisor
Matt Webster – Coach Supervisor
Ben Whitworth – Coach Supervisor
Chris Gale – Careers Manager
Harry Powell – North West Lead
Heather Head – Coach
Sara Moreira – Coach
Luke Foxall – Coach
Dalma Divinszki – Coach
Oliver Jones – Coach
Jazper Peacey – Coach
Serena Wiebe – Coach
Titus Gaunt – Coach
Stephen Nesbitt – Therapist
Hannah Owen – Therapist
Simone Retief – Therapist
Chris Wheeler – Therapist
Meg Stephens – Therapist
Meg Angill-Williams – Therapist
Kassia Passmore – Fundraising Intern
Mila King – Admin Assistant
Jennifer Mendonca – Apprentice Coach