Andrew has been orienteering for over 35 years. He first joined Darwin Forest (DFOK) which changed its name to Dartford (DFOK) some 20 years ago when contact was lost with the Charles Darwin and Forest Hill founding schools. So he is a “one club” orienteer and was the club chair until 2020. He has been the organiser of the JK Relays 2008 and British Middle Distance Championships 2016, Contracting Coordinator for JK 2017, and Weekend Coordinator for the ill fated British Long Distance and Relay Championships in 2020 amongst various other planning, organising and controlling roles.
Andrew is keen to help the Orienteering Foundation develop into a charity making a significant contribution to the furtherance of orienteering, a role much needed given the recent cutbacks in funding to British Orienteering.
Neil has been a member of three orienteering clubs (BADO, DVO and now NGOC) and has orienteered to Championship Level, including winning a British Sprint bronze medal.
He has enjoyed planning and volunteering at many local events, and at national level was British Orienteering’s first secretary general. Neil was British Orienteering chairman for four years and retired when he had completed the maximum length of time on the Board.
Neil is keen to see the Orienteering Foundation widely recognised in the orienteering community and to ensure the Foundation rewards it donors with innovation that helps develop orienteering throughout the UK, and with support for deserving projects and people.
Georgia had a successful junior career, as a member of the NSW state squad in Australia, when she was selected as a JWOC reserve and as a member of the Stingers NSW elite squad. She has been actively involved in coaching, delivering the adult beginner course for her club, Uringa, and for the state association at primary schools in Sydney. She returned to the UK for university in 2017 and was the founding president of the Exeter University Orienteering Club (OROX) as well as being a member of two different orienteering clubs (Devon and NGOC).
She worked on the Devon Committee during her time at University, building the relationship between Devon and OROX, and was invited to intern for British Orienteering to deliver projects to improve the university orienteering clubs’ experience including supporting new clubs such as Bath and setting up a national training camp alongside JROS.
Post-graduation, Georgia is determined to continue contributing to orienteering and is excited to have joined the innovative, forward-thinking Foundation. Georgia hugely enjoys bringing people into the sport and is particularly interested in supporting young volunteers and grassroots orienteering
Pauline Olivant - trustee
Pauline started orienteering over 35 years ago when her husband was introduced to the sport through his work at that time as a cartographer. They both joined Nottinghamshire Orienteering Club. Once the children started to be more independent Pauline started coaching and helping with the East Midlands Junior Squad, qualifying as a level 4 coach. This led to working part time for British Orienteering, first as a Schools Development Officer, then with various changes in title helping develop orienteering within clubs and the community. Although not actively orienteering now, she still helps on the NOC and EMOA committees and can be seen regularly behind the registration/results computers at NOC events as well as being a selector for JROS.
Once retired, she became a trustee of the Foundation, keen to see the Foundation become more well known within orienteering and support the next generation of orienteers.
Roger Scrutton - trustee
On joining ESOC in the 1990s, Roger was a relative latecomer to orienteering, having pursued a variety of other sports since a very young age. He describes himself as a good average club orienteer, rarely winning anything but also rarely having a disastrous run of form. In addition to ESOC, he is an Honorary Member of EUOC and a member of AROS as second-choice club. He is a UKCC Level 3 coach, but still makes mistakes and should know better.
In 2009 Roger joined the Board of the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA) as Development Director and was active in making SOA a charity. From 2012 to 2018 he was President, seeing a remarkable period of growth for the Association around the time of the 2015 World Championships in Scotland and then chairing the bid committee for WOC 2022. Retired from the academic staff of the School of Geosciences at Edinburgh University, his position in the University as an Honorary Research Fellow in Outdoor Education allows him to see and research the multiple benefits that the pursuit of a sport like orienteering can bring to young people. He recently established a new charity on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council to support activities at its residential outdoor centre in Argyll.
Roger believes that in much the same way as society in general is now heavily dependent on third sector organisations, so orienteering in the UK can prosper from there being an active Orienteering Foundation. His particular interests are in raising public awareness of our sport, supporting grassroots orienteering and developing a strong coaching structure.
Martin Ward - trustee
Martin started orienteering in 1983 as a junior with Mole Valley (MVOC), was a member of Sheffield University Orienteering Club (ShUOC) at university, and then SPOOK and South Yorkshire Orienteers (where he is currently Chair). He has represented GBR as a junior and England in home internationals and Interland. He is Chair of Senior Selectors for the English Orienteering Council.
He has previously been a director and Chair of British Orienteering and is currently the Coordinator of the UK Orienteering League. He is also an experienced event Planner, Organiser and Controller.
Martin has orienteered in many countries around the world, and continues to compete at a high level in Veteran classes. He is keen to ensure that through the Orienteering Foundation, as many others as possible can benefit from the same great opportunities and enjoyment that the sport of orienteering has given him.