Council, Committees & Staff


Officers of the Association: Debbie Carter (Treasurer), Craig Poxon (Vice Chair) and Martin Soulsby (Chair)

10 BPA Council Members are nominated and elected by the voting Membership, and two independent Council members are appointed by the AGM on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee of Council. The tenure of each elected or appointed (independent) seat on Council is three years. Seats come up for election/appointment in tranches of three or four a year (together with any casual vacancies). This helps to assure continuity with approximately 2/3 of Council members normally continuing from one year to the next. 

Council Members are Non-Executive Directors of British Parachute Association Ltd (BPA). Council may co-opt, as non-voting members on an annual basis, those whose skills may assist it in its work.

As the National Governing Body for Sport Parachuting in the UK, BPA Ltd is a not-for-profit company without share capital, incorporated by guarantee. Council is responsible for the governance and policy of the Association.

Council normally meets seven times each year. See the diary of events page for meeting dates. BPA meetings are open to Members to attend as observers, except for any in-camera (closed) sessions which the Chair of a meeting may call when confidential matters are being discussed.


Council 2019

Paul Applegate, Mark Bayada, Adrian Bond, Nick Bunting (independent), Tash Higman, Sam Lee, Yassi Molazadeh, Craig Poxon, Martin Soulsby, Sue Stanhope (independent);  co-optees (non-voting) - Debbie Carter (Treasurer), Jeff Montgomery (STC Chair - staff)

Register of elected members' interests

Officers & representatives

BPA Vice Presidents - Chris Allen, John Hitchen, John Lines and John Smyth MVO.

Chair - Martin Soulsby martin.soulsby[at]

Vice Chair -  Craig Poxon craig[at]

Treasurer - Debbie Carter skydive[at]

Safety & Training Committee Chair - Jeff Montgomery, BPA Safety & Technical Officer jeff[at]  The membership of STC comprises all current Chief Instructors (CIs) of BPA Affiliated Parachute Training Organisations (PTOs). Correspondence for STC should be sent to Trudy Kemp, PA to the COO/STO trudy[at]   Riggers' subcommittee Chair - Pete Sizer

Communications, Competitions, & Development Chairs & Committees - please see below.

UK Delegate to the International Parachuting Commission (IPC) of FAI, the World Air Sports Federation (FAI) - John Smyth MVO;  UK Alternate Delegate to IPC - Craig Poxon;  Delegate to the Royal Aero Club (UK National Air Sports Control) - Martin Soulsby;  Alternate Delegate to the Royal Aero Club - Craig Poxon;  GASCo Rep - Kieran Brady

Medical Adviser - Dr John Carter;  Aviation Adviser - Tony Knight;  Safeguarding Adviser - Sara Orton

Archivists - Graham Spicer & Andrew Hilton archive[at]  web:



Staff at BPA HQ are responsible for day-to-day running of the BPA in accordance with the policy of the Council, including membership renewals and conversions, and answering questions on a wide range of matters including technical, safety, events and first-time jumping, etc.

To contact BPA HQ, please email membership[at] for Membership Services or skydive[at] for Administration or telephone 0116 278 5271.

Normal opening hours of BPA HQ are 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday (excepting bank holidays and the Christmas/New Year holiday period). 

Chief Operating Officer (COO) - Tony Butler tony[at]

Safety & Technical Officer (STO) - Jeff Montgomery jeff[at]

Secretary-General - Martin Shuttleworth martin[at]

Finance Manager - Jon Gretton jonathan[at]

Communications Manager - Angel Fernandez  angel[at]

PA to COO & STO - Trudy Kemp trudy[at]

Administration Secretary - Helen Lucas skydive[at]

Membership Services: membership[at]   Karey Goodwin karey[at]   Sue Allen sue[at]

Compliance Officer - James Potts  james[at]

Competitions & Awards Co-ordinator - Marie Kent  marie[at]

Stores - Dave Lucas dave[at]


Committees 2019

See the diary of events for meetings dates (as available).  The Communications and Development Committees usually meet earlier in the day of a Council meeting.  

BPA also has four Specialised Interest Groups (SIGs), as follows: Competitions Committee - Competitions Judges Specialised Interest Group;  Development Committee -  Drop Zone Owners & Operators Specialised Interest Group;  Safety & Training Committee (STC) - Display Teams Specialised Interest Group, and Pilots Specialised Interest Group. Meetings of SIGs are arranged by their sponsoring committee, and are chaired by the Chair of the main Committee or his/her nominee.


Competitions Committee including Discipline Reps

Competitions Chair - Mark Bayada

To contact the Competitions Committee or a Discipline Rep - skydive[at]

Committee Secretary - Helen Lucas, Administration Secretary

Competitions & Awards Co-ordinator - Marie Kent  - marie[at]

Competitions Committee - Mark Bayada (Chair & CP Rep), Sam Lee (FS Rep); Discipline Reps: Wingsuit - Mike Williams; CF - Mary Barratt; Speed - Michael Lovemore; FF/Artistics - Ratul Ahmed & Harry Shanker; VFS - Tim Gaines; Accuracy - Ian Marshall.


Communications Committee

Communications Chair - Adrian Bond adrian[at]

To contact the Committee skydive[at]

Committee Secretary - Martin Shuttleworth, Secretary-General

Communications Committee - Adrian Bond (Chair). Paul Applegate, Tash Higman, Yassi Molazadeh, Craig Poxon (Vice Chair). Co-opted, non-voting: Liz Ashley (Editor, Skydive the Mag - editor[at], Angel Fernandez (BPA Communications Manager)


Development Committee

Development Chair - Craig Poxon craig[at]

To contact the Committee - skydive[at]

Committee Secretary - Martin Shuttleworth, Secretary-General

Development Committee - Craig Poxon (Chair), Paul Applegate, Adrian Bond (Vice Chair), Debbie Carter (Treasurer), Tash Higman, Yassi Molazadeh.















Tony Butler

Chief Operating Officer









Adrian Bond

Communications Chair









Jeff Montgomery

Safety & Technical Officer

& STC Chair


Liz Ashley, Editor

BPA Skydive the Mag

Updated 14 November 2019

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