COLIN BLAND, CEO

Colin has over two decades of experience of managing and leading in charities delivering mental health and emotional wellbeing services. For much of this time he has led services specialising in addiction and working with clients and systems with particularly complex needs.

SHELLIE HEATHERDeputy CEO

Shellie joined the charity in 2011 following a successful career in teaching and school leadership. Her experience of mainstream and sports education spanned over fifteen at her time of joining Sporting Chance.

Craig took up this full-time role with Sporting Chance well aware of the history of our charity and the work that we do; up until that point he had been a valued member of our counselling network for a number of years

CRAIG DEXTER, Head of Clinical Services
ANDREW JORDAN, Clinical Team

Andrew would have made significantly more than 21 appearances in the English Football League had his career not been so severely affected by injury; an astute and uncomplicated defender, he was selected to represent Scotland at Under-21 level in 1999 and was tipped by many to gain full international honours for his country.

Barry trained as a humanistic therapist in 2001, motivated by his own experience of addiction and the interventions which helped him to turn his life around. He views sustainable recovery as a holistic package of the ‘three thirds’ of the human condition - mind, body and spirit

BARRY TROTT, Clinical Team

Emily is likely to be the first person that anyone calling our counselling helpline will speak to and with good reason; she has a number of years' experience acting as a first responder in the voluntary sector and holds qualifications in counselling and working with vulnerable adults.

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EMILY PENDLETON, Head of Triage

After graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham, Rosie has worked in the charity sector for over eight years, in a number of roles including support work on the frontline and managing volunteers.

ROSIE SQUIRE, Triage Team

After completing a degree in English Literature at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Alex worked in industry on management teams responsible for large scale recruitment and procurement processes. 

ALEX MILLS, Head of Education and Consultancy Services

Eddie is a former professional footballer, starting his career in the Manchester United academy system and representing England from U16 level through to the U20’s. A midfielder who could also play as a striker,

EDDIE JOHNSON, Northern Facilitator and Premier League Liaison

Paul is another of the former athletes we are very fortunate to have within our education department, a professional footballer until injury forced him to stop playing at 31 and who has since gone on to carve out a multi-faceted post-playing career –

PAUL MORTIMER, Southern Facilitator

For those that follow Gaelic football, Oisin McConville needs little introduction. For those that don’t (and don’t reside on the island of Ireland where Oisin is very much a household name regardless of your sporting knowledge), here’s a brief summary: Six All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championships,

OISIN McCONVILLE, All-Ireland Facilitator

A combination of Chris Murphy’s personal experience of gambling addiction, his recovery from it and a decade of working in professional sport placed him perfectly to be appointed in 2019 as Sporting Chance’s Gambling Specialist in our Education team. 

CHRIS MURPHY, Education Facilitator (Gambling Specialist)