Having spent a number of years at a successful firm of independent financial advisers in Marylebone, Alan co-founded Templar Financial Planning in 1996, a firm of Chartered Financial Planners and business advisers, working on behalf of both ‘traditional’ entrepreneurs and businesses as well as Private Clients from the worlds of sport, media and entertainment. As the firm has expanded, Alan, as Templar’s founder, now spends most of his time dealing directly with complex financial planning for high net worth and ultra-high net worth private clients, together with a small number of successful businesses. Alan’s advice encompasses all aspects of Wealth Management, Asset Allocation, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Succession Planning, Philanthropy and general Financial Counsel. Alan continues to drive Templar forward, forming selected strategic alliances with professional firms. He lives in London with his family and dog and in his spare time, is a 3rd Dan Ju Jitsu instructor.
Graham obtained a business honours degree from Leeds University in 1972 and qualified as a Chartered Accountant three years later, becoming a senior financial analyst with BICC before starting up Controlaccount in 1980 from the back of a recruitment agency in Holborn. Controlaccount thrived and became an unquoted PLC in 1994 specialising in Medical, University and Telecommunications debt recovery. In 1997 it entered the courier business and is now a significant outsourced receivables management business with a broad cross section of commercial clients. In 2008 Graham sold a majority share of the business to his fellow directors continuing as a committed and partially executive Chairman of the Board. He subsequently became a Board member of the CSA for two years and was involved in a number of other businesses most notably in property development and IT. He currently Chairs three house building companies, is Chief Executive of a leading private hospital in South West London and continues to run a Charitable Medical Foundation which he founded in 2007. He has two boys and enjoys gardening, golf and life.
Lincoln joined Sony/CBS straight out of school, a day after Live Aid 1985. He soon made a name for himself by signing and developing one of the most revered, mercurial talents ever associated with a UK label: Terence Trent D’Arby. Within just four years he became the youngest director of Sony Music. From there, Lincoln went on to found Sony sub-label S2 Records (aka Soho Square Records) alongside his mentor, Muff Winwood, in 1991. His signings included Des’ree, Reef, Toploader and perhaps most significantly Jamiroquai, who have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide. Lincoln’s retirement in 2005 was short-lived; he returned to the fold with Virgin Music from 2006-2008 and after a more substantial hiatus, has been consulting PMR, one of the biggest record labels in the world, since 2015. Alan McGee, founder of Creation Records and the man who discovered Oasis and Primal Scream describes Lincoln as a ‘brilliant talent, the best A&R guy of his generation’.
Having graduated from the University of Warwick with First Class Honours in Law, Alexa is enjoying a successful and esteemed professional career. Currently a senior associate at leading UK-based law firm Harbottle & Lewis, she advises high-value clients on the management of their personal financial affairs. She is a key contributor to the firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and also works Pro Bono for the Innocence Project London, which aims to undertake thorough and objective investigations into alleged wrongful convictions. Away from work, Alexa is a keen bruncher and, to everyone’s surprise (but non moreso than her own!), she has recently taken up running and is enthusiastically (and nervously) looking forward to participating in the London Marathon.
Katie secured a Sport and Exercise Science honours degree at Loughborough University before embarking on a successful career in which she has gained a wealth of high-level experience in both the sport and mental health sectors.
Katie’s roles in sport included working with retiring elite athletes transitioning their athletic careers, and roles at Sport England, where she oversaw investment with national governing bodies. She is currently Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Mental Health UK, where she leads a partnership with a major banking group and is forging new, meaningful relationships for the rapidly-growing charity.
Katie is also a Trustee at Fulham Football Club Foundation. Her passion for sport, mental health and wellbeing and care of athletes combined with her impressive CV made Katie an obvious candidate to join Sporting Chance’s Board of Trustees in 2021.
DR MATT MUIJEN OBE
Matt completed a Medical degree at the University of Amsterdam in his native Netherlands. His background is as a Psychiatrist and Epidemiologist, having trained at London’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, Institute of Psychiatry (Kings College) and School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He is currently a Mental Health Policy Adviser and has worked as a consultant with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the World Bank, Swiss Development Corporation and with many countries and non-governmental organisations advising on mental health policy.
Matt had previously spent 13 years as the Programme Manager for Mental Health and Mental Disorders at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health in London. His extensive knowledge, experience and status in the field of Mental Health made Matt the perfect candidate to become a trustee at Sporting Chance in 2021.