Nicky is an experienced Board Chair and Non-Executive Director in the Leisure, Entertainment and Tourism industry and owner/founder of IMD Group which specialises in strategic and operational consultancy.
Nicky was awarded an OBE in 2016 and is currently Chair of three other boards: The Titanic Foundation which owns the Titanic Visitor Attraction in Belfast and soon to open Titanic Hotel, Jockey Club Live, a joint venture between live music specialists Music + Sport and the UK’s leading racecourse group and E20 LLP the company that owns and operates the Olympic Stadium.
Nicky is also a Board Member of the London Legacy Development Corporation which has transformed and operates the Olympic Park and is a Trustee of the Young Vic theatre.
Director (England Netball)
Appointed as Chairman of England Netball (EN) in the autumn of 2015, Colin Povey brings vast experience from sport and business to both EN and NWC2019 Ltd having spent 10 years as the Chief Executive of Warwickshire County Cricket Club and prior to that a decade with Carlsberg where he was latterly CEO of their UK business.
An elite sportsman himself, Colin captained the England Water Polo team as well as representing and coaching the GB squad and has dedicated over 20 years to sport including 17 years as a Non-Executive Director of Northampton Saints Rugby Club.
Director (England Netball)
As Chief Executive of England Netball, Joanna Adams is responsible for the strategic plan of the sport across the country. Under Joanna's leadership, England Netball secured the rights to host the Netball World Cup in 2019 and were awarded the National Governing Body of the Year at the Sport Industry Awards (UK) in 2014.
Joanna started her career in sales and marketing, specialising in sport. In 2003 Joanna became Commercial Director of the Football Conference and was appointed onto the board of Notts County FC before setting up her own media agency. Her 20+ years in working with brands, rights holders and the media have helped establish Joanna as one of the most highly regarded and innovative Chief Executives in British sport.
Steve Elworthy is the Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup which will be staged in England and Wales in 2019
Elworthy has previously been Tournament Director for five different ICC global events: the ICC Champions Trophy in both 2017 and 2013, The ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the ICC World T20 tournament in 2009, all of which were staged in England and Wales, as well as the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 tournament held in South Africa in 2007.
A former South Africa cricketer who played four Tests and 39 One-Day Internationals including matches in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999, Elworthy has also held the positions of Director of Marketing and Communications at the England and Wales Cricket Board and Commercial Director at Cricket South Africa.
He has also been awarded an MBE for his commitment and contribution to cricket.
Sharon is currently Director of Devices, Products and Partnerships at EE and BT and has over seven years’ experience at director level, bringing a wealth of marketing and commercial expertise to the board for the event.
Responsibility of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 Board
The role of the Board is to:
Be custodians of the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 on behalf of the funding partners and advocates of the event in Liverpool;
Act as ambassadors for the vision and strategy;
Be a catalyst of high quality strategic thinking, creating an environment to achieve;
Make important decisions on strategy, policy and business management;
Monitor performance, including that of the senior management team;
Govern by taking responsibility for the development of the event and ensure that the business operates in a compliant and ethical way;
In conjunction with the International Netball Federation and England Netball, plan, organise and commercialise the World Cup, grow the profile of the sport of netball, both in the UK and internationally and deliver a legacy programme for the sport of netball;
The current Board gender representation meets the UK Sport Code of Governance target of a minimum of 30% of each gender. The Vitality Netball World Cup has adopted this target and is strongly committed to maintaining its adherence to this target and working towards greater gender parity and improved general diversity. We are always keen to receive expressions of interest in Board positions and role vacancies from all candidates, particularly those from under-represented groups, and will continue to work hard to attract exceptional candidates from all areas of the community, aiming to attract candidates from diverse backgrounds for any future vacant Board or staffing position.