Meet the Team

Peter Ackred

Chief Executive Officer

Peter is the founder and CEO of Disability Sports Coach since its conception in 2005. He has been part of the development of sport for disabled people since 1997 working with English Federation of Disability Sport, Football Association and Interactive (formally London Sports Forum for Disabled People).

In his spare time, Peter is a keen cyclist and enjoys his own and others photography. In his younger days, he played national standard table tennis and still thinks he is fit enough to play competitively, and regularly boasts this to DSC’s patron Will Bayley!

Peter is looking forward to making DSC an international player in sports provision, by creating more opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport.

Peter Ackred

Peter Ackred

Chief Executive Officer

Peter is the founder and CEO of Disability Sports Coach since its conception in 2005. He has been part of the development of sport for disabled people since 1997 working with English Federation of Disability Sport, Football Association and Interactive (formally London Sports Forum for Disabled People).

In his spare time, Peter is a keen cyclist and enjoys his own and others photography. In his younger days, he played national standard table tennis and still thinks he is fit enough to play competitively, and regularly boasts this to DSC’s patron Will Bayley!

Peter is looking forward to making DSC an international player in sports provision, by creating more opportunities for disabled people to participate in sport.

Hugh Elsegood

Hugh Elsegood

Sport & Physical Activity Manager

Hugh is our Sport & Physical Activity Manager and currently manages all external coaching partnerships, our team of London-wide coaches and is our Lead Safeguarding Officer.

Hugh has been involved in the sport and leisure sector for over 15 years including time at Sport England and the London Borough of Bexley as the Local Authority’s Senior Sports Development Officer.

He was introduced to disability sport whilst working at the national charity, Action for Blind People, where he helped create sports opportunities for blind and partially sighted people in adapted activities such as Goalball.

Hugh is an avid Badminton fan, having represented Kent at all levels and was a national standard junior. He is now an active Level 2 coach providing support to local Badminton clubs. He is also a Leader in Running Fitness and has helped many people gain the confidence to participate at parkrun and in many local 5K events.

Louis Wickett-Padgham

Louis Wickett-Padgham

Business Development Manager

Louis joined DSC in 2012 and is now Business Development Manager, managing the Community Club programme, Training Workshops, Partnerships and Marketing with us.

Louis graduated from University of Hertfordshire in Sports Studies. Living in East London, he felt the effect of the London Paralympics 2012 and naturally wants to aid the sporting opportunities disabled people receive.

His interests largely revolve around football, having represented Chelsea FC youth academy for a number of years - despite being an avid Arsenal fan! He also spends time making music with his current band.

Helping those who are underrepresented will always underpin Louis’ professional aspirations, and is looking forward to making this happen with DSC.

Lauren Mawdsley

Lauren Mawdsley

Club Development Officer

Having joined DSC as Coach Development Officer, Lauren is now our Club Development Officer leading on the delivery of our Community Club programme.

Lauren is a sport development graduate from Bournemouth University and has been involved in participating and coaching sport for a number of years. Lauren is not afraid of trying new sports and recently won the cheerleading national championships with her team during her first year participating in the sport.

Lauren previously worked on developing Europe’s first Coastal Activity Park based on Bournemouth beach which involved providing free and led based beach activities whilst encouraging the local community and schools to get involved.

Lauren considers herself to be a gymnastics fanatic and took her passion for the sport across the globe where she spent four months coaching in one of Americas leading camps through Camp America. Not only did she coach girls aged 5-15 in gymnastics, she was responsible for guiding and caring a group of campers throughout their time at camp.

Lauren is excited to continue developing the award-winning Community Club programme.

Alison Morgan

Alison Morgan

Fundraising Manager (P/T)

Alison joined Disability Sports Coach as the Fundraising Manager in September 2017 to help raise new funds so that our sports programmes can continue to flourish and develop into other areas around London.

Alison has worked in the third sector for over 20 years, starting her career in PR and then moving into fundraising. She has worked at other disability charities such as Mencap and Down’s Syndrome Association where she was also involved with their DSActive sports programme.

Alison lives in South West London and is delighted to be working at DSC as has always enjoyed playing and watching sport and knows how important it is for the development of every individual. She still enjoys playing tennis and walking her dog but spends more of her time ferrying her children around to do activities such as gymnastics and football.

Sean Madigan

Sean Madigan

Community Coach (P/T)

Sean has joined DSC taking on a entirely new role as a Community Coach. Working in sport over the past six years, most predominantly with Active Newham, has given Sean a lot of opportunity to explore the sporting world!

From working in professional football to working with Prince Harry, sport has been highlight rewarding so far. Sean is a keen rugby fan and enjoys its at all levels, both League and Union.

Sean's aims whilst with DSC are to try and help with the development of the charity, as well as delivering sessions that may be new to many of the people involved.

Theo McCarthy

Theo McCarthy

Community Coach (P/T)

Theo initially joined DSC in 2016 as a freelance coach but has since progressed to work alongside the team as a Community Coach. Theo was impressed by the charities’ stance on providing accessible sporting opportunities and feels that reflects his passion, to empower and engage people through the medium of sport, especially to under represented groups.

Theo's sporting passion is Football but his first playing opportunity didin’t come until he was 19! Having googled he suddenly was made aware of accessible sporting opportunities out there.

Theo affirms that his Cerebral Palsy has never held him back and is a keen outdoorsman in his spare time. He loves swimming, hiking, running and all different types of sport.

I’m looking forward to the challenging road ahead after my foundation degree and is excited to join the team in his new capacity, being able to further spread inclusive sporting opportunities to the wider under represented London community.