Meet the Team

Peter Ackred

Chief Executive

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

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

Partnership Manager

Hugh is our Partnership Manager and currently oversees our network of 14 Community Clubs, all external coaching partnerships and our various training programmes. He is also 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.

Amardeep Gill

Amardeep Gill

Fundraising Manager

Amardeep joined Disability Sports Coach as the Fundraising Manager in February 2019, raising funds to help the charity continue providing its vital services.

Amardeep has worked in fundraising for over eight years, and knows from family experience the key role sport and exercise plays in empowering people living with disabilities.

Outside the office, Amardeep enjoys keeping active, and has taken on several charity challenges, including a Tough Mudder and a 100km walk from London to Brighton. He particularly enjoys football and Pilates, which is rather more relaxing!

Amardeep is thrilled to be working at Disability Sports Coach and looks forward to helping the charity to reach more communities of people in need of our support.

Claire Ackred

Claire Ackred

Administration Manager

Claire is a highly experienced administrator and office manager with over 15 years’ experience in a variety of industries.

Having volunteered for DSC on a number of occasions since 2012, Claire joined the team in August 2018 in order to manage the development and implementation of new administrative procedures to support the growing team.

After graduating from the University of Kent, Claire has worked for a number of diverse organisations including an international seeds and young plants merchant, a trade association and membership organisation representing the European savoury snacks industry and, most recently, a national town planning consultancy.

In her spare time Claire enjoys running, cycling and walking, and has volunteered at a number of sporting events including as a games maker at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Emma Cranston

Emma Cranston

Project Officer

Emma is back again - this time as a Project Officer, responsible for delivering all of our services in the region, including the Community Clubs, external coaching and training programmes..

Emma is a qualified PE teacher, as well as having 5 years of experience in the disability and sports development industry.

Emma is a keen hockey player and coach and looks for any excuse to incorporate more hockey into our programmes. She is also a keen runner and loves exploring new countries and cultures.

Emma lives by the mottos, “ work hard, play hard” and “ dream big.”

In addition to her other duties, Emma also coaches at Club Wandsworth every Tuesday.

Greer-Aylece Robinson

Greer-Aylece Robinson

Project Officer

Greer-Aylece joined the team in February 2020 as a Project Officer. Being born in Trinidad and Tobago, having lived in Brazil and grown up in the United Kingdom – London, Cambridge and West Yorkshire - Greer has been involved in sport for as long as she can remember!

Actively pursuing a career in the sport sector for the past 5 years, she has obtained her FA Level 1, her Fitness Instructing Level 2 and Personal Training Level 3 – with the goal to expand her qualifications over the next few years.

Advocacy has been something that Greer has actively done, from working closely with migrants to working with young girls, through coaching and mentoring. Her previous role was working on disability advocacy, to ensure that D/deaf and Disabled people have the best access to everyday life as their hearing counterparts.

In her spare time, Greer is keen on the gym and playing sports – her preferred sports are football and taekwondo; however, she has recently started boxing and she has a goal of one day running a marathon.

She is excited to begin this journey with DSC, helping the charity grow and lending her voice to the ever important field of sports, advocacy and ensuring that everyone has equal access to sport.

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas

Marketing and Communications Officer

Emma joined DSC in May 2020 as Marketing and Communications Officer, to help boost the profile of DSC’s work in supporting disabled people to experience the benefits of being active.

She has been working in communications for five years, and is also involved in volunteering and writing on social and environmental justice, mental health, and a range of other topics.

During her studies, Emma discovered rock climbing. In 2017, she completed a 600-mile trek across the Pyrenees Mountains to raise money for Kidney Research UK, and has since trekked and climbed in various countries, becoming increasingly passionate about representation and accessibility in the outdoors.

Emma is excited to be working with Disability Sports Coach in raising awareness of disability sports and helping to make sport and activity equitable for all.