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

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.

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.

Lauren Mawdsley

Lauren Mawdsley

Club Development Manager

Having joined DSC as Coach Development Officer, Lauren is now our Club Development Manager 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. Before joining DSC, Lauren worked on developing Europe’s first Coastal Activity Park based on Bournemouth beach which involved increasing the sports provision on the beach and for the local community.

Lauren considers herself to be a gymnastics fanatic and took her passion for the sport across the globe where she spent four months coaching gymnastics at one of Americas leading camps through Camp America.

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

Laura Abrahams

Laura Abrahams

Club Development Officer

Joining the team in August 2018, Laura has worked in the sports sector over the last 5 years. Her background with state and national governing netball bodies in Australia saw her working with disadvantaged communities as well as managing the numerous disability programs from grassroots through to competitive levels.

Laura loves to keep fit. From team sports, to snow sports, marathons to extreme activities, Laura will always thrive off a challenge.

With lots of experience in club management and inclusion, she is very excited to be a part of the Community Club Programme and meet all of the wonderful people involved.

Claire Ackred

Claire Ackred

Administration Project 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.

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.

Omar Shariff

Omar Shariff

Community Coach (P/T)

Omar joined DSC in 2016 as a volunteer supporting two of our sessions, Young Hackney and Community Club Hillingdon. In January 2018, Omar became a part-time Community Coach.

With a passion for sports coaching, in particular football coaching, Omar has successfully completed the FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, and Coaching Disabled Footballers.

Omar is an excellent leader and motivator of people, as well as someone who inspires trust and confidence in others and lives to encourage others to be the best they can be in either sport or fitness in general.