August 3, 2016


Board of Directors

Stephen Miller MBE
Stephen, who has Cerebral Palsy, is a professional athlete and competes in field athletics in the F32 Club Throw event.
He has represented Great Britain for over 20 years gaining an extensive medal haul including 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze from 6 Paralympic games, 3 Gold and 1 Bronze from 6 World Championships and 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze from 5 European Championships.
During his time as an athlete Stephen has taken every opportunity to inspire others and is now a renowned motivational speaker. Stephen speaks at corporate, educational and charity events as part of his role with SMILE Through Sport.
Stephen has been given several honours over the years, the latest of which was receiving MBE award in the 2016 New Years honours.
In 2013 Stephen founded SMILE Through Sport to inspire others and help create more opportunities for disabled people to do sport.
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Rachel Miller
Managing Director
Rachel has worked within sports development for over 10 years in both the North West and North East of England. Primarily working within disability sports development Rachel has worked with several organisations including English Federation of Disability Sport, North Tyneside Council and Boccia England.
Rachel has a range of qualifications in sport specific courses, inclusion and disability awareness, sport management and sign language. In 2012, Rachel was a National Technical Official for Boccia at the London Paralympic Games.
Rachel is the Managing Director of SMILE Through Sport, she helped set up the community interest company in 2013. Her role is to shape the mission, vision and objectives of the company alongside the other directors. Rachel is responsible for the day to day running of the company, alongside delivering the Learn To SMILE program.
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Dave Butler
Non-Executive Director
Dave Butler sits on SMILE's Board of Directors.
He is CEO of the UKAA (UK Apartment Association), the organisation for everyone in the Build To Rent residential property sector. Dave is also a Non-Executive Director of Orbit, one of the largest housing groups in the UK, serving on the Customer and Communities Board. His role in both organisations is to help place the customers at the heart of everything that happens, raise standards and help create great places to live.
Dave has been on the board of SMILE Through Sport since it was established in 2013, and advises on financial, IT and HR matters.
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Brendan Brown
Non-Executive Director
Brendan Brown sits on SMILE's Board of Directors.
Brendan began his career with Middlesbrough Council and subsequently worked in senior roles in the commercial sector before joining the NHS in 2009. As Director of Citizen Services at NHS Business Services Authority he currently leads a range of national services which are user focused and support good quality health outcomes.
He joined the SMILE team as Non Executive Director, in May 2016. Brendan has many years of practical experience driving fundamental innovation and transformation; he is keen to see SMIILE Through Sport continue to grow and evolve, maintaining its position as a leading provider of disability sport provision delivered by great people.

Start To SMILE

Jenni Wade-Rudin
Inclusive Sport Development Officer/Start to SMILE Lead
Jenni worked as a Sports Development Officer at North Tyneside Council before joining SMILE in 2015. She coordinates, manages and delivers our Start to SMILE programme.

Our Coaches

Rosalynd Miller
Athletics/Multi-Sport Coach
Ros has coached from grassroots to Paralympic level. She has vast experience and knowledge of throws events, especially seated throws.
Bruce Robertson
Athletics/Multi-Sport Coach
Bruce's background is in sport development, running and fitness. He is a very experienced coach and loves working at grassroots level.
Laura Brown
Multi-Sport Coach
Laura runs a lot of our Start to SMILE sessions. She is a young and enthusiastic coach, who enjoys working with a wide range of abilities and ages.
Cath McNicol
Boccia/Multi-Sport Coach
Cath is an experienced athlete and coach, in the sports of powerchair football and boccia. Based in the Teeside area, she runs a lot of our sessions in the south of the region.
Stephen Parsons
Cricket/Multi-Sport Coach
A keen rugby player, Stephen enjoys all aspects of sport. He has many years of experience coaching cricket, rugby and other sports.
Gareth Brown
Multi-Sport Coach
Gareth took up wheelchair racing a few years ago. He also found he had a passion for coaching and gained experience volunteering for SMILE. He is now a fully fledged sports coach.
Joshua Renwick
Multi-Sport Coach
Joshua is a rugby player and a student at Northumbria University. He is passionate about sport and is developing his coaching with SMILE.
James Toland
Boccia Coach
James is a boccia coach and official. He was part of the officiating team at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Rebecca Walters
Multi-Sport Coach
Rebecca has experience working at Percy Hedley school, she is a student at Northumbria University.
Thomas Shackleton-Preece
Multi-Sport Coach
Thomas is a rower and qualified rowing coach. He joined the SMILE team to broaden horizons and diversify his coaching.
Sian Holmes
Multi-Sport Coach
Sian is a student at Northumbria University, she is coaching for SMILE to gain experience and develop her skills.

Our Volunteers

Dominic Collins
Volunteer Coach
John Taylor
Volunteer Coach
Glynis Toland
Dylan Keville
Volunteer Coach
Peter Toland
Jonathan Miller
Rob Thompson
Volunteer Coach


Pauline Burrill
Administration Officer
Pauline worked as a procurement manager in the NHS. Now retired she volunteers for SMILE, undertaking various administration tasks