Elected Directors

Paul Abrahams

Paul Abrahams

Paul Abrahams was elected to the board of British Fencing in 2013. He has fenced for more than 40 years and won 10 Commonwealth Veteran medals in all three weapons, including three golds. He also referees domestically and internationally. Paul is head of corporate communications at RELX Group, a FTSE 20 information and analytics group.

He was formerly a journalist at the Financial Times for 15 years, working in Tokyo, San Francisco and London. Before that he completed a Ph.D. on the French resistance at the University of Cambridge.

Thomas Cadman

Tom Cadman

Tom was elected to the Board in 2013 and re-elected in 2017 and sits on both the Audit, Governance and Risk Committee and the Grow Group.

He is a solicitor and is currently the Director of Governance and Legal Services at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

An epeeist, he fenced for Great Britain at cadet, junior and senior world championships between 1995 and 2009 as well as for England in 4 Commonwealth Fencing Championships winning 1 gold and 2 silver medals in the team events. He has also won the British Championships at cadet, junior and senior level.

Clare Halsted

Clare Halsted

Fencing from age 10, including 2 Olympics and now Veterans’ World Championships.

Various voluntary posts for BF over the last 16 years including
International then International Youth Committee Chair; currently Chair - International Cadet Management Group.
Medical and Anti-Doping Officer since 1998.   

Welfare officer for London Region and 2 clubs.
FIE Medical Commission member since 2004 and on FIE Anti-Doping Commission.

Board Director elected in 2013 and re-elected in 2017
Manager/ coach at Finchley Foil (junior fencing club)
North London GP for 30 years and volunteer doctor for the humanitarian charity Doctors of the World.

Younger son Laurence has been a GBR foilist since cadet days, full-time up to Rio since graduating in 2006.

Caryl Oliver

Caryl Oliver

Caryl Oliver started fencing at 12 and has been involved as a competitor and administrator ever since.  In the early 70’s Caryl was a committee member of LAFU then moved to Australia where she was a director of both the State and National body as well as winning gold medals at Australian, Oceanic and Commonwealth individual and team level. 

Caryl returned to the UK in 2010 to join LOCOG and deliver the Fencing and Wheelchair Fencing in London in 2012.  Caryl is a member of the FIE Council for Veteran Fencing, joined the British Fencing Board in 2014 and became President of European Veterans Fencing in 2016.  When not engaged with fencing, Caryl is a founding director of the International Association for Mobile Learning and is a consultant to a variety of organisations who are seeking to move training and learning delivery into a mobile or online environment.

Anne-Catrin Sallaba

Anne-Catrin is the Head of Global Onboarding Training Programmes at Google, responsible for all global functional training programmes for the business organisation of 18,000+ staff, with more than 4,500 new joiners trained annually. Previously, she was the Head of Publisher Distribution and Solutions gTech, Northern and Central Europe, owning relationships with digital content owners, generating in excess of $1bn annually with over 200 key publishing accounts across the region. Prior to Google, Anne-Catrin was the Director for Media Account Management, UK & Ireland and Europe for Yahoo! Europe. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Anne-Catrin earned a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and Management from the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark and has completed executive education programmes at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, London Business School and Stanford Business School.

Brian Speight

Brian Speight

Brian Speight was elected to the British Board of Fencing in October 2014.  He has been involved with the sport of fencing and Espada FC, Bournemouth for 45 years and has fenced at all levels from club through to international with the Vets. He is a registered coach having contributed to the coaching of an Olympic, World and European gold medallist pentathlete. Over the years, Brian has in addition to fencing around the world introduced fencing into all parts of the local community to raise awareness and give people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to try the sport.  He has worked with local councils, his MP, youth clubs/groups and people with disabilities.  Through his motivational skills he brings energy to all his fencing activities both in his club, the region and Vets.  He was the sports information manager in the organising team for the London Olympics and Paralympics fencing competitions.  More recently he was responsible for the opening ceremony and finals hall presentation and acted as MC for the European Vets Team Championships in Medway.
Although now retired, Brian ran his own Human Resource consultancy working around the world as an occupational psychologist with many international organisations.  Specialising in providing cost effective solutions for enhanced HR performances in product development, delivery and quality service, he encouraged business to bring lessons learnt from the success of champions in the sports arena into the competitive business arena.  Prior to this he worked for the government and in private industry.  A married man with two daughters, when he is not involved with fencing Brian likes to ride his ‘café racer’ vintage motorbike, dance Lindy hop and perform magic.

John Troiano

John has served as a Director of British Fencing since 2012, chairing the Audit, Governance, and Risk Committee. He has been a competitive fencer since the age of 15 and continues as a successful member of the GB Veteran team today. John has represented Great Britain at junior and veteran level, and England at senior level. Previously he has held positions as a selector, a member of the Foil committee and a member of the Referees Committee.  John is Global Head of Distribution at Schroders.

Independent Directors

Mark Lyttle - Chair

Mark has extensive experience running technology businesses over the last 20 years and remains Chairman of his own IT services business. He has a passion for sport, competing in the 1996 Olympics in sailing and has a MSc in Sports Performance Analysis. He was, until recently, elected chairman of the largest youth sailing boat association in the UK, is a member of the ASA Audit, Risk and Probity committee and a panel member of Sports Resolutions. He is also an independent governor of a London primary school.

Janet Campbell

Janet Campbell

Independent non-executive Director 

Janet was appointed to the Board in October 2013.  She is the appointed Senior Independent Director and member of the Nominations Committee.

She is currently an Independent HR Consultant following 14 years at Ofcom (the UK’s communications regulator) where she was the HR Director, responsible for leading and managing the HR function, ensuring it aligned to and supported the delivery of Ofcom’s business and cultural objectives.   

Janet has a passion for sport in general and is an active netball player.


Gill Palmer

Gill Palmer

Independent non-executive Director 

Gill was appointed to the Board in October 2014 

She is currently Head of Global Bid Management for Vodafone Group Services following 15 years at Oracle where she was Vice President of Business Operations across Europe, Middle East and Africa, senior operational leadership roles driving strategy and transformational programmes.

Gill’s love of many sports was the motivation to take on a non-executive director role where she could combine that passion with her experience in the commercial world and support the evolution of the governing body for British Fencing

Appointed Director


40% of the occupied director positions are women and 60% are men