Meet the team

Patrick Collins


Award-winning journalist, who spent 32 years weaving his magic for the Mail on Sunday from its launch. Covered 10 football World Cups and every summer Olympic Games since 1972 bar one before retirement. Accumulated many major prizes at the SJA’s British Sports Journalism Awards including sports writer and sports columnist of the year on five occasions.

Ashley Broadley


Sports Editor, PA Media. Joined PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency, in 1999 as a news reporter covering the Yorkshire area. Moved to London and the news desk in 2003 before taking up current role as Sports Editor in 2007. Based at the company’s northern headquarters in Howden, East Yorkshire, has overseen the coverage of many events including London Olympics in 2012. Also led the development and growth of PA Media’s digital output for sport.

Leon Mann


More than a decade of experience in sport and media and has worked with some of the world’s most respected companies including BBC and ITV. Has been international spokesperson for football’s anti-racism campaigns Kick It Out and Football Against Racism in Europe. In 2010, founded the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS). Co-founded the Football Black List in 2008. In 2014 founded the Sports People’s Think Tank (SPTT). Founder and director of Refresh Sports Consultancy and Productions, a company working with clients across the sports industry on content and advising on communications.

Philip Barker


Freelance broadcaster and sports historian. Columnist for, contributor Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack and author of books on Olympic Flame and Lord’s cricket ground. Has been on the editorial team of the Journal of Olympic History and is credited with having transformed the publication into one of the most respected publications on the history of the Olympic Games. He is also an expert on Olympic music, a field which is not generally well known.

Sarah Juggins


Freelance hockey writer and sports journalist working across a number of publications, regional, national and international. Also a media officer for the International Hockey Federation, officiating at a number of international events every year. Co-author of the award-winning The History Makers, which charts the story of the successful Great Britain women’s hockey team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Under An Orange Sky, which is the story of the 2018 Hockey World Cup.

Howard Wheatcroft


Spent 30 years on the the Daily Star sports desk including nearly 17 years as sports editor and a spell as Head of Sport at Express Newspapers. Previously worked at the Stockport Express, Salford City Reporter, Northern Echo and Match magazine. Product of the Thomson Regional Newspapers training scheme. Long-serving member of the SJA committee.

James Toney

Committee [careers/training]

Director and managing editor of Sportsbeat with responsibility for editorial strategy, major event coverage and journalism school, News Associates. Started career in national newspapers as a news reporter and has been highly-commended by the Sports Journalists’ Association and Press Gazette. Regular contributor to radio and television. Book on sports journalism, Inside Track, published in 2013. Keen sailor and runner. Sits on the British Olympic Association’s media accreditation advisory committee.

Ian Rice


Freelance sports photographer and wheelchair-user due to multiple sclerosis. Became full-time photographer in 2017 after career in finance and running companies in renewable energy. Accredited by the British Olympic Association and the British Paralympic Association, worked at British tennis and Bristol Rugby. Current activities mainly with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Gloucestershire Cricket Board.  Plays disabled representative sports – rugby (Bristol) and cricket (Gloucestershire). Strives to show disability is not a barrier to achievement.

Jon Batham


Freelance, with cricket as specialist area, so lucky enough to have Lord’s as an office for much of the summer. Covered a multitude of sports when working as a regional journalist and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. A latecomer to the industry after training in theology and having stints as a newspaper shop manager, insurance claims clerk, church community worker and even a church minister. Mobile: 07816 429832

Jon Holmes


Freelance journalist and media consultant, and the founder/lead of Sports Media LGBT+, an industry network, advocacy and consultancy group. Specialist in content related to equality, diversity and inclusion, and workplace culture.

Karthi Gnanasegaram


Freelance presenter/reporter for programmes including BBC1’s Ten o’clock news, Radio4 and Radio2, plus Wimbledon and the Olympics on the BBC. Also presents for the Premier League and Amazon. Aside from sport, hosts shows for Classic FM and the Royal Opera House.

Natalie Pirks


BBC sports news correspondent. Presented and reported live from three World Cups, two Olympic Games and three Commonwealth Games. Short-listed at the SJA Journalism Awards in the Broadcast Sports Journalist of the year category.

Paul Gilham


Senior Director of Photography, Sport for Getty Images. Joined Getty Images in 2003 as an editor. Ten years later appointed chief photographer for EMEA shooting sport across the globe. Having covered summer and winter Olympic Games, football and rugby world cups and 10 years of Formula One, stepped away from the camera when offered the opportunity to lead the sport operation in Europe as Director of Photography. Oversees a team of 55 staff and more than 50 freelancers.

Tom Jenkins


For the last 30 years travelled the world covering sports events for the Guardian/Observer including seven football world cups and five summer Olympic Games. A Canon ambassador since 2017. Published first book of sports photography in 2012, supported by solo exhibitions in London and Newcastle. Twice a winner of the photographer of the year at the SJA’s British Sports Journalism Awards. Multi-award winner including What the Papers Say, British Press Awards, UK picture editors’ sports photographer of the year. Recently started making short films for websites.

Mary Fitzhenry

Chair of SJA Awards Committee

A seasoned committee member and the chair of the SJA Awards Committee. A media operations manager for many years at Olympic, Commonwealth and world championship level as well as domestic competitions. Mobile: 07946 545084

Faye Carruthers

Broadcast awards chair of judges

One of the hosts on talkSPORT’s Saturday GameDay coverage as well as the station’s England correspondent and host of women’s football weekly. A broadcaster with 20 years experience, also a regular on Sky Sports and the Guardian Football Weekly podcast and a member of Women in Football.

Colin Bateman

Colin Bateman

Writing awards chair of judges

Former cricket and Olympic correspondent for the Daily Express. Has also written a couple of sports books and worked as a freelance for the Guardian, the Times and Telegraph. Appeared on Test Match Special on the press panel and on Sky’s cricket writers’ programme. Has been writing thrillers since taking early retirement in 2014.

Matthew Fearn

Photography Awards Chair of judges

Picture editor of both Daily and Sunday Telegraph titles since January 2012. Began photojournalism career in 1998, joining the Press Association as a bulletin board operator, before becoming a staff photographer in 2000. Became deputy picture editor in 2007. Covered 2004 Athens Olympic Games and England cricket tours to Pakistan, New Zealand and South Africa. Judged the Picture Editors’ Guild Awards and the Royal Navy’s Peregrine Trophy photographic competition. Sporting passions lie with Coventry Rugby Club and Warwickshire.

James Green

Director - Start2Finish Event Management

Start2Finish Event Management have managed the two flagship SJA events – The SJA British Sports Awards and SJA British Sports Journalism Awards – over the last decade. They also administer the SJA membership and handle general queries relating to the SJA. Mobile: 07891 509277

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