The SJA are delighted to announce that we have co-opted four new members on to the general committee.
Getty director of photography Paul Gilham; Guardian commissioning editor Sachin Nakrani; James Toney, managing editor at national press agency Sportsbeat; and freelance photographer Ian Rice.
Gilham joined Getty Images in 2003 as an editor and was quickly promoted to junior photographer.
Ten years later, he was appointed chief photographer for EMEA, shooting sport at the highest level across the globe.
He has covered summer and winter Olympics, Football and Rugby World Cups and 10 years of Formula One before his promotion. As DOP in Europe, he oversees a team of 55 staff, as well as more than 50 freelancers.
Nakrani works as a sports features editor and writer for the Guardian having joined the organisation in October 2007.
His responsibilities include commissioning features, editing the daily print section and covering Premier League football.
He has also co-edited a book entitled ‘We’re Everywhere, Us’, a diary of Liverpool FC’s 2014-15 season told through the stories of fellow supporters.
Toney, a long-time member of the SJA, has responsibility for editorial strategy, major event coverage and Sportsbeat’s journalism school, News Associates, ranked the UK’s number one by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.
He started his career in national newspapers as a news reporter and has been highly-commended for his journalism by the SJ Association and Press Gazette. His book on sports journalism, Inside Track, was published by Bloomsbury in 2013.
Toney carried the Olympic torch in the build-up to the London 2012 Olympics and is a keen sailor and runner. He sits on the British Olympic Association’s media accreditation advisory committee and will attend his 11th summer and winter Games in Tokyo.
Rice has made the move into photography after a career in finance and renewable energy. He is 52 and a wheelchair user due to multiple sclerosis.
He plays disabled representative sports – rugby for Bristol and cricket for Gloucestershire. He works for the ECB and Gloucestershire Cricket Board and has also worked for British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association as well as British tennis and Bristol rugby.