Team

Jamie, co-founded the Foundation in the hope to empower real-life superheroes to change, and save lives.

As a child, Jamie spent the first nine years of his life in hospital with a rare spinal condition, syringomyelia. In 2012 Jamie began an adventurous fundraising quest to give back to the hospitals that helped him as a child by cycling 14,000 miles from Bangkok to Gloucester. Using a second hand bike bought for just £50, Jamie cycled through more than twenty countries on his way home. Along the way, he was shot at when caught in the middle of a military firefight, arrested by wary border police and slept rough.

Just weeks after returning to Gloucester, Jamie decided to attempt the world record for cycling non-stop on a static bike. Jamie stepped off the bike, as the Marathon Static Cycling – Guinness World Record holder. Cycling more than 12 days. Having raised more than £20,000 during the two challenges.

In February 2013, two months after setting the new world record, Jamie used his continued savings to travel to Canada, where he continued his fundraising efforts, again for the children’s charities that helped him as a child. Jamie ran 5,000 miles (equivalent to 200 marathons), across Canada without a support crew – raising more than a £250,000 along the way.

Recently, Jamie was a finalist on the Pride of Britain for ‘Fundraiser of the Year’, he featured on Surprise Surprise with Holly Willoughby, and was recognised by the likes of Prince Harry. As well as being awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Gloucestershire. With Jamie’s experience and passion for fundraising and adventure – he’s hoping to help create as many superheroes in the world as possible through Superhero Foundation!

Ed is the founder of the Athlete Academy, a unique programme to provide young athletes and their parents with the knowledge and skills to enhance their health and wellbeing and enjoy a balanced sporting life. The Athlete Academy also runs education programmes for schools, with a focus on improving movement skills and physical literacy. He spent seven years as the strength and conditioning coach at Gloucester Rugby Club, developing athletes in the top-tier of English rugby. He has been enlisted as a fitness consultant by performers and athletes for a range of sports and disciplines, including Formula 1 and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Ed has also been delivering a range of fitness qualifications for a decade, helping to certify many high calibre fitness professionals, as well as serving as a tutor/assessor for the UK Strength and Conditioning Association’s national coach education programme. He is passionate about helping people get the most out of their physical and performance potential, and supports the Foundation by providing advice, management and programmes of strength and conditioning; from the smallest to the biggest (adventurous) challenges people are undertaking for the Foundation.

Jody is a former English and Great British beach volleyball player, and the youngest-ever British champion. Since retiring from the sport, Jody founded Gloucester-based, Sportbeat Festival with his wife Denise Johns (also a former Great British beach volleyball player). Jody’s single-mindedness as an athlete means he understands the mentality better than most, of all challenges ahead. Jody plays a large role in the fundraising efforts, and uses his business, creativity and events expertise – to help the Foundation.

Rich has worked in public relations for seven years, before which he worked as a personal trainer. Rich runs his own PR agency, Rich Leigh and Company, and specialises in personal PR and creative stunts and campaigns. His experience leading award-winning PR campaigns for clients including Premier Inn, IKEA, Confused.com, Water Aid, Just-Eat.com and many others led to him being named in industry magazine PR Week’s ’29 under 29′ list of promising professionals. Rich was also shortlisted for the Mark Hanson award at the UK Social Media Awards, which recognises the brightest and most promising social media communicator under 30 years old. In 2012 he founded PRexamples.com, now the UK’s most popular independent PR campaign blog. With all Rich’s expertise, he provides press and social media support to ensure as many people as possible hear about the Foundations fundraisers, and help increase donations to all the causes.

Nigel is Managing Director of Capita’s Insurance Services Division. His client base includes, Zurich, Prudential, Friends, Abbey Life, Axa and MetLife. He has worked in the outsourcing sector for over 12 years and in large scale financial services regulated customer operations for over 25 years. His expertise is in the management of change with particular focus on people and customer service outcomes. With Nigel’s very charitable nature and leadership qualities, he’s the business brain behind the Foundation.