Three new members join the Rounders England Board

Three professionals with a range of skills and qualifications in the field of sport and/or education have been appointed to the Rounders England Board.

They include those who lead in commercial finance, lead in an academy trust and manage a training organisation with a focus on charitable work. They will each sit on the Board for 4 years.

The Rounders England Board, which is led by Chair Katherine Knight, work strategically and are responsible for ensuring Rounders England delivers its strategic plans. The Board comply with the diversity requirements of the Code of Sports Governance. With the exception of the CEO, all Board members work on a voluntary basis.

Rounders England CEO, Natalie Justice-Dearn said:

The Board is delighted to be joined by three new outstanding professionals that bring with them a rich range of experience. They are joining Rounders England at a very exciting time, at the onset of the new Rounders: Reconnected Strategy. They will bring invaluable insight and advice in the years ahead.

The new members of the Rounders England Board are :


Peter Kirk – I feel incredibly excited and privileged to be joining the Rounders England Board at this exciting time. I am looking forward to sharing my experience and working with the Board to build on the incredible work that has already been done and play a part in the future vision and strategy of this amazing sport.


Dana Abdulkarim – Dana is an Assistant Principal leading across Personal Development and student experiences in a cross-phase Academy in Sheffield. Dana has experienced sport at International level. In 2000 she became the first Muslim and Arab woman to compete for England Internationally and in 2008 was the first Hijabi Muslim Woman to qualify to teach PE in England. Dana played Rounders for England 67 times. She presently plays in the Sherwood League and has been part of the talent development work within rounders over the past 12 months.

In 2012, Dana carried the Olympic Torch. She has extensive media experience, talking and writing about change, authenticity and visibility internationally. Alongside being a trustee with Chance to Shine where she offers educational and safeguarding insight, Dana is an Ambassador for Sporting Heritage, Rotherham’s Children’s Capital of culture bid and was on the steering group alongside being a present Ambassador for the successful UK bid to become the next host secretariat of the International Working Group on Women and Sport.


Brett Bader – Brett has rich background across a range of sectors. He is the owner of a medical and training organisation. A natural energy and passion to build sustainable communities with charity and consultancy work. He is a national trustee for the Wooden Spoon Charity and Educators Trust. He has led in governance roles at national and regional level and creating projects to support women and girls development and social and physical activity in deprivation areas.

Brett is national performance coach and has been involved across a range of sports NGBs, writing coach education courses and delivering in their programmes.

More about the Board candidates can be found here

Article by Julia Rice: