Our Patrons

Matt Holland 

MattHollandMatt Holland, the former captain for ITFC, has been a patron of the charity since 2011. He helped ITFC to the Premier League in 2000 and the following season skippered the team to a fifth-place finish and UEFA Cup qualification in their return to the top-flight.

Today Matt has a thriving media career, presenting ‘The Player’s Lounge’ on national radio broadcaster talkSPORT and working with BT Sport and Setanta Sport in Ireland.

 

 

A message from Matt Holland

Inspire Suffolk is all about working with any young person in the county who is in need and giving them the tools to make the very best of their opportunities. Improving education standards, working with young people to enhance their work readiness and confidence to complete their core learning along with sports apprenticeships are just some of the areas in which this charity operates – day-in-day-out – committed to making a difference.

That is why I am happy to give it my support, I hope that you will consider supporting us as well.

Best wishes
Matt Holland


Georgie Bingham

Georgie BinghamGeorgie is a journalist and broadcaster based in London and her home County of Suffolk. She hosts the popular Weekend Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT with former striker Micky Quinn and is a regular television sports contributor.

Georgie started her career with the BBC in Suffolk and has since worked in local commercial radio, for ITV Anglia, SkySports News, SkyNews and is a host for Premier League Productions based in London.  A fanatical and talented golfer, Georgie takes the helm each year for the Inspire Suffolk Golf Day.

 

 


Bill Tancred, MBE

Bill TSuffolk born Bill has enjoyed a long and distinguished career both as an athlete, representing Great Britain on over 50 occasions, including the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games for the discus event, and in sports administration and management, where he has held the role of Chairman of Suffolk Sport from 2006 to 2014.

Bill was a regional council member for England Athletics (East) and many other board and management roles. In the 1992 New Year’s Honours List, this Felixstowe ‘boy’ was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.

 

 

 


Inspire Suffolk’s Business Patrons

Inspire Suffolk is very humbled to be supported by a number of highly committed local businesses and individuals. Our Business Patrons provide invaluable links to the Suffolk Business community helping to increase work experience opportunities, taster sessions with many of the county’s business sectors and one-to-one mentoring advice.

We are proud to have a number of Business Patrons who act as advocates for our charity, supporting our work motivating young people through personal development programmes and on to positive next steps in their lives.


John Howard

John Howard is a property business leader with over nearly 4-decades of experience in the industry.  At the age of 25, John also became one of the youngest Directors of a football league club when joining Cambridge United FC where he stayed for 18 years.  It was at Cambridge United where John first became passionate about helping young people to get the right start in life when he set up the Football in the Community initiative.

Delighted to be asked to be part of a purposeful formula that offers huge benefits to the youngsters involved, John said: “When I was invited to become a patron of Inspire Suffolk I didn’t hesitate to accept.  I have seen first hand that such initiatives really can make a difference. This opportunity will allow me to continue to support a charity that I have always been so proud to be part of, by helping to make a positive impact on those young people who need it the most.”

 


Pat Lewis of Source One Consulting

Inspire Suffolk is delighted to have the support of both Source One Consulting as a Charity Sponsor and individually Pat Lewis as one of our ‘Business’ Patrons.

As someone who has faced personal and professional challenges and overcame them to build a hugely successful business, Pat is extremely well placed to share his experiences and contacts to help build confidence, resilience, and aspiration among those we work with.

The Charity is extremely grateful to Pat and Source One for the donation of office furniture and furnishings to refurbish the organisation’s facilities.

 

 


Peter Osborne of TA Hotel Collection

TA Hotel Collection is a group of award-winning, luxury hotels and leisure businesses in Suffolk. Managing Director, Peter Osborne brings a wealth of experience to the charity including his hospitality and catering expertise, as well as his interest in supporting local young people with their career progression.

Looking forward to taking up the role, Peter Osborne said “I am delighted with the opportunity to join Inspire Suffolk’s hard-working team and help make a difference in our local community. We already have plans to expand our level of commitment to this very important charity over the coming months”.

 

 


Dave Ward, OBE

IMG_1348Dave forged his career within the UK Rail industry, starting as a carriage cleaner for the then nationalised, British Rail and ending his 37-year career in 2015 as Managing Director of Network Rail South East. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2015 for services to the rail industry.

Dave has a passion for supporting charitable causes, particularly those in place to support vulnerable young people, those overcoming addiction issues and individuals who are in need of ‘mentoring’ support.