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WHO WE ARE

Nick Maughan

FOUNDER
Nick Maughan is a British investor and philanthropist. He was born in January 1980 in Hammersmith, London where he lived and was educated before studying religion and theology at the University of Manchester. He returned to London to complete his Masters in Finance at Cass Business School. At the age of twenty-four Nick left the UK to work in the United States before spending ten years in Bulgaria.

Rick Ogden

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR
Rick is passionate about youth engagement and has been heavily involved with community projects for the last ten years focusing primarily on boxing and personal development through employment and life skills for young people. Fitness has been at the core of Ricks life, running the notorious Marathon Des Sables ultra marathon race in 2017. He has also run marathons globally including New York, Paris, Berlin and London multiple times.

The Team

Rachel Bower

NATIONAL LEAD
Rachel is an accomplished Amateur boxer, a former national champion and England representative. She is currently a coach on the England Boxing Talent Pathway and the GB Boxing Female Development Programme. Rachel also holds a position on the England Boxing Coaching Subcommittee and writes for the Female Coaching Network. She is the Head Coach at Rathbone Amateur Boxing Club. A huge advocate for female boxing she is part of the Aspire programme with England Boxing that provides opportunities for women and girls at all levels within Amateur Boxing to train together at EIS Sheffield with coaches form the Talent Pathway. Rachel has a wealth of experience managing outreach and community projects centred around boxing and has delivered programmes with or on behalf of organisations such as The Princes Trust, Comic Relief and The National Lottery.

Charlie Beatt

COACHING LEAD
Charlie is a Professional and Amateur boxing coach and worked with many successful boxers most recently coaching Shannon Courtenay to become the WBA World Champion. Charlie owned his own gym for 10 years and has also worked in schools, youth clubs and charity organisations delivering Boxing classes for pupils to encourage them in the many values that Boxing can bring. The BoxWise 13 week syllabus has been authored and developed by Charlie to ensure that the young people learn much more than the physical benefits of the sport but also with the great mental aspects that it brings.

Emma Turner

DEVELOPMENT & LEARNING LEAD
Emma has a proven record of working with young people and achieving fantastic results in securing opportunity and outcomes. She holds a Level 3 Award in Education and Teaching and has a natural ability to engage and connect with everyone she meets, forging outstanding working relationships with both organisations and students. Emma is passionate about fitness and has a degree in Sports Therapy, Health and Fitness (BSc).

Kate Waters

PROJECT LEAD FOR RATHBONE ABC
Kate found the sport of boxing through her job as a fight director in TV, Film & Theatre when working on a show which required the actors to box. She took herself to a boxing gym to do some research and got hooked. She had 13 fights, before training as a coach. Kate continues to enjoy training and learning, but has found a real passion for coaching a sport she only found by accident 7 years ago. She is now an amateur coach at Rathbone ABC and has been selected as one of ten coaches on the England Boxing Female Coach development Programme.

John Crossman

PROJECT LEAD FOR HAWLEY ABC
John started boxing as a teenager and immediately fell in love with the sport. He started as a coaching assistant at the age of 19 before going on to compete in full contact kickboxing over a 10 year period. He has had success as an amateur coach both on the competitive circuit and with outreach work, he has a real passion for community boxing. John was selected to lead the newly affiliated Hawley ABC competitive squad, becoming head coach at the new club in September 2021.

Sammy McKay

PROJECT LEAD FOR MIGUEL'S GYM

Sammy started boxing in 2015, and his passionate and positive attitude, combined with natural leadership qualities and undeniable talent in the ring quickly saw him rise through the ranks. Having travelled the world training with champions from Amir Khan and Billy Dib to Josh Taylor and Dillian Whyte, Sammy gained a number of title wins and turned pro in 2020.

Sammy has trained regularly at Miguels Boxing Gym since finding the sport, and is now one of the lead trainers at the highly regarded South London gym, where he successfully coaches amateur and white collar fighters as well as children and adults of all abilities. He has completed his level one coaching qualification and no contact course with England Boxing, as well as his level one and level two PT certifications.

Keisha Simms

Keshia is the manager and personal trainer of Miguel’s boxing gym and  has been in the gym since it was opened in 1999. Being the owners daughter she has always been able to watch from behind the scenes and get accustomed to the place and she says "quite frankly it’s home and I wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else".

With a background in law, which she studied at Kent university, the gym has always been her 'happy place' to be in and around so she made the huge decision to leave her career and be in the gym full time.

She runs all the day to day management of the classes, PT’s, all the staff and boxers. She says "it’s great to be able to meet new people everyday and to see how the gym and boxing makes a difference to people’s lives".

Dan O ’Sullivan

PROJECT LEAD FOR DAGENHAM BOXING CLUB

Dan has run Dagenham boxing club since 1991 when he became the Honorary Secretary. He is a Level 3 England Boxing coach but is more commonly found in the centre of the ring carrying out Master of Ceremony duties for which he is well known. He was the ring announcer at the London 2012 Olympics. Dan is also a judge, the London Regional Safeguarding Officer and a member of the London Boxing Executive Committee. He still has an active coaching role at the club and manages the referral pathways and development sessions.

Connor Marsden

PROJECT LEAD FOR EARLSFIELD BOXING CLUB

Connor boxed for Earlsfield from the age of 16 embarking on an illustrious amateur career. He won the England Boxing Novice national championship, two box cup gold medals and reached the quarter finals of the Elite national championship on two occasions. He is now a professional boxer, still coached by the team at Earslfield where he also volunteers as an amateur coach.

Connor coaches to pass on his knowledge and help the new up and coming boxers at the club that supported him through his career.

Chris McEwen

PROJECT LEAD FOR PEMBROKE BOXING CLUB

Chris McEwen is a former amateur boxer from Portsmouth who boxed out of Leigh park A.B.C. before joining the Royal Air Force with whom he continued his amateur career. An accident at work cut short he military career and he now lives in Pembrokeshire where he is now a boxing sports coach for the local council. He is Chairman of Pembroke and Pembroke Dock boxing club and Great Britain Disability Boxing. His community work includes boxing programs in local schools working with children and young adults of all abilities, young offenders, a senior citizen scheme and sessions for those suffering with mental health issues.

Luiz Faye

PROJECT LEAD FOR KRONIK WARRIOR UK

Luiz served as a Police Officer for ten years before having to medically retire due to a degenerative condition affecting the disks in her spine, pelvis and nerves in her legs. Initially she struggled to adjust to her new life but after around a year decided to regain control and set up Kronik Warrior UK, in honour of those also suffering chronic pain. During a personal training session she was introduced to boxing and found it helped her regain confidence. She was welcomed into a local club and began her quest to bring adaptive boxing to wheelchair users. Luiz was invited to attend the World Boxing Council’s annual convention in Mexico in 2019 to launch their recreational safer adaptive boxing programme and became their first ever female adaptive boxer and coach. She recently qualified as a Level 1 England Boxing coach.

The Advisory Board

David Waterman

David began his journey in boxing at the age of nine when his father, frustrated with his eldest son’s boyish antics and energy, took him to Brixton and District Amateur Boxing Club. It was there Dave learned the noble art under the tutelage of Terry and Bobby Newman. Later on, Dave boxed as an open class senior in the army before becoming a coach and mentor at Battersea Caius ABC. He is now retired and living in Scotland.
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