Our TeamDynamic people who give energy and enthusiasm to the development of cricket.
Steve Silk / Chief Executive Officer
Steve joined the Gloucestershire Cricket Board in 2009 after two years as the Wiltshire Cricket Development Manager and 5 years in Local Authority Sports Development. Since 2009, Steve led the GCB to become incorporated (2010) and now has led the process to becoming a Charity. In this time the team has grown from 2 members of staff to 16 and has seen significant diversification of income, bringing many partners to support the charities great work.
Steve has a relentless drive and determination for continual improvement and supported by a great team, the charity goes from strength to strength. Specifically, Steve manages the managers of the charity, leads on all aspects of finance, governance and strategy, as well as overseeing all facility projects and capital grant projects.
Personally, Steve is an avid all round sports fan (especially for his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers), a husband, a father of two little beauties and a player and volunteer at his local cricket club, Chippenham CC.
Chris Munden / Cricket Operations Manager
Chris is the longest standing member of the team, having joined the GCB in 2008 as a Community Coach. Since then, Chris has developed greatly moving on to become a Development Officer, a National Programmes and Project lead and now the manager of the entire delivery team across educational and national programmes.
His role covers a wide range of areas including overseeing all schools cricket, the incredible National Programmes of All Stars and Dynamos, Chance To Shine Schools and Street programmes along with being the key lead for Adult league Cricket. Chris also manages the Workforce Development Officer, as a highly competent coaching workforce is so integral to the work areas that he leads on. In his time the GCB have won awards that he had led on, including Chance to Shine County of the Year and Street Chance Project of the Year.
As a local Bristolian, Chris is a Bristol City fan, who enjoys all sports. Chris is married, has two beautiful daughters, plays local cricket and enjoys a good hack at golf.
Gareth Dawson / Workforce Development Officer
Gareth joined the team in 2016 and progressed into his current role as Workforce Development Officer in 2021. His main roles are being the main point of contact for the ECB on all Coach Development matters and grow the number of active coaches across the County of Gloucestershire.
Additionally, he will support the Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) in developing an Officials Strategy that aims to grow the number of officials across the game. Increase the number of courses that are available to potential officials and work with GACO to transition volunteers from ‘course takers’ to ‘standing officials’.
Support the Gloucestershire Grounds Association in developing a programme of activity that supports ground staff across each year. Coordinate and manage both national and local Reward and Recognition events for all groups of volunteers. On top of practical delivery in schools, he will work with teachers to enhance their cricket delivery and work with universities/colleges to provide opportunities for students to gain qualifications and coaching experience.
Gareth is a Liverpool FC fan, a big follower of cricket around the world and plays his cricket at Hatherley & Reddings.
Crispin Shingler / Community Development Manager
Cricket has always been a part of Crispin’s life. Before becoming part of the Gloucestershire Cricket Family, he saw first-hand how engaging in cricket can have a positive impact on people’s lives.
In London, Crispin worked with several charities aiming to transform people’s lives for the better through either cricket or drama. He delivered a range of programmes to adults, young people, and community groups going into various establishments such as care homes, prisons, and alternative learning providers.
He originally joined the team as the Wicketz Development Officer for Bristol, using cricket as a development tool for young people from low-income households, and has a background in fundraising, with a focus on corporate partnerships.
As Community Development Manager, Crispin’s main responsibility is to grow the GCF community cricket programmes; Wicketz, ACE, disability cricket and walking cricket, while creating and sourcing funding for new fun, inclusive and impactful cricket for good programmes that enhance the lives of people, while bringing communities together throughout Gloucestershire.
Crispin continues to play cricket for his village and leads the club’s youth section.
Laura Charles-Price / head of Women & Girls
In addition, Laura also leads the Girls County Age Group winter and summer Programmes from U11’s through to U18’s and County Women. No day is the same, making each day extremely exciting and rewarding as the Women and Girls game continues to go from strength to strength.
Theresa Ellison / Administration Officer
Theresa’s role is to help and support others in the wider Gloucestershire Foundation team to ensure that the Foundation runs effectively and efficiently. Some of the key administrative areas are:
- Helping to organise and set up the trials, winter nets programme and performance programme for the Girls and Boys Zonal squads
- Keeping club contact details up to date including checking that each club’s Safeguarding Officer has valid qualifications and initiate and verify DBS applications for club volunteers
- Administering online bookings including trials, winter nets programmes, Coach Development courses, holiday camps etc
- Helping with many financial activities by creating invoices, payment of bills, chasing outstanding debtors etc
- Help to create and run the office side of Coach Development
Theresa acts as the point of contact for many administrative parts of the Foundation.
Sam Emmott / Wicketz Development Officer
Sam is responsible for the running of multiple local hubs across Bristol and works closely with the young people that come along to the sessions, many of whom are from hard-to-reach groups, including young offenders, refugees and excluded pupils. Sessions, which use a soft ball, currently take place at venues in Southmead, Knowle, Fishponds and Hartcliffe, are open to players of all levels of ability. Alongside cricket coaching and games, the young people taking part have the chance to learn from role models, community leaders, local authorities and others. Specially designed workshops also boost wellbeing, social education, community awareness, promote positive life choices and develop new life skills.
Sam brings a wealth of experience from a diverse background that includes leisure management, personal training and fitness instructing, as well as cricket coaching.
Theo Gordon / ACE Development Officer
Theo’s role is to set up a school delivery programmes, creating local cricket development hubs and heading up or ACE academy scholarship programme. We will achieve all of this by working within the local community and engaging with children from all backgrounds and ethnicity. ACE will provide children access to free cricket sessions as well as provide educational workshops, training, and job opportunities to the African Caribbean community.
Alongside his community work, Theo is a club development officer, a youth coach, and a player at his local cricket club Golden Hill. He is also a member of the Bristol West Indies Cricket Club management committee, the only black African cricket club in the South West of England.
In Theo’s words “Fortunately and unfortunately, I support Arsenal”.
Kieran Slade / Community Coach
Kieran was our first ever ‘Apprentice’ to come through the Coach Core programme. Kieran started his course in 2019 and achieved a Triple Distinction, a truly amazing effort.
Kieran impressed us so much throughout his apprenticeship that we have now taken him on as a full time Community Coach. He is extremely hard working, mature beyond his years and a true team player. Kieran is responsible for delivering coaching sessions in schools across the county, where we deliver our Active Futures programme, Chance to Shine offer, and schools’ competitions. As well as this, he also coaches in our Zonal programme.
Kieran plays his club cricket at Winterbourne CC and is the 2nd XI captain. He is also a member of the ground staff where he gives up countless hours of his free time to volunteer on the ground.
Jeanette Tate / Disability Development Officer
Funded by the Lord’s Taverners, Jeanette’s role is to grow and sustain the offer for young people with a disability to engage in cricket by developing the community based Super 1s Programme. She is working to set up Super 1s and Table Cricket Hubs across the county which aim to provide accessible opportunities to play whilst also using cricket as a tool to develop key life skills. Jeanette also organises competitions, festivals, and social events to further participant development.
You’ll find Jeanette working in schools across the County to provide a sustainable pathway from school to community hubs and providing support to cricket clubs to ensure a welcoming environment for those with disabilities. Jeanette leads the ECB Disability Champion Club Programme which is designed to make clubs more inclusive and provide a club-based playing offer for people with disabilities.
Furthermore, Jeanette chairs the Disability Development Group and supports and development the County Disability Cricket Programme which includes the soft and hard ball teams.
Jeanette is passionate about her work as every day someone achieves something which she finds rewarding as young people develop friendships, communication and independence overcoming the challenges they have through cricket.
Ollie Forbes / Community Coach
You’ll find Ollie in primary and secondary schools delivering programmes such as ‘Chance to Shine’, or in sports centres and clubs, providing coaching sessions, such as ‘All Stars’ and ‘Dynamos’, to the local community. The aim of all the programmes that he is involved with, is to increase the participation at the foundation level, and to give more children the opportunities to experience the fun and excitement around playing cricket.
Ollie’s role also includes running regional competitions, such as the Lady Taverners, Lord’s Taverners, the Women’s indoor league, and the boys indoor/outdoor competitions.
Harry Watts / Urban Development Officer
Harry joined the team in August 2022 as our Urban Development Officer and is responsible for growing the game of cricket in Gloucestershire, focusing on the urban areas of Bristol and Gloucester.
One of his main areas of work is managing our Chance to Shine Street programme, which provides free cricket sessions for young people across Bristol, Gloucester and Cheltenham. The sessions are fun, engaging and support the development of all young people, from cricket newcomers right through to young adults playing a high standard of recreational cricket. Harry also manages our Walking Cricket programme, which provides inclusive indoor softball cricket for over 50’s across the county, including in Bristol and Cheltenham. Outside of community programmes, Harry supports urban clubs in Bristol and supports with the management of GYCL competitions.
In 2018, Harry graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Media & Communications and later gained a PGCE in Primary Education from UWE, having spent multiple years working in primary schools. At his local club, Thornbury CC, Harry supports in different areas, including being an emergency player when required!
As a local Bristolian, Harry is a Bristol Rovers supporter and is a big all-round sports fan.
Becky Armstrong / Community Coach
Becky has coached for several years as a Disability County Coach. Becky has proven herself to be an outstanding coach and we are thrilled that she joined the team in September 2023.
Charlie Bailey / Community Coach
Charlie started with us in June 2023. Charlie has always played his cricket at Fairford CC but recently underwent ACL surgery meaning he now focuses his attention on coaching. Charlie also I a keen rugby coach so keeps himself very busy throughout the whole year.
Tom Munson / Community Coach
Tom started with us in September 2023 and has quickly shown his passion for cricket coaching. Tom has grown up playing for Quedgeley & Hardwicke CC where he still represents their third XI.
Wilf Brooke / Wicketz Development Officer
Wilf became a full-time member of the team in November 2023, joining as our Wicketz Development Officer. Wilf has been involved in the programme since February 2022, having started out as a volunteer whilst at university. He has also coached on other GCF initiatives, including the Zonal and MCC Foundation hubs.
The Wicketz programme offers free weekly cricket sessions throughout the year, and run festivals and residentials during the holidays. In his role, Wilf will be continuing to grow and deliver hubs across Bristol, which currently operate in Southmead, Knowle and Hartcliffe.
Wilf is originally from Lewisham, South East London, and first moved to Bristol to study pharmacology. After finishing his studies he quickly ditched the lab coat and spent a year teaching PE in primary schools across Bristol before joining the team. Wilf plays his cricket at Bishopston CC.
Becca Halliday / Women & Girls Development Officer
Becca joined the team in January 2024. Becca delivers cricket sessions to children of all ages and abilities in primary schools, secondary schools, cricket clubs and community areas and aims to engage and inspire young people to develop a love for sport through cricket.
Becca has come through the Devon pathway, and now represents the Gloucestershire Women’s team.