Rachel Baillache and Rupen Shah have been named members of UK Sport by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports.
Appointed member of the Board (Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee) from September 1, 2022 until August 31, 2026.
Rachel has a broad interest in sports. She is the Senior Independent Director of the LTA and leads the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also the Inclusion and Diversity Patron on the LTA Board of Directors. Rachel is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Somerset County Cricket Club, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She is president of the mental health charity [email protected]
Rachel was a partner at KPMG for over twenty years, where she was an audit partner and a member of the global leadership of KPMG International for eight years, serving as global head of people, performance and culture and head global communications. , until his retirement. She has lived and worked across continental Europe, Asia and Africa. She was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Chartered Accountant.
Appointed to the Board from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2026.
Rupen’s proximity to Wembley Stadium made it almost difficult for him not to be influenced by top-level sport from an early age. Whether it was an international match at home in England or on the day of the FA Cup final, the excitement generated in the local community reinforced his love and enthusiasm for the sport. Now a prominent sports champion, Rupen believes he can have a transformative influence on people’s lives and on society as a whole.
Rupen, a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, has spent several years working strategically with high-profile clients and has also been posted to India. He then became Chief Financial Officer of The Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports foundation set up by the government, the Football Association and the Premier League. Rupen combines a deep understanding of business, non-profit and public finance with an in-depth understanding of the barriers players face when participating and competing in sport.
Alongside his professional development, Rupen has built a decade-long affiliation with Arsenal FC which includes several volunteer and part-time positions. This has led him to deliver local community programs, coach clinics in fourteen countries and mentor the Academy’s top players, many of whom are or will become Lionesses.
Rupen currently enjoys coaching the next generation of exceptional sports fans, spending time with his family and traveling the world. He also continues his humanitarian efforts to address inequality by serving as a trustee for Women In Sport and The Legal Education Foundation, among others.
Remuneration and Governance Code
This role is remunerated at £218 per day. These appointments were made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Governance Code for Public Appointments. The appointment process is governed by the Public Appointments Commissioner. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee within the past five years must be disclosed. This is defined to include holding office, speaking in public, making a recordable donation, or standing for election. Rachel Baillache and Rupen Shah reported no activity.