Our People


HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

HRH has been Patron of the charity since 1974 following in the footsteps of his father and grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary who were Patrons between 1910 and 1953. A long term supporter of the charity he has been a great champion of the playing fields cause.


Kate Hoey MP

A former international athlete and Minister for Sport, Kate Hoey became President in 2011 having been a supporter of the Foundation’s work since the early 1990’s. As the Mayor’s Commissioner for Sport, she understands the contribution that fully used playing fields make to the drive to increase sports participation.


The Rt Hon the Earl of Cadogan KBE DL

A dedicated and accomplished sports player in his younger days, Lord Cadogan became Chairman of the charity in 2001 and has been an indefatigable advocate for playing fields ever since. He is a greater supporter of young people and the contribution that sport can make to their lives.

Chief Executive

Alex Welsh

A former professional footballer and teacher, Alex has been with the Foundation since 1989. He has played a pivotal role in the Foundation’s capital investment programme and in the design and delivery of a range of ground breaking sports based social inclusion projects.

Vice Presidents

Martin Bayfield

As a former England rugby player Martin acknowledges the golden thread that links grass roots and professional sport and passionately believes that if we want current and future generations to live happier, more active lives we must protect and make better use of our playing fields. He joined London Playing Fields Foundation as a Vice President in 2016 after supporting the Foundation at its Gala Dinners for a number of years.

The Lord Coe CH KBE

Having enjoyed a stellar career in athletics, Lord Coe has proved to be just as outstanding in sports administration. He was the key figure in ensuring the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were the best ever. Seb, who has been a Vice President of the LPFF since the 1980’s, is a staunch supporter of grass roots sport and believes that playing fields have a pivotal role to play in creating a sustainable legacy.

Mike Gatting CBE

Having enjoyed a great career as a Middlesex cricketer and England captain, Mike is currently ECB's Cricket Partnerships Ambassador and a member of Middlesex County Cricket Club's Executive Board. Grass roots provision is dear to Mike’s heart and he had great pleasure in leading a team against a Graham Gooch XI to commemorate the opening of the Peter May Sports Centre in June 2000.

John Hollins MBE

Chelsea and Arsenal legend, John became a Vice President of the LPFF in 2010. He is absolutely passionate about sport and a great advocate for our ground breaking projects.

Peter Nathan OBE DL

Peter was Chairman of the LPFF from 1984 – 1997 and during that time he help to stabilise the Foundation’s financial position and deliver the Douglas Eyre Sports Centre project. Since his “retirement” he has continued to work tirelessly in raising funds for the charity.

Hope Powell CBE

Hope is a long time supporter of the LPFF and helped launch the Female Coach Development project in Greenwich in 2008. She is best known for being the first ever full time national coach of the England women's football team and for transforming the landscape of the female game in this country.

Micky Stewart OBE

An LPFF Vice President since the 1990’s, Micky enjoyed an extremely successful career as a Surrey captain and England batsman. He was also England team manager and as ECB Director of Coaching was instrumental in helping the plans for Peter May Sports Centre come to fruition.

Bob Wilson OBE

A former distinguished footballer, coach and broadcaster, Bob has been a great supporter of the charity for a number of years. In his early twenties he combined his goalkeeping duties with Arsenal with his role as a PE teacher so he understands how important playing fields are to local schools.