Leadership Through Sport & Business is a national social mobility charity that gives bright, ambitious young people who face disadvantage access to careers in accounting and finance.




We are in the Right Place at the Right Time

• The Government is committed to increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in England, reaching 3 million starts in 2020.

• Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to ‘fight burning injustices’ and said “we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.”

• Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, said “Driving opportunity and social mobility has to be at the centre of government for the rest of this parliament and far beyond.”

• Businesses have a significant part to play in achieving the government’s and the country’s objectives and will of course benefit from a more diverse and balanced work force.


We focus attention on communities where leadership potential is often wasted and we empower young people in the locations that we work to become future business leaders.
We address all forms of disadvantage: personal, in terms of adverse life events; socio-economic, in terms of class boundaries or lack of social capital; and practical, in terms of preparation young people need for the working world.
Employers increasingly recognise the importance of recruiting young talented individuals from diverse backgrounds.  Many employers tell us that LTSB apprentices offer new ideas and fresh enthusiasm to their organisations.
Our candidates are capable of making a valuable contribution to an employer but they are held back by a lack of social capital and life skills.  Schools do not adequately prepare them for the world of work, which is why we put so much importance on the pre-work phase of our programme.
Young people in the areas where we work need help to overcome a variety of barriers, lack of opportunity and often generations of unemployment.  We provide them with a real chance and a helping hand to ignite their spark and to develop into well rounded members of their community and dedicated, hard working employees who can ultimately become leaders, movers and shakers.


We are fortunate and proud to be supported by the following patrons and trustees:


The Rt Hon Lord Justice Pitchford

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Pitchford is a senior British Judge, currently a Justice of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales.  Educated at Queen’s College, Taunton, Lord Justice Pitchford studied law at Queen Mary University of London and was called to the Bar in 1969, becoming a Bencher of Middle Temple in 1996.  He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and appointed a Deputy High Court Judge in 1996.  Lord Justice Pitchford was appointed a full Judge of that court in 2000 and received the customary Knighthood.  He served as Presiding Judge of the Wales and Chester Circuit from 2002-05.  In 2010 Lord Justice Pitchford became a Lord Justice of Appeal, and was subsequently appointed to the Privy Council.

The Rt Hon Mervyn Baron Davies of Abersoch

Lord Davies of Abersoch is Chairman of Corsair, serves as a member of the Investment Committees of Corsair III and Corsair IV, and is Chairman of the Corsair Advisory Board.  Lord Davies was U.K. Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business, and Infrastructure in 2009-2010. Prior to this appointment, he was Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC since 2006. He joined the Board of Standard Chartered PLC in 1997 and was Group Chief Executive from 2001 until 2006.  He has a wide range of interests, including being Chairman of the Royal Academy of Arts Trustees. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in 2002 where he served as a member of the HK Exchange fund for seven years. Lord Davies is also a JP in Hong Kong.

Virginia Wade, OBE

Virginia Wade, OBE is a British former professional tennis player. She won three Grand Slam singles championships and four Grand Slam doubles championships, and is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. She was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in the world in doubles. She won the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon on 1 July 1977, in that tournament’s centenary year, and was the last British tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles tournament until Andy Murray won the US Open in 2012. She remains the last British female to have won a Grand Slam singles title. After retiring from competitive tennis she has coached and worked as a tennis commentator and game analyst for the BBC and Eurosport.


David Pinchin

David Pinchin is a Welsh born American citizen having lived in the US for 30 years. He was educated in Wales and at City of London College in London.  David was one of the founders of the OTC currency options market in the early 1980’s and he co-founded and ran Tradition Financial Services (TFS) in 1985, which became one of the leading international Inter Dealer brokers. David was CEO or Co-CEO of TFS for 25 years and COO of Tradition Group from 2007 to 2009. Both companies were publicly quoted.

Currently Chairman of Board of Trustees of Leadership Through Sport & Business.

Caroline Adair

Caroline’s career has spanned recrutiment and training, corporate communications, events and PR. She has had experience working globally setting up and running businesses and projects.  Her first roles after college were in PR at Van den Berg and Jergan and Rio Tinto Zinc Corporation and then she moved into Recruitment.  Caroline founded and ran Adair International, a global recruitment and training business in 1978 and sold her shares to the management team in 1986. She then founded and ran Original Concept, an international events and communications group serving global brands, from 1986 and 2001.  Between 2001 and 2008 Caroline worked for her husband’s property company dealing with political PR and planning issues.

Caroline studied business studies at the City of London Polytechnic after A levels and in 2008 returned to full time education and graduated in 2011 with a BSc in Psychology (1st Hons).   Caroline then set up Stellar Speakers, a speaker and events agency, before joining Leadership Through Sport & Business as Executive Director in 2013.

Mark Braithwaite

Mark Braithwaite is Head of Utilities and Networks for Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) in Europe. He joined MIRA in 2011, having previously been Chief Financial Officer of Thames Water.  Prior to joining Thames Water, Mark was Finance Director of the customer and energy divisions at EDF Energy plc, and before that held a number of Senior Finance positions at Seeboard plc.

Mark is a non-executive Director of Arqiva Broadcast Holdings Ltd, Viesgo Infrastructuras Energeticas SL, RWE Grid Holding as and Techem GmbH.

Mark is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Lorraine Barclay

Lorraine has spent her entire career in financial sercies working for Citibank, Pearl Assurance and ICAP.  Lorraine joined ICAP in 2006 throught acquisition of EBS taking the position of Blobal CFO for IT and and subsequently held the positions of Group Financial Controller from 2010-12 and Group Tax Director from 2008-10.  Since November 2012 Lorraine has headed up ICAP’s Global Business Services covering the operations of finance and all other corporate functions.  She is a member of ICAP’s Group Operating and Finance Committees.  Lorraine has been integral to the sale of thw voice broking side of ICAP’s business to Tullett Prebon and it is a tribute to her dedication and ability that not only is she responsible for the separation of the voice broking business, she has also been chosen to work on the integration into Tullett Prebon.

Lorraine has been a passionate supporter of Leadership Through Sport & Business since it’s inception.

Darren Gurner

Darren Gurner was associate director for Macquarie Bank in London and ran the European Pulp and Paper derivatives business. Previous to this, Darren spent eight years working at Tradition in both the pulp and environmental markets as an inter dealer broker and has been a long time supporter of David Pinchin’s vision for the charity.

As well as being an avid Spurs fan, North London born and bred, he spent his university years in Liverpool and has a great affection for the city and its people. He is also a supporter and fundraiser for a very special cancer charity ‘No Surrender’ which was set up by a good friend after they had been diagnosed with cancer.

Darren Rockman

Darren Rockman was an associate director of Tottenham Hotspur from 2005 to 2009.

He has also been an inter dealer broker for the last twenty years having been a director of Tradition UK for much of this time managing its Capital Markets group.

In 2007 he launched a successful 100 m sterling London residential property fund.

He has long been associated with breakthrough breast cancer and community security trust charities.

Sarah Ebanja

Sarah Ebanja is self-employed providing a range of project, management, strategy development, facilitation and coaching services that draw upon her 20+ years’ experience as a senior officer in London’s local and regional government.

At a regional level Sarah spent 4 years as the deputy CE of the London Development Agency and 1 year as a director at the Government Office for London. At a local level Sarah’s roles have included deputy CE of Islington Council, interim MD of Hackney Council and assistant director of Education & Finance at Lewisham Council.  Whilst at Islington Sarah spent 5 years as the Council’s lead for the new Arsenal Stadium and its related developments whereby a driving force was the need to secure significant social & economic benefits for the area.

Sarah is currently Chair of a 7,000 home housing and care group based in north and east London, with a major development programme underway, and is vice-chair of a specialist provider of homes for the homeless which is based in east London. Sarah also chairs the Bernie Grant Centre, a music and theatre venue, in Tottenham north London, and is a trustee of two relatively new not-for-profit organisations that support, nurture and develop young people aged 16 to 24. From 2006 to 2010 Sarah was Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


If you or your organisation would like to help us make a positive difference in the lives of young people, their families and their communities, please contact us now