The Kent Trust for Youth Sport has three Patrons
Michael Firmin was born in Kent and has lived and worked in the county for most of his life. He is managing director of Kent based company Alan Firmin Ltd. Michael is a keen golfer, and enjoys watching most sports, but is particularly interested in rugby and athletics.
Graham was born and educated in Kent and has lived in the county throughout his life. During that time he has been a member of various rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis, squash and golf clubs in the county. Active participation is now restricted to just golf but as an avid sports fan he still enjoys watching and regularly attends Canterbury Rugby Club and Kent County Cricket Club, both near his home.
He is a Chartered Accountant but after a short spell in the profession spent most of his career working for insurance broking business Lark Group where he was chairman from 1993 until 2017. Now he has a number of part time roles in business and the voluntary sector, and is treasurer of the Kent Trust for Youth Sport.
Simon Philip is a former partner in Deloitte LLP, the large international accounting firm and was Chief Executive of a Deloitte subsidiary company. He is a retired Fellow of the Institute of Financial Planning and the author of several books on personal finance.
Simon is currently Honorary Treasurer of Kent County Cricket Club and a Trustee of The Allergy Research Foundation. Simon played or takes an interest in cricket, football, rugby union, hockey, golf and horse racing.
Elise is passionate about working to develop opportunities to help and encourage others to enjoy and benefit from participation in sport. She has worked in local authority sports development since 2001 and holds a degree in Sport & Leisure Policy. Elise’s work has included leading on specific areas of activity including Performance & Excellence and Participation with a particular emphasis on equalities work and links to health agencies and initiatives.
Outside of work, Elise is actively involved in sport and enjoys playing netball and running. Elise’s best sporting moment to date was being in the Stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ at the London 2012 Games.
Since 2008, £142,469 has been awarded to individuals and organisations.