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Rachel Baillache and Rupen Shah appointed to UK Sport board


Rachel Baillache

Appointed member of the Board of Directors (Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee) from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2026.

Rachel is a sports enthusiast in general. She is currently the Senior Independent Director of the LTA, where she chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also the sponsor of the LTA Board of Directors for Inclusion and Diversity. 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 served as an audit partner and for eight years, until her retirement, she was also a member of the Global Executive of KPMG International as Global Head of People , performance and culture and as the executive responsible for global communications. She has worked extensively abroad, living in continental Europe, Asia and Africa. She is a Chartered Accountant and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Roupen Shah

Appointed director from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2026.

Growing up just around the corner from Wembley Stadium, it was almost impossible for Rupen not to be inspired by elite sport from an early age. Whether it was an international home game in England or the FA Cup final, the excitement generated in the region cemented his passion and enthusiasm for it. Rupen is now a powerful advocate for sport and believes in the transformative effect it can have on people’s lives and on society.

A graduate as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Rupen spent several years working strategically with high profile clients and also completed a secondment in India. He then became chief financial officer of the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity set up by the government, the FA and the Premier League. Rupen combines substantial expertise in business, charity and public finance with a real understanding of the challenges participants face when engaging and competing in sport.

Alongside his professional journey, Rupen developed a long-standing relationship with Arsenal FC over more than a decade, which included several volunteer and part-time roles. This has seen him deliver local community programs, coach clinics in 14 countries and coach elite players in the Academy, many of whom have now and will become Lionesses.

Rupen now enjoys mentoring the next generation of talented sports enthusiasts, spending time with his family and traveling the world. He also continues his charitable work to address inequality through administrator roles in sport and beyond, including Women In Sport and The Legal Education Foundation.

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.