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We came together as a small group of people with a passion and a laser focused vision - to get World Peace School Sports Day launched on 21st September and, in its first year, to help the people of Ukraine. Our aim is to empower young people to use sport and physical activity to reaffirm international values of peace and friendship. By paying a Pound a Euro or a Dollar to take part they will be raising money to help those suffering in the midst of war. In coming years we will continue to promote these values and fundraise for those in conflict globally.

Peace is the Prize. You can help us to win it.

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Peter Marshman

CTO

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Pete is best known for his research and work around building self-efficacy in girls in computer science and advises institutions across Europe where he is also an EU Code Week Ambassador.

He has produced, edited and authored resources for leading organisations in computing education such as the BCS, the BBC, Hodder Education, INEOS, the Royal Society, the European Space Agency and PG online as well as having over 15 year's experience of teaching computer science to secondary, primary and post-graduates.

 

Peter is also the CEO of a new charity digit<all>, promoting digital skills and activity - to enable young people to be digitally active.

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Derek Peaple

Chairman

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A visionary education leader, recently shortlisted for the Times Education Supplement National Headteacher of the Year Award and recognised by Ofsted for a ‘values-driven ambition for students’. Led Park House School to become one of the top 100 non-selective secondary schools in the country for student achievement. Now founder and Managing Director of his own education and leadership consultancy company – The Leading Peaple Company: www.leadingpeaple.com

Derek has played a leading role in regional, national and international sports education initiatives. He helped to devise the London 2012 Get Set Education programme and additionally developed online learning materials for the global learning BBC World Olympic Dreams initiative. Based on this experience, he went on to support the design of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic education programme.

 

Derek was appointed as the first Chair of the Youth Sport Trust’s national Headteacher Strategy Group to promote the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy and received the inaugural Sir John Madejski Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Sport. His advice featured in the House of Commons Education Committee’s influential Report, ‘School Sport following London 2012: No more political football’ and he regularly presents nationally and internationally on the role of sport in shaping school culture.

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Mike Molloy

CEO

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Michael Molloy is an Irish businessman, political advisor and campaigner. He previously worked for British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown as well as former Foreign Secretary David Miliband and at the UN and EU for the Catholic Church.


Molloy is Co-Founder of Orion Global Technologies working with leading UK Cybersecurity company Cyberhive and secure communications technology Silentel to increase their portfolio of clients and has recently started work on building a safe secure internet of the future through the educational Metaverse.

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Jonathan Morley

Managing Director

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Jonathan has worked in several key markets over the last three decades. He entered the wealth management industry in the late 1980’s and has continued to operate in this sector for over thirty years. He has worked as a Board Director for some of the largest wealth advisory businesses in the world and worked for Investment Banks, large international accountancy firms and has worked for three financial institutions with billion dollar plus turnovers as a Director. He has structured many major deals with significant clientele in both the corporate and private client sectors.

 

He has liaised with contacts at Royal Family level, Prime Ministerial and Minister level and also USA Governors. For fifteen years, Jonathan has worked and continues to work extensively with Family Offices, UHNW clients, Private Equity, Sovereign Wealth Funds and over fifty high-profile brands and large corporations from across the world.

 

His focus within WPSSD is to work with other key members of the team to deliver corporate partnerships including sponsorship and to identify new markets for WPSSD that cater for the requirement of our audience whether these be individual or corporate. 

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Bernard Sparkes

Communications Director

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Bernard was a pioneer in the early stages of the internet/modern telecoms/web marketing, co-creator of a children's animation and book, board game creator and, actor. Giving back has been a large part of Bernard’s life supporting a number of causes over the years including Autism charities, Air Ambulances and the RNLI.

He also has experience as a Film/TV Producer, Author, IP Creator, Executive Producer, Reality TV & Documentary Contributor, TV/Film Actor, Game Developer, Entrepreneur, Start-up Investor, Public Speaker & Voiceover Artist.

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Michael (Mick) Hayton

Partnerships & CSR Director

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Michael Hayton has over 30 years’ service split between the Ministry of Defence, and the British police force. He saw active service in the Balkans and the Middle East.

Since leaving the forces he has co-founded and run a company specialising in new-to-market technology products and  was also heavily involved with an innovative Norwegian Green Tech company.

Away from the day job Mick is passionate about veterans’ welfare and helping those in desperate need caused by PTSD and other allied conditions. He has made several trips to Nepal to help rebuild that country following the terrible earthquakes that have affected the region over recent years.

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Andrew Sharkey

COO

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In a career spanning 40 years in the PR and corporate communications industry, Andrew was a founding director and owner of Ludgate Communications, an owner and director of Luther Pendragon, CEO of Redleaf Polhill (now Newgate Communications) and a director of Smithfield Consultants (now Edelman Smithfield). He is currently Business Development Director(UK) of Murray Consultants, Irelands leading corporate communications consultancy, a director of Orion Global Technologies and a board advisor to UroPharma (Medtech) and The Association of Member Nominated Trustees (Professional Association).

Over the years, PR clients have included The AIFA, Charles Schwab, Scottish Amicable, Prudential, Trinity College (London), Rathbones, Scottish Life, Life Association of Scotland, The Trustees of The Kodak Pension Plan, Carval Investors, HSBC, Boeing, Barclays, Aviva and the Royal London Group. He is particularly skilled at board level counsel and issues management, having substantial experience in the areas of: one to one mentoring; financial and corporate communications; media relations; crisis communications; and litigation PR. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and takes an active interest in the progressive agenda of the Society. He was also (during his 50s) ranked in the top 100 racketball players in the UK in his age range by the British Squash and Racketball Association!

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Dean Taylor

Risk & Security Manager

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Dean joined H.M. Armed Forces at a young age. His Policing career was predominantly within Operational Support Units (OSU) working in conjunction with other officers from various forces. He was utilised at football matches, demonstrations, searches relating to counter terrorism and some high profile murder searches. 

 

On entering the private sector, he fulfilled international contracts, worked as an Operations Manager for a large security company and embarked in Maritime Security. On returning to the UK, Dean qualified in Security Risk Management Consultancy, forming Evolve SMRC early 2019.

 

Having worked around the world and seen atrocities, Dean firmly believes in the ethos of WPSSD and urges everyone to get behind us.

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