Board of Trustees Appointments

The IQA Congress has confirmed three individuals to form an inaugural Board of Trustees. The Board, tasked with ensuring the good governance and long-term financial success of the organization’s business operations, will provide incredibly valuable perspective and insight to the Executive Team as the IQA builds its business.

The appointed trustees, Chris Daw, Nicholas Oughtibridge, and Alicia Radford, come from diverse business backgrounds and bring a variety of skills to the table.

Chris Daw is a former paralympian based in British Columbia, Canada. As a multi-sport professional athlete for many years, he has seen sport from the player side, and while working for organizations like AthletesCAN and the Canadian Curling Organization he has been directly involved in sports management and promotion. Most recently, Chris was hired as Executive Director of Quidditch Canada, where he has been learning our sport and providing his management expertise.

Nicholas Oughtibridge is the father of a university quidditch athlete and the Head of Information Standards for the British government in Essex, UK. In addition to his important work managing his daughter’s youth team when she was younger, his long professional career has brought him significant experience in navigating government bureaucracy, developing international policy, and ensuring good governance as a board member.

Alicia Radford has been involved in quidditch since starting a team at her university in Washington, US in 2008. She has a long history of nonprofit management experience and perhaps most notably played a driving role in developing US Quidditch into a fully-fledged nonprofit with a full-time staff and a major footprint in the US. She currently works as the Operations Manager at the Progress Alliance of Washington, where her portfolio includes overseeing communications, events, and a $1.5 million annual budget.

Executive Director Harrison Homel could not be happier with the new trustees. “We spent a significant amount of time on recruitment and vetting for these positions because we felt it was incredibly important that we get this right the first time. I firmly believe that we have done that. I am incredibly excited to learn from and work alongside these business professionals to continue developing our organization and better serve our constituents,” he said.