Our Team

PSD International is led by a governing board of three Directors – Ms. Edith Read (Director & Chairperson), Mr. Matthew Hobson (Director of Fundraising) and Mr. Peter Swinford (Director of Compliance). The board brings together extensive expertise of the not-for-profit, grassroot sports and international development sectors, especially within the domains of working in the Global South, working with marginalised and underserved youth as well as using sport and physical activity within development initiatives. The governing board also shares the experience of working with and supporting the Indian-based social enterprise Pro Sport Development, which inspired the creation of PSD International in the UK, in order to scale-up their work in India and expand their outreach across the globe.

Governing Board

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Edith Read

Director & Chairperson

Edith Read has over six years of experience in the international development and non-profit sectors. Currently, she is working as Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Aga Khan Foundation’s office in the UK. Previously, she has spent three years working for the European Union’s International Cooperation and Development department, providing oversight to programme development, external relations and communications. Prior to this, she worked with organisations in India on various themes related to corporate sustainability and participatory development. Edith holds a Bachelor’s degree in European Politics and French from King’s College London UK, and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

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Matthew Hobson

Director

Matt Hobson has a wealth of varied experience in the sports sector from having worked for a national governing body in the UK to running a sports coaching business to working internationally on sport development projects. Matt has a background in sports coaching with over ten years of experience, all the way from development to performance levels. More recently, Matt has transitioned to the non-profit and education sectors, gaining experience as a fundraiser. Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Loughborough University, along with a number of sports coaching certificates.

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Cormac Whelan

Director

Cormac Whelan has over ten years of experience within the youth and sport development sectors. Throughout his career, he has made positive changes within these sectors, creating platforms and opportunities for youth to excel, right across the world. His work has won several awards within the UK, specifically around using the power of sport for community cohesion and integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Cormac has been associated with Pro Sport Development in India since its inception in 2013. He has Bachelor Degrees in Sports Management as well as Sports Sciences from Athlone Institute of Technology, Ireland and St.Mary's University Twickenham London, UK, respectively.

Advisors

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Suheil Farrell Tandon

Advisor

Suheil Farrell Tandon is the Director-Founder of Pro Sport Development, a social enterprise dedicated to using sport to aid in the holistic development of children and youth in India. With almost a decade worth of experience, he specialises in the sports development field, with a background in sports management and coaching, and a vast knowledge of and varied experiences relating to sport in global locations including the UK, Canada and India. Suheil holds a Bachelor’s in Maths and Economics from McGill University and Master’s in Sports Management from Loughborough University.

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Mansi Gupta

Advisor

Mansi is the founder of Unconform Studio. She has partnered with several organisations to help them incorporate a women-centric design lens across products, programs and processes. She has 10+ years of experience applying behavioural research & design strategy in social impact and has led projects at Women’s World Banking to increase financial inclusion among lower-income women in developing nations. Prior to that, she has designed games to research reproductive healthcare in rural India as a designer for Final Mile Consulting.

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Krishan Solanki

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A Sports Management graduate from Loughborough University, Krishan is passionate about sport and its power to make the world a better place. The majority of Krishan's professional career is within fundraising and events with Muscular Dystrophy UK (MDUK), where he joined in 2015 as the Challenge Events Manager and became Head of Events in 2019. He now heads the Community Fundraising and Events teams at MDUK. Krishan has also worked at the disability charity Scope as a Challenge Events Fundraising Executive; prior to that, his early events career and higher education was in the sports industry.

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