There are 8 members of the board, who represent all ‘sections’ and parties of the club from Men’s and Women’s Artistic to Acrobatics through to gymnasts and parents to volunteers and coaches. The Board of Directors is responsible for ensuring the successful running of the club on both a financial and performance basis. Here are short biographies of the members. You can contact the board at

Jackie Hall

Jackie Hall BA(Hons), FCA, CTA, TEP (Chair)

Jackie, a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Advisor and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners is a partner in a mid-tier national firm of accountants and business advisors. Managing a team of 10 she has been providing business and tax advisory and compliance services to owner managed businesses, large employers and individuals for over 25 years. Outside of work she has been Chair of the Hull branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, a governor of the local school and treasurer of their parent’s fundraising group. With a keen interest in gymnastics, Jackie has been actively involved in the WA parents group at City of Leeds Gymnastics Club for many years and is a qualified regional WA judge. She regularly judges for the club and as an independent judge in the Yorkshire East region.

Andy Firth

Andy Firth (Vice Chair)

Andy has been involved with the City of Leeds gymnastics club since 1996 when his son joined the men’s artistic programme at Carnegie. In 1998 he became vice chair on the club management committee and chair of the men’s section parents committee (M.A.G.A.). He became club welfare officer in 2000 and chair of the Yorkshire men’s technical committee in 2009 and represents at the regional board of control. Andy has worked on the club festival since its creation in 2003 and the awards dinner since 2009 both events have grown successfully year on year. For several years he has dealt with the men’s section competition entry’s and travel arrangements. Over the last 18 months, he has worked with the club transition team on the move to the new gymnastics centre. On a personal level, his work has always evolved customer service within the hospitality industry and now works within the family business on the catering and event planning aspect. Andy’s wish for the club is that every gymnast has a rewarding and fulfilling experience during their time with the club.

Alexandra Webster (Company Secretary)

Alexandra Webster (Company Secretary)

Alexandra Webster has been a Chartered Secretary and Administrator since 1983 and was Managing Director of a chain of Car Dealerships until their sale to a plc. She currently works part-time as the International Manager of a leading Motor Boat Manufacturer and brings a depth of experience of company procedures and finance to the Board. Alex joined the old Management Committee and has experience, through her children, of Women’s Artistic, Sports Acrobatics, Tumbling and Display Gymnastics. She has attended three World Gymnaestradas and has been joint Head of Delegation for the past two. She has been past Treasurer of the Club, was responsible for the Gymmark application and was the Festival Coordinator. Alex is one of the designated Club Welfare Officers. Alex undertook a leading role in the transition particularly on the property/building/conversion of the new gym and sits on the Finance Committee. Alex is passionate about COLGC CIC and strives for the highest standards to provide all gymnasts with top quality coaching and facilities.

Julie Thornton

Julie Thornton

Julie has been involved with City of Leeds Gymnastics since her daughter joined the club in 1999. Julie has many years experience in the financial sector through Retail and Corporate Banking with a major Global Bank, with roles covering finance, customer relationship, team support and project management. Throughout her time with the club, Julie has been actively involved and joined the club management committee in 2006 as Chair of the Acro and Tumbling section parents committee and past Treasurer of the management committee and now sits on the Finance Committee. Julie was also a member of the transition team that helped to bring the club from the existing scheme at Carnegie to the new venue at Seacroft.  Julie strives to ensure that the club provides the Gymnasts with the best possible experience and rewarding time on their chosen gymnastics pathway. 

dave murray - director leeds gymnastics club

Dave Murray

Dave has been a member of Leeds Gymnastics Club since 2004 when he moved to the city to study Physical Education at Leeds Metropolitan University and train with the club. He has been part of the coaching team for more than 10 years and is the current Director of Performance at the club. During this time Dave has been the personal coach to several national squad members and British Champions, most notably 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson.   

Emma Abraham LGC Board Member

Emma Abraham

Emma is one of our newest Directors, joining the board in 2019. With 2 young children, she has been a member of the club for a couple of years bringing them to parent and toddler groups, pre-school and now general gymnastics classes. Emma has a strong background in marketing and business development, mainly in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and brings a wealth of experience to the club. She is heavily involved in Gymfest and looking at ways to generate more income for the business as a whole. Her first activity as a board member was the introduction of the vending machines and pushing for the viewing gallery to be opened up to provide a more enjoyable experience for all.

Chris Low LGC Board Member

Chris Low

Chris has been a member of the club for over 30 years both as gymnast and coach. He first joined the club when it was Leeds Athletic Institute based at Jack Lane, since which time Chris has seen the club relocate a number of times initially to west Leeds then Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) and finally to its current Seacroft location, where he was employed as Director of Gymnastics. Chris has coached gymnasts in both Men’s and Women’s Artistic disciplines helping them to achieve medal success at British and International level. In particular, Chris had the privilege to work as the personal coach of both Ashley Watson and Matthew Firth, guiding them on their journey from 7yr old boys through to adulthood where they achieved success on the World stage. He has coached at World Championships, Commonwealth Games, two World Student Games and numerous World Cups. For the majority of his coaching career Chris juggled performance coaching with a full-time academic role as a university lecturer. He has a PhD in Biomechanics and currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching at Leeds Beckett University.

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Bev Nicholson

Bio coming soon …


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