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About

The Team

Mission control.

LimbPower is managed by a small but dedicated team of enthusiastic, passionate and hardworking office staff, who are supported by an equally enthusiastic Board of Trustees, and an incredible group of volunteers.

Kiera Roche - Chief Executive Officer

As a teenager, sport was my life. I was House Captain of Sport at secondary school but athletics was my passion. During a training session at Ealing and Southall Running Club, I damaged my lower back and after a short stay in hospital I gave up competitive athletics, but continued to participate in sport focusing on team sports including: Volleyball, Netball, Basketball and Ultimate Frisbee. I became captain of my University Basketball team, but struggled to find a club when I moved back to London.

I studied Social Psychology at University, leaving with a BA Honours Degree. One of the skills I developed through being involved in sport was good organisation and I found myself pursuing a career, which involved organising national and international trade and consumer exhibitions. Whilst directing an exhibition in Paris in June 2001, I was involved in a catastrophic road traffic accident, resulting in an 11-hour operation and the amputation of my right leg through the knee. Two operations later I found myself as an above knee amputee, with serious damage to my right shoulder. While undergoing rehabilitation at Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton, I was invited to become a Trustee of the Limbless Association and I have never looked back.

I have dedicated the last 14 years of my life to supporting and encouraging amputees and individuals with limb impairments to rebuild their lives. I believe in leading from example and since becoming an amputee I have: walked the Great Wall of China, cycled along the River Nile, cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats, cycled from London to Paris and London to Amsterdam, trekked in Cuba and climbed Snowdon. I am currently walking the three peaks in three years.

Sports/Interests: I run, swim and cycle when I can. I love walking, archery and shooting. I do pilates and want to take up yoga.

Andy Brittles - National Sports Development Officer

I was born with Spina Bifida and in 1983 I decided to have my left leg amputated due to medical complications.

I had never been involved in sport at school due to my disability, I was one of those young people who would be referred to as 'library child' rather than take part in sport at school, I was always sent to the library to study.

I left school and started my career as an electrician, which I stuck with for 17 years. When I lost my leg, I started to play sport. I had always wanted to play gold so I had a go. During my involvement with more disability sporting opportunities, I was advised that there were very few disabled people involved with making sporting decisions for disabled people in sport. It was then I had decided to change careers and left being an electrician to start a HND in Sports Science and Manchester Metropolitan University. During my final year of that course I applied for a position of Disability Sports Development Officer for Cheshire in 1998 and they say the rest is history.

I have been involved in sport now for many years both as an athlete, representing my country at golf and amputee football and sport development professional. I have worked at all levels of sports development and have gained a vast amount of experience in developing opportunities, managing budgets, developing and nurturing relationships as well as influencing policy change. I have worked with numerous partners from local clubs to national partners such as the Football Association and Sport England. I have also met many inspirational people.

I love my work, I strive each fay to make a difference to people's lives. Sport is a fantastic business to work in, it can change lives and it certainly changed mine.

Sports/Interests: Golf, football and walking.

Damian MacDonald

I was born in Woolwich to Adrian & Twink (both in the Army). As a child I lived in Hong Kong then Aldershot then Birkenhead. We moved to South Africa just before I turned 10. I was involved in RTA in South Africa when I was 16, which resulted in a below-knee amputation when I was 18. I am now a left below-knee amputee with a left artificial hip. I returned to the UK just before I turned 21. I work as an entertainer, primarily in care homes with disabled adults as well as elderly and mentally ill. I am married to Karen and have 3 children: Jacob, Scarlett and Morgan.

I became involved with LimbPower when I wanted to learn to cycle. I attended the Lingfield Park Cycle Ride. I then joined the team of amputees climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. I trained hard for this event and was delighted to summit this wonderful mountain. I have since joined the team for the London to Paris Cycle Ride. LimbPower has opened my eyes as to what can be achieved with hard work and planning and I want to share this with you.

Sports/Interests: Cycling, Rowing, Singing and Reading.