Meet The Team

Meet The Team

NICKY AFFLECK

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Nicky Affleck is an award-winning leader with repeated success in driving strategic partnerships and delivering transformational change in the charity, grassroots, and youth sport sectors. 

Her career started in education and sport development and continued to gain momentum when she joined the London Youth Games Foundation in 2011. Between 2011 and 2019, Nicky played an integral part in the organisation’s success; delivering opportunities for 125 000 young people to take part in sport annually in London. During this time, Nicky rose from coordinating local delivery and participation plans to leading organisation-wide operational plans, and the nine-person team as a senior leader, and then as the Interim Chief Executive Officer. One of Nicky’s’ mentionable achievements was the role she played in spearheading a high-profile change programme with the London Youth Games and global sports brand, Nike.

Over the past three and a half years Nicky has successfully established her own Sports Consultancy business and has proudly collaborated with and supported regional, national and international organisations in the areas of strategic growth and partnerships. 

As of the 2nd of August 2021, Nicky joins the Miss Kick family as CEO of the Miss Kick Foundation.

GRACE VELLA

TRUSTEE

Grace is the 24-year-old founder of Miss Kick and Miss Kick Foundation. She is a former Liverpool and Manchester City footballer who is on a mission to build the world’s leading female-first football brand and community. Grace launched the brand in June 2018 whilst also studying Psychology at the University of Manchester where she achieved a 1st class degree. Since founding Miss Kick, Grace has featured in Forbes, ITV, Daily Mail, Sky Sports and BBC for the work she is doing.

JAYNA PATEL

TRUSTEE

Jayna Patel is the Community Programmes Executive at the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF). Jayna leads on the operational management of Premier League Kicks working with 91 Club Community Organisations (CCOs) to inspire children and young people to achieve their potential working together to build stronger safer and more inclusive communities. She is the PLCF lead on Youth Social Action providing support to the wider network to help CCOs embed high quality social action opportunities and ensuring the voices of young people are integrated into on-going delivery. Jayna is a member of the Football Association (FA) Asian Women in Football Group which aims to progress more Asian females into women’s football. Jayna has worked in the charity and youth sector for six years with experience of local community project activation and competition and event management.

RICHARD FROST

TRUSTEE

Rich is the founder of the successful brand consultancy, First Five Marketing. He passionately believes in the power of sport and strongly believes that sport connects people in a way that nothing else can. Rich comes from more than a decade of working in Marketing at Nike and believes that working in the industry gives you the responsibility to help people love and play more sport every day. For Rich, working with passionate and authentic people like the MK Foundation ensures we can create cultural change and build effective partnerships to give the next generation of female athletes the tools needed for success.

OLIVIA LAIKER

TRUSTEE

Olivia currently works at Manchester FA as a Football Development Officer (Women & Girls’) and most recently, the legacy lead for Manchester & Trafford host cities for the UEFA Women’s Euro’s next year. Prior to that, Olivia had been the Football Development Officer (Clubs & Leagues) at Manchester FA, working within the male game. Olivia is very passionate about providing equal access for women and girls in football and ensure every female has the opportunity to play, coach, referee or volunteer and reach their full potential.

PAUL FINDLAY

TRUSTEE

Paul is the National Volunteer Manager for The Football Association, leading on the development of The FA’s strategy to transform volunteering. Paul’s remit extends to Youth Leadership & Development, overseeing the FA National Youth Council’s excellent work, ensuring young people’s voice is represented across football. Paul sits on different advisory boards, including NHS England and The Gambling Commission. Before football, Paul enjoyed a career in the military, banking and the charity sector and hopes to bring his experience to the MKF board. He is also a passionate grassroots coach, managing an U8’s girls football team.

CAT ROSALES

TRUSTEE

Cat has a degree in law and business and started her career as a trainee solicitor in the city of London. Cat qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and has worked for international law firms in London, New York and Singapore. She now works as a policy professional within a government department. Throughout her career she has always found time to participate and encourage others to participate in sport. She is a former football player and a qualified coach. Cat is extremely passionate about the role sport can play in developing and harnessing key skills such as leadership and communication.

SHRUTI SAUJANI

TRUSTEE

Shruti delivers a key part of ECB’s city programme linked to their South Asian Action Plan, namely engaging and recruiting 2,000 South Asian females into volunteering roles, along with implementing crickets’ game wide volunteer strategy. Shruti’s passion is to create equal opportunities in sport, and she dedicated her dissertation to understanding the barriers South Asians face in sport. Her dedication for an equal playing ground in cricket has seen her appear on the BBC and Sky. Shruti has grown and developed her leadership skills in diverse commercial roles and has also been recognised for bringing culture change in the automotive industry