Board & Staff

Kirk Dawes

Kirk Dawes

Chairman and Director

Kirk Dawes (Chairman and Director): Kirk is a former Detective with West Midlands Police (where he was regional chairman of the Black and Asian Police Association). In 2004 he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal concerning Gun, Gang Crime and Diversity. Following his service he was the Managing Director of a Conflict Mediation and Mentoring Service, concerning Serious Crime, and the reduction of Gun and Gang Violence. He has previous experience of owning a senior basketball club, Solihull Chiefs in the National League Division 1 and used to play for the British Police Team. He is a former Coach at Worcester Wolves in the British Basketball League. Kirk is responsible for the strategic planning of the club. Kirk is also a former Board member of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Robert Palmer

Robert Palmer

Managing Director

Rob is the original founder of the club in 2003. He has 17 years’ of sports development experience, working with young people in leadership and mentoring roles, alongside strategic planning and delivering overarching projects in basketball across Birmingham on behalf of the Rockets organisation. Rob is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic planning, development of partnerships for the club together with the acquisition of funding to operate the National League Programme, as well as the community and School Programmes.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon

Director and Club Ambassador

Hakeem Olajuwon Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon is a Nigerian-American former professional Basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the Center position in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors. He led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA championships in 1994 and 1995. In 2008, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and in 2016, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Listed at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Hakeem is considered one of the greatest, centres ever to play the game. He was nicknamed "The Dream" during his basketball career after he dunked so effortlessly that his college coach said it "looked like a dream."

Liz Ballinger

Liz Ballinger

Director

Liz Ballinger is an experienced Tax Partner at Deloitte LLP, with a demonstrated history of working on transactions with private equity houses and shareholders. Liz also works with private equity backed companies and their management teams on a day to day basis to help them bed in and manage the tax aspects of the transaction. Liz is skilled in Transaction Tax, UK Tax, International Tax and Personal Tax. She is a strong tax professional with a BA focused in History from Warwick University.

Paul Faulkner

Paul Faulkner

Director

Paul Faulkner is the Chief Executive at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce Previously, He was Chief Executive of Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest football clubs. In addition to his role at the Chamber of Commerce, he is the Chairman of Sport Birmingham, an Associate Non Executive Director of Birmingham - Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and the Vice Chair of Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall.

Stacey Barnfield

Stacey Barnfield

Director

Stacey Barnfield is the former editor of the highly respected Birmingham Post newspaper and has spent more than 20 years working in the regional press in a variety of positions; from runner to writer, sub-editor to editor. He is proud to have been named Businessman of the Year at the Birmingham Awards 2019.

David Fennell

David Fennell

Director

David Fennell is the chief executive of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. He also serves as the co-chair of Gowling WLG's international board. In these roles, David is responsible for guiding the firm's UK and international strategies and ensuring that the firm delivers the best possible service to their clients. He spends a lot of time liaising with business leaders and conducting client service reviews to ensure his company are delivering on their promises. He also focuses on the bigger picture, making connections with, for and between the organisations with which they work. He is a former player of the game for over 30 years, in his formative years, he was a player at Birmingham Bullets.

Roger Telphia

Roger Telphia

Director

Roger Telphia is the CEO of Future Home Care a company which provides support services for people with diverse and often complex needs. Whether it's supporting people for a few hours a week or 24 hour care, putting the individual at the centre of their care with flexible and personalised support packages that are tailored to meet individual needs.

Karen Seleshe

Karen Seleshe

Club Secretary
Ricardo D'Alva

Ricardo D'Alva

Marketing Officer Coordinator
Novelette Balela

Novelette Balela

Safeguarding Officer
Cheryl Carr

Cheryl Carr

Administrative Coordinator
Jamie Bunch

Jamie Bunch

Business Consultant
Martin Lansley

Martin Lansley

Head of Media
Albert Nastase

Albert Nastase

Sports Videographer
Georgiana Radenschi

Georgiana Radenschi

Data entry Analyst
Sonia Parveen

Sonia Parveen

Data entry Analyst
Mobeen Pasha

Mobeen Pasha

Data entry Analyst
Tyrone Kinch

Tyrone Kinch

George Branch

George Branch

Raj Rupra

Raj Rupra

Peter Mintoft

Peter Mintoft

Marcellus Elfrey

Marcellus Elfrey

Ricardo D'Alva

Ricardo D'Alva

Roy Francis

Roy Francis

Michelle Turner

Michelle Turner

Steve Dudley

Steve Dudley

Mark Evans

Mark Evans

Ronald Huletey

Ronald Huletey

Diogo Cunha

Diogo Cunha

Matt Gaskell

Matt Gaskell

Djoss Balela

Djoss Balela

Jack Powell

Jack Powell

Ethan Woodward

Ethan Woodward

Lailat Ponjee

Lailat Ponjee

Zindzi Eyitene

Zindzi Eyitene

Bilal Ladak

Bilal Ladak

Club Doctor
Stephanos Kontopyrgos

Stephanos Kontopyrgos

Sports and Exercise Psychologist (Trainee)
Zoe Littlewood

Zoe Littlewood

Sports Therapist
Jaskiran Dhaliwal

Jaskiran Dhaliwal

Sports and Exercise Nutritionist
Shuhan Miah

Shuhan Miah

Strength and Conditioning
Kieron Mc Govern

Kieron Mc Govern

Performance Analyst / Player Development
Jemima Yeats-Brown

Jemima Yeats-Brown

Performance Analyst / Player Development
Petr Stefan

Petr Stefan

Strength and Conditioning