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Board Introductions

Our Board members come from a wide range of disciplines that include business, law, accountancy, the media and social entrepreneurship. The Rockets organisation is confident the governance of the club is in safe hands as they try to build the programme which is reliant on support from the statutory and business sectors, all in the name of the community. The fact that all have an intrinsic knowledge of the great City of Birmingham was an important consideration in their recruitment.

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 in relation to Gun and Gang Crime and Diversity. Following his service he was the Managing Director of a Conflict Mediation and Mentoring Service, in relation to 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 and coach the Great Britain 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.
Kirk Dawes

Managing Director

Rob Palmer is the original founder of the club in 2003. Since that time he has overseen and managed the club as it has grown from the first 12 players through to the current day where there are now over 800 weekly participants and 14 Rocket's teams. Following 12 years in the banking industry, Rob cut his coaching teeth with the renowned Birmingham Bullets programme and has amassed 27 years of coaching experience. During that time Rob has built successful school programmes (Dame Elizabeth Cadbury and college Josiah Mason), before moving into the sports development sector. During his 17 years experience of developing City of Birmingham Basketball into one of the biggest community clubs in the UK, Rob has strived to provide opportunities to the young people of the city. "Enabling young people to realise their full potential in life" is what motivates him. The Managing Director role includes a responsibility for the day to day running of the club, partnership management and development, project management and strategic planning on behalf of the Rockets organisation. Rob manages the prestigious Hakeem Olajuwon Summer Camp on behalf of the Rockets organisation and also coordinates the Rockets Performance Programme.
Rob Palmer

Director / Ambassador

Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon arrived in the UK in 2015 and immediately became an integral part the club as an Executive Director. In 2016 he enabled the club to run the first Hakeem Olajuwon International Basketball Camp in the city, which continues each and every year. In addition another ambition was realised in 2017 when we set up the "Hakeem Olajuwon City of Birmingham Rockets Basketball Academy" at the Sixth Form College, Solihull. His, is very much an involvement many clubs dream of and one the club is grateful for. He 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".
Hakeem Olajuwon

Non Executive 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.
Liz Ballinger

Non Executive 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. Stacey is Director of Edwin Ellis Creative Media, a Birmingham-based public relations and magazine publishing agency. He is proud to have been named Businessman of the Year at the Birmingham Awards 2019. Finalist: PR Campaign of the Year, Midland Media Awards 2019
Stacey Barnfield

Non Executive 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 Chambers 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.
Paul Faulkner

Non Executive 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.
David Fennell

Non Executive Director

Roger Telphia is the founder member and the CEO of Future Health and Social Care Association CIC. He started the organisation in 1996 as a social enterprise to meet the housing and support needs of vulnerable adults, particularly those with a history of Mental Health issues and learning difficulties. Roger has developed a national reputation as one of the leading social entrepreneurs in the health and social care sector and was a regional finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. He is also a founder member of Future Home Care Ltd, a health care business which when sold in 2013 employed 2000 staff. Roger is a visionary and committed leader who drives the ethos of social responsibility throughout the organisations he leads. Roger previously worked in the private sector and had a successful career in banking and financial services, and developed his career by providing financial advice to the small and medium size business sector. He has served on a number of public and voluntary sector committees including as a non-executive director of South Birmingham Primary Care Trust, vice-chair of North Birmingham Mental Health support group and secretary of the African Caribbean Community Development Agency.
Roger Telphia

Our Back Office Staff will be announced soon!

Our Performance Staff for the coming season 2020/21 will be announced soon!

Our Community Staff for the coming season 2020/21 will be announced soon!