Karate England Executive Board

Chairman and Executive Advisor, John Bell John has had a highly distinguished career in Sport development and administration and is a consultant in Sport and Culture for Local Government. He was Director of Leisure and Community Services for Knowsley Council on Merseyside from 1992-2006 and then Head of Culture for the London Borough of Newham until March 2007. John is the current Chair of Merseyside Sports Partnership Board and was a member of the North West Sports Board for 3 years. With this wealth of experience, he a natural and ideal choice as KE Chair. He is a practicing Karateka with the KUGB and lives in Cheshire.

Vice-Chairman, Abdu Shaher: Abdu is Chief Instructor of the British Karate Organisation and a former English, British, Commonwealth and World Karate Champion. In 2009 Abdu achieved a BSc Honors degree in Sports Coaching Science from Leeds Met. University. He has successfully operated a number of leisure businesses and currently runs a Dojo in Teesside, where he lives and is the Instructor to Teesside University Karate Club. He was Performance Director for Karate England 2005 and is Head Coach to the current Karate England National squad.

Technical Chairman and Board Member, Andy Sherry  Andy began training in Karate in 1959 and was a founder member of the Liverpool Red Triangle Karate club and the KUGB. From 1965 to 1974 he competed successfully in both Kata and Kumite, winning his first European title in 1968. That same year, he travelled to Mexico to represent Great Britain as part of a European demonstration team at the  Olympic Games. He has been a professional Karate Instructor for 45 years and is constantly in demand in this country and abroad. In 2005 he was recognised as the most senior Karateka in England when he was appointed unanimously as Chairman of the Technical Committee of the new National Governing Body, Karate England. He resides in Liverpool and still trains and teaches every day.

Secretary, Bob Poynton Bob started Karate in 1965 and after a brief period with HM Customs and Excise, became a full-time Karate Instructor. He competed Nationally and Internationally for 17 year and in 1974 he began to take an active part in the KUGB administration. In 1992, as Chairman of the EKGB Technical Committee, he co-ordinated the development of an Instructor/Coach Education programme which is still in use today. He believes legitimate English Karate bodies need to work in harmony to ensure the highest standards of instruction, safety and behaviour are available to the public and the full benefits of Karate fully appreciated.


Treasurer and Financial Advisor, Steven Stubbs: After attaining his professional accountancy qualifications is 1983, Steven has held a number of accountant, senior accountant and finance manager positions within the public sector. Steven specialises in Home Office related services and is currently a finance manager for a large government department with specific responsibility for all finance related matters in the East Midlands. He is a practicing karateka with the KUGB and lives in Nottinghamshire.

Board Member, Victor Charles MBE Vic Charles, MBE started karate in 1973 and went on to become the first karateka to be awarded an MBE for services to karate in 1989. During a career which has spanned almost forty years he won 11 world medals, (7 gold), 13 European medals and 3 European club titles. He was a member of the British men’s team which dominated the world championships throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s with five successive world team titles. He founded the British Sport Karate Association in 1986 with clubs in London, Kent and Yorkshire. As an association coach he won numerous national and  3 European club titles. He was appointed English National Coach in 1996 and was the World Class Performance Plan’s Technical Manager. He retired from competition in 1990 and from coaching in 2000. He remains the British Sport Karate Association’s Chief Instructor.

Board Member, Ian Cuthbert, Ian has been a professional Karate Instructor since 1982 , has studied Karate since 1972 , Pilates since 1980 and Chinese Martial Arts since 2000. Passionate about creating a Karate Governing Body that is democratic and fair to all. Has been with Steve Rowe and Shikon as National Coach since 1987 and built one of the most successful competition squads on the circuit.

Board Member, Molly Samuel-Leport. Molly is a former member of the (EKGB) Great Britain’s Karate Team. She is Britain’s first female world karate champion; female national coach and has 7 World, 6 Europeans and other major winning international karate titles to her name.  She was a Board Member of the EKGB (2004 – 2005). She has been featured in a number of media articles and won the Sunday Times International Sports Woman of the Year Award.

Legal Advisor, Oliver Wood, Solicitor and karateka with KUGB. Oliver studied law at the Universities of Leicester and Strasbourg and at the College of Law York. He has a broad range of commercial legal experience, having worked in private practice in international shipping finance & litigation and company & commercial law for a major law firm in London and Oslo, subsequently in more general UK corporate & commercial and commercial property work, and more recently working in-house with medical devices legislation. Oliver now owns a Nottingham based business concern in medical devices manufacturing & consultancy for healthcare professionals.

Tricia Jordan

Mike Cowburn