Executive Team

Nicole Sapstead
Chief Executive Officer

Nicole was appointed as Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping in March 2015.

Previously UKAD’s Director of Operations, Nicole was responsible for the delivery of the organisation’s testing, intelligence and investigations, and science and medicine functions.

Nicole has worked in anti-doping since 1997, having previously worked as the Assistant to the Director and Legal Advisor at the Drug Control Centre at King’s College, and in various roles at UK Sport, where she progressed to Head of Operations before joining UKAD on its formation in 2009.

Philip Bunt
Chief Operating Officer

Philip is a Chartered Accountant and is responsible for leading the delivery of UKAD's business services, including HR, IT and Risk. Philip has also guided UKAD through a series of government driven financial changes, developing its financial strategy in line with budget reductions and leading on UKAD’s response to the DCMS Tailored Review, resulting in a 40% funding increase. He went on to lead the implementation of the recommendations of that review.

Philip has been an attendee at WADA’s Symposium and Foundation Board, and at NADO Leaders, iNADO and IADA meetings. He is also a member of the iNADO cyber-security group. He has been a frequent attendee at CAHAMA meetings and was a member of the CAHAMA group which critically assessed WADA’s current budget.

Philip’s career has seen him work in a variety of sectors, including commercial, not-for-profit, and government arms-length bodies. He currently undertakes various non-executive roles for a humanitarian agency and an art gallery and park, and associated its investment foundation. As a keen follower of football, rugby union and cricket, Philip is passionate about contributing towards a culture of clean sport.

Pat Myhill
Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Pat oversees the development of the science and medicine, testing, and intelligence and investigations programmes at UKAD.

He has more than 30 years experience in law enforcement having worked in the Metropolitan Police, National Crime Squad and Serious Organised Crime Agency.

He was a member of the Olympic Security Directorate, planning and delivering the safety and security plan for the London 2012 Games.

Emily Robinson
Director of Strategy and Education

Emily is responsible for the organisation's communications, education programmes, international activities and stakeholder relations.

Prior to joining UKAD at the beginning of 2017, Emily was Deputy Chief Executive of a health charity for five years for whom she created the Dry January campaign. She has a particular interest in behaviour change. Before that she worked in local government and in the voluntary and private sector in a range of strategic communications roles. She has held board level roles with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the Sheila McKechnie Foundation. 

Emily is a keen football and tennis fan.

Gareth Wellings
Director of Finance

Gareth is responsible for finance, quality management and overseeing UKAD’s commercial opportunities. Having joined UKAD in 2015, Gareth was subsequently appointed as Director of Finance in 2018.

Gareth is a Chartered Management Accountant and has previously worked in a variety of senior level finance roles in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. As both a keen runner and cyclist, he is passionate in helping to deliver the fight for clean sport.

Matthew Johnson
Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Matthew is responsible for leading on all of UKAD’s legal and regulatory matters, including  managing Anti-Doping Rule Violation cases in accordance with the UK Anti-Doping Rules and World-Anti Doping Code.

Matthew is a barrister and has worked in sports regulation, including anti-doping, since 2004. Prior to that he had worked in both the public and private sector in criminal and regulatory law.