Chair of Weightlifting Wales Barry Eaton confirms the appointment of three new board members;

 Mark Hendy

A passionate and driven senior HR professional with a strong understanding of emerging HR, based on a solid understanding of employment law. Particularly focused on creating and implementing broad, long term and far reaching strategic plans that help create progressive, successful workplaces.

Mark has a particular enjoyment of organisational development, coaching, employment law and talent development and a keen supporter of evidence-Based Management.


Roy Headey
An emotionally intelligent and strategic leader with over 30 years’ experience as a manager and director of high performing teams. Previous roles include Head of English Institute of Sport, Head of Science and Medicine at England Rugby Union and Performance Director at both British Gymnastics and the Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee.

Roy is a developer of relationships, partnerships, and organisational awareness within communities. A values-driven leader who thrives on the challenge of delivering performance gains to individuals and businesses in local and international contexts. A committed developer of people.


John Harris
John is a five times Paralympian, Gold medallist and multiple world record holder. A renowned Pentathlon John has also completed a Marathon in 2 hours 6 minutes and presented on BBC radio as well as being the subject of a 1986 edition of ITV’s ‘This is your life’.

Inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame in 2013, John is also a former Director of Stoke Mandeville.


‘Following on the successes at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, with Gold and Bronze Medals for Gareth Evans and Laura Hughes respectively, we are keen to push on at every level.  I believe these new board members add real value, balance and independence to the board together with a wealth of diverse experience.  The NGB has come a long way over the past few years but we are not finished yet and want to develop further as an organisation as well as on the field of play.’  Barry Eaton, Chair, Weightlifting Wales