Staff Members


Debbie Lye Chief Executive

“It is both a challenge and immense privilege to be charged with re-igniting the transformational spirit that characterised the London 2012 Games and more recently the Glasgow Commonwealth Games within communities across the country, to provide a constantly revitalised sporting, cultural and social legacy”

Ruth Hollis Director of Policy and Research

"I am passionate about the power of sport, arts and culture, and volunteering to improve wellbeing and really change lives both for communities and individuals. I work across all our programmes to make sure that we can understand and promote the impact of our investments, ensuring we can see real, sustainable, and meaningful change across the country. We want to share this learning to promote the link between providing opportunities for people to get involved in activities and wellbeing.” 


Neil Rodger Head of Communications

"I have worked in Communications for over ten years, and my role at Spirit is to ensure that our stakeholders understand what we do and how / why we do it. I’m lucky enough to have visited a number of our projects, and have seen first-hand the benefit our funding is having. I am proud to be part of an organisation that is directly improving people’s lives and their communities across the UK." 

Alex Johnston Programme Manager

“I was initially seconded from our founder, the Big Lottery Fund, and managed our Spirit of Glasgow programme. As a Glasgow resident, this was hugely exciting for me and a real thrill to play a part in creating a legacy for the XX Commonwealth Games. I now manage projects related to the Spirit of Rio and looking at how physical activity can lead to social change.”

Helen Spedding Programmes and Learning Manager

"Working for Spirit builds on my professional involvement in the education and health of children and young people through sport and physical activity. Sport has always featured in my life, from junior sports teams through to a recent London Marathon run.  I manage projects and help draw out learning for Spirit and to share with others. Spirit’s investment in the potential transformational power of sport, the arts, culture and volunteering is a real motivator."


Linda McRoberts Governance Manager

“I was here right from the start, joining back in 2013. I look after all the governance and management of the board. Previously, I worked at The Prince’s Trust and I am passionate about the potential of young people. I am delighted to be working for a charity with a similar understanding. I am a keen walker and cyclist.”