Our team

Mark Simmons (Foundation Manager): I have 11 years Sports Development experience working for a National Governing Body, County Sports Partnership and School Sports Partnership. I have been responsible for managing and developing local, county and regional sports programmes which has led to more people being engaged in high quality physical activity. Working within the club, community and education sectors has increased my wealth of knowledge in sport and allowed me to develop varying skill sets including communication, project planning and teamwork.

The Foundation trustees are:

Shahid Azeem: An award-winning British-Pakistani entrepreneur widely known amongst Surrey’s business leaders, Shahid is Managing Director of Arcom IT Ltd. He has been named by RBS as ‘one of the top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK’ and was named Asian Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006-07 and Pakistani Entrepreneur 2011.

Major (Retd) Damar Ghale MBE: One of the founders of the Buddhist Community Centre (BCC) UK and a prominent member of the UK’s Nepalese community, Ghale served in the British Army for 27 years and was awarded the MBE in 2000 for distinguished military service. He has also received community awards from both Surrey and Hampshire County Councils.

Tracy Jarvis: Founder and Managing Director of the Community Matters Partnership, an organisation which helps businesses build partnerships and launch projects within their communities, Tracy was born in Aldershot and has also been a prolific striker for the Shots Ladies team. She has won the BBC Social Entrepreneur, Social Enterprise Vision and Enterprise Growth awards and is now a business consultant working to develop Corporate Social Responsibly strategies.

Lt Col Nigel ‘Mac’ MacGregor: Commander of Aldershot Garrison since June 2015, Mac’s role is about sustaining the military community of Aldershot, with an emphasis on maintaining the Army’s active role in the local community. Aldershot being home to most Army sports, Mac is passionate about promoting healthy and active lifestyles and is currently also the chair to the Community Matters Partnership Project.

Paul Marcus: An experienced business leader and digital media professional, Paul has been Managing Director of Eagle Radio since 2006. A lifelong Shots supporter, he was also a trustee of Aldershot Town’s Football in the Community Trust and in 2012 helped to launch the Community Stand at the EBB Stadium. He has served as a Director for the Surrey Chambers of Commerce and is a former Sunday Times ‘Best Companies’ winner.