Michael Mackenzie, Chairman
Spinal cord injured (T3c) in 1993 whilst working for an aid agency in Bosnia. Chairman of SIT (Spinal Injuries Together). Director of Motorsport Endeavour. Referral Panel Leader for Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service. Researcher to Tony Baldry MP.
After a 21 year career in the wine trade he made the unlikely but worthwhile move to become The Director of Operations for Scottish European Aid, an aid agency specialising in Eastern Europe. A bit of a bump curtailed this new occupation earlier than planned. An inveterate adventurer he has since participated in Skiing, scuba diving,
Relay St James wheelchair relay from Paris to Santiago de Compostela
The Island Race. Charity relay around the coast of Britain.
Around the World in 80 Ways Circumnavigated the globe with 2 blind people. www.aroundtheworldineightyways.com
Moscow Disabled Drivers Club Road Rally. Return solo drive to Moscow
A few more similar “consultant frightening” ideas are planned!
Philip Lewis, MBE, Trustee
In 1962, aged twenty four, he broke his neck in a car accident in Oxford (Level C6/7 later lowering to C8/T1 complete). As a patient of Sir Ludwig Guttmann he spent ten months undergoing treatment and rehabilitation at The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville.
In business before accident and studied law afterwards becoming a solicitor. He took up Table Tennis and participated in numerous Paraplegic Games including Japan (1964 Paralympics), Jamaica (1966 Commonwealth), Germany (1972 Paralympics), New Zealand (1974 Commonwealth) and has gold, silver and bronze medals to prove it!
Member of the National Sports Council for six years.
Chairman of The British Sports Association for the Disabled for many years.
Vice President of the English Table Tennis Association
In 1981 honoured by the Queen with MBE for Services to Sport.
Dr. Alison Graham FRCP
Allison Graham is a Consultant Physician in Spinal Cord Injury and has been involved with Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Injuries Centre (NSIC) since 1984.
She trained in medicine and spinal injuries in both Scotland and in England after qualifying from Glasgow University. She believes health and wellness are important to all and is happy to explore all types of interactions to see what people can do to enrich their lives and those of others. The Olympics are important to the NSIC but the Cultural Olympics will give those with artistic talents a chance to shine and encourage others in what can be done after spinal cord injury.
Traditional medicine is important and we have much to achieve in the ongoing care of those with spinal cord injury which is why she is honoured to be a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of both Glasgow and London but out of work she would rather draw, paint, or knit — usually body parts!
She is interested in what people with spinal cord injury can do when given the chance to participate in arts.