Protecting the Right to Enjoy Doping-Free Sport

Executive Team


Nicole Sapstead 
Chief Executive Officer

Nicole was appointed as interim Chief Executive of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in January 2015 and was appointed to the position permanently 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 in 2009.

Philip Bunt
Chief Operating Officer

Philip is responsible for leading the delivery of business services and the implementation of the recommendations of the DCMS tailored review. Previously, he worked in the third sector to enhance the business and financial capabilities of two leading charities. He is also the honorary treasurer of an international development charity. As a keen follower of football, rugby union and cricket, Philip is passionate about contributing towards a culture of clean sport.

In December 2017, Philip was selected as one of 12 members of the CAHAMA sub-group on WADA finance.

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 UK Anti-Doping.

He has more than thirty 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 was appointed as Director of Communications of UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) in February 2017 and took up the role of Director of Strategy and Education after UKAD's restructure in July 2018. Emily is responsible for overseeing international relations, media relations, UKAD's education programme, digital and internal communications as well as events. 

Prior to joining UKAD, Emily was Deputy Chief Executive of a health charity for five years. Before that she worked in local government, the voluntary and private sector. She has particular expertise in campaigns and behaviour change. 

 Matthew Johnson
 Director of Legal 

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.

  Gareth Wellings
  Director of Finance

Gareth was appointed as Director of Finance in July 2018, with responsibility for finance, quality management, and overseeing UKAD’s commercial opportunities. Prior to this, Gareth was employed as Head of Finance at UKAD since 2015. Gareth has worked in a variety of senior level finance roles in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. As a keen runner and cyclist, he is passionate in helping to deliver the fight for clean sport.