McClements leaves legacy as British Handball seek new board member

Post published April 19, 2021 (Updated April 20, 2021)

Following its successful bid for support from the UK Sport ‘National Squads Support Fund’ announced last month, the British Handball Association (BHA) is seeking a new Non-Executive Independent Director with responsibility for Finance and Corporate Governance after incumbent Lucy McClements announced she will step down this June, at the end of her current four-year term of office.

A qualified accountant who started her career at the Bank of England, McClements took her current role with British Handball in the summer of 2017 bringing with her almost 20 years of experience in financial services regulation.

McClements has been an inspirational and extremely valuable board member for British Handball during her four years (2017-21) bringing a wealth of experience which included advising corporations on enhancing Board effectiveness, risk management and regulatory effectiveness.

A former Head of Department at the Financial Conduct Authority and Financial Services Authority previously to her work with British Handball, she had advised a number of Boards, including FTSE 100 companies such as Lloyds of London, ICAP, and 3i Group.

But her association with British Handball goes back more than 10 years with the former Ulster and Ireland hockey international, a volunteer remedial massage therapist for the British Handball teams prior to, and during, the London 2012 Olympic Games.

BHA Independent Directors can serve two four-year terms of office but the increasing daily workload of running the BHA, combined with personal commitments, has led McClements to decide not to run for a second term.

Paul Bray, BHA Chair said:

“Lucy has been a vital member of the Board and one of the most engaged. Her contribution has been enormous, from reorganising our financial processes, to her work on updating our governance structures and most recently her role on the Board’s UK Sport funding bid team which was successful.

“Personally, I am incredibly sad to see Lucy step down but completely understand her decision. Everyone at British Handball owes her a great debt.”

Lucy McClements BHA Independent Director (Finance & Corporate Governance) said:

“It has been an honour to serve on the BHA Board for nearly four years. Now that we have secured funding from the UK Sport ‘National Squads Support Fund’ my successor has a wonderful opportunity to continue strengthening the BHA’s governance and financial stewardship.

“I’d like to wish the Board and the British Handball community all the best for the future”.

The BHA is welcoming applications for the role of Non-Executive Independent Director with responsibility for Finance and Corporate Governance until 30 April 2021, with McClements continuing in her role during the recruitment and handover process for her successor. Applications should be sent to