Brian Allen (Chairman)
Brian Allen was born in Bristol, a West Country boy whose main sports were Swimming, Rugby and Canoeing, He moved to Guernsey in 1975 where he taught at Elizabeth College for 37 years. Brian played Rugby for Guernsey and became a member of the GRC committee. While at the College he coached Rugby and Swimming. He also became involved in English Schools Swimming and Island Swimming.
At the moment he is completing another term as President of the Guernsey Amateur Swimming Association. Brian, through swimming, has attended all Island Games since the Guernsey Games in 2003.
He joined the GIGA committee as Chairman in 2012.
Jon Marley (Games Director)
Jon first competed in Volleyball at the 1991 Island Games in Aland, the games bug bit hard, by the 2005 games in Shetlands his body was aching and starting to give out on him so he became player/coach which continued into the Rhodes 2007 games by which time he was ruined!!
Following the Guernsey games of 2003 he was Volleyball’s representative on the GIGA Sports Council and after the Executive was restructured in 2007 was asked if he wished to be part of the management team, thinking he would be an ordinary member learning the ropes he jumped at the opportunity however, he learned it would be the position of Games Director (Team Manager) which filled him with trepidation. He took up the position thus completing a full circle with his first games as team manager in Aland 2009 and with the help and support of individual sports managers has loved every bit of the role ever since.
Jon is a self confessed sports addict who enjoys watching and supporting Team Guernsey in all sports, he said "I've got to know so many brilliant sports administrators, coaches and competitors over the years, they are an inspiration to all and it is an absolute pleasure representing them on the management board".
Kath Stuart (GIGA Secretary)
Kath Stuart moved to Guernsey as a child in 1968 and has been involved in island sport ever since. Best known as a badminton player, she has also represented Guernsey at hockey, swimming, netball and athletics.
Her association with the Nat West Island Games started in 1991 as a badminton player (winning several team medals and an individual silver at ladies doubles) and later as badminton team manager. Kath also served on the Island Games Badminton Technical Committee for many years.
She joined GIGA as Honorary Secretary in 2013.
Rick Denton (GIGA Treasurer)
Rick has been involved in the island games since 1999 when he represented the island tennis team in Gotland and has been a team player or manager since that time. He has been involved in island tennis since arriving on the island in 1997 as player, coach, referee and Chair of the Guernsey and Channel Islands Lawn tennis association. He became a board member of GIGA in 2015 and is our Honorary Treasurer.
Karen Archenoul (Travel Co-ordinator)
Karen Archenoul, more affectionately known as Bucky, is just a sporting chicken as far as the GIGA board is concerned, having only been involved since November 2015.
Her sporting career spans Island representation at Netball, Basketball and Softball, but she is more widely known for her role within the Volleyball community. Having played the sport since the age of 15, her Island career started shortly afterwards, with her first Island Games appearance coming in Gibraltar in 1995. She attended a total of 8 Island Games, retiring from Island representation as Island Captain after the hot Bermuda Games in 2013.
A former Secretary to the Guernsey Volleyball Association for 20+ years, fixtures secretary and Chair Person.
Isla Wright (Media Co-ordinator)
Isla is new to the GIGA board, having joined in November 2015. Isla works as a broadcast journalist for BBC Radio Guernsey and has attended four games reporting on Team Guernsey. Her love of the Games is what's lead her to the other side and getting involved in the organisational side of things. If you need some help for anything media related Isla's your girl.
Pat Ogier (Exis/IT Support)
Pat is in his fourth year as a GIGA Board member and provides IT and Exis support for the Committee. He is the President of the Guernsey Basketball Association (entering his 13th year!) and is also the Head Coach of the Guernsey Women's Basketball team. Pat has been involved in Basketball for over 25 years as a player, coach, referee, administrator and now President and has a passion for Guernsey sport in general. He took part in his first Island Games in 2001 in the Isle of Man where his team won a bronze medal and following successful games in 03, 07, 09 and 2011, he was nominated to join the GIGA board in 2013.