‘Honoured’ Jennifer joins GB Taekwondo’s Board as Finance Director
12th November 2020
Jennifer Ho has been appointed GB Taekwondo’s inaugural Director of Finance and Governance.
She joined the Manchester-based operation nine years ago and has developed and strengthened the financial systems of the inhouse finance department among stakeholders.
Indeed, GB Taekwondo’s success on the mat including two Olympic gold medals for Jade Jones, three world titles for Bianca Walkden and a brace of Olympic medals for Lutalo Muhammad, has been matched by financial growth.
From a modest annual turnover of £1.4 million in 2011 Jennifer has helped oversee an increase to more than £3.1 million in 2020.
“I am really appreciative of the recognition and I’m looking forward to the new role,” said Jennifer.
“It is an honour to become the first Director of Finance. If you had asked me 10 years ago, I would never have thought I would be in this position.
“What we, as GB Taekwondo, have accomplished over the years is massive with the growth in staff, the growth in funding and what the athletes have achieved with their performances.
“There has been phenomenal success across the organisation and I am looking forward to this opportunity and continuing this success.”
Jennifer graduated with a BA Business & Economics degree from John Moores University in Liverpool before pursuing a career in accountancy.
She has been an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 2010.
In 2019, Jennifer completed a masters in Strategic Business Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, achieving a distinction with her dissertation on ethical decision-making in the workplace.
She has accumulated extensive finance work experience across a range of sectors including education, property and construction, charity and sport.
Outside of work, Jennifer volunteers at a local community group supporting ‘The Destitution Project’ which helps asylum seekers and refugees friendship, food and practical help.
Julia Newton, GB Taekwondo’s Chair, said of the appointment: “Jennifer’s diligence and financial judgement is well recognised in the sector and the Board is delighted she will be joining us.
“Having additional financial oversight at Board level helps us continue to pursue excellence in all that we do – both on and off the mat.”