Skip navigation


Board of Directors

Fred Sterry
01476 979587

Fred has been a member of British Powerlifting for 50 years and has been an International Referee for nearly 30yrs. Fred is also British Powerlifting 'Championships Secretary'.

Chief Executive Officer
Richard Parker 
01242 521524

Richard has been involved in powerlifting for many years and an IPF Category 1 Referee since 1985. He is currently also President of the Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation, Chairman of the IPF Ethics and Disciplinary Committee, Chairman of the English Powerlifting Association and Chairman of the SW Powerlifting Association.  He has been a competitive powerlifter and still trains five days a week.

Finance Director
Mike Edwards 
0121 4596623

Mike is a member of British Powerlifting and Competes mainly in the West Midlands Division, but also in Wales. Mike has been a Masters 4 Bench Presser since a replacement hip operation 4 years ago and works as a Chartered Accountant in Birmingham.

Athlete's Commission Chairman
Dean Bowring 

Dean has been Powerlifting for over 20 years and competed in his first International for GBR in 1994. He has lifted internationally ever since and won over 40 EPF and IPF medals including European Junior and Open Champion as well as World Open Champion. Dean has won over 20 British titles and holds the 'Masters 1 World Total Record' and numerous British and Commonwealth Records.

Dean is involved in running many Competitions at both Divisional and British Level and has coached lifters to become British, European and World Champions."

Director for England
Kevin Jane 
01327 312535

"I first started weight training with the Northampton Physical Culture Club as an 18year old in 1970, and first competed in powerlifting in 1974. Became a divisional referee in 1980 and progressed to IPF 1 ref in 1995.

I have to date won 26 British Masters titles 23 consecutively since 1994 which I think is probably a record. Also won 4 European, and two World Masters titles and set several masters world records.

I set up the FARM Powerlifting club in 1992 as a youth work project which moved to the current location of Moulton College in 2008. I have run the All England Championships since its inception in 2008 as well as several other Divisional and National competitions over the years.

I have been secretary for the East Midlands division since 2003 and a former director for BAWA and now Secretary for the EPA and Director for English Powerlifting under the BP.

I currently work part-time as a Director of Free2talk a family created not for profit company, where I tutor on Youth Work diploma courses, deliver parenting courses and work with perpetrators of domestic abuse."

Director for Scotland
Alex Mathieson 
01224 571131

Alex has been Director of Scotland since 2013 and has been involved in powerlifting for 30 years, originally as a lifter. I am now an IPF Category 1 Referee and attend numerous competitions annually in the UK and Worldwide.

Director for Northern Ireland
Ricky Mullan 

Ricky is the NI Director for British Powerlifting. and the co-founder and current CEO of the NIPF.

Ricky began his career at the Beechmount Open in 1993 and has since competed at the British Championships as a Junior, Senior and Master. Ricky holds NI, Irish, 4 Nations Powerlifting titles as well as the British 120+kg Deadlift Record. Ricky recently placed 2nd and 6th at the IPF Classic Masters Worlds. Ricky says "Strength sports have been my life and so I've also competed successfully in weightlifting, strongman and highland games".

Director for Wales (Interim)
Tanya Bull 
07799 823335

Tanya Bull is one of the interim co-directors of the Welsh Powerlifting Association. Tanya has been involved with British Powerlifting since 2012 and has represented both Wales and Great Britain on a number of occasions. As well as competing and running the WPA, she is also a national referee and a member of the disciplinary committee. Tanya is a full time trade union official by day which she finds useful for Powerlifting committee work.

Technical Officer
Doreen Dowsett

Doreen has been involved in Powerlifting for over 30yrs and has been an International referee for 27yrs becoming the first Female IPF Cat 1 Referee in the World.  Doreen has won numerous World and European Medals most notably becoming World Masters Champion in 1993 & 2004.

Disciplinary Committee Chairman
Ian Finch 

Ian has as served as the Chair of the Disciplinary Committee since the inception of the GBPF in 2008 and is a competitive Masters lifter and member of The Farm Powerlifting Club based at Moulton College, Northampton.  Ian is National standard referee that has been lifting for more than 20 years and has competed with the GBPF and before that BWLA.  Before taking up Powerlifting, Ian was a distance running coach at Northampton Phoenix AC and prior to that played competitive Rugby and Football.  Outside of Sport Ian has 4 daughters and numerous grandchildren (around 8), none of which have ever picked up a bar!

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that carries out independent WADA compliant drug testing. In 2016 we conducted 100 anti-doping tests, all at our own expense. GB lifters in World Championships are registered with the IPF for Out of Competition Testing (OCT).


Coaching Courses

Take our accredited training courses to become a British Powerlifting Coach.