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We owe our origins to a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) youth initiative, which ran several highly successful pilot sessions during the Spring of 2010.


Following the early success of the pilot schemes we commenced full operations in February 2011, still partly funded at this time by HFRS, and now also funded by a number Councils, via their small local community grant schemes.


We formally registered as a Charity in April 2015 and then in June 2016, we received a Queens Award for Voluntary Service (the MBE for voluntary sector organisations).


Between 2017 and 2023 we received funding from the National Lottery and have worked with a number of organisations, including Herts Sports Partnership.


As a registered charity we are governed by a Board of Trustees, two of whom operate in executive management roles, as our Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.


We continue to operate across much of Hertfordshire as well as running a single session in the London area at Harrow.





Trustees with Specific Roles:


Bob Williams

Trustee/Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Bob is the founder of Box Cleva and has been Chairman since its inception.  He has been involved in amateur boxing since he was 13 years old, has competed a National Championship and was a professional boxer between 1986 and 1994.


After retiring from active boxing, he became an Inspector for the BBBoC for 10 years before becoming a Referee and is currently an A Star International Referee and Judge licensed by the BBBoC, EBU, IBF, WBA & WBO.





Tony Newman

Trustee/Secretary/Treasurer & Chief Operating Officer


Tony joined the Box Cleva board in March 2013 and is a professionally accredited Governance Practitioner, Paralegal and Certified Risk Manager.


He has an extensive commercial senior management team and business ownership background, currently running his own risk management and governance consultancy firm.




Mark Bennett

Trustee & Box Cleva Child Protection Officer


Mark joined the Box Cleva board in 2015 and is an experienced youth worker and expert in child protection issues.


Ian Dunton



Ian joined the Box Cleva board in 2017 and is an experienced IT Infrastructure specialist.  He deals with IT issues at Box Cleva and is also the lead on developing the educational elements of our programme.


Valerie Kane



Valerie joined the Box Cleva board in 2015.  She has special responsibility for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion matters.

Trustees Without Specific Roles


Alan Shew



Dan Frost


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