Having been a Sported Mentor for the past two years and gained wide ranging experience across the business, sport and charity sectors, Campbell has witnessed at first hand the power of sport to change the lives of young people.
In 1999 Campbell was given the opportunity of turning his interest and participation in motorsport into a career move when World Rally Champion, Colin McRae MBE offered him the opportunity to join the team as logistics coordinator and business development manager. This involved the coordination of senior and junior competition programmes and establishing and developing commercial business interests around the world. An additional dimension of the role was deciding the charitable causes and events that Colin would support as a role model for young people.
In 2007, Campbell was asked by the McRae family to set up a charitable foundation to raise funds for causes related to ‘children’s health and education’. It was during this period that Campbell became fully aware of the impact that sport could have in a wider social context.
In the intervening period Campbell has fulfilled two further ambitions by becoming team manager for BMW Mini in the World Rally Championship and also by taking up the once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in a ‘home games’, when he fulfilled the role of Batonbearer Manager on the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
The latter role in particular reinforced to Campbell the power and reach of sport. It gave him the privilege and opportunity of meeting a wide range of people from all walks of life who had selflessly dedicated themselves to their local communities over many years for the benefit of others.
Contact Campbell on C.Roy@sported.org.uk