- From Lincolnshire
- Proposed by Matthew Comins, seconded by Martin William Appleton
- Business owner
- BASC member for ten years
I am David Carter, married, with two children and two dogs. I have worked as a commercial and managing director in several industries and; although I have always been involved in sport, I did not come to shooting until ten years ago when the opportunity to take part presented itself. My wife and I have since become involved in shooting and other countryside activities.
Moving to the sports industry, I obtained my Certificate in Education and also an honours degree in Education and Training, which enabled me to use these skills in my roles to promote sport and its opportunities to partners and participants. I have worked with the third sector sports partnerships in various roles, culminating in head of national governing bodies with Lincolnshire sports partnership responsible for developing and supporting sports development.
It was through my role in the sports partnership that I first became involved with shooting and established countryside sports days to attract non-shooters in to the sport. This brought together BASC, CPSA, NSRA, Archery GB and the Salmon and Trout Association with 16 events in the county over eight years. Places on the courses were rapidly filled and although initially I started the events as Young Shots days they soon developed into family and adult days.
As a volunteer trustee I have worked for a district council, which saw the transfer of assets into a community leisure trust, expanding its portfolio and reaching more participants. I also spent two four-year terms as trustee of a university Students’ Union, managing transformation which took the university into the top 50 Students’ Unions in the country.
On leaving the partnership I established my own company, Sport and Business Development. For one client I set up and established four new shooting clubs in Lincolnshire and two in other areas of the country. I also successfully piloted school shooting sessions in eight schools, as well as developing effective promotion of shooting by attending countryside fairs and taking shooting out into local pubs and clubs (Bell Target), resulting in more participants at clubs and events.
This has raised the profile of shooting outside the traditional shooting community and increased the number of people taking part, both as individuals and family groups, developed and delivered a coaching strategy for the country, which has increased the number of clubs who now have qualified instructors, improving the confidence and ability of their members.
I would bring to BASC Council a wide commercial experience, including expertise of working with multi-department organisations, volunteer and educational sectors. If shooting is to continue and develop we need to bring all sections of the shooting and countryside activities together to promote our sport. We need to use innovative approaches to reach and recruit from the wider non-shooting audience, galvanising support from the public, councillors and MPs at a local and regional level through our local clubs and grounds.