Margaret Dabbs is the inspiration, founder and CEO of Margaret Dabbs London the No1 brand for products and treatments for hands, feet and legs. In the course of building this business to be the worldwide brand it is, Margaret always felt that she wanted to give something back to the community and decided during the lockdown period to start a charity which could deliver the charitable goals which she set. She formed Sole Potential with the aim of raising sufficient funds to be able to provide sporting footwear to under privileged children in the UK who otherwise would not be able to afford to buy the footwear necessary to enjoy the sport which other more fortunate children take for granted. Margaret’s aim is, by using the commercial skills which has allowed her to create such a successful business, to build a nationally recognised charity which would deliver the footwear which could do so much to improve the sense of self-worth of underprivileged children
Ian Richardson is a qualified corporate lawyer having been a partner at Eversheds for 11 years before entering the world of business. Ian is keen to bring his business and legal skills to bear to such an important charity as Sole Potential and he believes passionately in the power of the charity to help and assist in the improvement in the self-worth of underprivileged children in the UK. He has a passion for all sports, played rugby competitively, has completed a number of marathons and is particularly keen on charities which involve the improvement of the lives of children. Ian’s commitment to Sole Potential combines his love of sport with the goal of helping children who are suffering the effects of poverty.
Gary is a Chartered Accountant who has been heavily involved in sport at every level. He is passionate about sport and the positive effects it can have on physical and mental wellbeing, having played football competitively himself for over 40 years. These days Gary spends a lot of his spare time as chairman of his local non-league football team Heybridge Swifts, who compete in the Isthmian League and have 20 feeder teams of various ages from 7 years old upwards. Gary is also a trustee of his former school’s alumni and that school is by far the best in its borough across all sports. Gary sees a strong link between academic and sporting achievement and can see that many young people there aspire to be the best they can be in both areas, hopefully taking those competitive instincts forged on the sports and games fields that will promote positive habits in adult life.
Mark has a background in physiotherapy and personal training and having grown up playing a large number of different sports, he knows first-hand the positive impact sport can have on physical and mental health. This has given him a lifelong passion for ensuring that all children get the opportunity he had, to participate in sport no matter what restrictions their financial situation might create. His view is that the physical and mental well-being which participating in sport brings means that we must do all we can to ensure that children are given the very best opportunity of being involved in sport. This is the driving force behind his involvement in Sole Potential.