Development Manager

Mark Silva joined the BBSA as Bobsleigh Development Manager during the 2021/22 off season on a secondment from the Royal Air Force.

Mark heads up the pathway and development element of the British Bobsleigh programme, working closely with Olympic Team Leader, Bruce Tasker.

His focus is primarily on working with athletes aiming for the Milan Cortina Olympics in 2026, with an eye to bringing in new talent and developing those already in the GB system, but he also sits on the Bobsleigh Performance Management Group and contributes significantly to wider planning, preparation and policy.

Mark has served in the RAF for 23 years, having begun his career as an Aircraft Airframe Engineer in Manchester in 1998, and has held senior management roles for the past decade.

He has served numerous tours of duty in Afghanistan and during the second Gulf War and has also been part of peacekeeping operations with the United Nations.

Having tried bobsleigh, luge and skeleton as an athlete as early as 2006, Mark began coaching and managing the RAF Bobsleigh team in 2010, leading them to repeated success at the Interservice Championships over an extended period. 

He also has experience of international competition, having been part of the Jamaican support team at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.