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Activating the Nation

Activating the Nation

Activating the Nation will explore ways to get the inactive more active by addressing the challenges, potential solutions and opportunities for collaboration.

Exploring how to boost the nationwide movement to get people active, this theatre will explore topics from active aging, kids activity, how inequality is limiting movement and, most importantly, how we can support the wellbeing of the nation and support the healthcare system.

Wednesday 14th June 2023

Time Session title
10:05
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10:45

Longevity, preventative health and the silver economy

Speaker

Niri Patel

Managing Director

Fit20

Fit20

Speaker

Edwina Brocklesby

Director

Silverfit

Dr Edwina (aka Eddie) Brocklesby is the CE/founder of Silverfit Charity and is the oldest British woman to have completed an Ironman triathlon at the age of 74. She has spent the last twenty years taking part in marathons, triathlons and Ironman races across the globe, has represented GB in many European and World triathlon and duathlon championships, cycled in a 4 women relay of over 3000 miles across America and completed five further Ironman triathlonsEdwina founded Silverfit in 2013, a charity devoted to increasing physical activity and social inclusion for older people – having fun. It has gone from strength to strength and is now a success in 17 venues across 9 London boroughs, with over 500 attending sessions every week, and a high retention rate she puts down to the socialising elementIn April 2018 Brocklesby became a published author with the release of her autobiography, Irongran. Leading to a wide range of coverage on TV, Radio, and in national and local newspapers and multiple magazinesBorn in 1943 Edwina was a social worker for 50 years, educated at the University of Nottingham with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and then the University of Leicester with a PhD relating to Adoption and Contact.in 2009. Edwina is a mother of three and grandmother of four and in the recent New Year’s Honours list she received the British Empire Medal for services to the Health and Wellbeing of older people.

Silverfit

Speaker

Steve Powell

Director of Training & Education

Power Plate

A former professional footballer, Steve has over 20 years’ experience in sport and as a leader in global fitness coaching, 121 training, management, leadership and education. A movement and performance specialist, UEFA Licensed Football Coach and international speaker and educator Steve has worked extensively with whole body vibration training and therapy for over a decade, delivering high performance education to elite teams and organisations all over the world.

Power Plate

Speaker

Lou Atkinson

Research Lead

EXI

EXI

Speaker

Muir Gray

Director

The Optimal Ageing Programme

The Optimal Ageing Programme

11:00
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11:40

Breaking the Mould: Innovative approaches to engaging young people in physical activity...

Speaker

Chris Sharman

Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer

Topodium Group

Chris has been working in the leisure industry since 1995 and his experience to-date has seen him progress from delivering parties and holiday camps at his local sports centre to high profile national roles for both public and private leisure operators.

Children’s activities, sport (particularly football) and fitness have always been at the core of Chris’ work and since his move from General Management in 2004 he has been responsible for developing innovative products and cutting edge brands for various high profile national and international organisations; such as Disney, Virgin Active, Thomas Cook, Challenger Sports, David Lloyd and global children's TV show LazyTown.

Chris has a flair for creating financially profitable products that truly engage children of all ages, increasing participation whilst at the same time re-energising staff and coaches set the task of bringing his products to life and using them to drive successful businesses.

Chris co-founded Topodium Group in 2020 with a single mission; to transform the sports, health and wellbeing industries. By leveraging a powerful set of collaborative solutions and industry expertise, from sports marketing and technology, to youth consultancy and business growth, Topodium Group are able to effectively and efficiently address change, achieving better outcomes and inspiring new possibilities for partners across the globe. 2022 has seen Topodium Group launch Kidztivity, an innovative new brand delivering a series of off-the-shelf solutions for the children's activities sector.

Topodium Group

Speaker

Vicky Fitzgerald

Health Improvement Lead

Nuffield

Vicky has working in the fitness industry for almost 18 years, working her way from front of house to her current role as Health Improvement Lead with the UK’s largest health and wellbeing Charity, Nuffield Health. Before moving to her current role, she spent 14 years as general manager of some of the largest fitness centres in Greater Manchester, and has overseen the roll-out of national youth fitness programmes. In her current role Vicky is focused on the Charity’s community based health interventions that reduce health inequalities and address unmet health needs in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

Nuffield

Speaker

Rob Christie

Airquee

Airquee

Speaker

Charlotte Owen

Head of Product and Training

Kidztivity

Children’s sport and activities expert, Charlotte has conceptualised, developed, and more importantly launched a series of innovative products engaging children in physical activity. Charlotte balances creativity, structure and process to projects having spend many years working across the USA and the UK.

Kidztivity

11:55
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12:35

What part does digital play in the activation plans to make activity more accessible and appeal to excluded groups?

Speaker

Andy Farr

Strategic Director

Parkwood Leisure

Andy is widely recognised as one of the most innovative and forward-thinking leaders in the sector. In his role as Strategic Director, Andy is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of the company, including seeking new business opportunities, driving innovation, improving third party partnerships and overseeing Parkwood's marketing and business development departments.

He joined Parkwood Leisure in September 2022 from British Cycling where he spent 3 1⁄2 years overseeing the development of their new operating model and business plan. He also co-designed and implemented their Places to Ride investment programme.

Andy has worked in the industry for more than 20 years and has worked with national and international clients including Sport England, UK Sport, SportScotland, Sport Wales, Singapore Government, World Bank and a number of high profile NGBs and local authorities.

Parkwood Leisure

Speaker

Charlie Merrett-Clarke

Chief Operating Officer

Playfinder

Charlie is a Beagle dog-dad, Wimbledon Warrior (seasonal tennis player), and Macaroni Cheese enthusiast, enjoying his time as a Director at Playfinder, powering Bookteq.

His work sits at the intersection between digital and data, and their applications across sport, activity, and leisure. He has experience both publishing and consuming open data, providing the tools for operators and providers to open their data, providing solutions to NGBs and APs to showcase open data to get more people active, and now involved in Playfinder as a marketplace (data user) and Bookteq as a booking system (data publisher).

He has been involved in OpenActive (OA) since before its formal inception, championing the initiative until and since its being funded by Sport England and stewarded by the ODI and now invited to sit on the first OA Steering Committee.

Playfinder

Speaker

Barry Lloyd

Programme Manager

British Paralympic Association

Barry joined the British Paralympic Association in July 2021, just ahead of the Tokyo Games. He worked at Rethink Mental Illness before that as the Physical Activity Lead on a Sport England-funded programme, as part of The Richmond Group’s We Are Undefeatable campaign. He also owns a small sports coaching business based in Mid Wales.

Heading up the Parasport programme has meant immersing himself in open data. The focus is on growing the Parasport platform to ensure more disabled people across the UK have the information they need to become more active. A key part of that will be supporting organisations and improving the quality and accessibility of information provided through open data.

Outside of work, Barry recently became involved as a trustee for a small local learning disability charity. He enjoys getting both the pedal and motor bike out on the road, walking his dog AJ and following everything Wales football and rugby related as well as anything else sporting that happens to be on the TV, particularly Manchester United!

British Paralympic Association

Speaker

Adam Freeman-Pask

Head of Digital Innovation

Sport England

Adam is part of Sport England’s Innovation and Digital team, which focuses on supporting our sector with applying innovation and digital to develop solutions that help people who are least active.

His role advocates for the importance of innovation and digital skills across the sector via initiatives that help organisations understand their maturity levels, as well as develop specific skills such as digital service design and digital marketing, to help reach underserved audiences. These skills are supported by the adoption and development of the open data standards like OpenActive, which is maintained by the Open Data Institute.

Before working at Sport England, Adam was a management consultant at PA Consulting, working on digital transforming public services at organisations like, Highways England, Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency, local authorities, and national charities.

Adam also has a competitive background in sport, being part of the Great Britain Rowing Team from 2008 to 2015. He has won medals at World and European Championships, and all three World Cup regattas in different disciplines before obtaining selection for Team GB at the London 2012 Games.

Sport England

Speaker

Kelly Gordon

Director of Development and Executive Lead for NETBALLHer

England Netball

Kelly Gordon is an experienced sports development professional. She has
worked for a range of organisations at a strategic level across her career, including
Sport England, England Netball and PwC.
Kelly is Director of Development and Executive Lead for NETBALLHer at England
Netball. Kelly led the development of England Netball's 10year Adventure Strategy
and is responsible for the Game for Life participation strategy. She is leading the
implementation of NETBALLHer - an initiative that is driving systemic change in the
understanding of women's health across the sport and beyond.
Kelly is also Director of KGSport consultancy services. Established in 2013, KGSport
specialises in taking a purpose driven approach to driving growth in participation
across the sport and physical activity sector with a specific focus on female
engagement. Clients include Sport England, PwC, Forestry England, British
Canoeing, England Athletics, the FA, British Triathlon, RFL and PwC.

Kelly is an age group triathlete and mum to Benjamin - a karting and rugby obsessed 12year old.

England Netball

12:50
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13:30

Employer Led Skills – ‘A new way of working, the art of the possible

Speaker

Clare Dunn

Head of Partnerships

CIMSPA

Clare, an experienced senior executive in the sport and physical activity field, currently serves as the Head of Local Delivery at the industry's only chartered institute. With 15+ years of expertise, including her previous role as Customer Engagement Manager for RLSS UK, Clare leads a team of seventeen professionals. Clare’s focus is to develop and implement a national strategy that makes a meaningful impact at a hyper-local level. Engaging with over 20,000 members and 500 partners, including influential leisure operators and governing bodies, Clare's work supports and empowers the sector's employees and volunteers, contributing to CIMSPA's vision of a respected and regulated industry.

CIMSPA

Speaker

Natasha Eason

Head of Education

CIMSPA

Natasha, an experienced professional in the field of Further Education, holds the position of Head of Education at CIMSPA. With a decade of hands-on experience, she has developed an extensive knowledge of qualification design, development, and assessment. Natasha is passionate about cultivating the growth of the next generation of learners through fit for purpose high-quality teaching, learning, and assessment methods. She is dedicated to driving the sector forward by implementing employer-led professional standards that will contribute to its advancement.

CIMSPA

Speaker

Tara Dillon

CEO

CIMSPA

As CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Tara Dillon leads the institute's headline work in professionalising UK sport and leisure and transforming the workforce development opportunities of those who work in the sector. Tara was appointed as CEO in January 2015, before which she was interim chief operating officer whilst on secondment from IQL UK. Previously, Tara has held a variety of senior management roles within the leisure sector, combining 12 years working in local authorities and 9 years in the private sector, culminating in a customer-focused commercial role as executive director of IQL UK.

CIMSPA

Speaker

Matt O’Dowd

Loughborough College

Matt has worked at Loughborough College for more than 20 years. During this time he has helped develop a range of programmes specific for partner and employer needs in the sport and physical activity sector, having also led the College’s Skills Development Fund and Local Skills Improvement Plan projects in the last 18 months.

Matt specialises in elite sport and currently works with 16 NGB’s on performance pathway programmes, and 100 employer partners, helping the College to be a national lead in elite sport education and dual career programmes.

Loughborough College

Speaker

Jack Garner

Contract Manager

Serco

Contract Manager with Serco Leisure, managing the two leisure contracts in Nottinghamshire (Mansfield Leisure Contract and The National Water Sports Centre). Jack is also is a board member on the Mansfield Health Partnership Board, part of the UK Sport Elite Training Centre Strategic Group and the Chair of the CIMSPA Skills Accountability Board in Nottinghamshire.

Serco

13:45
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14:35

Activating New Demographics and Supporting HealthSeekers

Speaker

Guy Griffiths

Fitness Industry Retention Consultant

GG Fit

A leading authority on member retention, Guy is on a mission to help more people to be healthier and happier by spreading the word on member-retention initiatives that work.

Since founding GGFit in 2008, Guy has worked with independent clubs, national chains, and low-cost operators. Projects range from data analysis to building retention policies and processes, running coaching workshops and sending member communications. Mystery joining, recruitment, customer feedback and e-learning all complement the core offering.

Guy’s systems background means he can help people understand complex processes and programmes. He also knows what makes people tick, having trained, and practiced as a successful life coach.

GG Fit

Speaker

Lee Gaskin

National Fitness Manager

1Life

Lee is the Head of Fitness for 1Life, responsible for all aspects of the company’s fitness product and member retention, new member onboarding, gym equipment, personal training and group exercise. A BSc in Sports Science & Management has been followed by over 20 years in the Health and Fitness industry. Having performed various roles within the public, private and leisure trust sectors, Lee has developed a well rounded perspective of the industry.

Lee developed a passion for sport and physical fitness working on the gym floor early in his career and has maintained this passion in subsequent roles. After General Manager roles for DW Fitness First in the private sector, the more recent part of his career has been spent in local authority leisure provision as a Contract Manager. Prior to his current role at 1Life Lee was instrumental in setting up and running a brand new LATC, LeisureSK, which operates the four leisure centres within South Kesteven District Council.

1Life

Speaker

Alexa Passingham

Wellbeing Performance Manager

Wellonomics

Alexa is the Wellbeing Performance Manager for Wellonomics, a company that is driving wellbeing for every body.

Alexa’s background is elite sport and exercise science. Following 10 years of academy football including 2 years at the Arsenal Ladies Academy Alexa moved to America and spent 4 years as a NCAA division 1 student athlete.

Alexa is the Wellbeing Performance Manager for Wellonomics, a company that is driving wellbeing for every body.

Alexa’s background is elite sport and exercise science. Following 10 years of academy football including 2 years at the Arsenal Ladies Academy Alexa moved to America and spent 4 years as a NCAA division 1 student athlete.

Alexa graduated with an honours degree in Exercise Science from East Tennessee State University, a college that is widely known as US olympic training site and a centre of excellence for sports science and coach education.

Following graduation Alexa qualified as a personal trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist and joined the Training Shed team. Alexa has progressed from intern to coach to lead coach in her 7 years with the Training Shed as well as playing a key roles in driving the coach education and leading the Wellbeing Score™ conversation.

Now as the Training Shed brand merges with Wellonomics, Alexa moves into the role of Wellbeing Performance Manager to continue the wellbeing conversation, build the community of wellbeing experts and support clients in implementing data driven wellbeing solutions.

Wellonomics

Speaker

Gary Sheppard

General Manager

Parkwood

Gary Sheppard has always held a passion for physical activity since he can remember. He’s had eighteen years of experience in the leisure industry primarily focused in the private sector across a range of roles, fifteen of those years have been spent in management.

His current remit sees him manage a flagship site in the Parkwood Leisure estate. Under his leadership, this site has secured national awards for best in class and local awards for its charitable contributions. It stands out in the Parkwood group for its credible attrition/ retention record and its unsurpassed personal training business.

Gary also holds a wealth of academic qualifications, some highlights include a degree in Leisure Management, a foundation degree in Operations Management, Leadership certification, Prince 2 in Project Management, and personal trainer certification.

Parkwood

14:45
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15:30

Why different community groups won't swim & making water based activities more accessible

Speaker

Maggy Blagrone

Founder

Open Minds Active

Open Minds Active

Speaker

Ed Accura

Film Maker

BSA

BSA

Speaker

Matthew Maguire

Head of Programmes

Level Water

Matthew Maguire is Head of Programmes at Level Water, a charity that works to instil a lifelong love of water in young disabled people. His role involves working with stakeholders across the swimming sector to increase the quality and number of accessible opportunities for young people to learn to swim. He is also currently an FA Coach Mentor, working with disabled football coaches to improve grassroots coaching opportunities. Prior to this role, Matthew was National Sports Manager at Mencap, working with National Governing Bodies to develop programmes for people with a learning disability. He has also been employed in community development roles for Premiership Rugby and Fulham FC Foundation, working as a programme manager across a number of priorities and as a disability football coach.

Level Water

16:45
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17:30

Why men matter for women’s sport and fitness

Speaker

Hitesh Patel

Executive Director

Sport for Development Coalition

Sport for Development Coalition

Speaker

Sarah Bellew

Head of Communications and Engagement

Women in Sport

Women in Sport

Thursday 15th June 2023

Time Session title
10:05
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10:45

Reforming pilates: professional standards, determining the types and applications of pilates and the story of how it transcends age groups and communities.

Speaker

Lesley McPherson

Director

Pilates Teacher Association

Lesley is a co-founder of Pilates Teacher Association and has over 34 years’ experience in the UK fitness industry with the last 22 years specialising in the Pilates method of exercise. She is currently a final year student of Psychology with Sport at University of Strathclyde and an applicant for Masters’ of Research. As a co-author on an international research-based peer-reviewed published paper on Pilates teaching practice, Lesley is committed to creating clarity on the variety of teaching practices carrying the name Pilates, to improve research methodology and provide fully informed choices for anyone buying Pilates named products and services. Lesley teaches in the community and at a comprehensive Classical Pilates studio and specifically enjoys working with individuals returning to or starting exercise and those who express displeasure in movement.

Pilates Teacher Association

Speaker

Moira Lewitt

Chair

Pilates Teacher Association

Moira is a professor at the University of West of Scotland. As a healthcare researcher, and as Chair of Pilates Teacher Association, Moira is working closely with the sector. She has contributed significantly towards the development of a professional framework for comprehensive Pilates Teachers to provide clarity to the UK Fitness Industry on the variety of teaching practices named "pilates".

Pilates Teacher Association

Speaker

Collin Huffen

Head of Regulation and Standards

CIMSPA

CIMSPA

11:00
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11:30

Activating Spaces for Girls

Speaker

Pippa Nicholas

Impact and Learning Manager

London Sports

Pippa works in impact and learning for London Sport, using quantitative and qualitative analysis to help with monitoring, evaluation and strategic planning. Pippa’s focus is also to work collaboratively on impact-focused projects within the sector, such as community funds and coalitions. A passion project that is also her day-job, to ensure Londoners lead ‘healthier, happier and longer lives’. Before joining London Sport in 2022, Pippa worked in advertising for six years at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, working in various roles across the Membership, Public Affairs and Professional Development teams. As well as trying to get Londoners to be active, Pippa can be found on the hockey pitch, with a watering can in hand or cheering on Peterborough United FC.

London Sports

Speaker

Janna Scott

Children & Young People’s Manager

London Sport

Janna Scott has been with London Sport for 2 years and is the current Children & Young People’s Manager. Her career started at Scope, a National Disability charity, which has provided her with an in-depth understanding of inclusion. Janna then spent 7 years working with Swim England, the national governing body for aquatics, in a variety of roles. Her work there included the development of regional aquatic strategies, club development, talent pathways and led a team to deliver a Free Swimming initiative across London. She then took a career break to start a family but returned to work in 2021 as a Relationship Manger at London Sport and transitioned to her current role in January 2023.

Janna remains passionate about inclusion and aquatics. To maintain fitness, she enjoys taking part in mass participation running events in the capitol. The Space for Girls project is particularly important to Janna as she has a teenage daughter, so can relate to many of the issues the project has highlighted and uncovered.

London Sport

11:45
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12:30

Beyond the Fit Few: Fitness Marketing for a Wider Population

Speaker

Rob Simpson

Director

Fit Club Agency

Fit Club Agency

12:40
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13:10

Get Out Get Active: the GOGA approach supporting healthier, happier and active lives

Speaker

Helen Derby

GOGA Programme Manager

Activity Alliance

Helen works within the programmes team at Activity Alliance, managing the Get Out Get Active programme. GOGA is now in its 7th year and runs across the UK supporting disabled and non-disabled people to enjoy being active together in fun and inclusive activities. Helen has worked in disability sport for over 16 years across both health and education engaging disabled people in physical activity and sport.

Activity Alliance

Speaker

Claudia Russell

Project Lead/Inclusion and Physical Activity Officer – Nottingham City Council

Get Out Get Active

Claudia works within the Sport & Physical Activity team in Nottingham City Council’s Sport & Leisure Service. As well as operating six leisure centres the team also facilitate a number of development projects, including the Get Out Get Active Project which has been running in Nottingham since 2016. Claudia has led on the project since 2017 and has worked with a range of partners from Walking Netball to Inclusive Swimming to get more people more active and the development of the Nottingham Deliverer’s Network, which offers support to providers of physical activity across the city.

Get Out Get Active

Speaker

Gavin McLaughlin

Lead - Liverpool

GOGA

GOGA

13:20
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14:00

Investment for access - how investment in infrastructure is helping more people access sport - and how do we maintain this?

Speaker

Jamie Foale

CEO

Playfinder

Playfinder

Speaker

Jason Michalski

Senior Consultant

Upshot

Upshot

Speaker

Simon Hughes

National Facilities Operations Manager

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Speaker

Abigail Mesnard

Head of Marketing

Playfinder, powering Bookteq

Playfinder, powering Bookteq

Speaker

Jon Hymus

Commercial Director

Innerva

Innerva

14:20
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14:45

How old is old anyway? Why we need to reframe working with older adults.

Speaker

Helen Tite

Managing Director

iCareiMove

iCareiMove

15:00
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15:40

Uniting for well-being: Harnessing the synergy of sport, exercise and health

Speaker

Dimple Devadas

GP

British Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Dr Dimple Devadas is a London based GP, Lifestyle Medicine Physician and Psychological Health coach.

Dimple is passionate about sport and volunteering and was selected to be part of the London 2012 Olympic, Paralympic Games medical team and London 2012 Gamesmaker. She is a former tennis line judge and is currently undertaking further training in physical activity with a leading U.K. training academy.

Her work and projects are inspired by and explores Health in a broader, integrated and holistic context to include the person within their family, social & work networks, technology and community. An award winning creative, she incorporates multimedia arts with behaviour change coaching and reflective creative enquiry with health education.

Dimple is also a NHS Social Prescribing Champion - NHS England and Improvement & National Academy for Social Prescribing 2022-2023

British Society of Lifestyle Medicine

Speaker

Lou Atkinson

Research Lead

EXI

EXI

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