United Kingdom - June 2024

United Kingdom - June 2024

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Saudi Arabia - November 2024

Saudi Arabia - November 2024

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India - February 2025

India - February 2025

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What's next for funding infrastructure in the public sector? The legacy of levelling up…

Wednesday 14th June 14:30 - 15:15

Thought Leaders Conference

Against a backdrop of challenges facing the public sector, how can the sector champion and drive forward the agenda for transformation? Our expert panel will discuss the opportunities for continued investment in public sector facilities, looking back on what was happening before the pandemic, how operators have delivered construction projects during the last two years, and what is in store for the future.


Tara Dillon



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.

James Foley

Commercial Director

Alliance Leisure

James has over 20 years of management experience in the leisure industry and has directly led the project management and launch of over £70 million new leisure projects.Having worked in both the Local Authority and Leisure Trust sectors, James also has considerable commercial experience as Director for the launch of a new sports stadium, and has successfully consulted for a variety of local authorities and leisure trusts including the launch planning for an Olympic legacy facility.James is focused, determined and has a strong drive for perfection in helping to transform underperforming sites into thriving new leisure centres, and bringing better quality leisure facilities to local communities to help improve the health of the nation.James admits the need to practice what he “used to” starting out as a Community Sports Development manager but a young family at least helps to keep his fun activity levels high!

Steve Welch

Strategic Lead for Facilities and Operations

Sport England

Marianne Boyle

Director of Membership and Sector Development


Rachel Fowler

Managing Director

Strategic Leisure

Strategic Leisure Limited has been providing independent specialist consultancy advice and support to the physical activity, sport and leisure sector since 1988.

Rachel has 36+ years of experience and l is one of the UK’s most experienced leisure consultants, specialising in strategic planning, feasibility, funding bids, procurements and alternative delivery models, business planning and operational reviews.

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