ukactive is a not-for-profit trade body, accountable to its members and governed by a board of directors who are representative of the different areas of our membership.
Board directors are nominated and elected by ukactive members. They serve a three year term and are required to attend four general meetings a year and one AGM. The CEO, chairman, vice chairman and treasurer are appointed by the board members.
The executive staff team are responsible for the day-to-day running of ukactive, which is overseen by the chief executive officer (CEO).
David Stalker is the CEO of ukactive, Chairman of CIMSPA and a member of the board of directors on EHFA.
Dave's considerable experience across the physical activity sector is drawn from working in the UK and Europe for over 20 years. In that time he has worked at every tier of the corporate ladder from a Level One fitness instructor to CEO. He has held senior positions in companies such as Bladerunner, Leisure Connection and First Leisure.
Dave, who is married with two children, is an enthusiastic follower of most sports particularly of rugby, which he played for a number of years in Kenya, his country of birth.
Fred started his career as a P.E teacher, becoming Head of PE before moving into the health and fitness club industry. He worked for David Lloyd and was charged with overseeing the construction and managing of David Lloyd's second tennis and country club.
Fred raised funds to buy his own club in 1990, which gradually expanded and is now one of the leading chains in the industry. The company, LA fitness, listed on the stock exchange in 1996 and was subsequently privatised through a management buyout supported by a private equity firm.
In 2008 Fred realised a long held dream and started the charity TAG, which focuses on training 18-24 year olds who are 'not in education, employment or training' (NEETs) and helping them secure jobs in the health and fitness industry.
Chief Executive, North Lanarkshire Leisure
Blane has extensive experience in the sport, health and fitness industry - private and public sectors. He was appointed CEO of North Lanarkshire Leisure in 2006, one of the UK's largest Sports Trusts, which has since seen growth of over 100% in income and 60% in customer numbers. Blane represents Sporta Trusts on the ukactive board and is also UK President of the European Capital of Sport Association. Blane's experience is wide ranging, having held a number of positions in the sporting industry including: sports management and marketing, developing an online sports business, Sport, Health and Fitness both in the private sector.
St Helen's Council
Dave offers extensive management experience in the public and private sectors and is also a voluntary Director of an award-winning leisure trust. His career is underpinned by a strong commitment to providing high quality customer services in a continually improving environment, with proven public sector, strategic planning and interpersonal skills.
Managing Director, Creative Fitness Marketing (CFM) UK Ltd
CFM work with over 300 independent health clubs around the world. An independent operator himself, (Feelgood Fitness & Ladies only suite) Dave is respected for his direct and practical perspective and for creating the IOU (Independent Operators Unite).
Managing Director, Sport & Leisure Management (SLM)
After qualifying as a chartered accountant and a short career in practice David joined Sports and Leisure Management Ltd as Finance Director in 1992 and became MD in 2006. He has overseen substantial growth with the company now poised to extend its estate to over 80 leisure centres.
CEO, Active IQ
For 30 years, Debra has played an integral part in shaping the fitness industry driving "fit for purpose" education and qualifications for the sector. She is a board director of the Premier Global Group and has spent the past ten years successfully developing and implementing sector specific business expansion and improvement strategies.
Senior Partner, LFX
At the age of 24 Graeme held his first management position as a Club Manager at a new hotel in the West Midlands. He subsequently moved on to spend some time in the USA before returning to start my own personal training business in the early 1990's.
In 1993 Graeme moved to work for Serco and was part of the team that opened Grand Central Pools in Stockport. He then moved to work as Leisure Operations Manager for Wigan Council and also lectured for the Chartered Institute of Marketing on a part-time basis. After Wigan he worked for Total Fitness and was responsible for opening and managing six clubs prior to leaving to set up his own business in 2002. Focussing on marketing and management support 'Aim' was created and in the summer of 2007 he started an operator's business network, Leisure & Fitness Exchange -LFX.
Stockport Sports Trust
As a former PE teacher, Sports Development Officer, Exercise Rehabilitation Specialist, Group Fitness Director, General Manager and now Chief Executive in the Trust Sector, Malcolm has a broad understanding of the physical activity sector.
Martin has been CEO of LA Fitness since 2008. With previous retail success as CEO at Game Group, he has an outstanding track record in international markets and growth opportunities to advise the sector.
Neil is Head of Sport at Imperial College London and a 2011 Flame Award Winner (Educational Facility). He is a member of ENAS EC since 2005, and a president (2009-2011) and a committee member for BUCS. Neil previously worked as a Sports Development Officer and a Centre Manager for contractors and local authorities, and as a personal trainer.
Sue is founder and managing director of award-winning PR agency Promote which has specialised in providing communications support for the sports and fitness sector for 20 years.
A Sports Science and English graduate from Loughborough University, Sue's early roles included sales, marketing and sports sponsorship for Cadbury, Quaker Oats and Gatorade.
She is also a non-exec board director for a County Sport Partnership in London and a Trustee of the Women's Sport Trust.
Operations Director, GLL
30 years of managing and representing a ‘business with a conscience', Andy has worked his entire career in the public, trust and charitable enterprise movement. The sector that is often appreciated as ‘third way' which challenges that all communities should have the opportunity to have great services & quality facilities. Naturally great staff teams are an essential ingredient!
UK Managing Director, Fitness First
Due to his love of sport (fitness, tennis squash and cycling), and his passion for communication and managing people, Martin studied economy and sports management. Since he started with Fitness First in Germany in 1998 he has worked in various global roles and is now MD of Fitness First UK. He uses time with his family (father of two) as an important work/life balance.
CEO, Gym Group
A former accountant and England squash player, John Treharne's fitness industry experience spans 25 years.
In 1991 John started his first gym business, Dragons Health Clubs, which floated in 1997, with 22 clubs. In 2008 John launched the budget gym chain, The Gym Group, with 32 clubs operational by the end of 2012.
Client Services Director, Lifetime
A former ukactive Executive Director with extensive experience in the sector. Nigel offers ukactive a proven record of commercial success in director roles with Mclean Events, Peninsula Consulting and adidas combined with a deep understanding of education as a former teacher, lecturer and now as a director of Lifetime.
Chief Executive, Jubilee Hall Trust
Phil is a Chartered Director and the Chief Executive of Jubilee Hall Trust, which operates four fitness and sports centres & delivers community programmes across three London Boroughs. He is also Vice Chair and London/South East Director of Sporta and Chair of Active Westminster. He has served as a school governor for over 20 years and was a volunteer Gamesmaker at the London 2012 Olympics.
UK Managing Director, Life Fitness UK Ltd
Jason joined Life Fitness and Hammer Strength in 2012, he has more than a decade of experience with some of the world's largest fitness brands, including positions with LA Fitness and Fitness First which means he is perfectly placed to represent fitness equipment manufacturers within the sector.
Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in sport and exercise science from De Montfort University in Leicester and a master's degree in human performance physiology from Brunel University in London.
Managing Director, British Military Fitness (BMF)
Rob is the Managing Director at BMF, the UK's largest outdoor fitness provider. A Loughborough graduate in Sports Science, PE and Physics, he has a love of all sports, especially Rugby Union.
Prior to BMF, he was an Executive Director at BMI Healthcare, and also spent 10 years at British Airways holding a variety of commercial and operational management positions around the globe.
Chief Operating Officer, David Lloyd Leisure
Julie was appointed COO in 2012.
She worked in food retail before joining DLL in 2000 as a club manager, moving into regional operations and country management before marketing & product director roles.
Julie's passion for sport and fitness began early, playing for town and county teams before qualifying as an exercise instructor and PT.
Co-founder of ESPH and InForm
Max joined the family healthcare business in 2000 initially as a Practice Manager & became Managing Director in 2004. He has developed the ESPH brand into a dynamic and innovative health and fitness operation, opening the UK's first commercial gym run by physios in 2007. His background includes working as an actor and performer as well as several years' experience in start-up radio stations where his passion for business development grew.
In 2011, Max set up inForm to deliver high quality, cost-effective healthcare & exercise solutions to the NHS. inForm harnesses the fundamental principles of quality and education which are the bedrock of ESPH to innovation and has quickly built a strong reputation with clinicians and commissioners.
A keen sportsman and fitness enthusiast, Max is committed to improving the long-term health and wellbeing of all the communities in which his businesses operate.
UK Sales Director, Precor
Jez has extensive knowledge and experience in the fitness industry. He studied Sports Coaching and Business Management before beginning his career as a fitness instructor.
He joined Cannons in London where he became Fitness Manager, before moving into a sales role at Stairmaster, eventually becoming UK Sales Manager.
Moved to Precor in 1999 as National Group Accounts Manager, and for the last eleven years has been UK Sales Director.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Chair of ukactive Board
Baroness Thompson has had an extremely successful career as a Paralympic athlete. With her first international competition in Seoul in 1988 she has since competed in five Paralympic games, winning 11 gold medals, as well as six London marathons.
Since retiring from competitive racing in 2007, Tanni has become an avid campaigner for getting more women and disabled people into sport and has many accolades to her name for her contribution to sport and campaigning. She has been vocal on the government's change to the Disability Living Allowance, citing it as an important benefit for Disabled people that allowed her and other disabled athletes to be able to afford transport and equipment.
In 2005 Tanni was made a Dame for her services to sport and in 2010 became a life peer sitting as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords. She is the president of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and the patron of numerous charities including Sports Leaders UK, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme and a trustee of the Sportsaid foundation. She became the chair of ukactive in April 2015.