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 and a member of the board of directors on EHFA and CIMSPA.
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.
Managing Director, British Military Fitness (BMF)
James is COO of British Military Fitness and has been involved in the development of the ukactive outdoor code of practice. His experience in helping BMF grow to become the UK's largest outdoor fitness provider puts him in the best position to help the Industry body understand the needs of, and better represent this relatively new and exciting part of the sector.
Managing Director, Active Nation
John is Managing Director of Active Nation, a vibrant and progressive sport and exercise charity with a cause-led mission, "to persuade the nation to be active". With 25 years of experience in the public, private and third sectors, John is immensely proud to represent his ‘Trust' colleagues with his usual passion, persuasion, challenge and conviction.
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.
Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club
Pete was PEO for HM Prison Service for 17 years, predominantly working in maximum security prisons. He is currently co-owner and manager of Lifestyle fitness at Pontefract Squash & Leisure Club.
Business Director (Fitness), Precor Products
Rob is currently vice president of Precor, responsible for the management of the businesses in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He is also part of Amer Sports' European Board, which manages Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Mavic, Arc'Teryx and Suunto brands. Rob has worked in leisure facility operations and health and fitness since graduating in 1985 from Nottingham Trent University. He is a keen sportsman having spent many hours rowing and doing triathlon.
Scott launched Next Generation Clubs ("NGC") in 1997. Scott then took a key role in the acquisition of David Lloyd Leisure and became the CEO of the integrated businesses following completion in 2007. Scott has also been a director of ukactive since 2008.
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.
VP Health Business Development, Technogym
Tony is VP for Health and Green Business Development for Technogym Group and was the London 2012 Project Director for the Olympics and Paralympics. Having worked in the sector for over 25 years and within Technogym for over 18 years, he brings a wealth of UK and international experience to the ukactive board.
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.
MD, Link4Life & Chair of Sporta
Craig has extensive experience in leisure management having had many years experience at a senior level in local government for a number of Local Authorities. He is Managing Director of Rochdale Boroughwide Cultural Trust which took over the operation of Rochdale Council's cultural and sporting facilities in 2006. Craig is also Chair of sporta which as an organisation has 114 social enterprises operating through the UK.