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Keynote: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
ukactive Chair, Crossbench Peer

Baroness Grey-Thompson has had an extremely successful career as a Paralympic athlete, winning 11 gold medals, as well as six London marathons. 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.



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Keynote: Simon Stevens
Chief Executive, NHS England 

Simon Stevens is CEO of NHS England, overseeing over £100 billion of annual Health Service funding. His 27 year health career to date has spanned frontline NHS leadership of hospitals, mental health and primary care; seven years as the Prime Minister’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street and the Department of Health; and a decade running international health services in Europe, the US, Brazil, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 

Simon was born in Shard End, Birmingham, and educated at Oxford, Strathclyde, and Columbia universities. He is married with two school-age children and is a director of the Commonwealth Fund, a leading international health charity. He has also been a trustee of the Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust, is a visiting professor at the LSE, and an elected local councillor for Brixton in south London. 



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Keynote: Jennie Price
Chief Executive, Sport England

Jennie Price has been at Sport England since April 2007. Under her leadership, Sport England has seen the number of people regularly participating in sport grow by 1.6m since London won the bid to host the Olympic Games in 2012 and, most recently, Jennie has led the team that commissioned the This Girl Can Campaign, which has received widespread support and acclaim. Jennie is a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management, Chair of the Lottery Forum and has written two text books on construction law. She is also a trustee of Breast Cancer Now; the UK’s leading breast cancer charity.



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Dame Carol Black
Expert Advisor on Health & Work to NHS England and Public Health England

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England, and Chairman of the Nuffield Trust for health policy. She chairs the Board of Think Ahead and the RSSB’s Health and Wellbeing Policy Group. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, the West Midlands Mental Health Commission, of the North East Combined Authority’s Commission for Health and Social Care Integration, and of PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy.  

Professor Black's past presidencies include the Royal College of Physicians, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and the British Lung Foundation. The Centre she established at the Royal Free Hospital in London is internationally renowned for research and treatment of connective tissue diseases. She is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, the Work Foundation, and Uppingham School.   




Jane Ashworth
Chief Executive, StreetGames

Working in close cooperation with the Board of Trustees, Jane guides StreetGames in delivering the benefits of sport to disadvantaged communities.

Prior to co-founding StreetGames, Jane worked at Sport England for ten years, the Community Strategy Units of Salford and Newcastle City Councils, the Youth and Community Service in Kirby and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister on government policy to bring together sport with regeneration policy. 

Jane was awarded the OBE for services to community sport in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2011.


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Professor Gillian Leng
Deputy Chief Executive, NICE

Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and a visiting professor at King’s College London.

Gillian trained in medicine at Leeds. She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration as it first became established and still contributes as an editor to the EPOC Group. She specialised in public health medicine and worked as a consultant before moving to NICE in 2001.

Gillian is involved in other national initiatives, including sitting on the English National Quality Board and the Leadership and Improvement Board. She is actively involved in research into guideline implementation and quality improvement at King’s College, London. She is the editor of  ‘Achieving high quality care:  experiences from NICE’ (2014).



Dr Roger Wolman
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians

Dr Wolman was one of the first SEM consultants in the NHS when appointed in 1994. He trained in Rheumatology and SEM in London; during that time he recognised the importance of exercise as a potential treatment for many chronic non-communicable diseases. His MD thesis was on Exercise and Osteoporosis; he then organised a study demonstrating the benefits of aerobic exercise in patients following head injury. During his Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1994 he spent time at the Cooper Institute for Aerobics research in Dallas, Texas which helped to develop his ideas regarding exercise prescription. In his current position as Consultant in Rheumatology he uses exercise as an important aspect of treatment in many of his patients and has recently set up an exercise prescription clinic aligned to the Rheumatology clinic. He chairs the Sport and Exercise Medicine Committee at the Royal College of Physicians, where one of the objectives is to embed Exercise prescription/therapy within the NHS with the aim of improving health and the management of chronic disease.



Paul Sinton-Hewitt
Founder, parkrun

Paul Sinton-Hewitt is the founder of parkrun, an international social enterprise encouraging a healthy lifestyle and improved social wellbeing through the delivery of free weekly timed runs. Prior to founding parkrun, Paul worked across the globe in the IT industry for 21 years rising to the rank of VP of Marketing.

Parkrun provides solutions that empower local communities to establish weekly runs through the goodwill of volunteers. Parkrun’s use of technology simplifies the task of coordinating events and encourages participants to make exercise habitual.


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