National Summit

For 2021, ukactive will be hosting the ukactive Conference.

About National Summit

ukactive’s National Summit is the leading policy event for the physical activity sector, drawing 700 decision makers and influencers from across public health, sport, business, and government — all of whom share ukactive’s commitment to getting more people, more active, more often. Previous speakers have included the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the National Academy for Social Prescribing, and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill DBE, former Olympic track and field athlete for Great Britain. 

2020’s digital event addressed the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our communities and showcase the ways in which the physical activity sector can support the nation’s long-term health, resilience, and recovery from the virus. The event sought to provide clear recommendations to the Government around physical activity, prevention, and public health.

Sessions from 2020

Wednesday 4th November

Political and business leaders: a new vision for physical activity

Exploring the role and potential of the physical activity sector in supporting our collective recovery from the Coronavirus crisis and improving the long-term health, wellbeing and resilience of the nation.



  • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Chair, ukactive
  • Joe FitzPatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Scottish Government
  • To be announced
  • Dr Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor of London
  • Ben Page, Chief Executive Officer, Ipsos Mori
  • Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever

Wednesday 11th November

Measuring and creating effective interventions in health and wellbeing

Exploring impactful research on the benefits of physical activity for our health, economy and social connectedness, and understanding how this research can be used to inform effective policy interventions or business decision-making.


In conversation

  • Dr Matthew Wade, Head of Research, ukactive Research Institute
  • Andrew Spiers, Strategic Lead Research and Analysis, Sport England
  • Dr Larissa Davies, Reader in Sport Management, Sheffield Hallam University


  • (Chair) Dr Matthew Wade, Head of Research, ukactive Research Institute
  • Andrew Spiers, Strategic Lead Research and Analysis, Sport England
  • Dr Larissa Davies, Reader in Sport Management, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Jess Kuehne, Senior Programme Manager – Healthy Ageing, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Dr Lawrence Foweather, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University

Wednesday 18th November

Placemaking for better social, economic and public health outcomes 

Exploring how city centres, high streets, housing developments, businesses and the wider built environment can contribute to creating healthier, more active and socially connected communities.



  • Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability, Hammerson
  • Kate Hardcastle, Consumer Expert and Consultant, Insight with Passion
  • Ibrahim Ibrahim, Managing Director, Portland Consulting


  • (Chair) Samantha Sen, Public Affairs and Communications Director, ukactive
  • Louise Ellison, Head of Sustainability, Hammerson
  • David Melhuish, Development Director, The Gym Group
  • Keith Bottomley, Deputy, City of London
  • Jim Fennell, Chief Executive, Lichfields
  • Carl Brooks, Head of Sustainability – PMUK, CBRE

Wednesday 25th November

Integrated approaches to health and social care 

Exploring why governments should strive for a more preventative and joined up approach to health, and outlining how the physical activity sector can partner with other sectors to support the creation of healthier, more resilient communities.



  • Dr Angela Spatharou, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England
  • Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges


  • (Chair) Kenny Butler, Head of Health and Wellbeing, ukactive
  • James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England
  • Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better
  • Warren Smyth, Chief Executive Officer, Abbeycroft Leisure

National Summit 2018 – The Wrap Up

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Deputy Labour Leader Tom Watson

CEO Cares Family Alex Smith

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP

Lawrence Dallaglio

Health Secretary Matt Hancock