Thank you to the experts and inspirational speakers from our sector and beyond who joined us for Active Uprising 2024.
Jill's remarkable career also extended to the England senior squad, with her inclusion in major tournaments like the 2007 World Cup and the 2009 UEFA Women's European Championships. Recognized for her exceptional contributions to women's football, she was appointed an MBE in the 2020 New Year Honours and showcased her versatility by triumphing in "I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here," earning the title of queen of the jungle in 2022. Post-retirement from football, Jill has seamlessly transitioned into broadcasting and even ventured into entrepreneurship with her own coffee shop in Manchester, a testament to her multifaceted talents and passions.
Dean’s talk will draw on his inspirational work and winning mindset to explain how the health of the nation and the health of your organisation, starts with you.
He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport between 20 September 2022 and 27 October 2022, and Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice between 8 July 2022 and 7 September 2022.
He was Minister of State (Minister for Housing) in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities from 8 February 2022 to 6 July 2022.
He was Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip) from 13 February 2020 to 8 February 2022.
He was Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) from 28 July 2019 to 13 February 2020. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Defence Procurement at the Ministry of Defence from July 2018 to July 2019.
He was an Assistant Government Whip from 15 June 2017 to 19 July 2018 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office from 9 January 2018 to 19 July 2018.
Prior to ParalympicsGB, Barry has worked in the charitable, public and private sectors, but has always centred around leading innovative programmes of work that build inclusivity and equity of opportunity for people to become more active in whatever way they choose.
Barry enjoys getting both his pedal and motor bikes out on the road and following as much live sport as possible. He will be completing the final leg of the London Classics challenge coming up in September, where he will attempt to swim the 2-mile course of the Serpentine in Hyde Park. Barry is working on his front crawl in preparation!
He was the Registrar for REPS UK from its start until 2008 when he transferred to working in Europe where he managed 16 major EU-funded projects and was member/observer at a number of EU Expert Groups including in good governance, the economic dimension of sport, anti-doping, skills and human resources development, active ageing, and promoting health-enhancing physical activity. He oversaw the European Skills Competencies, Qualifications, Occupations (ESCO) referencing for the fitness sector, and coordinated the major EU project called BLUEPRINT which developed a pathway for recognising fitness sector qualifications at the European level.
He is the current convenor of the CEN Working Group developing European standards for fitness clubs (EN17229), and convenor of the European fitness club certification scheme known as FITcert®. He holds a masters degree in architecture, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
The Gym Group has been carbon neutral since 2021, purchases 100% renewable energy, has reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 11% since 2019. It is committed to Net Zero and is the first gym to have an accredited science based target and achieve ISO45001. The Gym Group is the only UK gym to calculate and publish the social value generated by its members, delivering £756m in 2022.
Greg is an authority on Sport & Exercise Physiology and Performance. An internationally recognised expert in the field having published over 350 peer reviewed papers, 8 å and a leading media commentator. Greg has extensive professional experience assessing, treating and improving the performance of patients, sporting enthusiasts and athletes ranging from cancer sufferers to celebrities attempting their first mountain summit to Gold medal seeking Olympians.
Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges. Greg has trained, motivated and successfully coached 36 Sport & Comic Relief, and Children in Need Challenges helping raise over £60 million for charity.
In addition to his role as Chair, Mike also Chairs the Nominations Committee, is member of the Remuneration Committee, is the Board Champion for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, and Lead Board Director for Welfare & Safety.
When it comes to technology and its increasingly pivotal role in the fitness sector, there are few speakers more thought-provoking than AI expert and self-professed geek Ian Mullane. As the founder and CEO of AI-powered sales and retention platform Keepme, Ian has brought together the diverse expertise of his career to date – including 12 years as an operator – in a ground-breaking business that boosts revenues for gym operators across the globe, harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to drive optimization and transform the way they interact with customers and prospects.
Diving into a little more detail, having spent 15 years working on fintech solutions for some of the world’s largest hedge funds and investment managers, in 2007 Ianfounded Vanda.fit – Singapore’s first boutique boxing club – and alongside this, in 2008, the social media analytics platform Locowise. It was at Vanda.fit that he identified the need for a system that would optimize the performance of his club; his expertise in tech and AI led him to develop Keepme, which since 2020 has become his full-time focus (some might say mission!)
His last employed role was with a leisure contractor, taking responsibility for quality, health and safety, human resources and training and development for 60 centres and 3000 employees.
He merged his consulting business of 6 years with Leisure-net Solutions (now Active Insight) in April 2014. Active Insight now works with Sport England delivering Moving Communities – the monitoring and evaluation tool of the National Leisure Recovery Fund (in England). We also manage active-net, virtual and face to face networking events.
David specialises in assisting organisations, to understand that how through an excellent customer experience they can generate referrals, retain customers for longer and enhance the team experience.
David was, for 9 years, a member elected Trustee of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, he chairs CIMSPA’s Audit and Probity Committee, is a Non-Executive Director of LeisureSK, is a member of ukactive’s Membership Council, a member of ActiveIQ advisory panel and a member of Leicestershire and Rutland Sport (Active Partnership) Business, Audit and Oversight Group.
David’s qualifications include an MBA in International Sports Management from Loughborough University, a National Examination Board Occupational Safety and Health Certificate and a Preparing To Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector qualification.
The winter campaign leads a year-round mission to support movement and mental health projects that can drive real change in local communities, this includes campaigning for positive change in UK workplaces.
Since 2016, over 280,000 have joined the campaign, so far raising more than £3.2 million as part of their annual personal movement challenge.
Matthew has extensive experience of physical activity-based research and evaluation across various populations. This involves the design, implementation and reporting of research projects on behalf of fitness and leisure operators, local authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups, charities, physical activity providers, governing bodies, and large brands. Specific examples can be found on the ‘Projects’ page. Matthew is also experienced in collecting short-term as well as longitudinal quantitative and qualitative data and in designing bespoke questionnaires using appropriate, well-established, and veracious measures.
Matthew is a Visiting Researcher at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University, part of the Scientific Advisory Board for EuropeActive’s research arm ‘ThinkActive’, as well as numerous advisory or steering group positions. Matthew has a keen interest in the role of physical activity for health, and his PhD thesis provided an evaluation of a community-based intervention grounded in Motivational Interviewing that aimed to improve physical activity and mental wellbeing.
George leads the UK Government’s £98 million Healthy Ageing Challenge, a research and innovation programme to enable people as they age to remain active, productive, independent and socially connected across the generations for longer. His background in health and care innovation includes previous work on the future capacity needs for a reformed health and social care system in the Republic of Ireland, a review of the NHS innovation funding for small businesses and leading the user group for a global industry alliance to enable a consumer-friendly market for digital wellness and health products and services through standards and accreditation.
In her current role Sarah is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of Movember’s work globally in health promotion programs, to drive changes in men's behaviour, so they will live happier, healthier, longer lives.