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Found 39 team members.

  • Tom Webster

    Engagement Advisor (North West and North East)

    We have a team of Advisors to support local and national work. The Engagement Advisors cover nine regions across England. Along with our National Advisors, they support key strategic partners, including County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). Their work helps these partners to be more effective in enabling more disabled people to be more active in sport and physical activity.

    07764 291661
  • Chris Whitaker

    Engagement Advisor (East and South East)

    We have a team of Advisors to support local and national work. The Engagement Advisors cover nine regions across England. Along with our National Advisors, they support key strategic partners, including County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs). Their work helps these partners to be more effective in enabling more disabled people to be more active in sport and physical activity.

    07976 779489
  • Sam Orde


    Sam Orde’s passion is to see more disabled people enjoy sport and activity. She brings 20 years of experience from Riding for the Disabled Association, including as UK Chair for nine years, coaching from grassroots to national championships and developing Centres of Excellence. This has involved strategic planning, driving growth, fundraising and connecting with a wide range of organisations and people.

    Sam has been on the British Equestrian Federation Council for eight years and was on the working group to ensure compliance with Sport England’s Code for Sports Governance.

    Her professional background was initially as a Chartered Surveyor in rural practice, followed by growing her livestock farming business over the last three decades.

    As a young rider Sam competed in eventing to advanced level and Sam continues to ride for pleasure. Other interests include hill walking, Pilates, skiing and attending the last two Paralympics in support of the para-equestrian teams.

    01509 227750
  • Rob Belbin


    Rob has worked as a PE teacher and outdoor instructor for 20 years. Based in Dorchester in Dorset, he specialises teaching disabled children aged from two to nineteen.

    Rob coordinates athletics, table cricket and boccia for school aged children across South West England which has lead too many successes and increased opportunities in his region.

    Specialising in inclusive sport education Rob advises many schools and organisations on practical solutions in addition to delivering professional development training. Rob is passionate about sport and believes every person, if they choose, should have access to sport and leisure irrespective of their ability.

    Rob was first elected to the Board at the AGM in July 2015.

  • Genny Cotroneo


    Genny has worked in the media industry for many years, working on feature films, television dramas, entertainment programmes and documentaries. She moved into digital media becoming Head of Production for ISO design overseeing the creation of apps, websites and interactive installations before moving into her current role at BBC Sport.
    As Producer on the BBC Get Inspired initiative, Genny works with sporting governing bodies, BBC brands and external partners to develop ideas and create opportunities to discuss the importance of physical activity. Genny is passionate about helping people to help themselves.

  • James Daly


    James has led a number of successful organisations throughout his career. He is presently the Chief Operating Officer of Vista Data Services, providing investors and lenders with products and services related to U.S. residential credit pricing. James was formerly the CEO of BoardEx, a leading provider of relationship capital services (now part of TheStreet). Previously, he was the Managing Director of IQ Financial Systems, Europe. Prior to joining IQ Financial Systems, James was the General Manager for the UK, Germany and Switzerland for Dow Jones Markets.

  • Hilary Farmiloe


    Hilary joined Aspire, a national spinal injury charity and inclusive leisure operator, in 2011, after working as a physical education teacher and later as a development manager for the government’s School Sport Partnership scheme.

    At Aspire, she leads InstructAbility, a multi award-winning national programme that supports disabled people to become leisure professionals. The scheme, funded by Sport England, is helping to create a workforce that can draw upon lived experience of disability and technical qualifications to instruct, motivate and guide others to physical fitness and mental well-being.

    Hilary has worked closely with Activity Alliance’s Inclusive Fitness Initiative and Quest scheme. She has partnered with various training providers and secured agreements with many of the major leisure management companies to provide work placements and employment opportunities for disabled instructors. She is a Chartered Member of CIMSPA and RSA fellow. Hilary works to influence inclusive policy and practices within the leisure sector to enable disabled people to access professional roles, supporting self-empowerment.

    Currently, Hilary is working with the University of Birmingham on a commissioned research project to provide Industry Best Practice Guidelines on training and employing disabled people in the fitness sector.

  • Dr Philip Friend OBE FRSA


    Phil Friend, himself a wheelchair user, is acknowledged as the UK's foremost consultant on disability matters. A powerful and highly popular communicator, his company – Phil & Friends - provides consultancy to many of the country's best-known companies.

    He has also worked on disability and diversity projects in Estonia, Romania, Poland, Germany, Canada and the USA. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to equal opportunities and disabled people and made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in February 2007. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (Hon DSc) in 2009 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to equality and diversity from University of Hertfordshire.

    He is the co-author of “Why are you pretending to be normal?” a self-help book designed to help disabled people manage rather than cope with their disability.

    He is a former Chair of Royal Association for Disability and Rights (RADAR) and Disability Rights (UK). He is a Vice President of the Level Playing Field Association, an Associate of the Business Disability Forum, a Trustee of RICA and a Commissioner on the Extra Costs Commission.

    Phil was first elected to the Board at the AGM in July 2015.

  • Janet Inman

    Janet has been an active volunteer in sport since she was 14. Janet was trained as a Specialist PE teacher before going on to re-train and work in the Primary sector for 20 years, ending her career as a qualified head teacher. She left teaching to care for a family member and came to work, on a part-time basis, at Active Lincolnshire from 2004 to June 2017.

    Janet is a person who believes in the value of community, she set up a Playgroup, Mothers and Toddlers and a youth group in her village and later went on to raise over £250,000 to build a purpose built Youth Centre to support young people in her community.

    Janet was the Development Director at Volleyball England for 14 years and supported them through the first iteration of the NGB whole sport plan and worked as the lead for safeguarding to guide them through the CPSU Safeguarding standards.

    In 2012, Janet was seconded to LOCOG and worked as part of the Games Maker team that delivered the London 2012 Beach Volleyball event.

    Janet holds a number of non-executive roles, including Chair of the Boston Sports Initiative, Director at Lincoln City Football Club Sport and Education Trust, was chair of a local charity Young and Safe In Gainsborough, a member of her village hall committee and a community champion.

    "I am also part of the new CSP Network Board of Trustees which I hope will compliment me being part of the EFDS Board, an exciting time for sport and happy to be supporting its development."

  • Piers Martin


    Piers Martin is a strategic high performance specialist working across sport, business and academia. He is currently The Managing Director of the Podium Performance Group, a consultancy that supports organisations, teams and individuals to develop optimised performance. He is also the founder of GuruBox, a video coaching platform that shares ideas and experience in less than a minute, and co-founder of the Sports Influencers (SP.IN) sports business network.

    For over 20 years, Piers has led and advised a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports, supported businesses from small start-ups to larger, established companies and helped individuals to ‘find their podium’. Piers is Chair of UK Deaf Sport, a Director/Trustee on several Boards and Performance Advisor to various sports and performance programmes. He is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators for Sports Resolutions UK and the Institute of Directors (IoD) Cheshire Committee. Piers has a Masters degree and an MBA from Manchester University and is undertaking a PhD in Psychology. He is a keynote speaker and guest lecturer and sits on the Sports Advisory Board of Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

  • Tracey McCillen


    Tracey has been involved in disability sport since 1992. She read law at Birkbeck College, University of London and is a barrister.

    As well as being Chief Executive of the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA), the organisation responsible for intellectual disability classification and enabling talented high performance athletes to excel in national and international sport, she is the former Chair and current Trustee of the lead strategic disability equality in sport London agency Interactive.

    Tracey is a former Secretary General of both Inas (world) and Inas (Europe), the international sports federation for athletes with intellectual disability, its current Nominations Committee Chair and a member of the Inas Governance Review Group, as well as a respected member on the British Paralympic Association’s classification expert panel.

    Prior to working in sport, Tracey held positions in the commercial sector including advertising, property and media. A passionate advocate for disability equality and rights, her other interests include swimming, Gaelic football, hurling, politics and Egyptology.

    Tracey was re-elected for a second three year term at the AGM 2015.

  • Maria Palmer


    Maria is a recently retired senior health professional with lived experience of disability who has worked at a senior level managing multi-million budgets. Maria has both knowledge and success in bidding for health care funding and extensive experience in providing and commissioning activity services.
    Maria is an advocate of aligning increased activity with health outcomes within wider population, which she believes are in line with the values of Activity Alliance.