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Please see below the details for staff, Board and Advocates. You can also use the contact us form for general information.

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Found 28 team members.

  • Barry Horne MBE

    Chief Executive

    Barry provides leadership to the organisation. He works closely with the Board and staff to ensure that we really make a difference and see more disabled people getting and staying active. He loves drawing from a long successful career in driving organisational improvement. Barry takes delight in being around the passionate team, who want to make a massive difference and seeing how our work really matters. His goal is to ensure that Activity Alliance is centrally placed and hugely influential. The wider impact being to close the fairness gap that disabled people face every day in activity. Away from his desk, Barry openly expresses his love for life. “There is so much pleasure to be had - with family and friends. Food, drink, cycling and tennis help.”

    01509 227750
  • Ray Ashley

    Director of Partnerships

    Ray leads our partnerships and programmes work across the country. Growing our impact at local and national level, Ray is passionate about breaking down the barriers that exist for disabled people in sport and leisure. He likes nothing more than spending time with his family and travelling to far away destinations, to experience exciting new cultures and food! An Aston Villa fan, Ray also enjoys playing regular football games with his friends.

    01509 227750
  • Kirsty Clarke

    Director of Innovation and Business Development

    Kirsty has 20 years’ experience of working in sport development with a particular focus on increasing inclusion and equality across sport and activity. As Director for Innovation and Business Development, she provides strategic direction to the Research and Insight, Marketing and Communications, Events and Corporate Services teams within Activity Alliance. Kirsty can often be found in a field somewhere either playing sport or excavating as an amateur archaeologist. Undergoing a kidney transplant in early 2021, Kirsty is an advocate of organ donation and passionate about the use of physical activity to support people with long-term health conditions.

    0161 228 2868
  • Adam Lever

    Inclusive Activity Programmes Officer

    Adam works on both Sport England’s Inclusive Activity Programme and the Sainsbury’s Inclusive PE Programme. Personal experiences sparked his passion for inclusive sport, when he had to adapt the way he played. Adam hopes his work will have impact on how many opportunities there are in the future for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. He wants to ensure everyone can experience the many benefits being active can offer. Away from work, Adam keeps active at the gym and playing golf. He also plays sitting volleyball for Loughborough Fusion. But he enjoys nothing better than sitting in a coffee shop, drinking a flat white too!

    01509 227750
  • Agata Sromecka

    Executive Assistant and HR Lead

    Agata provides administrative support to the Executive team and works closely with the Board, members and staff. She also oversees human resources for Activity Alliance. In her dual role, Agata's drive is to enable the team to manage their day-to-day busy schedules in the most effective way possible. She is passionate about seeing us flourish as a diverse and inclusive employer. Building an employee-friendly organisation is important to her. Agata is a keen outdoor runner and loves amateur weightlifting as part of her fitness routine. She also loves cooking and baking.

    01509 227750
  • Alex Giles

    Graduate Engagement Advisor (West Midlands)

    Alex started as our West Midlands Graduate Engagement Advisor in 2021. He supports our strategic partners across the region to successfully enable more disabled people to be active through sport and activity. Having a lifelong disability, he is passionate about removing barriers and tackling inequalities. He enjoys working in such a diverse region. Away from work Alex can be found watching his beloved West Bromwich Albion, coaching football, spending time with family and friends, and attending live sports events. His two defining moments are when he received his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from HRH The Prince Phillip and achieving his Masters in Sports Coaching.

  • Andrew Whitaker

    Strategic Partnership Advisor (North West and North East)

    Andrew joined the partnerships team in 2021 to head up our regional work across the North West and North East of England. His role sees him work with a wide range of organisations. He loves connecting with people and supporting them to embed inclusive practice into their work. Andrew’s passion stems from his own lived experiences. Growing up, he struggled to find accessible sports and activities. Now, he loves being active and has previously taken part in athletics, wheelchair sports, and archery at a regional level, and captained Lancashire Disabled Cricket Team. When he isn’t at home spending time with his family, you will probably find him down at the gym or at a powerlifting competition.

    07764 291661
  • Annabel Carter

    Senior Research and Insight Advisor

    Annabel joined the Research and Insight team in 2022. She works closely with colleagues across the charity providing research support to understand disabled people’s experiences of being active. Annabel is passionate about using co-production and inclusive research to help achieve fairness for disabled people in sport and activity. Being active has always been a big part of Annabel’s life outside of work too, being a keen runner. Luckily her dog also loves to run, so they can often be found exploring local trails together.

  • Atul Thanker

    Management Accountant

    Atul brings 21 years' charity sector experience to Activity Alliance. As our Management Accountant, Atul provides corporate support across the organisation. He enjoys the challenge the charity sector offers and is determined to make a difference through strong financial controls, supporting colleagues with financial processes, and seeking value for money options. In his spare time, Atul can be found either cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or watching cricket, Formula One, and his beloved Coventry City Football Club.

    01509 227752
  • Catherine Slater

    Strategic Partnerships Manager

    Catherine leads our partnerships team and supports them to establish relationships and build effective cross-sector partnership working at a local level. Catherine is on hand to bring people together and advise on better practice. She enjoys that her role enables her to connect with so many passionate people. Seeing organisations grow in their learning and improve as a result makes her tick. She believes strongly that disabled people deserve more choices in sport and leisure and wants to see greater representation in the workforce. Catherine loves nothing more than being outdoors, walking her boxer dog. If she’s not walking in the countryside, she’s indoors, taking part in an online class or perhaps spinning. In her downtime, you can find Catherine relaxing with an 80s classic film.

    07764 291666
  • Chloe Studley

    Inclusive Activity Programmes Manager

    As our Inclusive Activity Programmes Manager Chloe loves seeing an idea take shape and seeing the results it has on peoples sport and activity experiences. Chloe’s positive experience of sport and physical activity from a young age has shaped the person she is today. Her passion drives from wanting to see fairness across sport and activity, so everyone can experience the same opportunities she had growing up. Chloe loves being outdoors, especially if it involves water or snow. These days Chloe is more likely to be found spending time at the park with her daughters or riding their bikes together.

    07498 499435
  • Courtney Perks

    Senior Communications Advisor

    Sport is ingrained in Courtney's DNA. She joined the team in November 2014, following communication roles at two National Governing Bodies of sport. She brings a passion for marketing strategy to the table and is always on the look out for new opportunities to promote the charity's work. Never one to sit still, she regularly cycles to work and laces up her running trainers. One of her proudest moments is completing the Liverpool Half Marathon in 2018. Away from sport, she loves listening to music in the kitchen while cooking or baking. Later with Jools Holland is a TV favourite.

    0161 228 2868