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Found 28 team members.

  • Dawn Hughes

    Strategic Partnership Advisor (East Midlands)

    Dawn is our relationship lead for work across the East Midlands and also heads up our national work with the leisure sector. This includes raising the profile of our renowned Inclusive Fitness Initiative. She is on hand to support leisure providers and operators to embed inclusive practice into their facilities. Dawn likes to run, and is known to sign up to a physical challenge or two!

    01509 227750
  • Helen Derby

    Get Out Get Active Programme Manager

    Helen works within the programmes team, supporting the development and delivery of Get Out Get Active (GOGA). Away from her desk, she can be found on the indoor netball court. Helen loves a game of walking netball with other women at a GOGA activity in Nottingham.

    07764 291662
  • Helen Newberry

    Get Out Get Active Workforce Lead

    Helen is part of our programme's team, working on Get Out Get Active, having been the Engagement Advisor for the South West. Working with a wide range of partners, she is at the heart of developing and implementing workforce plans for the programme. A keen athlete, Helen can be found taking part in many running events. She is also a fabulous baker!

    07967 573345
  • Jannine Walker

    National Events Manager

    Jannine manages our events programme and is at the heart of delivering inclusive sporting opportunities for disabled people at all levels. She has been in events management for two decades. At one with her clipboard and timelines, she supports our in-house events, functions and conferences to run smoothly and accessibly. When not running herself, Jannine can be found near a cricket or football pitch, supporting her two sons' active schedules.

    0161 228 2868
  • Jayant Mistry

    Impact and Learning Advisor

    Jayant supports our engagement and programmes teams to embed better practices in their work. This could be through improvement plans or effective monitoring. Among his many sporting achievements, Jayant is a four-times Paralympic wheelchair tennis player and twice inaugural grand slam doubles champion. He was the Wheelchair Tennis Sport Manager at the London 2012 Games and part of the wheelchair tennis coaching team at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Jayant believes we can create a more open and inclusive society by increasing people’s confidence and competence. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Loughborough University and is an avid Leicester City fan.

    01509 227750
  • Jess Cook

    Strategic Partnership Advisor (East)

    Jess is our relationship lead for work across the East region and also heads up our work with national partners, including the National Governing Bodies of sport. She looks after these relationships and builds on our collaborative projects. Jess enjoys bringing people together to create more conversations about disabled people’s inclusion. Her work involves finding new ways to bring out the best in organisations so they can be more inclusive. An active swimmer and baker, Jess can be found in the pool or cooking up treats for our team.

    07764 291660
  • Jessica Flavell

    Research and Evaluation Advisor

    Jess provides research support, managing projects and evaluating the impact of our programmes. This helps us and our partners to understand more fully disabled people’s experiences and supports providers to be more inclusive. Jess is particularly interested in challenging inequalities in all forms, and breaking down barriers through inclusive research and coproduction. A keen cyclist, Jess loves to venture to the countryside or coast in her free time.

    0161 228 2868
  • Josh Evans

    Business and Administration Apprentice

    Josh is our Business and Administration Apprentice. He is a part of our Corporate Services team and supports a wide array of organisational activities including finance, membership and HR. Josh enjoys the constant learning his role brings and being a part of a team striving to achieve fairness for disabled people in sport and activity. In his spare time you’ll see Josh playing football with his friends and going to support his team, Nottingham Forest.

    01509 227750
  • Kat Southwell

    Head of Programmes

    Kat oversees all Activity Alliance programmes and has specific responsibility for the management of our Get Out Get Active programme. She’s worked for the charity since 2009 and continues to enjoy the challenges and opportunities that each day brings. She loves being a programme manager because she gets to see an idea through to its implementation and understand its impact. Kat is also a secret spreadsheet fanatic! Her personal goal is to impact the way that people and organisations think. So everyone has an inclusive approach at the very heart of what they do. Outside of work Kat plays rugby for Bath and has started to enjoy trail running. She also likes to bake and eat tasty treats!

    07967 573343
  • Laila Issa

    Communications Advisor

    Laila joined the team in November 2017 and brought with her four years' agency experience. She brings extensive experience in PR, journalism and video production. Her role varies from creating content for a mix of channels, media and stakeholder relations to managing our exciting campaigns. She is our in-house videographer too. Laila’s passion for communications stems from her desire to make a real difference. Her desire is to break down barriers and ensure everyone feels included. Having trained in Muay Thai Kickboxing, and a number of running events, she absolutely loves that she’s now using inclusive communications to get more people active. All that activity is needed as Laila is a self-claimed 'massive foodie', bringing homecooked goods to work. She loves time with her friends and family.

    0161 228 2868
  • Lorraine Harris

    Strategic Partnership Advisor (South West)

    Lorraine joined our partnerships team in 2021 as South West Strategic Partnership Advisor. Lorraine’s background includes supporting communities across Devon to lead more active lifestyles, and supporting organisations to provide more accessible and inclusive opportunities for Deaf and disabled people. With more than 9 years’ experience, Lorraine is passionate about everyone having the choice to live the life they choose.

    For fun, Lorraine plays rugby and is part of Crediton RFC’s first female ladies’ team. Her highlight so far is being awarded the most improved player after her first season. Her biggest achievement was climbing Kilimanjaro and being the second group to the summit. She is now busy planning her next trip to the mountains!

    07436 245815
  • Mark Fosbrook

    Strategic Partnership Advisor (West Midlands)

    Mark supports local strategic partners, including the Active Partnerships, across the West Midlands. He also manages the exciting Include Me West Midlands programme. As a former Paralympian and wheelchair basketball international, he understands the positivity sport can bring to disabled people’s lives. This makes him even more passionate to show organisations what a difference they can make. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his work for disability sport in 2019. Active Mark can still be found regularly cycling and trying not to get competitive gaming with his young children!

    07764 291670