2017 Speakers

Tracey Crouch MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society

Tracey Crouch was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage on 12 May 2015. She was elected as the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford in 2010.

Penny Mordaunt MP

Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work

Penny Mordaunt was appointed Minister of State for Department for Work and Pensions on 15 July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Portsmouth North in 2010.

Penny worked for Conservative Central Office, becoming Head of Broadcasting under William Hague. In 2000 she served as Head of Foreign Press for George W. Bush’s presidential election campaign. In Parliament, Penny served on the European Scrutiny Committee, Defence Select Committee, and as chairman of the APPGs for Life Science and for Ageing and Older People. In autumn 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence, Rt Hon. Philip Hammond MP. She served as Minister of State for the Armed Forces from May 2015 until July 2016.

Penny worked as an aid worker in post-revolutionary Romania before and during university. She was director of communications at Kensington & Chelsea Council and the Freight Transport Association and was a director of Diabetes UK, the Community Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Lawrence Dallaglio OBE

Rugby World Cup Winner, Founder of the Lawrence Dallaglio Foundation

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

ukactive Chair

Baroness Grey-Thompson has had an extremely successful career as a Paralympic athlete, winning 11 gold medals, as well as six London marathons. In 2005 Tanni was made a Dame for her services to sport and in 2010 became a Life Peer sitting as a cross-bencher in the House Lords. She is the president of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and the patron of numerous charities including Sports Leaders UK, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme and a trustee of the Sportsaid foundation. She became the chair of ukactive in April 2015.

Darren Campbell MBE

Olympic Gold Medalist, Founder of Team Super Schools, Former presenter of Game Changers on Sky Sports

John McAvoy

World-record holder and endurance athlete

Lord Andrew Lansley CBE

Professor Sir Muir Gray CBE

Consultant in Public Health Oxford University Hospitals & the first Chief Knowledge Officer for the NHS

Suzanne Bull MBE

CEO, Attitude is Everything

Suzanne Bull MBE was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Attitude is Everything on 1st April 2008.

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audience, artists and the music industry.
She received an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2013 for services to music, arts and disabled people. She also has an Access All Areas Editor’s Award and she is listed in Power 100. In February 2017, she was appointed as one of the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health’s Disability Sector Champions, representing the music industry.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe

Chair, LGA Community Wellbeing Board

Izzi first came to County politics in 2001 and has held the two Portfolio roles. Firstly of Children, Young People and Families from 2005-2010, where she brought together the combined services of Education and Children’s Services and as Adult Social Care Portfolio Holder between 2010-2013.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe became the first female leader of Warwickshire County Council in May 2013. She has continued to lead her administration with passion, vigour and compassion.

Izzi has been on the LGA Community Wellbeing Portfolio since 2013 and has chaired this Board since September 2014.

In June, Councillor Seccombe was awarded an OBE for services to local government.

Dr Zoe Williams

Clinical Champion, RCGP

Kathryn Morley

Chief Executive, OnSide Youth Zones

Chief Executive of OnSide Youth Zones, an ambitious charity replicating the successful Youth Zone model across the country, giving young people somewhere safe and inspiring to go 7 days a week, with a mind boggling array of positive activities to get involved in, supported by positive adults.
Onside has private sector leadership at its heart, in Kathryn’s successful Food industry private sector career she specialised in start-ups, change management, rapid growth and mergers.
Kathryn is personally committed to young people’s development, and has been a mentor, volunteered with Rape Crisis, set up Incest survivor’s support and fostered a young adult.

Myles Bremner

Myles has spent many years working in the food policy sector.

He has recently advised the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and was Director of the UK government’s School Food Plan, leading the transformation of food culture in schools. He worked closely across government and the wider food sector.

Myles was Chief Executive of Garden Organic, a leading UK educational horticultural charity for six years. He was a member of the London Food Board, a Trustee for Sustain and chaired a Defra Taskforce in 2011.

Myles has also had worked as Director of Fundraising at Action for Children and at CLIC Sargent.

Dr. Lauren Sherar

Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health, National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine

Dr Lauren Sherar is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health at the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, Loughborough University. Her research aims to develop interventions to positively impact on the health and wellbeing of children and youth through an increase in physical activity and a decrease in sedentary behaviours and she is passionate about getting research into practice. Dr Sherar has a series of grants and 70+ publications in this area. Her most recently awarded grant involved integrating novel tools and strategies into the classroom to reduce the sitting time of primary school students.

Frankie Bennett

Founder, The Hard Yard

Chris Martin

CEO, The Mix

Chris Martin is CEO at The Mix. Chris is passionate about digital for social good, and leader of The Mix growing its ecosystem of information, support & community tools for young people. Chris was the architect of the ground-breaking merger between YouthNet and the Get Connected Helpline that created The Mix in 2016. He set its three-year business plan and defined the strategies around service delivery, marketing and fundraising. Chris lead a 38 man staff team and 150 volunteers based across London and Nottingham and sit on a variety of sector and governmental advisory panels related to youth and digital.

Bev Taylor

Senior Choice Manager, Social Prescribing, NHS England

Ben Allen

CEO & Founder, Oomph

Penny Hobman

Deputy Director Integration Strategy, Department for Communities and Local Government

Penny Hobman is Deputy Director in the Integration and Communities Directorate at the Department for Communities and Local Government where she is responsible for developing the Government’s new integration strategy. She has worked in government for 15 years including positions as Deputy Director for LGBT Equality in the Government Equalities Office and a wide range of roles in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport including international sports policy; the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; working with the Department for International Development to use sport to tackle AIDS; and several years as a Private Secretary to four Secretaries of State.

Emily Arkell

Head of Health Policy, RCPCH

I lead RCPCH’s policy work on prevention and early intervention, prioritising children’s services in the NHS, child protection and reducing health inequalities and mortality. The College influences public policy at all levels to improve health outcomes for all children in the UK.

The Policy Team have led the development of the State of Child Health and Why Children Die which highlighted the impact of health inequalities on poor outcomes for children. The Policy Team also develops standards of paediatric care for health professionals in the NHS. Our work can be found here: www.rcpch.ac.uk/improving-child-health%20

Peter Bonfield

CEO, BRE Group

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE FREng joined BRE as a research scientist in 1992. He progressed through the organisation to become Chief Executive Officer of the BRE Group of companies in January 2012.Peter is passionate about the role that building science and engineering can play in finding solutions to the challenges that the built environment faces in delivering buildings, homes and communities that work for people, the environment and the economy. From 2006 until 2012 he was on part-time secondment to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), where he co-created the sustainable development strategy and took the lead on the sustainable procurement of construction products. Peter was appointed as a Non Executive Director of UK Government at DEFRA in early 2016.

Dr Will Norman

Walking and Cycling Commissioner, GLA

Will Norman is London’s first Walking and Cycling Commissioner, working to deliver the Mayor’s pledges to make walking and cycling safer and easier in the capital.
Will was previously Director of Global Partnerships at Nike. He spent more than three years working with not-for-profits, governments, UN agencies and European Institutions to tackle the global inactivity crisis, with a particular focus on getting children more active.
Prior to working at Nike, Will was Director of Research at the Young Foundation and also set up a successful social research consultancy.
Will has a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys both running and walking throughout the capital. He lives with his family in east London.

Mary Parsons

Group Director, Placemaking and Regeneration, Places for People

Mary has over 25 years' experience in the development, construction and regeneration industry, working across the private, registered provider and consultancy sectors. She has been involved in some of the largest housingled regeneration programmes in the UK. Previously, she worked in the consultancy business, specialising in public/private sector partnerships and housing market renewal, and also worked in the private sector on large-scale, mixed-tenure developments. Mary is a Trustee of the Town & Country Planning Association and joined Places for People in 2004, becoming Group Business Development Director in 2010.

Debbie Kaye

Vice Chair, cCLOA

Steve Howell

Head Teacher, City of Birmingham School

Steve Howell joined City of Birmingham School Pupil Referral Unit in Birmingham in 2007. He has worked his way from PE teacher to his current role as Head Teacher. Steve has a passion for physical activity and sport in all forms. In particular Steve views using physical activity as a means to support vulnerable young people in developing their life skills and resilience as a key ingredient to their successful future and is working with a range of partners to support this agenda in Birmingham.