Job role: Overall, my role is to lead a whole system approach to address inactivity and engage more people in active lives across Greater Manchester.
My CEO role in GreaterSport is to:
My GM Moving Executive Lead role is to:
I lead the development and implementation of the GM Moving, the physical activity strategy. This ambitious whole system plan to reduce inactivity was launched in July 2017, and aims to capitalise on the opportunities that devolution and the transformation of health and social care in Greater Manchester bring. It builds on existing strengths and sets out a life course approach, with the aim of doubling past improvements, reaching the target of 75% of people active or fairly active by 2025.
GM Moving outlines a big ambition and an approach to transformational change which is breaking new ground and aims to get 75% of people in Manchester active or fairly active by 2025. With the leadership and commitment of Greater Manchester’s elected Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the whole system galvanising behind GM Moving, I am constantly reflecting on the journey so far; learning, tactics, strategic and community engagement, challenges, my personal journey and what the future holds. I try to share my latest learning and thinking in ways that keep us all growing and learning together through my blogs; please join in the conversation here.
Date joined: April 2017
Professional background: I moved from my role as Director of Derbyshire Sport to lead Greater Manchester Moving in April 2017. My 25 year career in physical activity and sport development, policy and community development have given me wide experience. My voluntary roles in the community keep it all very real! My passion and excitement for the work is stronger than ever, as we are collectively poised to reach a tipping point in our work to design moving back into life.
Fun Fact: I love to be outdoors. Wild swimming and adventures in the hills help to keep me balanced and happy. In recent years I have started to write poetry and I’ve been ‘encouraged’ to use my poems in my work. I have even used a couple in conference speeches. I am learning that when things feel difficult, I need to go there. It’s where the magic happens!