Inclusive Sports Development Advisor
Mark Bullock is the former ITF Wheelchair Tennis Manager & Development Officer and former National Wheelchair Tennis Coach. He is currently an Inclusive Sports Development Advisor working with a wide range of sports and partners.
Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, Hartpury University
Matt is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Coaching, Programme Manager for BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, and passionate youth sports coach. His interests centre around lifelong physical activity, and high-quality coaching at grassroots level. Matt has experience of working at a School Sport Partnership supporting the delivery in high quality physical education and at a County Sports Partnership developing workplace physical activity with workplaces such as the Gloucestershire Constabulary, EDF Energy and NHS Trusts. He is a passionate advocate for neurodiversity and creating more inclusive work and sporting environments for all, having founded the Neurodivergent Network at Hartpury University that works internally and externally to achieve these goals.
Twitter: @MattCoachingPE Linkedin: matt-coldrey
Dr Claire Jenkin
Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire
Claire is currently at the University of Hertfordshire, having previously worked at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She has undertaken research projects on community sport participation, sport for social change and sports diplomacy, with various industry partners. She is on a number of academic journal editorial boards, is the Sports Development Track Chair for the European Association of Sport Management (EASM) and also a member of the workforce working group for the Sport for Development Coalition. In 2020, Claire was an invited expert at the House of Commons DCMS Select Committee on ‘Sport in our communities’. Prior to entering academia, Claire worked as a Sports Development Manager in London and on UK Sport projects in Zambia. She is passionate about knowledge exchange and evidence based practice, and is excited to help lead UKSDN into its bright future.
University of Hertfordshire research profile: Dr Claire Jenkin Twitter: @crjenkin LinkedIn: claire-jenkin
Head of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, Sport for Development Coalition
Simon Lansley leads on strategic communications and public affairs for the Sport for Development Coalition. He co-ordinates all Coalition activity around its brand and narrative, working in collaboration with Communication Leads at organisations across the network. Prior to joining the Coalition, Simon spent 16 years at the UK’s national news agency, the Press Association, where he was Sports Editor and Editorial Director, before moving into the Sport for Development sector as Head of Marketing & Communications for Street League, the sport for employability charity. He has also worked as a consultant for numerous charities and governing bodies in and around sport, ranging from FIFA and the Football Association to Terre des Hommes and Amnesty. Originally from Wolverhampton, Simon also recently worked as Senior Consultant for the International Platform on Sport and Development, sportanddev.
Twitter: @simonlansley LinkedIn: Simon Lansley
Founder and owner of Onna Ju-Jitsu Club
Mumtaz is the founder and owner of multi-award
winning Onna Ju-Jitsu Club, in addition to being a Sensei, Mumtaz holds a 6th degree black belt and developed a nationally accredited coaching program for Ju-Jitsu. She has managed her own coaching business for the past 23 years, and has a wealth of experience in community sport development. Her previous interests led to researching discriminatory practices against people with disabilities in martial arts, and more recently exploring factors affecting physical activity levels of self-identified Pakistani Muslim women living in Girlington, Bradford. She’s passionate about levelling the sporting playing field her current research focuses on policy, governance and power, with the aim of tackling racial discrimination in sport.
Twitter: @OnnaJuJitsuClub Website: www.onnajujitsuclub.com
Dr Chris Mackintosh
Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Manchester Metropolitan University
Chris founded the UKSDN in 2008 and chaired twice (2008-2012 and 2017-21). He has supported 12 UKSDN conferences, the development of five textbooks and edited monographs and four journal special editions. From 2020-21 he was appointed special policy advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee Inquiry into a National Plan for Sport and Recreation.
He has worked on over 125 research and evaluation projects in NGBs, Active Partnerships and international agencies in Canada, Japan, Antigua and Barbuda, Scotland, France and Wales. His founding passion for the UKSDN was the translation of evidence into useable resources. His work has featured on BBC Radio 4, The Observer, The Guardian, BBC Sport and The Sunday Telegraph.
Manchester Metropolitan University research profile: Chris Mackintosh Twitter: @SportDevDebate
Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Leeds Beckett University
Louise has over 20 years experience of working in the field of sport development and her involvement in UK Sport Development Network spans just over a decade. Her experience in the industry is varied, ranging from local authority community recreation, sports counselling, facility management, National Governing Body work, through to working at a strategic level for an Active Partnership. Louise made the leap into academia in 2009 and teaches on the BA (Hons) Sport Development degree and MA in Sport Development and Management at Leeds Beckett University. Her interests include; advanced leadership, policy development and implementation, sport for change and tackling inequalities in and through sport. Louise is still involved as a practitioner in the sport development field and is a member of the Yorkshire Regional Netball Board. Louise is a keen netball player, coach, founded the West Yorkshire Junior Netball League and Huddersfield Giants Netball club, where she was the chairperson for several years.
Twitter: @LouMorby LinkedIn: louise-morby
Doctoral Prize Fellow, Loughborough University
Alongside her role at Loughborough, Verity is a Japan Research Centre Research Associate at SOAS as well as an Associate for a small consultancy business Counsel Ltd. Her main interests focus on how sport events and other cultural entities have been used in local, national, and international contexts to influence the governing of society, in particular around notions of inclusivity. She engages in activities connected to an established international network of governing actors across a variety of organisations, including national sports organisations, local governments and advocacy groups. Following on from her London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games focused doctorate, Verity’s recent research focuses on important aspects of gender, sustainability, and disability. In the UKSDN and more broadly, Verity aims to champion the student and early career researcher/practitioner voices, and is often communicating through our UKSDN Twitter account!
Twitter: @verity_pos Website: www.veritypostlethwaite.com
Director of Design and Impact, The Change Foundation
Navjeet joined The Change Foundation in 2010 as a volunteer after being inspired by the charities incredible coaches. Since joining The Change Foundation, Navjeet has evolved the charities brand, transformed the charities impact measurement approach and is a multi-award-winning creative in designing sport for social change programmes. Navjeet is a netball and cricket coach and a graduate of the Women in Sport Leadership Academy (2016). She is passionate about engaging marginalised girls and young women through the power of sport, helping them discover their fearless bravery to become women of the future.
Twitter: @NavSira LinkedIn: Navjeet Sira