Dr Chris Mackintosh
Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Manchester Metropolitan University
Chris founded the UKSDN in 2008 and is on his second role as Chair (2008-2012 and 2017-ongoing). 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 130 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 to make genuine impact on sport policy and practice.
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.
Dr Claire Jenkin
Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire
Claire is currently at the University of Hertfordshire, having previously worked as a Sport Management Lecturer at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. She has undertaken numerous research projects on community sport participation, sport for social change and sports diplomacy, with various industry partners. She is on two academic journal editorial boards and an editor for the Routledge e-Encyclopedia Sports Development section, in addition to being the Sports Development Track Chair for the European Association of Sport Management (EASM). 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 translation and evidence based practice.
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 22 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.
Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, Leeds Beckett University
Louise has over 20 years experience of working in the field of sport development. Her experience is varied, ranging from local authority community recreation, sports counselling, facility management through to working for a county sport partnership. Louise made the leap into academia in 2009 and research interests include; policy development and implementation, the voluntary sector and sport, employability in sport and gender and sport. Louise is a member of the management board for the West Yorkshire CSP. Louise is a keen netball player and coach. She is also the chair of Huddersfield Giants netball club.
Dr. Verity Postlethwaite
Lecturer in Sports Business Management, Hartpury University and Research Associate Counsel Ltd.
Verity is an early career researcher with extensive research, teaching and administration experience. Currently, she balances her efforts between part-time and visiting roles at Hartpury University, SOAS University of London and Counsel Ltd. Verity’s main interests and research are connected to an established international network of governing actors related to sports events, sports policy and sports diplomacy. She has attended the UKSDN conferences since Leeds Trinity University hosted in 2015 and contributed to the UKSDN Leadership Group since 2018. Verity aims to champion the student and early career researcher/practitioner voice in the network, and is often communicating through our UKSDN Twitter account!