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About us | ukactive
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A message from our Executive Director

ukactive exists to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often. ukactive provides services and facilitates partnerships for a broad range of organisations, all of which support our vision and have a role to play in achieving that goal. We serve over 4,000 members and partners from across the public, private and third sectors, from multinational giants to local voluntary community groups. We do so by facilitating partnerships, campaigning and providing outstanding membership services.

Our Mission and Vision

Our long-standing and uncompromising vision is to get more people, more active, more often. We are committed to improving the health of the nation through promoting active lifestyles. We achieve this by facilitating big impact partnerships, campaigning and providing world class membership services. We exist to serve any organisation with a role in getting more people, more active, more often. We provide a supportive, professional and innovative platform for our partners to succeed in achieving their goals and create the conditions in which our sector can grow.

ukactive – together achieving more

Our Executive Team

Steve Ward

Steve Ward

Executive Director

Geraldine Tuck

Geraldine Tuck

Operations Director

Leah Walland

Leah Walland

Finance Director

Will Smithard

Will Smithard

Strategic Projects Director

Huw Edwards

Huw Edwards

Public Affairs Director

Dr Steven Mann

Dr Steven Mann

Research Director

ukactive Board of Directors

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Independent Chair

Dr Ewan Hamnett

Elected Member

(Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group)

Sandra Dodd


(CEO Places for People Leisure)

Matt Merrick

Elected Member

(COO Virgin Active)

Dame Carol Black

Independent Non-Executive Director

(Prime Minister’s Advisor on Long-Term Conditions)

Mark Sesnan

Elected Member


Pending Confirmation - Dr Peter Bonfield

Independent Non-Executive Director

(CEO BRE Group)

ukactive Membership Council

Dean Horridge

Children's Activity Representative

(CEO and Founder, Fit For Sport)

Garry Kerr

Outdoor Activity Provider Representative

(Head of Operations, British Military Fitness)

John Treharne

Representative Private Multi Site Operators

(CEO, Gym Group)

Debbie Kaye

Local Authority Representative

(Head of Communities, Arts & Recreation, Cambridge City Council, CLOA representative)

Liz Lowe

Wider Activity Provider Representative

(Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Manager, Programme Director ParkLives, Coca-Cola GB)

Marcus Kingwell

Education Representative

(MD, AoC Sport)

Robert Rowland/Hilary Gilbert

Independent Fitness Operator Representative


Neil King

Local Authority Management Contractor Representative

(Managing Director, 1Life)

Phil Rumbelow

Representative Trusts

(Chief Executive, Jubilee Hall Trust)

ukactive Supplier Council

Joseph Robinson

Architect, Designer or facility 'Kit out' Supplier

(Director, Show-Off Media)

Andrea Bianchi

Equipment Suppliers

(Managing Director, Technogym)

Dave Wright

Technology Provider


Nigel Wallace

Awarding or training Provider

(Client Services Director, Lifetime Training)

Jonathan Griffiths

Equipment Suppliers

(UK Marketing Manager,Precor)

Dr Jacquie Lavin

Health, Wellness or Nutrition Provider

(Head of Nutrition and Research, Slimming World)

Dawn Tuckwell

Marketing, Communications or PR Company

(Director, Action PR)

Wayne Heath

Business technology Provider

(Founding Director and CEO, Club Manager)

Jon Johnston

Equipment Suppliers

(Managing Director, Matrix Fitness/Johnson Health Tech UK)

Martin Franklin

Licenced Based Activity Provider

(CEO,Les MillsUK)

Ivan Stevenson

Professional Business Service


James Anderson

Equipment Suppliers

(UK Sales Manager, Core Health & Fitness)

Jason Worthy

Equipment Suppliers

(Managing Director, Direct Business – EMEA,Life Fitness)

Sue Anstiss

Marketing, Communications or PR Company

(Managing Director, Promote PR)