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NWHPAF Steering Group Members

Rob Woollen

Rob Woollen

Chair of the NWHPAF

Following an eight-year career as an award-winning construction engineer, Rob Woollen retrained as a personal trainer in 2005 and now heads a team of trainers in Greater Manchester. One of the first in the country to gain Level 4 registration on the Register of Exercise Professionals, his clients range from lower back pain sufferers to busy professionals. Rob specialises in new and improving runners and triathletes.

In 2007 Rob began to research employee wellbeing, initially with a sole focus on physical activity and employee health. This journey led a wider understanding of workplace health, and ultimately to his MSc in Work and Wellbeing at the University of Plymouth which he is currently working on. He now splits his time equally between personal training and employee wellbeing consultancy, with public and private sector clients ranging from small enterprises to those employing thousands of staff. He both delivers training and writes examinations for the Royal Society for Public Health. His own training course in corporate wellness for fitness professionals has been accredited by Skillsactive.

A finalist in the 2010 Manchester Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Rob sits on the strategic advisory board of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and mentors business and enterprise students in association with Young Enterprise.

In his spare time, Rob likes to walk in Britain’s beautiful mountains, and spend time with his family. He has completed two Ironman triathlons and is this year attempting to beat his 2011 time in the West Highland Way, a 96 mile off-road running race (hopefully in less than 30 hours).

Email: rob.woollen@rightwayews.co.uk
Phone: 07966475510
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/robwoollen

Dawn Mitchell

Dawn Mitchell

Vice Chair of the NWHPAF

Dawn Mitchell is a Neighbourhood Sport and Leisure Manager for Salford Community Leisure with the professional lead for Physical Activity and Health across the organisation. In her current role Dawn's remit is to work closely with key partners to raise the profile of, and participation in Physical Activity throughout the city. Within this role is the management of the Active Lifestyles Team which delivers a range of targeted services from Falls Prevention to Health Walks and Exercise on Referral for those with long term health conditions.

Dawn has worked in the exercise and health industry since graduating with a BSc in Exercise and Health Science in 2004 from the University of Salford, initially working within primary care in Manchester, moving to Salford Community Leisure as Senior Exercise Professional in 2006, then into her current role within the company in 2008. She also lectures at the University of Salford on under and post graduate courses on Physical Activity for Specialist Populations.

Dawn joined the steering group in December 2008 and for the past 2 years has been on the sub-committee for conference, taking great pride in the success and profile of the event.

Contact Details
Email: Dawn.Mitchell@scll.co.uk
Tel: 0161 778 0557

Jen Green

Jen Green

NWHPAF Treasurer

Jen Green is Project Co-ordinator for Get Walking Keep Walking - Manchester

Jen has a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science from Nottingham Trent University. She has been working in physical activity, health and community settings across Greater Manchester for the last 8 years. Including Exercise Referral and community physical activity and health development.

Jen started with The Ramblers Association in April 2008 and has responsibility for the co-ordination of the Manchester project as well as delivering it. She has a keen interested in sport and love walking whether it be across Manchester or up in the Lake District.

Jen Green works for The Ramblers as Project Co-ordinator for Get Walking Keep Walking in Manchester. Jen joined The Ramblers in April 2008 and leads on the management and delivery of Get Walking Keep Walking, an urban walking project to increase regular independent walking among previously inactive or insufficiently active people in the Manchester.

Jen has a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science from Nottingham Trent University. She has been working in physical activity, health and community settings across Greater Manchester since graduating in 2000. Her work has included Exercise Referral, Community Physical Activity and Health Development.

Jen became and steering group member since July 2009 and became treasurer in 2010. She has a keen interested in sport and loves walking whether it be along Manchester's canals or up a mountain.

Contact Details:
T: 0161 232 3106
M: 07979 693 038
E: jen.green@ramblers.org.uk

Ian Beattie

Ian Beattie

Email: I.Beattie@ljmu.ac.uk
Mobile: 07751 416956

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development at Liverpool John Moores University and teaches on a range of courses within the Centre for Sport, Dance and Outdoor Education.

Prior to taking up his post at Liverpool John Moores University, Ian worked in the leisure and health & fitness industry for over 12 years in both the public and private sector. He became an alumnus of the BA (Hons) Sport Development with PE programme in 2001 and began his post at the University in 2002.

He has research interests in the use of sport development processes and initiatives within private/public sector leisure, sport & health provision and also Management Processes and their use within health, fitness & sport. He is the Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Sport and has created a management group made up of industry professionals and academic colleagues to continue to enhance the curricula for students undertaking courses within the Centre.

Ian is currently undertaking an MSc in Sociology of Sport and Exercise at University of Chester, has been a steering group member of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum since 2005 and is a member of the North West Physical Activity Taskforce and The North West Executive Committee for UCS (University College Sport).

Ian was the Chair of the NWHPAF between 2008 - 2011.

Paul Sindall

Paul Sindall

Email: P.A.Sindall@salford.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 295 2290

Paul Sindall is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Directorate of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy at The University of Salford.

Prior to taking up this post in higher education, Paul spent ten years in the health and fitness industry, representing an independent private club. During this time, Paul developed extensive experience in the prescription of exercise and physical activity, and worked with a broad spectrum of clients as an applied practitioner.

In his more recent post as Programme Development Manager, Paul was responsible for the development and operation of some of the most innovative and creative structured exercise programmes within the industry. Within this role, he forged strong regional and national links with partner organisations and coordinated action across the Morecambe Bay area to encourage participation in physical activity.

He has worked in conjunction with NVQ Awarding Bodies, NHS Trusts, Universities, local clinicians, the Register of Exercise Professionals and voluntary / public sector organisations to increase the credibility of the industry and to promote the notion of exercise as a form of preventative healthcare.

Paul completed his MSc in Exercise Physiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2004, a process which allowed him to further extend his client base to elite Paralympic athletes. He is now working on his PhD at Loughborough University which involves working with elite and developmental athletes in the sport of wheelchair tennis. Paul is a fervent supporter of the role of exercise in optimal health.

Paul was the Vice Chair of the NWHPAF between 2008 - 2011.

Rebecca Caygill

Rebecca Caygill is currently employed as a manager of the Physical Activity Service for Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Community Health Care. Rebecca has worked in health related physical activity for the past 14 years, managing programmes within Health Promotion / Public Health and working across NHS, Local Authority and the Voluntary Services. Rebecca has been involved in a range of joint health initiatives including setting up one of the first ‘Exercise on Prescription’ schemes in the country in 1996.

More recently she has been jointly responsible for co-coordinating and leading the implementation of Rochdale Borough’s Physical Activity Strategy along with developing exercise referral integration and delivery for CVD and COPD rehabilitation.

Rebecca has been an active member of the NWHPA Forum since 1998 and has served as chair, vice chair and steering group member during that time.

Rebecca enjoys many outdoor activities including Rowing, Climbing, and Diving.

Tom Maloney

Tom Maloney

Tom Maloney is currently employed by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust – Oldham Community Health Services within the Health Improvement Service. He is the physical activity lead in Oldham working strategically to plan and implement physical activity interventions. He manages a team of community health development workers who coordinate and manage various physical activity initiatives across the Oldham borough. Tom also oversees 11 projects as part of the Target Well-Being portfolio which has a range of community based projects that focus on physical activity, mental health and food and nutrition.

Prior to working in the NHS Tom gained a Sport Development and Physical Education BA Hons Degree at Liverpool John Moore’s University and subsequently worked in Tameside and Trafford in the Sport Development sector focussing on school and community based provision.

He is a keen sportsman and regularly plays football, cricket and golf in his spare time.

Contact Details:
E: thomas.maloney@nhs.net
T: 0161 621 7135
M: 07875331660

Anna Roberts

Anna Roberts

Anna is currently employed by NHS Bolton within the field of Public Health. She co-ordinates the Get Active Programme, which is a borough wide Physical Activity programme aimed at 45 years + and manages a team of Community Workers. Anna has worked within this role since April, 2007 and developed the programme from the beginning.

Prior to her current role, she completed a BA hons degree in Social Work Studies and her previous work experience has been within a community setting. Anna has completed various related qualifications including Exercise Refferal, Project Management and is qualified to deliver a number of exercise sessions.

She enjoys keeping active in her spare time, including cycling, swimming, dancing and going to the gym.

Email: Anna.roberts@bolton.nhs.uk
Tel: 01204 488202

Margaret Moody

Margaret Moody

Margaret Moody is the Portfolio Manager for Target: Wellbeing

Target: Wellbeing is a portfolio of around 95 projects across the North West that focuses on encouraging healthy eating and improving mental wellbeing, as well as increasing physical activity.

Email: Maggie.moody@groundwork.org.uk
Tel: 0161 237 3200

Ian Duckmanton

Ian Duckmanton

Honorary Member

Ian joined the NW Health & Physical Activity Forum as a steering group member in November 2008 and became Chair in April 2011 for the membership year through to April 2012.

Ian is employed by Sport Cheshire (the County Sports Partnership for Cheshire and Warrington) as Research and Development Lead, leading on children & young people programmes, health/physical activity development, research & intelligence and business development. He originally was employed by Sport Cheshire to lead on the development of Community Sports Networks 2006-09.

Ian moved to the North West in 2006 after working for 3 years for South Derbyshire District Council as Sport & Youth Development Manager. His role was to deliver traditional sports development schemes alongside delivering anti-social behaviour / crime diversion programmes to the children & young people of the district.

Ian graduated from the University of Luton in 2002 gaining BSc (Hons) in Coaching Science and previously graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a HND in Sports Science and Coaching. During his 2 years in Luton, Ian coached the Ladies football team to the semi-finals of the National BUSA championships.

In his spare time, Ian is a keen sportsman playing Korfball for Crewe & Nantwich Korfball Club, running, golf, swimming and walking. Ian also referees open-age football in the South Cheshire & Border Counties Sunday Football League.

Contact Ian by:
Email: ian.duckmanton@sportcheshire.org
Mobile: 07809 394 873
Twitter: @IanDuckmanton

Declan O'Regan

Declan O'Regan

Declan is currently employed by Cheshire East Council and is the coordinator for the Go4it project. This project helps to break down the barriers to participation in physical activity facing at-risk young people in primary and secondary schools within the area. It forges links with local community clubs such as sports, dance, drama, youth venues and leisure centres, based on the individual interests of each child. If you would like more information on Go4it, please get in touch with Declan on the contact details above.

Prior to joining Cheshire East Council, Declan completed an MA in Sport and Exercise: Sports Development at Manchester Metropolitan University in October 2010, where he had previously completed a BA in Coaching and Sports Development. He has worked as an Associate Lecturer at MMU and Glyndwr University, Wrexham and has a particular interest in community based project evaluation.

Declan joined the NW Health and Physical Activity Forum as a steering group member in September 2009. In his first year he acted as the Student Ambassador for 09/10, helping to provide a voice for students within the area.

Email: declan.o’regan@cheshireeast.gov.uk
Tel: 0792 0295220/ 01625 383796

Alison Moore

Over the past 20 years Alison has gained a wide range of experience in the field of physical activity and food/nutrition; managing projects, working as a development officer, a service manager and over the past 3 years in commissioning of services for the NHS. Alison has worked for the public and private sector, plus she currently volunteers for a charity as a physical activity advisor.

Alison has a strong academic background having studied Sports Science, then Exercise Science at post-graduate level and has a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition. Alison is currently studying a PhD in the prevention of childhood obesity at UCLan. She attends research seminars and continuously reads the evidence base for physical activity and food/nutrition. Her project is a randomised cluster trial to evaluate the impact of an educational resource for 2-5 year olds. The Resource is physical activities and healthy eating activities for families.

Email: alison.moore@northlancs.nhs.uk

Claire Ramwell

Claire Ramwell

Honorary Member

Claire Ramwell has worked in health related physical activity, within a Local Authority setting for over 14 years. Initially responsible for developing and delivering a local Exercise Referral scheme, she is now Head of Service (Healthy Living and Sport) for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council with responsibility for integrating sports, coach and swimming development with a strong health related development team.

Working closely with the PCT, and through the Local Strategic Partnership she is involved in raising the profile and status of physical activity and championing its role in contributing to the local priorities and cross cutting agendas; most recently this has involved the Local Area Agreement framework.

Claire has been a member of the NWHPA steering group since its inception and was actively involved in transferring the forum from an informal network to setting up the formalised NWHPA Forum in 1999, serving as the inaugural Chair and currently holding the joint post of Treasurer / Secretary.

Jackie Brennan

Jackie Brennan

Honorary Member

After completing a Sports Science degree in North Wales, Jackie spent three years working in the private sector as a gym instructor and subsequently manager of a corporate gym. She then worked for nine years in local government in the Sports Development Team at Stockport M.B.C as a Physical Activity Development Officer. Jackie was involved in a range of joint health initiatives including setting up one of the first ‘Exercise on Prescription’ schemes in the country in 1992. She spent one year lecturing at Leeds Metropolitan University and then 3 years at Huddersfield University, teaching a range of physical activity and health related degree modules.

In 2003, she completed a Masters Degree in Public Health at Liverpool University. Jackie then worked as Regional Health and Physical Activity Coordinator at Department of Health NW from November 2003 until July 2010.
Jackie joined British Cycling as Recreation Manager NW IN July 2010.

Jackie's main activities are mountain biking/cycling and running. Jackie also enjoys scrambling, skiing and some gentle yoga. Jackie recently retired from 30 years of playing hockey and supports Arsenal avidly from the sofa!

Contact Details
Email: Jackiebrennan@britishcycling.org.uk
Tel: 07834 518 152

Mark Haig

Mark Haig

Honorary Member

Mark Haig has a background in Public Health and is now Director of Haig Associates Ltd and also
Healthworks Ltd. Has worked with a number of corporate clients in developing workplace health improvement programmes.

Mark developed the Heart of Mersey 'Healthy Stadia' programme with Judy Crabb and was commissioned to develop a Partnership Toolkit as part of the European Healthy Stadia project.

Previous commissions include developing legacy programmes for the Commonwealth Games 2002 and also the Women’s European Football Championships in 2005. He has also organised six international exchange programmes with
the British Council.

Mark is currently commissioned by Liverpool Football Club to develop and manage a
community health programme in the North Liverpool area.

Mark is a steering group member of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum.

A fan of Liverpool FC, Mark also regularly plays squash, cycles and is taken for walks by his dog!

Nick Colledge

Nick Colledge

Honorary Member

Nick Colledge is Sport and Health Manager with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, with a responsibility for strategic planning, alongside the management of both the Sports Development and Active Living Teams.

He has been working with Wigan on health and physical activity projects since 1993. From 2000 he was responsible for co-ordinating and leading the implementation of Wigan’s 5-year physical activity strategy.

Nick was one of the founder members of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum and continues to work closely with other projects across the region.

Mike Parker

Mike Parker

Honorary Member

Mike Parker, Managing Director, HM Partnerships Mike is Managing Director of HM Partnerships, a public health consultancy, established as a Community Interest Company (social enterprise), by Heart of Mersey in 2008. Their consultancy services are designed to increase the capacity of public, private and community organisations to plan for, design, implement and evaluate comprehensive health programmes and strategies to improve public health.

Through his work for HM Partnerships, Mike has led on projects relating to nutrition in the early years setting, social marketing campaigns for school age children and a range of other diverse projects relating to other aspects of public health With an Honours Degree in Sport and Exercise Science, a strong project planning and management background and PRINCE 2 (Project Management) Practitioner Status, Mike has over 16 years' experience working in public health, through employment with the local authority, primary care, the third sector and the private sector. Throughout this period Mike has been responsible for developing, delivering and evaluating public health interventions and partnerships, specialising in physical activity.

A former Chair of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum, Mike's recent schedule has included work with the Department of Health as part of the National Implementation Team for the NHS Health Trainer Service; work with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) on physical activity and the built environment, national involvement in the development and evaluation of a range of physical activity programmes and interventions in England, Scotland and other European countries.

Mike has worked with a range of academics on evaluation and research projects and has written several published papers relating to public health interventions.

Contact Details
Email: mike@thealtcc.co.uk
Email: mike.parker@hompartnerships.co.uk
Tel: 0151 928 7820
Mob: 077 899 35865

Andrew Ramwell

Andrew Ramwell

Honorary Member

Email: a.ramwell@mmu.ac.uk
Tel: 0161 247 1961
Mob: 07768 011865

Andrew Ramwell is employed as the director of the Manchester Institute of Sport and Physical Activity (MISPA) at the Manchester Metropolitan University. MISPA is an action research unit belonging to the 6* research rated Department of Exercise and Sport Science.

Andrew has a particular interest in physical activity and public health policy and practice. He has served on a variety of Government committees and policy groups to help shape the sport and physcial activity agenda. More recently he has worked on the new NICE guidelines for obesity and is currently researching the impact of the £30m Barclays Spaces for Sports programme.

Andrew has been Chair and Vice-Chair of the Forum until stepping down for the 2008 membership year.

Nick Cavill

Nick Cavill

Honorary Member

Nick Cavill BA (Hons) MPH
Cavill Associates

Nick is an independent health promotion consultant, a research associate of the University of Oxford BHF Health Promotion Research Group, and an Associate of the BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University. He specialises in the development of policy and programmes on physical activity and sport and sustainable transport. His current projects include project management of the NICE Collaborating Centre for physical activity; public health advisor for Cycling England; conducting a review of economic appraisal of walking and cycling for the World Health Organization, and working with the National Heart Forum to explore the links between the built environment and health. He has worked at both Departments of Health and Transport, and was formerly at the Health Education Authority, where he was head of the physical activity programme from 1994 – 2000.