Alex is currently leading the EIS Performance Pathway Team, overseeing Pathway Education Programmes for Pathway Managers, Coaches, Staff and Athletes. Having joined the Team in 2011, Alex has played an active role in the evolution of Performance Pathways in Great Britain, and her current focus areas include working with England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to align Pathways for success in Tokyo and beyond. Alex has extensive experience of working with multiple Olympic and Paralympic Sports through her work in the Performance Pathway Team, and also in her work with the English Institute of Sport since Beijing 2008.
Anne joined the CPSU in 2001 and is responsible for managing the Unit’s staff across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Anne manages relationships with the respective home nation Sports Councils, key partners, and the wider safeguarding world. Anne maintains contact with a range of sports-related trusts, organisations and councils as well as liaising with government departments.
She also works with International sports bodies including The International Olympic Committee to develop resources to address harassment and abuse of athletes. She is chair of the NGO Safe Sport International. Prior to working with the CPSU, Anne worked for 20 years in local authority services culminating in a role as a child protection co-ordinator. She retains her social work registration.
Catherine and her team at Sport and Beyond work with organisations that are serious about developing their people. Within sport, and coaching, they focus on behaviour, helping coaches understand how to think about the person behind the player. Throughout her career, Catherine has had one foot firmly in the world of sport, and one foot firmly in the corporate world.
After playing both tennis and hockey to representative level, and gaining a qualification as a tennis coach she went on to qualify as a solicitor. During her time in the corporate law field Catherine moved across into a training role, and since then has built up a repertoire of training and delivery experience.
Claire is a part-time UWS Sirens athlete and the Sirens For Success Coordinator in the City of Glasgow. Claire has excelled in her chosen sport of netball having represented her country at all national age group levels and is the current Captain of the Scottish Thistles and the UWS Sirens.
A true role model in the sport of netball, Claire inspires the next generation of future Thistles by delivering Thistle Camps across Scotland and is passionate about the work the Sirens for Success programme carries out introducing the sport to young girls in the community.
Chris McCready was a professional footballer for many years and is now working with Manchester United supporting young players, parents and coaches in the fields of identity and personal development. Chris has delivered workshops to 1200 young footballers over the last four years and is currently studying for a PhD.
Daryl was recently a finalist at the 2018 sportscotland Scottish Sports Futures Year of Young People Awards under ‘Outstanding Achievement’. In the past 5 years Daryl has progressed from participant to volunteer, paid coach and now youth worker on all programmes. This year he completed Education Through CashBack tutor training and has developed a bespoke referral programme aimed at taking a youth work person centred approach to developing young people experiencing challenge.
David is the Coaching Children and Safeguarding Lead at UK Coaching. He co-authored the latest UK Coaching/NSPCC Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop that 25,000 coaches attend annually and ‘First Steps into Coaching’ a workshop and resource aimed at taking parents from the stands and into coaching.
David is also a Level 3 Coach on the England Athletics National Coach Development Programme for javelin and the javelin coach at Loughborough University. In April he coached Hollie Arnold to gold and a world record at the Commonwealth Games.
Emma is a world-renown motivation and activation speaker. Her mission is to help people discover their inner coach and live the best story of their lives. Through her keynote speaking, mentoring, coaching and consultancy, she has inspired over 100,000 players, coaches, teams and corporates in the past 20 years.
Emma is a Tennis Australia High Performance Coach with a strong background as a touring professional, a talent development coach and was the Australian Junior Fed Cup Captain. Her pioneering approach to communication and coaching encourages deeper longer-term thinking about the self, and provides individuals with the tools to better understand how they use their language to bring out the best in themselves, enrich their own lives, as well as engage and empower others.
Gori is the Head of Training and Development for the Digital Garage from Google. He has over 10 years of experience consulting and training many SMEs, charities, business owners, entrepreneurs and students on how to boost their digital skills and harness the power of the internet and Google tools effectively to drive growth for their business.
Hazel is a sport development officer and educator who has led on Coach Core since it launched in Glasgow in 2013. She was responsible for developing the original model within the pilot phase to its current standing as a self-sustainable employability and modern apprenticeship programme.
Hazel has developed inclusive recruitment processes to target and engage with the right young people most in need of employability skills. She has also worked in consultation with employers from the sports industry to develop practical, recognised qualifications that generate the ‘future’ coaching workforce.
Jacqueline has been involved as a volunteer and coach with Scottish Sports Futures since the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She coaches with the primary school programme Jump2It, has delivered girl only Judo youth work sessions and completed all Education Through CashBack training. In addition to her work with Scottish Sports Futures, Jacqueline also works for East End organisation PEEK, delivering weekly Active Play sessions in the North East of Glasgow. Incredibly motivated and driven to succeed, Jacqueline is always encouraging others and especially the younger active champions to work hard and install a belief that they can be and achieve anything they put their mind too.
Jess is a Senior Tutor Developer for StreetGames with 15 years of experience, coaching and tutoring sport to young people in the community.
Jess co-ordinates, writes and delivers training across the StreetGames network and within the higher education system, sharing knowledge, experience and tips and tricks with young people, staff, volunteers and students. Jess has most recently been involved in the Apprenticeship team, helping to ready StreetGames for the delivery of two new national qualifications.
Judy Murray is a former Scottish international tennis player with 64 national titles to her name. She became Scottish National Coach in 1995, the same year that she became the first woman to pass the Lawn Tennis Association’s Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish Development School programme which ultimately produced four Davis Cup players and one Fed Cup player, including her Grand-Slam-winning sons, Jamie and Andy.
In 2011 Judy was appointed Captain of the British Fed Cup Team and used this role to grow the profile and numbers in women’s tennis across players and coaches.
Judy has developed several tennis initiatives including Miss-Hits, a starter programme for girls age 5 to 8, Tennis on the Road, which takes tennis into remote and deprived parts of Scotland, and, most recently, She Rallies, a programme with the LTA, to encourage more women and girls into tennis across the UK.
Originally from New Zealand, Justine is the Programme Director for MSc Performance Coaching at the University of Stirling. As part of her role, she also works in partnership with British Canoeing to deliver their UKCC Level 4 programme. Justine has a PhD in sport psychology and her research interests relate to both coaching and sport psychology, in particular exploring the interpersonal environment coaches’ create, the impact this has on athletes, as well as the influences on coaches themselves. She is a coach education tutor for Scottish Hockey and works in partnership with them to run the Women in Coaching Programme.
Katrina graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 before working at Glasgow School of Sport from 2010-2016 with athletes in athletics, badminton, gymnastics, hockey and swimming. Katrina has worked with youth academies at four Scottish Premiership clubs and currently works with the women’s football National Performance Academy and Scottish squash team at Oriam.
Kirsty has worked for over 18 years using the power of sport to change lives of young people. Her personal experiences combined with subsequent work experience has made her extremely passionate about the role of youth work in successfully engaging young people through physical activity, and the significance this approach can have as the driver for positive personal development. In her role as Operations Manager with Scottish Sport Futures, Kirsty works to ensure that a youth work approach is embedded across the organisation and is delighted to be involved in Year of Young People implementation with Scottish Government in 2018.
Laura is the Coach Development & Physical Preparation Lead for Athletics Northern Ireland. She is responsible for providing development opportunities for coaches at all stages of the pathway in Northern Ireland and in recent years has led on developing coach and athlete curriculums for Athletics NI’s talent pathway initiatives.
As an Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach, Laura also leads on delivery of the physical preparation for Youth Academy and Commonwealth Potential athletes and has team coaching experience with Northern Ireland, Ireland & Great Britain.
Martyn is Senior Programme Coordinator with Scottish Sport Futures. He currently coordinates the Shell Twilight Basketball programme, working with young people across Scotland in areas of deprivation at times when they need it most. Martyn also tutors on the Education Through CashBack programme; passing on his knowledge of youth work approaches to other coaches, young leaders, and professionals who seek to use sport as a vehicle for change.
Michael is currently Head of Academy Sport Science & Medicine at Heart of Midlothian Football Club. His role involves the management and coordination of department staff and sport science activity for all players within the academy. His experience predominantly lies within football, but he has previously held positions working with rugby union players and multi-sport athletes. Prior to working full time with Hearts, Michael completed his Masters by Research in conjunction with Oriam and The University of the West of Scotland, which focused on strength training and its relationship with sprint performance in field sport athletes. Michael is an accredited S&C coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association.
Richard Brickley MBE
Richard graduated in 1968 and taught in Dundee and Glasgow before moving to Fife Council to take up the post of Depute Principal at the Fife Sports Institute. Richard joined Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) as a volunteer in 1975 and served the association as an office bearer for over 30 years. He was chair of the organisation from 1999 – 2006 leading SDS through a period of change. Richard was involved in seven successive Paralympic Games as a GB coach or international classifier. Now retired, Richard maintains an active involvement in education, inclusive coaching, sports development and mentoring and is still heavily involved with supporting athletes and coaches.
Richard Cheetham MBE
Richard Cheetham has a reputation at national and international level in coach education and development with his work ranging from rugby union to triathlon and professional cycling with the Union Cycliste Internationale.
His research, publications and conference presentations have focussed on developing a more holistic approach to coaching as well as encouraging creativity and innovation in practice session design. The important role of play in sport at all levels of performance and across all ages has been a specific area of research with his work contributing to a regional primary education physical literacy initiative, UK Coaching, Rugby Canada and the University of Winchester Play and Creativity festival.
Robert is currently Performance Sport Manager at Oriam: Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre. His role is multifaceted and incorporates managing a team of 10 applied sport science practitioners working across multiple sport groups, lecturing on the MSc Management and Leadership in Sports Performance at Heriot-Watt University, and publishing scientific research in the field of sport science. Prior to taking up his role at Oriam, Robert studied for a PhD in sports medicine at Saarland University in Germany under the tutelage of Prof. Tim Meyer (physician for the German national football team). He is an accredited sport scientist and S&C coach with both the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association.
Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial
Sergio is a Senior Research Fellow in Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University and the International Council for Coaching Excellence. A former Team GB coach in Basketball, Sergio has extensive international experience in development and evaluation and coach education systems. He has also conducted research into High Performance Coaching and Positive Youth Development. Since joining Leeds Beckett University in 2011, Sergio has led a series of major international projects such as the development of the International and European Sport Coaching Frameworks, the highly acclaimed Serial Winning Coaches study, the development of the International Coaching Degree Standards and the iCoachKids project looking to revolutionise the way youth coaches are trained in the EU. Sergio has gained a reputation as one of the world’s foremost experts in coach education and development and youth sport, having spoken and consulted all over Europe and across the USA, Brazil, Japan, China and Singapore.
Suzanne currently has the privilege of being the Senior Education Officer for Health and Wellbeing (HWB) and Outdoor Learning in Education Scotland.
She works with a team to support staff in educational establishments across Scotland on all aspects of HWB and Outdoor Learning. Suzanne’s has been involved in education throughout her career with previous roles including PE Teacher, Lecturer, Senior and Principle Teacher as well as a Teaching Fellow and Associate Tutor covering Education institutes across Scotland. Suzanne is inspired by the people she works with.
Professor Sophia Jowett
Sophia is a Professor of Psychology at Loughborough University and an Associate Fellow and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. Her research work is predominantly around interpersonal relationships in sport with an emphasis on coaching relationships. More recently this work has started to make an impact in other areas including work (business, organisations) and education (primary, secondary schools).
Tina, currently wheelchair basketball development officer at Basketball Scotland, has been acknowledged for years of driving the development of the sport, while enthusiastically empowering players and coaches to reach their potential and achieve all they can in wheelchair basketball. Tina has supported many players to progress through the pathway from identification to club engagement and ultimately on to National representation – current Paralympian Robyn Love is one of the highest profile players who has benefited from Tina’s expertise and passion for coaching.
UK Coaching Learning Team
The UK Coaching Learning Team was established in 2017, to transform coach learning and development. We want to see more curious coaches out there and as a new team, we are bursting to get going with supporting coaches to learn more, learn better and pass on their learning to their participants.
UK Coaching Participation Team
The team is relentlessly passionate about getting more people active. Brimming with energy and abundant of ideas, they’re ready to share over 50 years of combined experience in coaching, teaching, leading, activating, educating, engaging and keeping people active.
Heather is fervent about getting more people active through improving their coached experiences. Craig has a passion for supporting the least active people to create a positive relationship with moving more. David is a knowledge factory for youth development and how to help kids to run, jump, and throw. Liz is keen to unravel the coaching ingredients for wellbeing, happiness and how to help people flourish.
UK Coaching Workforce Principles Project Team
Passionate about both coaching and people development has been a key ingredient in developing these Principles.
Drawing on global experience and insight the team has developed the Principles in a simple and easy to understand style and format ensuring that employers and deployers get the ‘right people’ for their participants, and that the coaching workforce is appropriately mobilised, looked after and developed. Their vision is to embed best practice using the workforce principles across the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.