INSPIRING ACTIVE COMMUNITIES

Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire

As we emerge out of restrictions the Think Active team are blending working from our base at 1 Mill Street, working from home and as circumstances and safety allow attending physical meetings. 

We are available by mobile phones and email and continue to attend most meetings virtually so as to maintain business as usual.

The team wishes colleagues, customers and stakeholders continued best wishes and your continued good health and safety. 

**Notice**

From Thursday 22nd July 2021 Think Active will change our email addresses to firstname.secondname@thinkactive.org 

There is no forward from the @coventry.gov.uk address to the new thinkactive.org accounts so if you have sent us an email from Thursday 22 July, please resend to @thinkactive.org

Thank you!

Tel: 07885 200523

Vicky Joel

Director

Areas of Responsibility:

Overall responsibility for Think Active; the people, the operation and the development.

Advocating the benefits of sport, physical activity and exercise across all partners. Broker relationships and align priorities to maximise efficiencies.

Contact Vicky about:

Commonwealth Games

Developing local leadership to support sport, physical activity & exercise 

Business Improvement

District Activity Partnership for Coventry & Solihull

Previous Experience:

Vicky has been Director at Think Active (formerly CSW Sport) since October 2018 after being Interim Director since January 2018.

Vicky has over 20 years experience working in the sport and physical activity sector. Roles have included project managing exercise referral projects, club and community development and facility programming and sustainability for a large Local Authority.

Vicky has also worked in the third sector supporting local infrastructure and community and voluntary organisations to become more sustainable and to help local people into sustainable employment.

Before joining Think Active, Vicky worked for West Yorkshire Sport / Yorkshire Sport Foundation. During the 9 years here Vicky was the National Governing Body of Sport liaison before becoming the Director of Local Support & Partnerships.

Education:

BA(Hons) Business Management & Sport Studies

Mini MBA (2017)


HM Government Prevent online training (May 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Child Sexual Exploitation training (June 2020)

Personal Interests:

Vicky is a sports enthusiast and physical activity advocate who truly believes in the opportunities and learning that sport has the potential to provide and in the life changing benefits of physical activity for everyone!

As a participant, Vicky is most involved in hockey in which she represented Sheffield Hallam Hockey Club in the National League. Now predominantly as a coach she was Head Coach of Sheffield Hockey Club for 6 years during which time she led the Men’s 1st team to promotion to the National Premier Division after winning promotion in her first year. Vicky was the Assistant Coach for the Wales Senior Women’s programme between 2011 and 2017 and took most from the progression and development of committed female athletes.

Currently, Vicky coaches Olton & West Warwickshire Men’s 1s in the National League & Khalsa Leamington Women’s 1s as well as Girl’s Head Coach of the South Midlands Performance Centre for the England Hockey player pathway.

Tel: 07885 200472

Abi Dixon

Senior Partnership Manager

Areas of Responsibility:

Abi ​is the Senior Partnership Manager responsible for the effective delivery of our ‘Inspiring Active Communities’ strategy, leading the team and supporting the Director in the development of the organisation in terms of growth and sustainability.

Contact Abi about:

Health: Primary Care Networks, Commissioning, Long Term Health Conditions, older people

Confident,  Capable, Inspirational People (our aspiration for all people in all workforce roles)

District Activity Partnership for Warwickshire County

The Advocacy of Think Active’s brand, profile and reach.

Previous Experience:

Abi has worked at Think Active (formerly CSW Sport) since 2006, before which she worked for Warwick District Council as a Sport Development Officer and Sports Coach.

Education:

MBA Sport Management


HM Government Prevent online training (May 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Child Sexual Exploitation training training (June 2020)

 

Personal Interests:

​Abi is particularly interested in the positive contribution sport and physical activity can make in terms of improving physical and mental health and in particular how physical activity can help improve the lives of those living with Dementia.  Abi sometimes find it hard to make time to be physically active but she does try; by riding her bike to work (it’s only a 1 mile, but it all adds up), making herself go running and walking her children and dog to school.

Tel: 07885 200473

Emma Sadula

Senior Partnership Manager

Areas of Responsibility:

Emma ​is a Senior Partnership Manager and pat of the executive team responsible for the effective delivery of our ‘Inspiring Active Communities’ strategy, leading the team and supporting the Director in the development of the organisation in terms of growth and sustainability.

Contact Emma about:

Active Environments

Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

Local Delivery Pilot: Active Communities Field Lab work package 

 

Previous Experience

Emma has always worked with young people and started teaching, before moving onto working as Partnership Development Manager in a special school in inner city Birmingham. She then went onto work as National Young People Manager for England Hockey and Regional Manager for the Youth Sport Trust before joining the [then CSW Sport] team in 2014.

Emma enjoys being active starting her sporting career in basketball, having both played county and national level. She also enjoyed coaching both youth basketball and volleyball. Emma is a keen horse rider having learnt later in life and enjoys walking her retired greyhound.

 

Education:

MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology


HM Government Prevent online training (October 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Tel: 07885 200502

Luke Freer

Partnership Manager

Areas of Responsibility:

Luke is a Partnership Manager and is responsible for the delivery of national programmes across Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire so that informed decisions are made about where and with whom we work to ensure that we are addressing inequalities and targeting those people and places where inactivity levels are high. Luke is the Lead Safeguarding Officer for Think Active.

Contact Luke about:

Community Development and the Sport England funded Satellite Clubs programme

Cars Area Big Local in Smithswood, Solihull 

Youth Justice (specifically the Violence Reduction Unit and the Leveling the Playing Field projects)

Relationship Manager – Nuneaton & Bedworth & North Solihull 

Safeguarding

 

Previous Experience:

Luke is highly enthusiastic team player who effectively engages partners and stakeholders around a shared agenda.

Luke joined Think Active from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation where he lead on the PE and School Sport programme. Before this Luke worked for Staffordshire Local Education Authority on the Multi Skills programme, this also took him to London to do the same thing at Hillingdon School Sports Partnership. A former Youth Worker Luke is passionate about people and seeing them realise their potential

His experience includes promoting sport and physical activity through direct delivery as a volunteer, coach, youth worker and event organiser as well as at a strategic level creating partnerships to deliver on action plans. Recent projects have included youth and community engagement and club and coach development.

Luke has 15 years of experience of developing sport, particularly within education, community and club settings.

Education:

•            Agile Project Management Practitioner and Foundation Qualification

•            BA (Hons) Physical Education 2:2, University of Wolverhampton (2008 – 2011)

•            NQT Level 2 Support Work in Schools, Staffordshire LEA (2005 – 2006)

•            National Diploma in Sport

•            NVQ Level 2 Leisure and Tourism, Burton and South Derbyshire College (2000 – 2004)

•            Level 2 Application of Numbers

•            Level 2 Communication

•            7 GCSEs, John Taylor High School, Burton (1995-2000)


HM Government Prevent online training (May 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Child Sexual Exploitation training (June 2020)

Personal Interests:

Luke enjoys keeping fit, in particular playing Basketball which he has played at both county and national league level.

He still plays and coaches the sport that he believes has taught him so much. Luke is Captain of Redditch Basketball club in the West Midlands League and Coach of Warwickshire Hawks national league team.

Luke is currently Chairman of the West Midlands Regional Basketball committee something that he is very proud of.

Luke also enjoys music and socialising. He is a keen football fan and a season ticket holder at his beloved Arsenal Football Club.

Tel: 07885 200470

Hayley Noel

Interim Partnership Manager

Areas of Responsibility:

Hayley is a Partnership Manager and is responsible for the delivery of national programmes across Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire so that informed decisions are made about where and with whom we work to ensure that we are addressing inequalities and targeting those people and places where inactivity levels are high.

Contact Hayley about:

Sport England funded programmes – Children & Young People (Active Lives Children’s Survey, School Games & Opening School Facilities)

Relationship Manager (North Warwickshire)

Social Prescribing

Previous Experience:

Hayley has worked in the sport and physical activity sector for the past 5 years since leaving university where she completed a BSC (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching. On completion of the degree she started working for (the then) CSW Sport where she assisted the National Governing Body lead and Women’s & Girls Officer on programmes and initiatives to increase participation.

She then moved onto working for an NGB providing golf clubs with tailored business support to help them become a more sustainable business. After which she returned to Think Active part-time assisting with the health based projects which included social prescribing and working for a charity to project manage a physical activity initiative encouraging adults with low mental health to build physical activity into their lives.

Education:

Bsc (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching


HM Government Prevent online training (May 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Child Sexual Exploitation training (June 2020)

 

Personal Interests:

Hayley enjoys playing sport, her particular passion being golf which she has played for 18 years and currently plays for her club and county.  In a bid to improve her fitness she also tries to attend gym regularly and attempts to play hockey on Saturdays.

Tel: 07885 200517

Jake Waters

Marketing & Communications Officer

Areas of Responsibility:

Jake is the Marketing & Communications Officer and is responsible for the advocating the Think Active brand and the reach of our work to help make sport, physical activity and exercise as a part of everyone’s normal everyday life.

Jake is responsible for translating programmes and projects into fun, interactive and powerful messages and stories through our language, our appearance and our social media platforms.

Contact Jake about:

Think Active branding guidelines and how to use our brand 

Digital Marketing service (including logo’s. GIFs etc.)

The Think Active website

Previous Experience:

Jake has had experience in creating digital content for Solihull Moors FC in the past starting with his passion for football and his creative personality.

Education: 

A-level Media, Mathematics & Physics.

Digital Marketing Level 3 Qualification.


HM Government Prevent online training (May 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Child Sexual Exploitation training (June 2020)

 

Personal Interests:

Jake holds a season ticket at Aston Villa FC and regularly goes to Solihull Moors games. He’s visited over 80 football grounds supporting them.

Jake regularly plays football with his friends from his local community where it’s the lads vs the dads. Jake also regularly attends the gym in order to try and keep a good standard of fitness.

Tel: 07885 200524

Annette Prestidge

Business Support Officer

Areas of Responsibility:

Annette is the Business Support Officer for Think Active and is responsible for the smooth operation of all administration systems and proceses required to support the team and the organisation. Annette makes sure the office runs efficiently and effectively (when we are in the office and during the COVID-19 pandemic and working from home).

Contact Annette about:

Supplier relationship management and contracts relating to Think Active 

Purchasing 

Thrive at Work

Previous Experience:

Annette has extensive knowledge and experience after working in a variety of organisations within the commercial and public sectors, most recently working in Facilities Management for CBRE at various IBM sites.

Education:

Higher Diploma in Administrative Procedures

NVQ III – Administration

Managing Safely – Institute of Occupational Safety and Health


HM Government Prevent online training (May 2020 – to understand the risks of radicalisation and the kinds of support available to those at risk)

Child Sexual Exploitation training (June 2020)

 

Personal Interests:

Annette used to be a Coventry City season ticket holder and still regularly supports them.

Annette enjoys going to the theatre and concerts, gardening and regularly walking her border collie Bailey.

Tel: 07885 200492

Jonathan Dwyer

Development Officer

Areas of Responsibility:

Jonathan is responsible for working on the Tackling Inequalities Fund and Communities Fund.

Contact Jonathan about:

Tackling Inequalities Fund

Previous Experience:

Jonathan has worked in the not-for-profit sector for more than 25 years. His roles include working as a Group Treasurer for large Midland and London housing associations, investment manager for an international housing charity and the regulator of social housing as a lead regulator and then head of investor relations.

He has experience of working in finance, treasury and governance including being chair of audit and finance committee for a midland based housing association.

Education:

BA (Hons) International Relations & Politics

Certificate Finance and Banking

Association of Corporate Treasurers exams


 

Personal Interests:

Jonathan did not play much sport until his enthusiasm for watching cricket lead him to take it up in his thirties.

He is now a Foundation level cricket coach playing and coaching for Rugby Cricket Club. He also set up a local community group and he is the lead on sports and fitness developing a programme of fitness, cricket, and other summer sports for all ages.

He spent a ski season working as chalet chef where his croissant bread and butter pudding inspired by his mum was greatly appreciated.

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