Registration and Networking
9:30 – 10:30

Teas and coffees served

Event chair’s welcome
10:30 – 10:35

Steve Ward
CEO, ukactive

Opening Keynote
10:35 – 10:45

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson
Chair, ukactive

Education Funding Landscape: Update
10:45 – 10:55
Mark Dawe
Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers

Leading policy and training expert Mark Dawe will summarise the recent changes in government education policy, and explore the impact it has had on the UK’s training market.

Scaling and Growth in the Training Market
10:55 – 11:45

Mark Dawe
Chief Executive, Association of Employment and Learning Providers
Dougie Freedman
Co-Founder, Focus Fitness
Jenny Patrickson
Managing Director, Active IQ

Regular reforms and a lack of clarity on education budgets and funding rules have left many working in the sector unable to effectively business plan for the years ahead. Yet despite this there remain clear examples across the sector of a thriving training market: new providers continue to emerge, embracing new practices and building successful brands, alongside established market heavyweights continually innovating to maintain their position. Hear from a mixture of policy experts and training specialists on the secrets behind their success.

Networking break
11:45 – 12:05

Refreshments will be served

The Wellbeing Workforce: The Future of the Exercise Professional
12:05 – 12:55

Dr Justin Varney
National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing, Public Health England
Hilary Tysoe
People Director, Virgin Active
Dr Dane Vishnubala
Chief Medical Officer, Active IQ

Steven Ward, CEO, ukactive
Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health

As the physical activity sector continues to grow in both size and stature, its potential to have a powerful, positive impact on the public’s broader health and wellbeing grows too.  ukactive and the Royal Society for Public Health will present the ambitions and initial findings of research exploring whether consumers want health advice beyond physical activity from their personal trainer, and how it can be delivered

Lunch & Networking
12:55 – 13:45

Refreshments will be served.

Keynote Address
13:45 – 14:00
John Amaechi OBE
Organisational Psychologist and Former NBA Player, Amaechi Performance Systems

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist and high-performance coach, New York Times best-selling author, and CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a leadership consultancy working in Europe and the United States.  He will explore how the physical activity sector can harness the power of inclusivity and diversity to reap rewards when it comes to recruitment, retention, engagement and overall performance.

Keynote Address
14:00 – 14:15
Marc Woods
Paralympic Gold Medallist & Physical Activity and Sport Sector Specialist

Marc, a former Paralympic swimming champion, having won 12 medals from 5 Games, will take the audience on an inspirational journey through his story – and his plans to play a leading role in the sport and physical activity sector looking forward.

Delivering the Workforce Strategy: The Government’s Commitment to Physical Activity
14:15 – 15:05

Heather Sinclair
Head of Health, Workforce & Diversity, Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Caroline Fraser
Workforce Director, Sport England
Marc Woods
Paralympic Gold Medallist & Physical Activity and Sport Sector Specialist

The past twelve months have seen seismic strategic developments in the physical activity skills landscape. The stage is now set to deliver meaningful progress on a new suite of professional standards, robust training accreditation processes and a sector-wide career pathway. In this session, delegates will meet three of the key players who will be driving this progress and hear their plans to implement the government’s commitment to upweight the physical activity sector’s workforce.

Coffee and Networking break
15:05 – 15:25

Refreshments to be served

Keynote Address
15:25 – 15:40
Kevin Green
Chief Executive, The Recruitment & Employment Confederation

Kevin Green has been the Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation since 2008, the professional body for the UK’s £35.1 billion private recruitment industry. During Kevin’s tenure at the REC the organisation has been recognised for its excellence in service provision and campaigns, winning over sixteen association awards including Trade Association of the year.

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent
15:40 – 16:30

Malcolm McPhail
CEO, Life Leisure
Matthew Robinson
Operations Director Active Leisure & Retail, Lifetime Training
John Treharne
CEO, The Gym Group

Encountering high levels of staff turnover is frequently one of the most serious, pressing and entrenched problems that an employment sector can face. This session will see the launch of Retaining Talent, a report produced by Lifetime Training and ukactive exploring the distinct role that employers, training providers and awarding bodies all have to play to unravel and overcome the challenges faced in retaining, developing and maximising the potential of frontline staff.

Closing Keynote
16:30 – 16:35

Tara Dillon
CEO, Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity