Active Suffolk Board Members
I started my Leisure career in Suffolk 31 years ago, moving into Essex and onto Hertfordshire but following my heart, returned home to Suffolk in 2009 to work for the largest Leisure Trust in Suffolk as the Development Director for Abbeycroft Leisure.
I have a well-rounded background in Leisure Management, with experience in driving strategic change, developing and managing large projects and teams. I have a proven track record in a private, public and trust environment, am skilled in financial management taking underperforming business into success. I aspire to be a transformational leader, taking an open door approach which to date has resulted in building excellent teams, delivering excellent results and driving exceptional customer service.
Becoming a trustee with Active Suffolk allows me to share my knowledge and experience in the County that I love.
Born in Suffolk, although now living in Cambridgeshire I still have a strong affinity with my home county. Whilst working as the Regional Project Manager for the London 2012 Games for 7 years and having set up my own business Bavester Associates post-Games, I have had the pleasure of working closely on many Suffolk projects linked to Sport, Physical Activity and Culture.
Throughout my career I have worked in the private, public and third sector and now focus on supporting organisations with their project management and strategic development needs.
I enjoying skiing, exercising regularly and have been known in the past to take part in the Suffolk based Great East Swim and continue to regularly participate in half marathons.
Professor Bill Tancred is a leading sports administrator, academic and Olympian from the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games as a discus thrower. He was the British National discus champion for ten years, breaking the record 19 times, the last one standing for over 25 years.
After competitive retirement he became athletics coach to the British team and to the International Athletics Association Federation for over 20 years.
Bill was a former regular soldier with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps serving in Aden, Bury St. Edmunds and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. During his academic career he held the positions of Director of Physical Education and Sports Studies at Sheffield University, Professor of Sports & Exercise Science at Bucks New University and Director of Sport at the University of Suffolk.
He has served on numerous Sports and Physical Activity Boards to include the Olympians, England Athletics (East) Council, Chair of the International Athletes Club and Chair of Suffolk Sport.
Bill was awarded an MBE in 1992 for Services to Athletics.
Andy, "a good old Suffolk Boy 'born and bred'" has worked for over 40 years in the leisure industry starting out as a lifeguard at the age of 16. He has been a Long-Distance Swim Coach, coaching successful individual and team Channel Swims. Safety has always part of his DNA having suffered a family drowning in Suffolk involving his great uncle.
As Places Leisure, Head of Safety, Andy's key aims have to encourage both blended lifeguarding using technology as well as encouraging common sense safety in leisure centres. Over last few years his focus has been to encourage the HSE to rewrite HSG 179 'Managing Safety in Swimming Pools' so it's appropriate to current management. He has also focused on the recognition of the safeguarding of staff as well as customers.
In August 2017 he was responsible for research in a paper, titled 'Advancements in the medical aspects of rescue, first aid and resuscitation', presented by Joanna Talbot Head of Product (RLSS UK), at the 2017 International Life Saving Federation Conference on Drowning Prevention, Vancouver, which brings together the world's foremost experts, research, systems and information on drowning prevention, rescue, lifesaving and water safety. The background is the information from Places Leisure use of AED's, where it is widely known that the first few minutes following cardiac arrest are critical in order to give someone the best chance of survival, during these minutes Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) are vital.
Since he personally suffered a cardiac arrest in August 2018 he has supported the BBC Radio Suffolk campaign to encourage more people to learn CPR as well as encouraging more publicly available defibrillators in Sudbury.
Michael Crichton has been passionately involved in PE and school sport at all levels for over 40 years. He studied in Nottingham and qualified with a Bachelor of Education Degree specialising in PE, geography and middle year's education in 1978.
He has been a Teacher, Head of Department and a member of a school's Senior Leadership Team, a School Governor, Local Authority Advisory Teacher, Local Authority PE & Sport Adviser and on 12th March 2015, retired from his role as a Standards and Excellence Officer and Schools Learning and Improvement Adviser for Suffolk County Council. Michael is now semi-retired and working as an independent physical education consultant. He is currently the Chair of the National Association for Physical Education (afPE) in the UK and has been on the afPE Management Board since 2011-12. Besides his current Chairmanship and Board duties he is also an afPE Quality Mark Validator and a member of the National Quality Mark Assessment Panel.
Michael firmly believes that diverse, rich and needs driven provision of high-quality PE, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA) in schools and in the community is a crucial ingredient to bring about positive change in society, both in terms of citizenship and well-being. From his years of experience in the sector, he has seen and is confident that regular positive experiences and participation in PESSPA improves the lives of all. In his first public address at the afPE National Conference in July 2015 he talked about his philosophy and the importance of the '5 P's': Passion, Purpose, Positivity, Productivity and Partnerships. To this day he believes that effective leadership requires these characteristics along with the addition of a 'T', Trust. Michael is delighted to be a member of the Active Suffolk Board; having joined in April 2018, and hopes that his experience will add value to its strategic direction.
Michael is a family man and enjoys walking, gardening, travelling, photography, working out in the gym and anything Nottingham Forest! He is a season ticket holder and supports the club that he has followed for the last 54 years or since 'being a little boy'! He adds, "Please don't hold it against me!"
Warren Smyth has worked in the sports and leisure industry for more than 25 years and is CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure.
It is a career that has seen him work his way up the leisure industry career ladder from children's activity leader to lifeguard and from fitness instructor to centre manager.
Abbeycroft has seen significant growth and now includes a very diverse portfolio of facilities. In addition to this, the organisation continues to develop a broad range of initiatives to encourage people to be physically active.
Warren is passionate about sport and physical activity and impact it can make on people's lives and has also been involved with a variety of sports clubs in a coaching capacity as well as undertaking various committee roles. He is still known to dust off his hockey stick and turn out for his local club at the weekends, although most of his time is now spent watching his children enjoy their own sporting pursuits.
I'm proud to have lived in Suffolk my entire life, having grown up in Lowestoft and built my Career in Ipswich.
I am a chartered Accountant, specialising in financial services. I'm driven, competitive and ambitions both in my career and personal life, which is why I love sport. I was named one of 'One young CA's Top 35 CAs under 35'.
I love trying new things, from ice climbing in New Zealand, to via Ferrata in Canada or sky diving in Beccles. It's this passion for adventure that led me to found Sparrowhawk Leisure with my Husband Andrew.
I'm Finance Director of Sparrowhawk Leisure, which is a company specialising in providing outdoor adventurous activities. We work with a number of local schools to provide alternative and sports activities to their pupils. We also work with partners to provide different activities to the general public.
I joined Active Suffolk to share my financial, governance and risk management knowledge and skills and help promote participation in physical activities.
Originally from north of the border, Suffolk has quickly become my home since moving and settling in Bury St Edmunds three years ago. My friends and family would describe me as a sport and physical activity enthusiast; originally a dedicated footballer but since hanging up my boots I have enjoyed being active through CrossFit and (fair-weather) cycling.
I've worked the sports development sector for the past seven years, gaining my first full-time role at Staffordshire Football Association in 2012 as their Inclusion Development Officer where I spent 2 and a half years before leaving to travel internationally for six months. During this time, I enjoyed volunteering as part of a physical activity and healthy eating programme which supported families to make healthier lifestyle choices.
I joined Suffolk FA when I returned to the UK in 2016 and have spent the past two seasons in the role of Football Development Manager. I get great pleasure working with rest of the team at Suffolk FA, meeting volunteers and supporting the development of our clubs and leagues across the County. My role has given me a breath of experience in supporting clubs with large scale facility developments and funding applications.
Being part of Norwich City Football Club's Academy programme as a teenager helped shape my passion for using activity as a tool to develop others, enthusing me to complete my coaching qualifications at the earliest opportunity. Following this, I went on to complete a BSc and MSc at Loughborough University in Sport and Exercise Sciences while representing the Universities' first team in the British Universities & Colleges Sports National leagues.
I can safely say my experiences during my time participating, coaching and volunteering have been instrumental in developing my passion for supporting others to achieve their potential through sport and physical activity.
I hope that my involvement with Active Suffolk can help strengthen their objectives of inspiring everyone to be more active and continue making a positive impact on people's lives.
Born and Bred in Suffolk, Stuart attended school at Framlingham College and started his career in sales and marketing 20 years ago. During this time, Stuart has held senior leadership roles within Child Safety, Consumer electronics and Pharmaceuticals and has sat on Boards both within and outside the industry sectors in which he has worked. In addition, Stuart has gathered experience internationally across Europe and the Middle East as well as the UK. Born and raised in the UK, Stuart enjoys spending time with his family as well as competing in sporting events including Triathlons and playing Rugby. Stuart also coaches rugby at U12 level in Suffolk.