Meet the Team

Funding Manager Gail Ballance

Gail Ballance

Development Manager (Children & Young People) VIEW BIO
Funding Manager Gail Ballance

Gail Ballance

Development Manager (Children & Young People)

As the Strategic Lead for Children & Young People’s Health & Wellbeing, I am responsible for working with a range of partners to utilise and embed physical activity within a range of services to support our more vulnerable, disadvantaged and inactive children and young people.

I joined the Active Partnership in 2015, having previously worked in community development for a number of years. This included leading a charity which managed a community sports facility in Northumberland.

I am quite open about how I never enjoyed PE at school, so would never class myself as the ‘typical’ sporty person. However, I do enjoy walking, dancing and Clubbercise. In 2019, I used walking to help me manage the side effects of treatment for breast cancer and completed my first Great North Run four months after finishing active treatment.

Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca Bennett

Active Workplace Development Manager VIEW BIO
Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca Bennett

Active Workplace Development Manager

My role as the Active Workplace Development Manager is to support organisations across Northumberland and Tyne & Wear with their employee health and wellbeing initiatives.  We recognise that people spend a lot of time at work and with colleagues, so we support workplaces by highlighting the benefits of having a more physically active workforce and offer fitness activity opportunities to their staff.  We support organisations who are progressing through the Better Health at Work Award, and work with many organisations in the region, including NE Chamber of Commerce, NHS Trusts and third-sector organisations.

In line with my role, I am currently studying a Diploma on Health & Wellbeing to ensure I have the most accurate, up to date knowledge of the sector.

I am a keen runner and have been a member of Gateshead Harriers & AC for almost 15 years.  I run anything from 2-mile relays to half marathon, and everything in between.  Before I started running, I was an acrobatic gymnast for seven years.

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Adam Brougham

Adam Brougham

Adult Health & Well-being Strategy Lead VIEW BIO
Adam Brougham

Adam Brougham

Adult Health & Well-being Strategy Lead

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Jade English

Communications Officer VIEW BIO

Jade English

Communications Officer

As communications officer it’s my role to lead on internal and external marketing and communications in order to support the overall business objectives of the charity. Working closely with the strategic lead for Insight, Research and Communications, I am tasked with the identification, creation, distribution and promotion of all communications – this includes press releases, branding, social media channels, photography and videography, websites, events, printed materials such as brochures and posters, and digital materials including e-flyers and online information packs.

In my spare time I have a keen interest in many sports, having played netball from a very young age. I love the great outdoors and enjoy hiking – having raised over £6,000 for local charities by doing the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge and a 20-mile coastal hike. I practice yoga on a daily basis and I’m also a qualified Personal Trainer. I’m a Mental Health First Aider and have a passion for de-stigmatising and combating mental health problems – I truly believe that sport and physical activity is a great tool for this, so I feel lucky to be able to combine my interest with my role and the work we do here at the charity.

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  • Contact Number: 0191 4972322
  • Mobile: 07927 896037
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Claire Lee

Claire Lee

School Sport Development Manager VIEW BIO
Claire Lee

Claire Lee

School Sport Development Manager

As the School Sport Development Manager I support the planning and organisation of the Tyne & Wear School Games. I work alongside the School Games Organisers, national governing bodies, sports development teams and local coaches, clubs and officials to develop the County Finals.

I am also responsible for overseeing the PE Primary Premium, offering support and advice to schools and partners on all aspects of the Sports Premium as well as leading on the Active Lives Children and Young People Survey and supporting young people in their development as young leaders or volunteers.

I  have loved playing a variety of sports from a young age, but as I have got older I have concentrated on playing netball and attending the gym.

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Jack Liddle

South of Tyne Development Officer VIEW BIO

Jack Liddle

South of Tyne Development Officer

My role in the organisation is that of South of Tyne Development Officer, which involves supporting the planning, delivery and co-ordination of projects and programmes designed to reduce levels of inactivity and get more people participating in sport and physical activity across Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Previously I worked at the Calvert Trust Kielder, helping people with a range of disabilities enjoying outdoor activities. I then went on to work as a Sports Tutor at a Pupil Referral Unit before joining Tyne & Wear Sport in June 2018.

I’ve always had a keen interest in sport and played Rugby for over 10 years (until concussions got in the way!) I’ve also completed the Coast2Coast Cycle Challenge and the Great North Run. Now you’re likely to find me either out for a walk or at the gym.

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David Marrin

David Marrin

Strategic Director - South of Tyne VIEW BIO
David Marrin

David Marrin

Strategic Director - South of Tyne

In my role as Strategic Director (South of Tyne), I am responsible for leading the day-to-day operations of the charity, including the charity’s overall financial and performance management processes, and compliance with regulatory reporting and governance requirements.  I am also responsible for supporting the CEO with the growth and development of the charity, with a particular focus on developing and growing the charity’s strategic relationships across Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland.  This work centres around providing leadership and advocacy to secure cross-sector engagement from a wide range of partners (public, private and third sector) to address physical inactivity, and encourage and enable more people to be more active.

I have an MBA from Newcastle Business School, which I gained in 2016, and a degree in Sports Studies which I obtained at Northumbria University back in 2002.  My previous employment includes working as the Interim Executive Director and Assistant Director for Tyne & Wear Sport, which involved leading and managing the charity and its employees.  Prior to that, my employment included working for Derwentside District Council (now Durham County Council) and County Durham Sport.  I am also an existing Trustee of Adventure Sunderland.

I have been interested in physical activity and sport from a very young age, particularly football, and I also enjoy playing golf and running. I have a real passion for trying to encourage people to be more active, and experience the huge array of benefits that physical activity provides.

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Clare Morely

Clare Morley

Chief Executive Officer VIEW BIO
Clare Morely

Clare Morley

Chief Executive Officer

My role is to provide leadership to ensure that the active partnership can be the thought leaders around the role and purpose of physical activity and sport in communities across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, in order that we can improve more lives.

After graduating from Loughborough University with a Sport & Exercise Science degree, I went on to study Law, before qualifying and working as a commercial lawyer. I came back into the sport and physical activity sector in 2010, working in a number of roles across Manchester, but all with the intention of placing physical activity at the heart of interventions that can reduce health and social inequalities.

I have always had a passion for sport, and whilst my Superleague playing days are behind me, I still enjoy taking to the netball court, as well as running. I am also a Non-Executive Director at England Netball. At home, my two young children keep me on my toes, and we enjoy spending time together at our nearby beach.

Ruth Nicholson

Ruth Nicholson

Empowering People Development Manager VIEW BIO
Ruth Nicholson

Ruth Nicholson

Empowering People Development Manager

As empowering people development manager, I work to create and develop an appropriately qualified and experienced workforce who deliver sport and physical activity across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Working closely with colleagues, partners and stakeholders, I plan, deliver and evaluate initiatives that reduce levels of inactivity and improve lives.  I have a degree in sport and exercise development, and have worked as a sports coach, sports and physical activity officer and senior sports development manager, in the public and private sector. I have also been lucky enough to work in America and Australia.

My sporting background is a mixture of dance, martial arts and football. I was a member of a fitness dance team, winning the National Championships twice and performing at the Royal Albert Hall. My latest sporting adventures are taking part in extreme fun runs such as colour run and muddy mayhem

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Amy Scott

Amy Scott

Development Worker (Children & Young People) VIEW BIO
Amy Scott

Amy Scott

Development Worker (Children & Young People)

My role is as the Children and Young People Development Officer in Northumberland is to research and maintain an up to date record of how schools are using their PE and Sport Premium, as well as offering support and guidance. Another area of my role is leading on the Active Lives CYP Survey in Northumberland. I also support the Charity’s involvement in the Northumberland Level 3 School Games, linking to other programmes of work and community sport objectives, as well as supporting the delivery of the Satellite Club Programme in Northumberland.

I studied Sports Coaching at Northumbria University then went onto complete a Masters Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology.  I have also previously been a Sports Coach in First and Primary Schools across the North East.

In my spare time I play Netball and volunteer at my club to support the junior teams. I also enjoy going to the gym and going for walks with my family and friends.

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  • Address: Blyth Sports Centre, Bolam Park, Blyth, Northumerland, NE24 5BT
  • Email: amy.scott@northumberlandsport.co.uk
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Jade Scott

Jade Scott

Club Development Manager VIEW BIO
Jade Scott

Jade Scott

Club Development Manager

As the Club Development Manager I am responsible for leading on the satellite club initiative throughout Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. The satellite club programme is a key part of Sport England’s Towards an Active Nation Strategy for 2017–21 and aims to provide support for inactive, young people aged 14-19 to become active and develop more regular activity habits. My remit also includes supporting clubs and community organisations with areas such as funding, facilities and governance.

Previously I have worked with the Rugby Football League as the North East Regional Volunteer Coordinator progressing to Regional Development Officer before joining Tyne and Wear Sport in 2013.  During 2017 I was the England Women’s Rugby League Team Manager travelling to France on tour and to Australia for the 2017 World Cup.

I have always had a keen interest in sport, watching as much live sport as my time allows. I used to be a keen runner, completing the Edinburgh Marathon in 2014, however I now prefer to attend my local gym where you will find me trying to lift weights and master skills such as handstand push ups (most of the time unsuccessfully)!

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Kaye Scott

Kaye Scott

Finance & Business Support Officer VIEW BIO
Kaye Scott

Kaye Scott

Finance & Business Support Officer

My role is to primarily oversee the financial systems and procedures to ensure timely payments to our suppliers and partners, as well as supporting the organisation with financial reporting to our Board of Trustees and funding partners. I also undertake a lot of work on Book IT! – our online course booking and payment system.  I have worked within the Active Partnership since 2002 in a finance, administrative or marketing capacity and have a passion for helping people to be more active.

Although a sporty person at heart my activity now revolve around lunchtime and evening walks and low intensity workouts in my sitting room.   Many years ago I completed the Great North Run and most recently the Moonwalk Marathon in Edinburgh raising money for Breast Cancer Care.

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  • Address: Blyth Sports Centre, Bolam Park, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 5BT
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Xerxes Setna

Xerxes Setna

Research, Insight & Communications Strategic Lead VIEW BIO
Xerxes Setna

Xerxes Setna

Research, Insight & Communications Strategic Lead

My role is to enable the use of insight and intelligence to have a positive impact on strategic decision making across local public, private and voluntary sector organisations in order to increase physical activity levels.  In addition my remit is to develop and maintain the charity’s technology and communication systems including websites and social media, and co-ordinate the content, design and internal and external dissemination of relevant publications.

I have worked at the Active Partnership since January 2007 and have seen the charity and my role change significantly during that time. Prior to this, I worked in communications and marketing for the NHS, a national housing association and in the private sector.

In my younger days I participated in a wide range of sports, but these days I’m just battling to stay reasonably fit and healthy by going to the gym and taking long walks in the countryside with my family.

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Lee Sprudd Executive Lead

Lee Sprudd

Director VIEW BIO
Lee Sprudd Executive Lead

Lee Sprudd

Director

My key functions are to provide leadership to ensure Northumberland Sport’s profile and reputation remains strong and the work of our partnership is visible and valued.  I have overall responsibility for Northumberland Sport’s business and financial operation.

I am supported in my work by the Northumberland Sport Board and our Chair, who provide leadership to the partnership and our Core Team to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

Andrew Tunnah

Andrew Tunnah

Coaching Development Manager VIEW BIO
Andrew Tunnah

Andrew Tunnah

Coaching Development Manager

Andrew is the main contact for workforce development within the team.  He is responsible for working with partners in the county to ensure we have an appropriately skilled and qualified workforce to increase participation in sport.

Andrew is also responsible for the development of the Northumberland School Games County Festival: working alongside the Local Organising Committee to ensure young people in Northumberland have a high quality, safe and meaningful competition pathway. He is also our lead for the funding we receive to ensure we have a young volunteer workforce to support the School Games county events

 

Gary Young

Gary Young

The Daily Mile Local Coordinator VIEW BIO
Gary Young

Gary Young

The Daily Mile Local Coordinator

My role as The Daily Mile Local Coordinator for Northumberland and Tyne and Wear is to promote and support local schools to engage in the initiative and hopefully make it a sustainable cornerstone of the primary school curriculum. Through enabling school children to take part in a self-paced run for 15 minutes every day, The Daily Mile has been proven to significantly improve fitness levels as well as promoting emotional, mental and social wellbeing.

I have been in my current role since January 2019. Previous to that I worked as a Physical Activity Coordinator for Leisureworks in the Derwentside area of County Durham with a responsibility for various community projects and the local Football Development Programme.

My sports background involved lots of activities when I was younger, namely football (county and US collegiate level) but also cricket, athletics, golf and basketball at school and recreational level. More recently, I have coached several junior football teams and enjoy the delights(?) of watching my team Newcastle United FC.

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