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)

Gail is the strategic lead for children and young people’s programmes in Northumberland and has line management responsibilities for the Development Worker for Children & Young People and the Business & Marketing Officer.

Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca Bennett

Active Workplace Development Manager VIEW BIO
Rebecca Bennett

Rebecca Bennett

Active Workplace Development Manager

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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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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.  These comprise of a number of standalone events and two multi sports events in a year, where schools in Tyne and Wear come and compete.

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 graduated from University of Leeds in 2009; I then because a Sport’s Administrator for a school in East Yorkshire and then progressing to become a School Sport Coordinator for the East Riding School Sport Partnership, before joining North NE Active Partnership in 2012.

I have since completed Diploma in Management (CMI Level 5) back in 2016 at Sunderland College.

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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  • Email: claire.lee@tynewearsport.org
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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.  Key to this will be engaging with target audiences including women & girls, disabled people and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds where traditionally levels of physical activity have been particularly low in comparison to wider society. I also work to ensure that the Charity’s work is inclusive and that opportunities are available throughout Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside for everyone to take part in sport and physical activity.

I graduated from Sunderland University with a 1st class honours degree in Sports Coaching in 2017. I then worked at the Calvert Trust Kielder, helping people with a range of disabilities enjoy a range of 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. I support a number of professional teams, but I can’t be accused of being a glory hunter! I cheer on Newcastle Falcons, Newcastle United and the newly located Las Vegas Raiders.

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David Marrin

David Marrin

Strategic Director - South of Tyne VIEW BIO
David Marrin

David Marrin

Strategic Director - South of Tyne

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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.

With the Active Partnership acting primarily as a business to business organisation, it is essential that I connect with a range of partners and stakeholders to lobby for the role of sport and physical activity in their work.

I also provide the connection between the staff team and the Board of Trustees, who donate their time and expertise in order to shift the dial on physical inactivity in our region.

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 took up my current role in October 2019, having re-located back to the North East after several years working in the North West.

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

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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. My dissertation and thesis were based around motivation to participate in physical activity, looking at children and young people and women and girls. 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
  • Contact Number: 07966 330309
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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. Alongside that I also have a Children and Young People focus working on the Active Lives survey and with a number of partners including schools, colleges and universities.

I graduated from Teesside University in 2008 with a First Class Honours degree; I then joined 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 for over 18 years 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 levels 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.

I like to think I am helping to inspire the next generation to be active by driving my two children to their vast array of sporting activities.

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  • Address: Blyth Sports Centre, Bolam Park, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 5BT
  • Email: kaye.scott@northumberlandsport.co.uk
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Xerxes Setna

Xerxes Setna

Research, Insight & Communications Strategic Lead VIEW BIO
Xerxes Setna

Xerxes Setna

Research, Insight & Communications Strategic Lead

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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 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 well-being.

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.

I have also worked as a Service Manager for BT plc for many years – after a career change from telecommunications, I gained a degree in Sport and Exercise Development from the University of Sunderland in 2006.

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.

I also enjoy the odd skiing trip and physical activity challenges such as the Great North Swim, GNR, Parkrun and the 24-hour UK Three Peaks Challenge.

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