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Guest Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Dr William Bird MBE

Dr William Bird MBE

Dr William Bird MBE, is a family GP who started to get his patients more active by setting up the first Health Walk scheme in April 1996. This led to him creating the Green Gym one year later as he realised that companionship and contact with nature were major driving forces in keeping people active. His passion has led him to be a strategic health advisor to Natural England and to set up health forecasts for the Met Office. Whilst CEO of Intelligent Health, William still enjoys being a GP and manages to find some thinking time when running in green spaces.

Guest Speakers:

Ali Oliver

Ali Oliver

CEO - Youth Sport Trust (YST)

Ali is the Chief Executive at the Youth Sport Trust, an independent charity devoted to changing young people's lives through sport.

Ali joined the Youth Sport Trust in 2004 and has fulfilled the roles of Implementation Director, Sport Director and Managing Director before becoming the CEO in July 2015. Prior to this Ali was the Deputy Director of Sport at the University of Bath having initially been the course leader for the initial teacher training programme for Physical Education.

Ali is currently a Board member of the Healthy Learning Trust, a Trustee of Chance to Shine, and an advisor to Sheffield Hallam University on their Sport strategy.

Dr Jo Harris

Dr Jo Harris

Loughborough University

Dr Jo Harris is a Reader in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy plus Director of Teacher Education at Loughborough University. Her work focuses on health-related learning in physical education and the promotion of active lifestyles in schools and she has received awards from national physical education subject associations for her significant and sustained contribution to the profession.

Jo Colin

Jo Colin

Head of Children and Young People - Sport England

Jo is a trained physical education teacher, before working as a Partnership Development Manager and the Youth Sport Trust in variety of roles spanning 9 years.

Jo took up the role of Young People Lead for Sport New Zealand, leading the strategic work of getting more young people active, before returning to the UK to take up her current post at Sport England.

Jo Wilson

Jo Wilson

Head of Programmes - Public Health Dorset

Jo Wilson is Head of Programmes for Public Health Dorset, leading on the Starting Well programmes for children and young people 0 – 19 years. She is an enthusiastic advocate for Whole School Approaches (WSA) for physical and emotional health and wellbeing, having worked directly with children and young people both within schools and as a youth worker. Jo is pleased to be attending the Active Dorset conference to support the launch of a new WSA project.

Martin McLeman

Martin McLeman

Headteacher - Queen Elizabeth School

Martin McLeman is Headteacher of Queen Elizabeth's School, Wimborne Minster. He Chairs the Dorset Headteachers Alliance for PE and School Sport, is a Headteacher Ambassador for the Youth Sport Trust and being born on the black and white side of the North-East of England he is an eternal optimist.

Rachel Partridge

Assistant Director of Public Health Dorset