Our Team

Brett Nicholls

Brett Nicholls

CEO

Brett is the Chief Executive Officer at Get Berkshire Active and is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the organisation. Before joining the RAF in 1987 as a Physical Education Officer, he completed a BEd (Hons) Degree in Physical Education, and whilst in the RAF completed an MSc at Loughborough and an MPhil at Birmingham. He retired as a Wing Commander in 2013 and joined GBA. Having always had a passion for physical activity, fitness and sport, he formerly took on the position of Chief Instructor in the RAF School of Physical Education. He also has a special interest in the psychology of Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing. Outside of work, he enjoys all things active, including walking his two rescue dogs.

Telephone
07912 178654
Nick West-Oram

Nick West-Oram

Director of Operations and Development

Nick leads on areas of strategic development for GBA, developing new areas of work, through partnerships to address issues in the physical activity system. This remit looks across the broader definition of the county system but also considers specific parts of the system where changes could be made in order to benefit local people. Nick has over 20 years' experience in the Sport, Physical Activity and Economic Development worlds, bringing together expertise in tackling socio-economic issues with the power of physical activity as a solution. His passion for being active stems from always being active himself and experiencing the benefits of an active lifestyle, alongside seeing the impact when his activity levels have been limited. He is inspired by watching his children grow and develop the skills for life through their active lifestyles. Nick is an avid rugby coach and regularly draws on this experience within his work. When he is not on a rugby pitch, he can be found cycling, swimming, dog walking and generally mucking about outdoors! He holds a BA Honours Degree in Tourism with Recreation and Business Management.

Telephone
07912 178650
Kirsty Heath

Kirsty Heath

Strategic Lead for Ageing Well

Kirsty is the Strategic Lead for Ageing Well at Get Berkshire Active. She leads on the development of GBA's Ageing Well theme, aiming to create the conditions for a healthy and independent later life. She is also lead liaison for Berkshire West Local Authorities. With over 15 years' experience within the sports sector, she holds a BA (Hons) in Sport, Health and Exercise, as well as an MSc in Sports Injury. Her previous roles were in local authority and the NHS, before joining GBA at its inception is 2011. Her sense of purpose has come from personally discovering the benefits of physical activity and she enjoys helping others to access them. In her spare time, she takes part in netball, fitness classes and loves being outdoors.

Telephone
07394 564540
Cathy Carr

Cathy Carr

Strategic Lead for Living Life Well

Cathy is the Strategic Lead for Living Well at Get Berkshire Active. She takes a strategic lead on our work supporting adults to lead independent and fulfilled lives, develops new and existing partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as leading on various projects, including Mums' Zone and Active Medicine in Practice and more. Having undertaken a Degree in Business and Sport at University, she was keen to work in sports development and has taken om many roles across a wide variety of organisations, including Reading University, Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and London Sport. She also joined the National Body of Swimming for 2 years and spent time in Singapore teaching. Having seen the huge benefits being active has brought to her family's life, especially mental wellbeing, she is passionate about helping others to reap the benefits. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, walking and running, as well as spending time outdoors with her children.

Telephone
07912 178652
James Craggs

James Craggs

Strategic Lead for Starting Life Well

James is the Head of Starting Life Well at Get Berkshire Active. His role is to support partners in getting more young people active and enjoying the benefits that physical activity and sport can bring. Before he began working in the Sports Development sector, he was a Primary School Teacher and Sports Coach, which gave him the key skills to support and understand young people. In the Sports Development sector, he has previously worked in a local authority and a neighbouring Active Partnership, taking on roles centred around children and young people, safeguarding and inclusion. His passion for physical activity comes from his own positive experiences of taking part in football, athletics and any sport he has the opportunity to do.

Telephone
07725654781
Marlize De Vivo

Marlize De Vivo

Active Medicine Programme Manager

Marlize is the Active Medicine Programme Manager at Get Berkshire Active. She is a qualified Biokineticist (HPCSA registered), Sports Rehabilitator and Trainer (BASRaT registered), and professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). Having worked in a variety of health and sport settings as part of multi-professional teams and in various roles, she has been appointed co-director of the Perinatal Physical Activity Research Group (PPARG) which designs, conducts, and communicates research focusing on physical activity during the preconception, pregnancy, and the postnatal periods. Outside of work she's a keen advocate of fitness and is passionate about strength training for the female population.

Telephone
07719549692
Chelsea Piggott

Chelsea Piggott

Youth and Workforce Officer

Chelsea is the Strategic Lead for Workforce and Crime Prevention at Get Berkshire Active. She is responsible for supporting coaches, volunteers, clubs and communities to deliver quality opportunities for people in Berkshire to get active. She oversees funding programmes for children and young people across all local authorities and is involved in creating opportunities to use sport and physical activity to support people at risk of or involved in criminality. Having completed a Degree and Masters at the University of Gloucestershire, she took up a role in Sports Development at a Local Authority supporting disability physical activity programmes before joining GBA. Alongside this, she is completing a part-time PhD at Loughborough Uni researching the effects of life skills developed through physical activity and sport programmes and their impact on youth delinquency. She draws on her personal experience of what interventions and funded programmes can do for young people and hopes to continue to pass this on to future generations. Outside of work she enjoys walking her two dogs and has a passion for powerlifting.

Telephone
07548 226485
Beth Cullen

Beth Cullen

Marketing and Digital Communications Lead

Beth is the Marketing and Digital Communications Lead at Get Berkshire Active. She is responsible for raising the profile of our programmes and initiatives through multi-channel strategy, managing content, campaigns, assets and events to inspire activity across Berkshire. She graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) in Journalism, as well as gaining a full gold standard NCTJ (National Council for Training of Journalists) accreditation, including qualifications in writing, design, editing, public affairs and media law. Having worked in various Marketing roles, including charity sector, education and tech, her passion is in understanding what motivates people and using creative marketing, design and comms to help improve the lives of others. She has a keen interest in all things fitness and sport, including strength training, netball, long dog walks and spectator sports such as football and F1.

Telephone
07842308098
Rachel Green

Rachel Green

Insight and MEL Lead

Denise Peplow

Denise Peplow

Admin Officer

Denise has been an Administration Officer at Get Berkshire Active since 2018. As an experienced administrator with a BA Hons in Business Studies, she previously held roles in private equity, financial PR and education. She uses her love for organisation to support the wider team. Alongside this, she is also currently studying for a bookkeeping qualification and in her spare time enjoys getting outside on walks with her dog, swimming, Pilates and skiing.

Claire Sweeney

Claire Sweeney

Finance Director

Claire is the Finance Director at Get Berkshire Active. She is responsible for all things financial, including payments, budget tracking and reporting to trustees. With a professional CIMA accounting qualification, her experience covers three decades within the industry and sports development sector. She also holds a PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University. Outside of her role, she enjoys playing golf, going on walks, taking part in yoga, skiing and singing.

Donna Callowhill

Donna Callowhill

Admin Officer

Donna is an Admin Officer at Get Berkshire Active. She provides office, admin and project support the team and enjoys organising and supporting across a variety of focus areas, helping to spread important awareness, and working together to enhance opportunities for Physical Activity that everyone in the community can benefit from. With a BA Hons in Media Arts and Broadcasting, she has held roles from project support, client management, marketing and communications roles in organisations including Media, I.T, Travel and Leisure before joining GBA in 2016. Her passion for using physical activity to positively enhance health and wellbeing led her to study areas of holistic health, including yoga and massage. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and being active with her family, exploring the great outdoors walking, cycling, or supporting her sons growing football passion around the county!

Ryan Gordon

Ryan Gordon

Employability Programme Lead

Ryan is the Employability Programme Lead at Get Berkshire Active. His role involves coordinating and delivering GBA activity sessions focused on helping individuals that are unemployed, been involved in or at risk of being involved in crime. Originally from Zimbabwe, he moved to the UK when he was 15 and went on to complete a degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences, with a specific focus on Psychology. Prior to this role, he worked in Cricket Development, and is an ECB Coach Developer, mentoring and tutoring future coaches and an Advanced Coach (Level 3) in Cricket. His personal passion for sport has allowed him insight into the impact physical activity can have, and he specifically enjoys delivering sessions to help boost self esteem and enjoyment. Outside of his role, he plays cricket, golf, swimming, rugby and enjoys watching football.

Telephone
07702 892518
Kate Wiggins

Kate Wiggins

Active Ageing Officer

Kate is the Active Ageing Officer at Get Berkshire Active. She supports older and disabled adults through the delivery of fun seated exercise and wellbeing classes that are designed to improve strength, stamina, suppleness and skill to reduce the risk of falls and improve longevity. Plus, connecting them with likeminded people to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Having built 18 years' worth of experience, multiple diplomas and qualifications, her passion is in seeing the joy and improved quality of life that regular movement can bring to individuals. Outside of work she stays active by taking her dog for long walks in the woods, swimming and leading her group exercise classes.

Telephone
07706 357 801
Sarah Ashton

Sarah Ashton

Early Years and Family Project Lead

Sarah is the Early Years and Family Project Lead at Get Berkshire Active. She is involved in supporting small projects across Reading and Slough to help embed, educate and deliver activities to children and their families. She also supports services to do this, developing a working forum and additional training. Having spent 16 years working in the Early Years Sector her work has allowed her to extend professional development and obtain a Foundation Degree in Child Development. Over her career she has worked as a Nursery Nurse and Deputy Manager of a private day nursery, which gave her hands on experience to develop under 5s in a holistic, child focused approach. She has spent the past 10 years working within Children's Centres across Reading, engaging and supporting families as a whole. Outside of work she enjoys family bike rides, football in the park with her 5 year old and doing Junior Park run together. As a keen runner, her best achievement was completing an Ultra Marathon of 31 miles last year.

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