Chairman Suki Kalirai has 25 years experience operation at the highest level in business. In 2000 he set up Spa and Salon International and founded both re-aqua and Dove Spa. By the end of 2007 when he moved his attention to the Carlton Institute, SSI had grown to 44 across three countries. Suki runs QiSpa and The Carlton Institute. He is also chair of the Spa Business Association (the trade association for major UK spa and salon operators), deputy chair of Habia (the UK government standard setting body for spa, hair and beauty) as well as sitting on the SkillsActive board. Suki is currently the Vice Chair.
Julie Amies has worked in the sport and leisure industry for over 25 years, in the private sector, for a non departmental public body and local government. She now heads up the sports development service for Hampshire County Council and in the last 10 years has established and served as partnership director to Sport Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, one of 49 County Sports Partnerships in England.
Angela Brown has 35 years experience of working in the children and adult care sector. Trained as a teacher and social worker she lectured in both Further and Higher Education before setting up her own company in 1999. In 2006 she set up a further community interest company employing the people she had trained. This interest in training, employment and business has led to a doctoral thesis on workforce development modelling for children and adult services, an area she is passionate about. Angela chairs England Playwork Education Training Council, represents England on the UK PETC, is a UK ambassador for Enterprise and represents Childcare on an employers training group in the North East.
Mark Lavington is the HR Projects Manager for PGL. Mark spent several years working as a science teacher before spending the last 25 years in the Outdoor Sector in roles including HR Manager, Training Manager, Activity Centre Manager and Activity Instructor. He is the chair of the SkillsActive Outdoor Employers Group, sits on the English Outdoor Council and is a committee member of the British Activity Providers Association.
Marguerite Hunter Blair is the Chief Executive of Play Scotland the national play organisation which promotes children’s right to play and provides advice, guidance and training on the importance of play for all children and young people. Marguerite has campaigned for a National Play Strategy and statutory duty for Play in Scotland and is currently advising the Scottish Government on Scotland’s first National Play Strategy. Marguerite also works with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to promote and implement the high level statement in support of risk in play, and sits on relevant UK committees.
Marguerite was previously the Community Services Manager for Belfast City Council before taking up the position of Chief Executive of PlayBoard Northern Ireland.
Stephen Baddeley graduated from London University with a BSc in Human Biology in 1982 embarking on a career as a fulltime badminton player. Over an eight year period from 1982 – 1990, he won numerous Commonwealth, European and national titles. Notable highlights were winning four Commonwealth Games Gold medals including the 1986 men’s singles title and capturing the European men’s singles title in 1990. He represented England on 143 occasions making him his country’s most capped male player.
During his playing career, he played a central role in establishing the international Badminton Players Federation and served for 2 years as its Chairman, which included being the players’ representative on the International Federation’s Council.
Richard Millman Chief Executive Officer Total Fitness Health Clubs
After a short spell as an Officer in the Royal Air Force, Richard’s early career was spent in Marketing with Guinness and Allied Domecq in the UK, then five years working in the developing markets of Russia and Ukraine for Allied Domecq and the Coca-Cola Company.
After a period with The Coca-Cola Company in Austria, Richard returned to the UK as Marketing Director for PC World Business, joining the Board of the rapidly growing IT business. During Richard’s time turnover grew from £125million to over £400million. Richard was subsequently promoted to Managing Director of sister Company Genesis Communications and oversaw the continued growth of the business and its ultimate sale.
For the last few years Richard has focussed on the area of Private Equity backed business turnarounds, working to repair businesses in a poor state of health.
From 2009 to 2012, Richard was the Chief Executive Officer of Leisure Connection, one of the UK’s largest operators of Sports and Leisure facilities, leading the business through a successful turnaround.
Richard is currently the Chief Executive of health club operator Total Fitness, where he has led the business through a successful turnaround.
With over 30 years’ experience across the breadth of the Sport, Arts and Leisure Industry the last 15 of which were working strategically at Director Level. Anita is a Chartered Manager, highly qualified Corporate and Executive Coach and Management Consultant specialising in performance improvement and Change Management. She is currently the MD of ANCA Management Resources ltd.
Anita has held a number of high profile roles across the Leisure industry, she was a Co-Founder, Vice Chair and Treasurer of The Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation. National President and subsequently Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees of The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management. The Institute’s Equality and Diversity lead and author of numerous best practice papers covering the breadth of the Sport and Active Leisure sector. Vice Chairman of The Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management Children’s Play Panel. Former Interim Director (Chairman) of Daventry Active Leisure. Anita was a Director and Trustee of Skills Active from 2009 – 2011, continuing as an independent member of the Finance, Audit and Nominations Committee prior to re-joining Skills Active as a Director and Trustee in 2015 . She is also currently Director (Chairman) of The Redgrave Sports Centre, Marlow, Director and Trustee of Great Marlow School and Quest Stretch advisor and validator.