We have a great team who are committed to making a positive difference through sports based activities.
Our Head Office team consists of qualified teachers, educational tutors, sports coaches and business managers each of whom are of the highest professional standard. You won’t be surprised to hear that members of our highly skilled team hold a wide range of academic, teaching qualifications and NGB sports instructor awards. They also all possess full DBS disclosure, First Aid certificates and public liability insurance for £10million.
Our team receive comprehensive training every three months on the most effective teaching & coaching methods within skills, health and physical education.
Find out more about the Sport Works team:
Neil is a respected leader in the worlds of social enterprise and wellbeing. He founded Sport Works in 2009 having previously worked as a Sport Science lecturer and Performance Manager in a sports NGB.
A former long jumper (before retiring at the grand age of 24!), Neil’s role is to oversee our programmes and ensure the Sport Works team continually provide the highest quality of service throughout the UK.
Neil has driven growth of between 18-35% year on year, enabling Sport Works to support over 12,000 people across ten sites since our launch. Sport Works has diversified revenue streams meaning that no more than 25% of our income comes from any one contract/sector.
Outside of Sport Works, Neil is the Chairman of a local charity, acts as a NED to several social enterprise businesses and (occasionally) has been seen pounding the streets of Newcastle attempting to keep fit!
Matt Hill – Regional Director
Matt joined Sport Works in 2018 having worked for 10 years at a leading Sports Charity. Matt currently oversees the Community Sport and Inclusive Disability Sport programmes whilst developing new partnerships and business relationships to support even more people to become active.
Matt has a strong background in both strategic planning and the management of large projects within the sports and skills sector. A qualified teacher, Matt has extensive experience of designing, managing and delivering impactful programmes to young people, families and adults within a range of community settings.
Outside of work Matt has a keen interest in sport and fitness and spending time with his family.
Gill Crann – Finance Manager
Gill is responsible for finance across Sport Works, taking a leading role in the management and tracking of income, expenditure and financial monitoring of individual contracts.
Gill previously worked in Welfare to Work over a number of years before retraining as an Accountant. Her previous life means she brings a number of year’s experience of managing financial performance of Government funded provision. She is a Member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and MAAT. Outside of work Gill relaxes by walking her Cockerpoo on the Northumberland beaches.
Ellie Walker – Head Coach
Ellie began working for Sport Works in April 2016 and fell in love with her job from day one. She has quickly progressed into the role of Head Coach for our disability sport sessions throughout the North East. Her role is to ensure the smooth running of our contracts throughout the region, and to support the national Sport Works network. As well as ensuring our sessions are delivered to a high standard, Ellie’s role also includes making sure that children with a wide range of additional needs are properly supported. She liaises with parents on a regular basis to ensure their child(ren) are safe and secure at our sessions.
She is currently studying towards a BA in Primary Education and her career goal of being a Primary School teacher.
John Newton – Project Coordinator
John is responsible for the smooth running of our programmes including Sport England funding. He ensures that all programmes are constantly meeting the needs of the stakeholder and that the delivery is of a high standard.
Previously John enjoyed huge success working in the non-profit sector for almost 10 years. During this time John worked for charities of both professional Football and Rugby Union clubs in the North East of England. John has received several Outstanding observation reports from Ofsted Inspectors for the quality of his teaching and learning. His knowledge in this area makes John a great mentor for the development and training of internal staff.
Away from work, John is a big sports fan and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and daughter.
Beth Holmes – Community Development Officer
Beth is our Community Development Officer who works across our projects within Sport Works. Beth currently works on our Family Learning projects, Women’s Health and delivering multi skills sports to our local schools and clubs.
Outside of work, Beth is a rower/coach and spends most of her time down at the rowing club in Durham.
Anne provides operational and administrative support across the Sport Works team, working closely with the Group Director and senior team to deliver the company vision.
Anne’s career spans across cultural and creative industries including the BBC, The Arts Council and The National Trust and brings significant project management experience to Sport Works. She lives in Northumberland with her husband.