CLOA Executive

The cCLOA Executive are elected representatives of cCLOA and play a leading role in the Association's work.

You can find out more about the work of the Executive and download the minutes of meetings and the annual accounts here

You can view cCLOA's constitution pdfhere.

CLOA executive - Officers

Mark Allman - Chair

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Head of Sport  and Active Recreation - Leeds City Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Allman-1Born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, Mark has over 20 years' experience of working in the private and public leisure sectors including sport, events, arts development, community centres, play development and tourism. Mark is currently Head of Sport and Active Lifestyles for Leeds City Council, a post held since 2001. Most recently he has led on bringing the World Triathlon Series to Leeds, hot on the heels of the success of the Grand Depart and Tour De France. Mark has been a Trustee/Director for Skills Active and is currently a Trustee for the Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Mark has been an active member of the cCLOA Executive Committee, and previously held the position of Vice Chair for 2 years, during which he has helped forge strong relations with many of our key strategic partners. 

Debbie Kaye - Vice-Chair

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Head of Arts & Recreation - Cambridge City Council

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In recent years she has overseen a range of public sector service transformation projects involving innovation, efficiencies and partnerships. Her experience also includes major events (such as the Tour de France), community safety and emergency planning.

Debbie is an advocate for the importance of sport and cultural activity in building stronger communities, and improving health and well-being.  She will aim to use her position as VC on the Executive to support the Chair, listen and influence.

 

Ian Brooke - Vice-Chair

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Head of Community Services - Oxford City Council  

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Ian has 20 years cross sector leisure experience and is Head of Community Services at Oxford City Council, where he has been in post since 2008.  Ian’s remit includes Sport, Leisure, Parks, Culture, Communities, Community Safety and Community Facilities. Alongside Ian’s functional remit, he is also lead on key agendas; such as health and educational attainment.

Prior to Oxford, Ian has worked for Warrington and Stockport Borough Councils, for private leisure operators (most recently Esporta) and he has also worked in the third sector; this practical experience is supported by academic study.

Ian is a passionate advocate for the sector and the wider outcomes that it helps to deliver. He leads cCLOA's input into the parks sector and the continued development of Quest.  Over the past year Ian has undertaken further work for cCLOA; making the case for sport and culture within the EBacc, working with the ASA and Sport England on the development of their strategies and undertaken work on the Commissioning project and childhood obesity.

 

Polly Hamilton - Vice-Chair

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Assistant Director Culture, Sport and Tourism - Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Polly Hamilton

Polly is Assistant Director for Culture, Sport and Tourism at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  Prior to this Polly led the arts, heritage and library services in Blackpool.  She is passionate about the power of creativity to transform organisational cultures, build trusted partnerships and develop imaginative and adventurous approaches to local strategic priorities.

Polly is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme (supported by Arts Council of Wales), Vice-Chair of the Lancashire Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Group, and a trained coach.  She is also a regular facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust which brings together leaders from every sector to reflect on how they can use their influence to strengthen their organisations and benefit wider society. 

Polly has previously worked for unitary authorities in North Ayrshire in Scotland, Poole in Dorset and Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales. 

An Executive Member since 2013, Polly led the cCLOA submission for the DCMS Cultural White Paper and the Parliamentary Inquiry ‘Countries of Culture’.

Outside work, Polly enjoys spending time with her young family, reading and wild swimming.

 

Ian Shipp - Hon Treasurer

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Past Cultural Services Manager - Forest Heath District Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Iain Varah - Immediate Past Chair

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Chief Executive - Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure

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Iain is responsible for the initial creation of a sport and leisure trust that has managed the London Borough of Redbridge’s sports facilities since April 2007.   In May of 2011, the remainder of Redbridge’s culture and leisure services were transferred to a new and expanded trust.  Iain is the Chief Executive of this trust that currently manages libraries, sports facilities & development, parks & open spaces, arts, museums, play, outdoor education, civic halls and grounds maintenance.

Vision-Redbridge Culture & Leisure Ltd is one of the UK’s largest culture and leisure trusts, and Iain and his senior management team are currently concentrating on the business model that was part of the rationale for the Council setting up the wider trust.   Iain led Redbridge’s Olympic and Paralympic initiatives and continues the legacy work through the development of facilities and a Legacy Fund that was created through Olympic income generation. 

Chris Holliday

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Head of Leisure & Community Health - Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Chris HolChris Holliday_2liday has responsibility for the overall strategic leadership, planning and service delivery for a variety of service areas including Sport & Leisure, Sports & Health development, Outdoor education, Town Halls, Green Spaces, Bereavement & Registration as well as School & Civic Catering.  His main focus of work is about how to maintain and improve the health and well-being of residents. 

Chris has worked in local government for some 24 years in Staffordshire, Kent, Leicestershire and the West Midlands in district, borough, county and  metropolitan authorities. He has extensive project management experience and has delivered various capital projects including Lutterworth Sports Centre and the Julie Rose Stadium.

Chris has been a member of CLOA for several years and a member of the Executive for three.  He is a keen track and field athlete.

Duncan Wood-Allum

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Director - The Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy Ltd This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Duncan Wood-Allum-1Duncan Wood-Allum is Director of the Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy Ltd (SLC). His background experience comes from working in inner city sports facilities, schools, local government, central government, niche and FTSE 100 blue chip consultancies; complimented by academic study.

He has spent time in New Zealand with industry peers and with the City of New York Parks and Recreation Department.

He developed the International Exchange Group for Sport, Leisure and Culture on behalf of CLOA where he plays an active role as an Executive Committee Member. Duncan regularly contributes new thinking and challenges to the sector through writing and presentations.

Emma Wiggins

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Head of Economy and Community Services - Swale Borough Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Emma Wiggins has been Head of Economy and Community Services at Swale Borough Council since October 2008. She is responsible for a wide portfolio of services including sports development, heritage, tourism, economic development, regeneration, community services, community safety and environmental response. Since November 2013 she has also taken on the responsibility of Head of Corporate Communications.

Emma started her public sector career in sport and cultural services at Sport England as a lottery case manager. She then moved into local government and worked for Croydon Council becoming Head of Strategy and Performance for Environment, Culture and Community services, and enjoyed an interim role as Divisional Director for Culture in 2008.

Emma is an alumni of the NCLF Leading Learning Programme and  a mentor for the District Councils Network Staff Development Programme.

John Wileman

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Head of Sport, Community and Leisure - Nottingham City Council

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John Wileman has over 30 years' experience of working in the local government and private sector with many different remits, including the thumb John Wilemanmanagement of 50 buildings, the development and future direction of sport and physical activity, leisure centre management, community engagement and grant funding, fine turf management and management of international events.   John has recently overseen the completion of the 10 year and £50million transformation of leisure facilities in Nottingham.

John is a Board member of Sport Nottinghamshire and also a Director of City of Football,  a charity in Nottingham to raise participation and tackle inequalities using football as the main driver.

John has a wealth of experience in sector and is passionate about sharing the learning to ensure we can develop the sector to meet the great challenges ahead.

Julie Russell

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Strategic Manager – Culture and Sport, Durham County Council

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Julie is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of a range of services including sport and leisure sites, libraries, theatres, town halls, museums, parks, festivals and a range of outreach development services.  thumb Julie Russell

Julie has worked in local government in the North East for 24 years in a range of roles at District, Unitary, City and County level.  Achievements include a number of major physical and social regeneration projects, and more recently a range of challenging, but creative projects to manage services on reduced funding. Julie is passionate about the role culture and sport can have on creating healthy, vibrant and inclusive communities.

Julie took part in the cCLOA/Sport England commissioning project and has used this experience to work with partners to establish an increasingly confident and independent Active Durham Partnership.

Lisa Dodd-Mayne

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Director of Sport & Active Communities, University of Warwick 

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Lisa is Director of Sport & Active Communities at the University of Warwick.  Lisa Dodd smlPreviously Lisa was responsible for Sport & Active Lifestyles, Museums, Libraries and Archives, Culture, Arts Development, Markets, Major Events and Festivals at Wakefield Council. 

Lisa is passionate about the role that Sport and Culture can play in addressing cross-cutting issues such as health, regeneration and social cohesion.  Lisa is Chair of West Yorkshire Sport, one of the largest county sports partnerships in the country which has just been moved successfully to an independent trust.  She has also been accepted on the Local Government Chronicle future leaders programme.

Matthew Partridge

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Strategic Director (Community) - Stevenage Borough Council

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Matt is a Strategic Director at Stevenage Borough Council. As well as his corporate role on the Council’s Senior Management Board Matt oversees a range of services including Leisure & Culture, Environment & Licensing, Housing, Community Engagement and Customer services.

Matt's has worked in local government for over 25 years in operational and strategic roles for both London Borough's and District Councils.

His recent achievements in the leisure and cultural sector include the successful opening of the £47m Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, completion of a £6.5m leisure centre redevelopment project and the procurement of horticultural and leisure management contracts that saved £900k per annum.

Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and motorcycling, but not always in that order!

Nigel Lynn

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Chief Executive - Arun District Council

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Nigel LynnNigel Lynn is the Chief Executive at Arun District Council in Littlehampton, West Sussex and has been in this role since November 2011. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive at Spelthorne Borough Council in Surrey from 2007 and a Strategic Director for Spelthorne from 2003.

His career path in the public sector includes working for Bridgend County Council, Maldon District Council, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority, the Inner London Education Authority, Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Previous responsibilities have included leisure, community services, regeneration, education, libraries, the youth service, tourism, economic development and culture. Nigel has also worked in the private sector.

External roles have included being an Advisor to the LGA Culture and Sports Board, a Peer Assessor for the CPA and Chair of the Chief Leisure and Culture Officers Association.

Paula Williams

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Head of Culture and Libraries at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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Paula leads Culture and Library Services in Knowsley, which includes Libraries, Archives, Galleries, Museum, Cultural Development, Events and Music and Performing Arts Services.  As part of this she’s been involved in the co-location of cultural services which has increased access to, and engagement, in culture.

Previous roles have included responsibility for the community use of Knowsley secondary schools (PFI initiative), development of a new Soccer Centre and sports development.  Her current role sits within Public Health and Wellbeing and also links across Council Services particularly in relation to ‘culture and regeneration’ and ‘culture and children and young people’.  

Paula took part in the first Leading Learning programme and has used this experience to help to manage change.

Richard Hunt

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Head of Service Development(Culture, Sport and Communities) Adult and Community Services Suffolk County Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Richard Hunt is the Head of Service Development for Culture, Sport and Communities with Suffolk County Council. He has a broad strategic leadership remit covering libraries, archives,arts and museums, sport, tourism and Suffolk’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic programme, development of cultural policy and performance, cultural partnerships, the partnership for older people and preventative programmes and adult learning.

His local government career spans some 18 years, working operationally and strategically at both district and county level, and nationally with the Local Government Association (LGA) with a focus on education, cultural and social policy. During this time he was project lead for a number of LGA cultural advocacy programmes.
 
A keen advocate for sector improvement, Richard has served as Director for Culture First, the culture and sport improvement network for local government in the East, between 2009-2012.
 
After serving as Vice Chair for 2 years, Richard became the Chair of CLOA in the summer of 2011.

Rob Persey

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Executive Director Health and Adult Social Care - Brighton and Hove City Council

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Rob Persey is Executive Director Health and Adult Social Care at Brighton and Hove City Council.  Prior to this he was Assistant Director of Commissioning (Adult Social Care) for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Before moving into Adult Social Care, Rob worked across a breadth of cultural services in various organisations including Sport England, the Audit Commission and Slough Borough Council. Rob Persey

Rob has a keen interest in how different cultural activities can contribute to the delivery of statutory functions in both children’s and adult services.  There are many good examples nationally of different stakeholders working together on preventative programmes that promote both community and individual wellbeing.  In helping key partners across local government, NHS, private organisations, and the voluntary and community sectors, Rob looks forward to supporting cCLOA in the important role the cultural sector has to play as catalyst and enabler.

Sue Thiedeman

 

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Head of Culture and Visitor Economy - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sue Thiedeman is currently Head of Culture and Visitor Economy in Barnsley and also Director of STAR CIC, which was established as thumb Sue Thiedemana not for profit organisation in September 2012. Sue founded the company following the success of the London Cultural Improvement Programme, which she developed and directed between 2007 and 2011. 

Sue is passionate about supporting the culture and sport sector to meet the challenges ahead and, in particular, about promoting and embedding sector led improvement and peer to peer support to enable people and organisations to drive their own improvement and innovation.

Val Birchall

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 Assistant Director, Culture & Visitor Economy - Birmingham City Council

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Val BirchallVal is the Assistant Director for Culture & Visitor Economy at Birmingham City Council.  Her responsibilities include arts, museums & heritage, libraries, creative industries, major events and tourism.  During her twelve years in Birmingham, her achievements include creating a trust for the nine museums sites, leading a shortlisted bid for UK City of Culture and establishing a cultural programme within the Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Val is the Culture & Tourism lead for the West Midlands Combined Authority.  Val worked for seven years in the national arts funding system, and is currently the vice chair of Eurocities Culture Forum.  Originally trained as a musician, she is a trustee of a local arts centre and a foundation for youth creativity.

Vincent Paliczka

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Director of Environment, Culture and Communities - Bracknell Forest Council

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Vincent Paliczka-1Vincent has worked for Bracknell Forest Borough Council since 1998 just as it was becoming a unitary authority. He is currently Director, Environment, Culture and Communities which involves a very wide ranging portfolio of services, but within which Leisure and Culture still play a prominent part.

Within Bracknell Forest, Vince is the corporate lead for climate change and the local and national use of the Council's Smartcard software, (SmartConnect) created through the previous National Smartcard Project.

Prior to this role he has worked in local authorities in Newport South Wales, and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and also worked at The Queen's University in Belfast in a research capacity.

Vince was Chair of the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association between July 2005 – July 2007.