Guest Speakers

A range of guest speakers to every event to discuss and comment upon a central theme.

About our speakers

active-net invites a range of guest speakers to every event to discuss and comment upon a central theme.

This vital Continuous Professional Development theme for 2021 is based on the future of public sector leisure and sport in a post pandemic world.

This panel is made up of senior members of our sector who will discuss what the future holds now and how we keep the services we provide at the heart of society’s and governments response going forward.

Online Event Details:

Events held virtually

active-net online is a one day networking event for the Fitness and Leisure Industry. Bringing together Buyers and Suppliers for focused one to one meetings like no other!


TV Doctor, World Triathlete, RCGP Lifestyle & Physical Activity Clinical Champion.

Comes with a wealth of knowledge around Health, the NHS and how we can bridge the gap with community interventions.
Joining our panel and discussing what our community health partners need & want from us.

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Carl Bennet

Carl’s session will present his take on the ‘Perfect Storm’.

As we enter a period where there are more people over the age of 65 than ever before and where we are experiencing, for the first time, a reducing population of under 16yr olds, Carl’s session, ‘It’s Not Just A Numbers Game’, will share an evidence based view on how and why we need to adjust and grow our knowledge & understanding of older people. Carl will share important and useful data, information and insights that you can use to shape intervention design at the local level. Sharing really great data and tools, Carl will help you articulate your older people offer to decision makers. This session is completely new, developed in response to the known challenges and priorities Carl and his organisation are responding to at the County, Regional and National level.

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Mark Tweedie
Brimhams Active

Mark is an accomplished leader with over 25 years’ experience in the education, sport and leisure industry. First as a PE lecturer, then leading into sports development, school improvement consultancy and over the last 12 years Mark has served three leisure operators at Chief Executive level.
Mark has specialised in leisure service transformation to increase efficiency and effectiveness, with a particular focus on developing and embedding leisure services into local systems to increase impact across the domains of health, education, employability and social services. Mark is the founding Chair of GM Active, where he worked with leisure leaders and partners across Greater Manchester to bring a more collaborative, strategic approach to service development and alignment with GM health and social care devolution.

Tara Dillon

Tara Dillon was appointed as CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity in January 2015.

Tara began her career in Sport and Physical Activity as a lifeguard in her local centre back in 1987, whilst studying. Having gained hands on experience within local authority leisure, various management positions followed until in March 2001, she was appointed as Contracts Manager at DC Leisure Management.

After 6 years with DCLM, Tara accepted the role of Executive Director of IQL-UK Ltd where she remained until her CIMSPA appointment.

Tara has a passion for the Sport and Physical Activity sector which drives her to constantly aim for improvements across the industry. Tara is at the forefront of CIMSPA’s work, delivering initiatives that professionalise the workforce and enhance the career prospects of those working in sport, leisure and fitness.