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28 Jan 2022 | 2:02

The Collective Action Leadership Group comprises a group of executives and leaders who formally help to drive and shape the outcomes and deliverables from the Coalition's ‘collective action’. These executives act as co-chair or lead for one of four thematic Working Groups (each featuring individuals drawn from across the Coalition network) or a cross-cutting theme. The co-chairs lead the groups for a period of one year (April 2023 to March 2024) in alignment with the second year of #OpenGoal (read schedule). 

The 2023-24 Leadership Group comprises: 

Policy Working Group Co-chairs 

Zenna Hopson – Zenna is CEO of Dallaglio RugbyWorks, the national charity founded by former England rugby captain Lawrence Dallaglio. She has previously worked as Chair of Ofsted, the children and learners’ inspection and regulation body, and was a non-executive director on the board of the Royal Navy for 10 years. 

Mark Lawrie – Mark is CEO of StreetGames. He originally qualified and worked as a primary school teacher and moved into sports development in 1999, working for Reading Borough Council. Mark has almost two decades of experience in leadership and management in the sports and education sectors and was the founding Chief Executive of Get Berkshire Active, the new Berkshire County Sports Partnership established in 2011. 

Zenna Hopson and Mark Lawrie

Impact Working Group Co-chairs 

Navjeet Sira – Nav is Director of Design & Impact at the Change Foundation. She joined the charity in 2010 as a volunteer and since then has transformed its impact measurement approach and is a multi-award-winning creative in designing sport for social change programmes. 

2nd co-chair – to be announced. 

Public Affairs and Advocacy Working Group Co-chairs 

Nicki Couzens – Nicki is Relationships Manager for the core national team of Active Partnerships. There are 43 Active Partnerships across England, and Nicki leads on business support and communications across the network.  

2nd co-chair – to be announced. 

People Working Group Co-chairs 

Sarah Mortiboys – Sarah is Head of Programme Development for Premiership Rugby, and has also worked in executive roles for UK Coaching, Dallaglio RugbyWorks and the Sport for Development Coalition. 

Ian Carey – Ian is Chief Executive of Active Black Country, one of 43 Active Partnerships across England. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the partnerships strategic framework and leads Active Black Country’s work with strategic local bodies and networks to influence policy, integrate strategies, and have a wider engagement to incorporate sport, physical activity and wellbeing into broader socio-economic agendas. 

Leads for cross-cutting themes 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion 

Halima Khan – Halima is Area Director for StreetGames (Yorkshire and Humber) and has worked in sport for development for over a decade championing equity in and through sport from community to national and international level. She has devised and delivered training around diversity and inclusion to ensuring organisations develop good practice and effective action planning, leading to greater diversity in workforces and community engagement. 

Environmental Sustainability 

David Gent – David has a wide experience of sport and recreation having worked at a local to international level across numerous sports and across government, public, private, and voluntary sectors. As the CEO of Active Humber, David is closely involved with the decarbonisation of the Humber region which currently emits 37% of all the UK’s industrial carbon emissions and the role of physical activity and sport in that process. 

Find out more about the Coalition's collective action and how targeted sport-based interventions contribute towards levelling up communities and tackling inequalities - watch the video.