Steven Ward

Executive director ukactive
Londen, United Kingdom

Steven started working in the world of sports, health and physical activity policy the week after London won the rights to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games after completing a first class degree in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds. One year later, after returning to Leeds to complete a Master's Degree in Research, Steven joined ukactive, initially as an intern researcher within the Public Affairs and Policy Team. Steven rose through the ranks of that team, becoming first manager and then Director of the Department, before taking up the position of Development Director in 2012. In April 2015 he was appointed as Executive Director as successor to outgoing CEO David Stalker. In his time with ukactive, Steven helped shape the rebrand from the FIA to ukactive, strengthen ukactive's ties to key partners such as the Department of Health and Sport England, and drove ukactive's partnership's with major brands. In his period with ukactive Steven has been a part of the team which has grown the size of its membership base by 42%, grown its staff team by 77% and increased its turnover by 592% whilst maintaining a strict focus on its core mission. In 2014 Steven and the policy team were awarded the 2014 Public Affairs Award for Trade Association Campaign of the Year in recognition of driving almost £40m of additional investment into tackling inactivity at local authority public health team level. He is a policy expert on all matters relating to the promotion of physical activity for health and is prominent commentator on the topic both within the sector and beyond.

Mijn Bio

Steven started working in the world of sports, health and physical activity policy the week after London won the rights to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games after completing a first class degree in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds. One year later, after returning to Leeds to complete a Master's Degree in Research, Steven joined ukactive, initially as an intern researcher within the Public Affairs and Policy Team. Steven rose through the ranks of that team, becoming first manager and then Director of the Department, before taking up the position of Development Director in 2012. In April 2015 he was appointed as Executive Director as successor to outgoing CEO David Stalker. In his time with ukactive, Steven helped shape the rebrand from the FIA to ukactive, strengthen ukactive's ties to key partners such as the Department of Health and Sport England, and drove ukactive's partnership's with major brands. In his period with ukactive Steven has been a part of the team which has grown the size of its membership base by 42%, grown its staff team by 77% and increased its turnover by 592% whilst maintaining a strict focus on its core mission. In 2014 Steven and the policy team were awarded the 2014 Public Affairs Award for Trade Association Campaign of the Year in recognition of driving almost £40m of additional investment into tackling inactivity at local authority public health team level. He is a policy expert on all matters relating to the promotion of physical activity for health and is prominent commentator on the topic both within the sector and beyond.

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