Jon Argent

Personal statement

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My career in sport and leisure began in 1986 as a casual leisure assistant. Since then I've worked for several public and third sector organisations in a variety of roles and I'm currently National Partnerships Director for GLL.

I first joined ILAM in 1988, remaining a member until CIMSPA was created, and I am now a Chartered Fellow of the Institute. I have been a long-time supporter and advocate of our sector and its representative bodies including being a member of the Institute’s West Midlands Regional Board.

Further experience of working at Board level on national and regional groups includes holding the Vice Chairmanship of Sporta for six years with a responsibility for developing strategy and raising Sporta’s profile with Government and being a member of the Quest Board for the past eight years. I was the Chairman of Social Enterprise West Midlands for several years fulfilling a similar strategic function.

I understand the role of a Board Member to be primarily about policy and strategy (not management), supporting and challenging the CEO and senior team to deliver the aims and objectives of the organisation.

Personal vision

It feels as though we are now at a watershed, particularly following Sport England’s £1.2m investment and the recruitment of Marc, our new Chairman. This is not only an exciting time for CIMSPA as an organisation, it’s our time to really grip the principle agendas and to launch the institute forward in an important and rapidly growing sector.

I believe that we should drive our programme forwards with confidence; clear about direction and focused on priorities. The Board are collectively accountable and responsible for CIMSPA's success and should lead by carefully listening to the views and needs of the industry and widely communicating our purpose, vision, mission, values and aims.

Our medium-term financial security now allows a greater focus on delivering long-term future strategies and plans with less requirement to concentrate on short-term financial/operational management and this positive shift sits squarely with the Board and CEO to map out and optimise.

Ensuring that apprenticeships are embedded into the workforce and developing professional membership pathways for new and emerging job roles are clearly key, as is completing the sector’s professional standards matrix, creating pathways for individuals to enter and progress their careers, and providing the industry with quality assured training.

I am passionate about our sector and making a positive contribution to its future.
 


CIMSPA members eligible to vote will be able to either:

  • Vote online 20 August – 12 noon 13 September (you will receive details by email of how to vote)
  • Vote in person at the CIMSPA AGM on 18 September 2018.

David Atkinson

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I am ex-army, ex-paramedic and am now a Registered Nurse and university lecturer with expertise in healthcare law and ethics. I believe this professional background, coupled with my life experience will be invaluable when acting as a trustee, as this will enable me to contribute to any decision making that will result in CIMSPA acting in the best interests of its members and the UK public.

Personal vision

I believe that CIMSPA should be the 'go-to' organisation for all fitness professionals and organisations, and act in an advisory capacity for all healthcare organisations, and companies involved in health and fitness. The board of trustees should aid the institute in achieving these goals by implementing best practice and supporting constant ethical research, so that its members and the public at large are given all the support needed to make informed choices about health and fitness.


CIMSPA members eligible to vote will be able to either:

  • Vote online 20 August – 12 noon 13 September (you will receive details by email of how to vote)
  • Vote in person at the CIMSPA AGM on 18 September 2018.

Shelley Dell

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I have worked within the industry for 17 years, and I still love every day as if it were my first. I have been fortunate in my career and have enjoyed many roles ranging from Fitness Coach, Group Ex Coordinator, Retention Coach, Tutor to Regional Manager. My journey has allowed me to grow as a Fitness professional as well as an individual, every day learning something new to take back and to give back. I feel I am in a very fortunate position to be able to inspire teams, users, strategies, businesses all in a positive way to help people make better health and lifestyle choices as an end objective. A core value of mine is making a difference, this is the driving force behind personal and career choices and I feel I am equipped with many attributes to contribute both effectively and professionally. I am extremely passionate about the impact our industry has, not only on the present nation, but also on the future. We have a huge opportunity to provide support to our struggling health authorities through great programming, education and evidence-based service execution. We also have a great opportunity of creating the future workforce for our industry thus driving standards, experiences and learning opportunities are as important as the facilities in which we deliver. There are many challenges to overcome but in thinking differently, forever developing as a person and learning from every experience, I believe in the today and future.

Personal vision

We have to deliver professionalism to be considered and recognized as such. For years I have believed in the many inspirational leaders and employees that already exist within leisure, driven by their own passion and belief in the magic this industry can achieve. I see CIMSPA being the integral driving force of creating professional recognition from both within and outside of the sector. Ensuring that education and development is relevant, up to date and consistent whilst also being innovative. The sector needs to be inclusive recognizing the changing needs of both individuals and society as a whole. The generational shift is already making a huge impact on the consumer behaviours, and importantly their interactions with health, leisure and fitness. These changes need to align with any professional body to ensure its growth and sustainability for the foreseeable future. Being a part of the decisions effecting standards, training, service and outcome is an exciting prospect and whether successful in my application, will continue to be high on my agenda. The power behind the changes already achieved by CIMSPA, will continue to have the positive impact on the health of the nation, the NHS, partnerships with Sport England and ukactive, will equally in the evidence of both practice and delivery, supporting the charter for professionalism.


CIMSPA members eligible to vote will be able to either:

  • Vote online 20 August – 12 noon 13 September (you will receive details by email of how to vote)
  • Vote in person at the CIMSPA AGM on 18 September 2018.

Suneil Doug

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I have an excellent education, international experience of teaching and training sports personnel and athletes and a strong interest in mental health, fitness and holistic well-being. I use my knowledge of Auryvedic philosophy, health, lifestyle and medicine to blend with my knowledge and experience of training the general public and professionals such as martial artists, boxers and Olympic medallists. I am a good communicator, I speak three languages and I am keen to broaden the appeal of the organisation to a wider cultural demography. I have been on the board of governors in a school and I have provided my expertise and management skills in an orphanage in India as well as giving fitness advice and coaching to three Bollywood actors. BBC, What Doctors Don't tell You and National Eczema Association are doing features on my style of fitness training and holistic approach to well-being.

Personal vision

I would like to:

  1. Help publicise the organisation to the wider public and community groups
  2. Brand fitness as an important component of schooling/curriculum.
  3. Help organisations and government bodies to invest in the work of our organisation by promoting the benefits of good health and thereby saving precious resources and capital.

CIMSPA members eligible to vote will be able to either:

  • Vote online 20 August – 12 noon 13 September (you will receive details by email of how to vote)
  • Vote in person at the CIMSPA AGM on 18 September 2018.

David Hearn

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David Hearn has worked and volunteered in the sports and leisure sector for over 20 years. His career has covered the full range of operations, contract management, strategy, governance, and consultancy in both the private, public and third sectors. With a strong background in people leadership, he combines a collaborative and advisory approach with proven commercial skills and industry knowledge to support those organisations involved in sport and physical activity to maximise their value and achieve targeted goals. David has worked as a Quest Assessor and for the past ten years been actively engaged in as a consultant in the sector. As well as paid work, David has, for the past 6 years, been a volunteer mentor at Sported, the Sport for Development Charity and has recently completed a six-year term as a Trustee for a leisure charity based on the south coast with five years as its Chairman. David is a Fellow member of the Institute and holds an MBA from Henley Business School. David is now looking to apply his skills and learning to support CIMSPA and its members in implementing its current work plans and in developing appropriate future plans that will help it deliver on its vision.

Personal vision

I have been a member of the institute since 2011-12 and before then a member of ILAM. I think it is increasingly important for the sector to have a professional body that nurtures, supports and guides its members to achieve the highest standards. 

My personal vision for the Institution draws on my own experiences in my work and what I have listened to and heard in my years working in and on behalf of the sector. I have set it out as such in two main areas below: 

  • The elevation of the profession as a whole and the promotion of its efficiency and usefulness by adherence to the observance of strict values of behaviour as a condition of membership.
  • The establishment and maintenance of high standards of professionalism, general education and knowledge and in so doing securing for the public, a membership that is well qualified to be employed or otherwise engaged in the delivery and management of sports and physical activity with the intention of encouraging, supporting and raising the levels of active participation and engagement. 

CIMSPA members eligible to vote will be able to either:

  • Vote online 20 August – 12 noon 13 September (you will receive details by email of how to vote)
  • Vote in person at the CIMSPA AGM on 18 September 2018.

David Monkhouse

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I have really enjoyed contributing to the CIMSPA board over the past 3 years, representing members and supporting the continual improvement of the CIMSPA offer. I have a great deal of experience across the sector and use my work in the sector to consult with members and non-members alike. If re-elected I will continue to challenge, question and work hard to ensure our Professional Institute provides quality and endorsed learning, development, CPD and guidance to those who wish to make a career in a great industry.

Personal vision

For others to have the career opportunities I have had, ensuring our workforce continues to make a difference.


CIMSPA members eligible to vote will be able to either:

  • Vote online 20 August – 12 noon 13 September (you will receive details by email of how to vote)
  • Vote in person at the CIMSPA AGM on 18 September 2018.