David Hearn

Personal statement


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.