The Board

The general management of the affairs of the Association is directed by a Board, which normally meets no less than five times a year.

The Board, when complete, consists of:

  • Chair
  • Chair-Elect (in the year preceding office)
  • Division Chairs x 5 (Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour; Physical Activity for Health; Physiology and Nutrition; Psychology; Sport and Performance)
  • Executive Director
  • Non-Executive Directors x 2 (appointed by the Board).

The Board can co-opt additional members.

The Chair shall normally hold office for a three-year period, until the conclusion of the AGM three years after their term starts and will be eligible for re-election. Other elected officers shall normally hold office for a two-year period until the conclusion of the AGM two years after their election and will be eligible for re-election. The Board will report annually to members via an Annual Report. Members of the Board will be appointed Directors of the Association.

Tom Holden

Tom Holden

Executive Director

Adam Hawkey

Adam Hawkey

Division Chair - Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour

Prof Mike Duncan FBASES

Prof Mike Duncan FBASES

Division Chair - Physical Activity for Health

Dr Adam Grainger

Dr Adam Grainger

Division Chair - Sport and Performance

Prof Chris Harwood FBASES

Prof Chris Harwood FBASES

Division Chair - Psychology

Dr Mike Price FBASES

Dr Mike Price FBASES

Division Chair - Physiology and Nutrition

Ruth Brougham

Ruth Brougham

Non-Executive Director

Paul Scott

Paul Scott

Non-Executive Director

Dr Keith Tolfrey

Chair

Dr Keith Tolfrey FBASES

Reader in Paediatric Exercise Physiology and Deputy Associate Dean (Teaching)
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
Loughborough University
Tel: 01509 226355
Email: k.tolfrey@lboro.ac.uk

Keith’s primary research interests relate to health in young people (children and adolescents) and how this might be influenced by either structured exercise training or participation in regular physical activity. Some of his work has focused on physiological determinants of endurance performance such as maximal lactate steady state, economy, and peak oxygen uptake in young people. He has, however, also collaborated on various projects focusing on wheelchair sports performance and oxygen uptake kinetics. Current research interests include fat metabolism, postprandial lipaemia, and estimation of energy expenditure in physical activity in young people. From the teaching and learning perspective Keith enjoys working with students on most aspects of exercise physiology, but also has a keen interest in research methods and quantitative statistics.


Prof Richard Tong

Chair Elect

Professor Richard Tong FBASES

Assistant Principal of Higher Education
NPTC Group of Colleges
Neath
Tel: 01686 614222
Email: richard.tong@nptcgroup.ac.uk

Richard began his career as a lecturer in physiology at Brunel University before moving to Cardiff Metropolitan University. During his early career Richard was involved in providing sport science support to elite sports performers and he became the Programme Director for the first single honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science in Wales in 1994. His research interests focused on high intensity intermittent exercise specifically related to rugby. He has made a significant contribution to the development of learning and teaching in sport and exercise science, both nationally and internationally, working for the Higher Education Academy, Quality Assurance Agency and the University of Wales. He has been a member of the BASES Board leading the Education and Professional Development Division and is a National Teaching Fellow.


Tom Holden

Executive Director

Tom Holden

BASES
Fairfax Hall
Leeds Beckett University
Tel: 0113 812 6165
Email: tholden@bases.org.uk

Tom joined BASES from Sport England, where he worked as a member of the Research and Evaluation team. His role included responsibility for commissioning research projects, conducting evaluations of Sport England investments and supporting the management of the Active Lives survey – the largest and most comprehensive national survey into sport and physical activity participation. Before Sport England, he worked in research, insight and project management roles in the private sector (Hallmark Cards, Ferrero) and spent two years working in Africa, managing a national community health programme in Malawi. Tom obtained an MSc in Sport Management and Development from UCLAN, where the focus of his dissertation was the relationship between physical activity participation and attitudes towards ageing amongst older women.


Adam Hawkey

Division Chair - Biomechanics and Motor Behaviour 

Adam Hawkey

Head of Sport Science and Performance
School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences
Southampton Solent University
Tel: 02382 016156
Email: adam.hawkey@solent.ac.uk

Adam currently leads Sport Science and Performance at Southampton Solent University, where he is responsible for a department that delivers courses in Sport Science (BUES), Sports Coaching, and Sports Therapy, and incorporates BASES Accredited labs. He is a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist, a Chartered Scientist (CSci) with the Science Council, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A former researcher with NASA’s Biomedical Office at the Kennedy Space Center, investigating bone and muscle changes during space flight, Adam’s research now focuses on the use of vibration exercise to improve musculoskeletal health and performance in a range of groups (including astronauts, athletes and ageing populations). A member of BASES since 2001, Adam was elected Chair of the Biomechanics Interest Group (BIG) in 2011 and has served on the Editorial Board of the Sport and Exercise Scientist and the BASES Scientific Programme Committee.


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Division Chair - Physical Activity for Health

Professor Mike Duncan FBASES

Professor in Applied Sport and Exercise Science
School of Life Sciences
Coventry University
Tel: 02476 888613
Email: aa8396@coventry.ac.uk

Mike is a BASES-accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist with research interests in the field of children, physical activity, exercise and obesity. As of July 2013 he has published over 70 peer reviewed journal papers, 20 books or chapters in edited books and over 110 peer reviewer conference presentations. He is a member of the European College of Sports Science, American College of Sports Medicine, United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association and a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and exercise Sciences. He has experience in working with elite athletes in prescribing exercise programmes and evaluating performance and also has worked extensively with community groups on topics such as physical activity interventions in children and adolescents and the effects of nutritional manipulation on cognitive and functional performance in older adults.


Dr Adam Grainger

Division Chair - Sport and Performance

Dr Adam Grainger

Performance Director
Hockey Ireland
Institute of Sport and Health
University College Dublin
Tel: 07866570606
Email: adam.grainger@hockey.ie

Adam joined University College Dublin in November 2016 to lead the strength and conditioning programmes of their high performance athletes (current and aspiring Olympians). Having previously worked in English Premiership rugby for twelve years (at Saracens, London Wasps and Sale Sharks), Adam has developed skills and experiences across many sports science disciplines and has regularly used performance data to influence best practice. Adam obtained his BSc and MSc (Hons) in Sports Science from Brunel University and recently completed his PhD at Salford University researching Recovery and Restoration in Elite Level Rugby Union. He currently leads the "Fundamentals of S&C" and "Advanced S&C" modules at University College Dublin, while in previous academic roles, led the "Coaching Practice" and "Performance Analysis in Sport" modules at Kingston University on a part-time contract. In his spare time Adam is a keen sportsman who has completed multiple Ironman triathlons.


Prof Chris Harwood

Division Chair - Psychology

Professor Chris Harwood FBASES

Professor of Sport Psychology
Loughborough University
School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
Leicestershire LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 226342
Email: c.g.harwood@lboro.ac.uk

Chris is a Professor in Applied Sport Psychology at Loughborough University. His research interests lie in the psychosocial aspects of youth sport and athlete development including the roles of the coach, parents, and the wider social environment. He served as the Vice-President of the European Federation of Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) from 2007-2011, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology from 2009-2014. He is currently an editorial board member for The Sport Psychologist and the Journal of Sport Psychology in Action. Beyond his academic work, Chris is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist and holds dual accreditations with BASES and British Psychological Society (BPS). He held the position of Club Psychologist for Nottingham Forest Football Club and continues to coordinate their youth academy psychological support programme. Recently, Chris served a three year tenure as the Lead Sport Psychologist for the Lawn Tennis Association on a part-time basis, and continues to provide psychological services to players, parents and coaching staff. He is a Fellow of both AASP and BASES and an active supervisor and assessor for the BPS.


Dr Mike Price

Division Chair - Physiology and Nutrition

Dr Mike Price FBASES

Reader in Exercise Physiology
School of Life Sciences
Coventry University
Tel: 024 7765 7688
Email: aa5969@coventry.ac.uk

Mike is a Reader in exercise physiology at Coventry University where he is also course director for BSc Sport and Exercise Science (BUES). He predominantly lecturers exercise physiology and research methods as well as being an active external examiner at undergraduate and post graduate level. He has been a member of BASES since 1993 and has presented at most BASES conferences over this time. He has previously held office as physiology section secretary and been involved in other BASES activities such as the accreditation panel, organising the student conference and delivering workshops and symposia, receiving his BASES Fellowship in 2012.

Mike’s PhD research focussed on the effects of spinal cord injury on thermoregulation. He was involved in a range of thermoregulation projects with Paralympic athletes from 1996 to 2016 and is part of the ASIA subcommittee on thermoregulation. As a result of his interest in spinal cord injury he has researched extensively in the area of upper body exercise with application to exercise protocol design (culminating in production of BASES exercise physiology testing guidelines and an expert statement), thermoregulation and more recently application of upper body exercise interventions to improve balance and postural sway in both young and older populations. His nutrition interests are predominantly around the use of sodium bicarbonate as an ergogenic aid alone and in combination with other substances.


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Non-Executive Director 

Ruth Brougham

Ruth is a Director at Barclays within the UK Personal Banking business, where she has worked since 2009. She initially joined their strategy team to lead on business growth and cost initiatives, customer strategy development and regulatory projects, before spending two years as Finance Director for the Operations & Technology Function. Since 2014 she has worked in proposition development and launched Barclays loyalty programme ‘Barclays Blue Rewards’ in 2015. Prior to Barclays Ruth was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where she worked with retail and consumer businesses to improve business performance. She began her career working as a Project Manager at building engineering consultancy, Arup, having graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Newcastle University.

Ruth’s love of sport began when she joined Todmorden Harriers aged-7 and became hooked on fell running. At university she took up rowing and played an active part in running the club, including a role as Club Secretary and later as Novice Women’s coach. She also completed the Great North Run several times during her university years and beyond. Today, Ruth takes part in triathlon, is a skiing enthusiast, and plays netball for a team in London close to where she lives in Putney.


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Non-Executive Director

Paul Scott

Paul joined BASES as a Non-Executive Director in December 2016.

Paul enjoyed a long career in the Royal Air Force, during which he worked in a diverse range of different roles, including senior appointments in command headquarters and working on Operations with the US Forces in Afghanistan.He was also fortunate enough to be sponsored by the RAF through an MBA with the Open University Business school.

On retirement from the military, he joined the Corporate world as a Senior Business Change manager with E.ON energy.He then moved into Consultancy and has worked on a variety of change programmes across the defence, aviation, transport and utilities sectors. He is a member of the Association of Project Management and a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

Paul has had a life-long interest in sport and exercise, as a participant, a physical education teacher and more recently as an arm-chair enthusiast.He is also a qualified ski-instructor and although he no longer instructs, can be found in the Alps for a week or two every year. Paul lives in a small village in Lincolnshire and spends much of his free time indulging in his hobby of motorsport or repairing the car after another episode of over-enthusiastic driving.

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