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.

Adam Hawkey

Adam Hawkey

Deputy Chair & Division Chair

Dr Adam Grainger

Dr Adam Grainger

Division Chair

Dr David Broom FBASES

Dr David Broom FBASES

Division Chair

Dr Mike Price FBASES

Dr Mike Price FBASES

Division Chair

Paul Scott

Paul Scott

Non-Executive Director

Susan Went

Susan Went

Non-Executive Director

Tom Holden

Tom Holden

Executive Director

Prof Richard Tong

Chair 

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.


Adam Hawkey

Deputy Chair & 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.


Division Chair - Physical Activity for Health

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Dr David Broom FBASES

Reader of Physical Activity and Health
Sheffield Hallam University
Tel: 07729192414 
Email: d.r.broom@shu.ac.uk

David Broom is a Reader of Physical Activity and Health at Sheffield Hallam University where he has taught on the physical activity promotion and exercise prescription related modules since 2007. His research interests are the effects of physical activity and nutritional interventions on energy balance in the prevention and treatment of excess weight and obesity. A recent exercise and appetite related paper was the Journal of Endocrinology's top most downloaded non-gold open access article for 2017 and he has contributed to BASES expert statements on the topic. He is a Fellow of BASES for services to the organisation and the sport and exercise science community and has been appointed to the Chief Medical Officers Adult Expert Working Group tasked with updating the UK's physical activity guidelines.


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.


Division Chair - Psychology

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Professor Zoe Knowles FBASES

Professor of Engagement and Learning  
Liverpool John Moores University  
Tel: 0151 2314106 
Email: z.r.knowles@ljmu.ac.uk

Zoe is a Professor of Engagement and Learning at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research interests include the psycho-social determinants of physical activity, creative research methods with children and young people and practitioner development through reflective practice. Beyond her academic work, Zoe is a HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist, a National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Professional and Fellow of BASES. Zoe has served 4 years as the CPD lead for the Psychology Division and has been involved in strategic initiatives for the association including the BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route and Safeguarding/Welfare. 


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

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.


Non-Executive Director

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Susan Went

Susan will join BASES as a Non-Executive Director in February 2019.

Susan is an experienced Non -Executive Director, with a long NHS healthcare career as a physiotherapist, healthcare leader and Executive Director. She has over 20 years of experience at Director and Board levels in the health and care sector; including large NHS trust, the Medical Royal Colleges and national roles in Department of Health (England) and Healthcare Improvement Scotland. Susan now works as an independent consultant specialising in the fields of safety and quality improvement and she is a Lay Trustee on the Board of the British Geriatrics Society, the professional body of specialist doctors and other professions concerned with the care of older people.


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.


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