Board of trustees

Marc Woods


Marc Woods is a multiple Paralympic gold medallist, BBC commentator, author and conference speaker. His board-level experience includes the Teenage Cancer Trust, Youth Sport Direct and the Youth Sport Trust.


Lisa Forsyth

Trustee and treasurer

Lisa is a director at Max Associates and has worked in local authority leisure for 20 years, including working for the last decade as a consultant.

Lisa’s work in the sector started at an operational level managing local authority leisure centres before heading up a business development department of a leading leisure management contractors where she was successful in winning and mobilising a number of high profile leisure contracts. As a consultant, her experience has involved a wide range of leisure and cultural projects. Her work has included options appraisals, new facility provision and procurement.

As well as being involved in sport and physical activity at a national and strategic level, Lisa is still heavily involved in her local hockey club and is well aware of the local issues, opportunities and barriers that local clubs have to successfully manage to organise and develop sport on a week to week basis.

Elected Trustees

Malcolm McPhail


Malcolm was appointed to the board in November 2016. Previously a director and board member of UKActive. Malcolm is currently CEO of Life Leisure, a not for profit charitable trust based in the North of England, operating sports facilities with excess of 17,000 members and 600 staff.

A former operations director with a multi-national fitness company, 400M hurdler for Scotland and PE teacher, he still competes in athletics at masters level in the UK and Europe.


David Monkhouse


David has worked in the industry since 1985 in many roles from frontline to senior management, for both private and public organisations. His last employed role was with a leisure contractor, taking responsibility for quality, health and safety, human resources and training and development for 60 centres and 3000 employees.

He merged his consulting business of 6 years with Leisure-net Solutions in April 2014. Leisure-net delivers customer insight, research, change management, training and development and active-net to the sport and physical activity sector.

David specialises in assisting organisations to understand how through an excellent customer experience they can generate referrals, retain customers for longer and enhance the team experience.

David’s qualifications include an MBA in International Sports Management from Loughborough University.  

Appointed Trustees

Sandra Dodd


Sandra Dodd has in-depth experience of the leisure industry and is chief executive of Places for People Leisure, a social enterprise that operates over 100 leisure centres on behalf of local authorities across the UK. She also has an active role on the Badminton England board and sits on the ukactive board of directors as treasurer.


Manos Kapterian


Manos Kapterian: Manos is senior vice president operations at Pearson, where he has held a number of senior roles including acting as managing director at Pearson Qualifications International. Prior to joining Pearson, Manos worked in human resource roles in the travel and not-for profit sectors, as well as in retail management.


Nick Masson


Nick Masson started his career as a physical education teacher, before moving into leisure facility management for 18 years, 8 of which were spent with DC Leisure, finishing as national operational partnership manager.

In 2004, Nick was part of the team which won the Amateur Swimming Association’s Leisure Management Contractor of the Year Award 2004 for the Swimming Academy.

Since 2007, Nick has been a senior team member at Bigwave media, a Devon-based full-service creative agency, working first as head of business development and currently as sales director. He has helped grow Bigwave media’s client base from 15 to over 68 clients across the UK with over 420 facilities.

Nick is straight-talking and determined, with a reputation for getting business results across a wide range of commercial and non-commercial areas. Hard working and enthusiastic about business development and marketing, he is outcome orientated in all aspects of work and play.

In his personal life, Nick has a passion for family, friends and badminton. He is currently chairman of Badminton England’s Performance Centre, and both head of performance and chairman of Queens Badminton Club.


Tracy Rea 


Tracy Rea: Tracy currently works as head of business operations within group transformation at Lloyds Banking Group. Previous to this Tracy’s background was in high performance sport, having been employed as performance director of Scottish Gymnastics in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Rowena Samarasinhe


Rowena Samarasinhe is general counsel at Lucerne-based sports marketing agency Athletics Management and Services, working with international federations on the sale of sponsorship and broadcasting rights and event delivery. She has an MBA in international sports management with over 10 years of dedicated experience in the sports industry – in football initially and then in athletics and other Olympic sports.