Meet the team

Meet the team

Meet the team

Steve Nelson- CEO

Sport/ Activity of choice: Basketball

Your role at Wesport: I have overall responsibility for Wesport’s plan, achievements and working practices. I lead our work to influence organisations at all levels to recognise and use the power of sport and physical activity.

Like: The days I get to see our team’s activities.

Dislike: Blue cheese!

Ruth Glanvill- Project Manager (Community Sport)

Sport/ Activity of choice: Plodding aka running slightly faster than walking

Your role at Wesport: I am project manager for all things Community Sport; supporting local projects to reach inactive young people, including the Satellite Club programme. 

Like: I like getting out of the office to visit projects that we support

Dislike: I don’t like not being able to make time to be active

Andy Blackmore- Senior Project Manager

Sport/ Activity of choice: Rugby

Your role at Wesport: Having fun, chatting to people, making tea & coffee... As well as leading our team's work with Children & Young People!

Like: Beans on toast with HP sauce

Dislike: Doughnuts with not enough jam.

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Sarah Casselden- Project Manager- Workforce & Insight

Sport/ Activity of choice: Boxfit

Your role at Wesport: I am a project manager working on Workforce Development, Coach Core and Data & Insight.

Like: family time

Dislike: marmite

Nikki Stephens- Business Performance & Finance Officer

Sport/ Activity of choice: Tea drinking. And spin class

Your role at Wesport: All of the behind the scenes elements that keep the organisation running: finance, governance, HR, office management, safeguarding, marketing and performance management!

Like: cats, purple things, sleeping, tea

Dislike: people?!

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Lisa Wood- Senior Manager- Health & Activity

Sport/ Activity of choice: Cycling and walking

Your role at Wesport: I keep abreast of the Health & Wellbeing landscape and look for opportunities where physical activity can have a true impact.

Like: Skiing on fresh powder in the sunshine!

Dislike: Middle lane hoggers!

Sarah McLeod- Project Manager

Sport/ Activity of choice: Pilates

Your role at Wesport: I am a project manager currently working on our Workforce Innovation project with refugees and asylum seekers, alongside our Parks Tennis Project.

Like:  I love going on holiday with my family, especially somewhere sunny!

Dislike:I dislike Brussel sprouts!

Richard Colman- Project Manager (Bristol Parks Tennis & Workforce)

Sport/ Activity of choice: Squash, tennis, football

Your role at Wesport: I manage the Parks Tennis programme in Bristol and also the development of the sport and physical activity workforce across the West of England.

Like: making and growing things

Dislike: tidying up after my kids!

Nicole Emmanuel- Project Manager (Children & Young People)

Sport/ Activity of choice: Walk in the countryside

Your role at Wesport:  Supporting physical activity and sporting opportunities for children and young people.

Like: any creative projects!

Dislike: being away from nature too long

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Jane Baldock- Lead Finance Officer

Sport/ Activity of choice: Orienteering, Hockey, Running 

Your role at Wesport: I am responsible for all of the organisations finances. 

Like: A long run on a sunny day! 

Dislike: Being stuck indoors 

Melonie Gregory- Core Development Manager

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Caleb Thomas- Project Officer (Community)

Sport/ Activity of choice: Football and Golf

Your role at Wesport: I am responsible for supporting community projects and clubs to engage people in physical activity and sporting opportunities within their local areas. 

Like: Cheese and basically any sport (not usually at the same time) 

Dislike: People who don’t do their fair share 

Ali Chodkiewicz- Project Manager (Social Prescribing)

Sport/ Activity of choice: Netball

Your role at Wesport: I am the Project Manager for Social Prescribing, supporting programmes that recognise that peoples health and wellbeing are determined by a range of social, economic, and environmental factors and seeks to address peoples needs in a holistic way. 

Like: Marvel superhero films

Dislike: Cheese

Saliha Ahmed- Senior Project Manager - Ageing Well

Sport/ Activity of choice: Cycling and Paddleboarding

Your role at Wesport: I am leading on Ageing Well funded projects in the health system

Like: Green spaces, cats and watching the Great British Bake-Off

Dislike: Drivers who don't move out of the way for emergency vehicles

Chris Knight - Project Officer (Children and Young People)

Sport/ Activity of choice: Athletics and Swimming

Your role at Wesport: I am responsible for developing physical activity and sporting opportunities for children and young people in education and the community.

Like: Fantasy Football

Dislike: being woken up early on the weekend

Josh Carter-Tullett- Assistant Administrator & Marketing Officer

Sport/ Activity of choice: Cricket and Golf

Your role at Wesport: I am responsible for the administration and marketing of the Parks tennis programmes and supporting the administration and marketing of different projects across the team.

Like: Tattoos (current count 13)

Dislike: Kale

Bryher Freight - Sport Welfare Officer

Sport/ Activity of choice: Rugby

Your role at Wesport: I am one of the Sport Welfare Officers, supporting clubs to meet safeguarding requirements and to foster welfare-first environments

Like: Watching live sports

Dislike: Mushrooms

Matt Walker - Sport Welfare Officer

Sport/ Activity of choice: Archery

Your role at Wesport: I am one of the Sport Welfare Officers, supporting clubs to meet safeguarding requirements and to foster welfare-first environments

Like: An evening at the cinema

Dislike: Sweetcorn, and people who chew with their mouths open