Suzanne Gardner

National Partnership Lead for Health and Inactivity

Sport England

Suzanne joined Sport England’s Health Team in May 2014 and is a National Partnership Lead for Health and Inactivity. She provides strategic support and delivery for Sport England’s Uniting the Movement ambitions for strengthening the connections between health, physical activity and sport so more people can feel the benefits of and advocate for an active life.

Over the last four years she has provided leadership for work with health partners such as the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, NHS Horizons and the Royal College of GPs and the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine to integrate physical activity into NHS systems. She specialises in health, physical activity and sports development and brings a variety of expertise to her work with Sport England, having worked in a variety of roles at local, county, regional and national level in the public and charity sectors including roles with local authorities, the Department of Health, the British Horse Society and the Black Country Active Partnership. Going where people are and listening and co-designing solutions are at the heart of Sport England’s implementation plans.

Suzanne has recently been collaborating with the NCSEM at Sheffield Hallam University to hear from those with lived experience of health conditions and those supporting them to get active to understand the barriers to activity and co-design solutions for ‘how’ the physical activity, sport and health sectors and systems could change to better support people into activity and tackle inequalities. She has an interest in Return on Investment and improving the evidence base for physical activity and sport’s role in delivering health outcomes and has led on the development of Sport England’s MOVES return on investment tool.

Suzanne Gardner will be speaking at the following sessions.

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