Inclusivity: preparing the workforce

Thursday 9th May 12:35 - 13:35

The panel will discuss how a new set of evidence-based Industry Guidelines, can help training providers and employers become more inclusive and ensure their training and workplaces are inclusive to disabled people. It will consider the benefits and challenges to adopting the guidelines, the role that everyone can play in enhancing inclusive policy and practices across the sector.

The session will highlight how disabled people working in the sector can help leisure operators address the various barriers that prevent people accessing leisure facilities and provide a leisure environment that is more welcoming and inclusive to all customers and staff alike. The drive for a more diverse and inclusive workforce will also relate to how leisure professionals can support the UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines for disabled adults.

Tara Dillon, Chief Executive at CIMSPA

Business of Activity - day 2 - Inclusivity: preparing the workforce

As CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Tara Dillon leads the institute's headline work in professionalising UK sport and leisure and transforming the workforce development opportunities of those who work in the sector.

Tara was appointed as CEO in January 2015, before which she was interim chief operating officer whilst on secondment from IQL UK. Previously, Tara has held a variety of senior management roles within the leisure sector, combining 12 years working in local authorities and 9 years in the private sector, culminating in a customer-focused commercial role as executive director of IQL UK.

Hilary Farmiloe, National InstructAbility Lead at Aspire

Professor Brett Smith, Head of Research School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at University of Birmingham

Richard Millard, Partnerships Director at Places for People