Hilary Farmiloe is Manager of the InstructAbility programme at Aspire. She joined the spinal injury charity in 2011, after working as a development manager for the government’s School Sport Partnership scheme.
Under her leadership InstructAbility has developed into a multi-award winning national programme. As well as working with project partners YMCAfit, Hilary has established links with other training providers and national governing bodies of sport such as Clubbercise, SOSA and England Athletics. She has secured agreements with many of the national leisure management companies, to provide work placements and employment for disabled fitness instructors. Hilary has forged links with the Activity Alliance and their Inclusive Fitness Initiative, now embedded in Quest and has recently been appointed to the organisation’s board of trustees. Hilary is a Chartered Member of CIMSPA and works to influence inclusive policy and practices within the leisure sector. She has been active in promoting inclusion at industry events by creating a platform for disabled people to demonstrate the unique skills they can bring to the sector workforce. Currently, Hilary is working with the Universities of Birmingham and Portsmouth on a commissioned research project to provide industry guidelines on training and employing disabled people in the fitness sector.