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CORE Education CEO joins board of ukactive

Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson welcomes CEO of 'pioneering' Birmingham Multi Academy Trust to ukactive

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 26, 2016 | People, policy, politics

The chief of a multi-academy trust praised by Ofsted for its ‘pioneering partnerships’ has joined forces with a charity aimed at encouraging pupils to be more active.

Adrian Packer, CEO of CORE Education Trust, has become an independent non-executive director of ukactive.

The UK’s leading not-for-profit health body for the physical activity sector, ukactive comprises of more than 4,000 members - from activity providers to major consumer brands, training facilities and equipment manufacturers.  

Members come from across the private, public and third sector and are united by ukactive’s long-standing and uncompromising commitment to getting ‘more people, more active, more often’.

The organisation’s efforts are centred on supporting a national ambition to ‘turn the tide of physical inactivity’.  

When CORE Education Trust’s Rockwood Academy and Nansen Primary were both rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in March 2016, inspectors praised CORE Education Trust for its ‘pioneering’ partnerships with external organisations. These included an initiative spearheaded through the Lawn Tennis Association and The Tennis Foundation aimed at encouraging pupils to take up the sport.

CEO Adrian Packer said: “I’m thrilled to join ukactive as an independent non-executive director.

“I have long been a firm believer in sport and its ability to transform the education, ambitions and lives of young people.

“It’s both an honour and a privilege to be working alongside Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who is a national sporting heroine and an inspiration to us all.

“I am entirely committed to working with ukactive to help it deliver its ambition to increase access to sporting opportunities for young people across Britain.”

Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair of ukactive, said: “We have long been admirers of Adrian Packer’s work within the education sector.

“Our Board has been growing ever stronger in the past couple of years and the arrival of Adrian takes us to another level still.

“His experience in the education sector and his wider management expertise will be an invaluable asset in our on-going quest to change behaviours and get children more active.

“Now is a hugely exciting time to be involved in physical activity and we can’t wait to work with Adrian on laying the foundations to inspire healthy lifestyles among the youngest in society.”    

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