CIMSPA Board of Trustees

The board of trustees provides exemplar leadership in line with legal and regulatory frameworks. Currently chaired by Marc Woods, the board of nine individuals hold a wealth of experience within the sector and outside of it. The board meet on a regular basis and minutes of their meetings are available to members.

Marc Woods


Marc Woods is a multiple Paralympic gold medallist, BBC commentator, author and conference speaker. His board-level experience includes the Teenage Cancer Trust, Youth Sport Direct and the Youth Sport Trust.

Lisa Forsyth

Trustee and treasurer

Lisa is a director at Max Associates and has worked in local authority leisure for 20 years, including working for the last decade as a consultant.

Lisa's work in the sector started at an operational level managing local authority leisure centres before heading up a business development department of a leading leisure management contractors where she was successful in winning and mobilising a number of high profile leisure contracts. As a consultant, her experience has involved a wide range of leisure and cultural projects. Her work has included options appraisals, new facility provision and procurement.

As well as being involved in sport and physical activity at a national and strategic level, Lisa is still heavily involved in her local hockey club and is well aware of the local issues, opportunities and barriers that local clubs have to successfully manage to organise and develop sport on a week to week basis.

Elected trustees

Malcolm McPhail

Senior Independent Trustee

Malcolm was appointed to the board in November 2016. Previously a director and board member of ukactive. Malcolm is currently CEO of Life Leisure, a not for profit charitable trust based in the North of England, operating sports facilities with excess of 17,000 members and 600 staff.

A former operations director with a multi-national fitness company, 400M hurdler for Scotland and PE teacher, he still competes in athletics at masters level in the UK and Europe.

David Monkhouse


David has worked in the industry since 1985 in many roles from frontline to senior management, for both private and public organisations. His last employed role was with a leisure contractor, taking responsibility for quality, health and safety, human resources and training and development for 60 centres and 3000 employees.

He merged his consulting business of 6 years with Leisure-net Solutions in April 2014. Leisure-net delivers customer insight, research, change management, training and development and active-net to the sport and physical activity sector.

David specialises in assisting organisations to understand how through an excellent customer experience they can generate referrals, retain customers for longer and enhance the team experience.

David’s qualifications include an MBA in International Sports Management from Loughborough University.

Appointed trustees

Sandra Dodd


Sandra Dodd has in-depth experience of the leisure industry and is chief executive of Places for People Leisure, a social enterprise that operates over 100 leisure centres on behalf of local authorities across the UK. She also has an active role on the Badminton England board and sits on the ukactive board of directors as treasurer.

Manos Kapterian


Manos Kapterian is senior vice president operations at Pearson, and during a career spanning nearly 20 years in the education sector he has held a number of senior operational and commercial roles including as managing director at Pearson Qualifications International.

Prior to joining Pearson, Manos worked in human resource roles in the travel and not-for profit sectors, as well as in retail management.

Manos holds an MBA, is a Fellow at the CMI and lives with his wife and son in London.

Nick Masson


Nick Masson started his career as a physical education teacher, before moving into leisure facility management for 18 years, 8 of which were spent with DC Leisure, finishing as national operational partnership manager.

In 2004, Nick was part of the team which won the Amateur Swimming Association’s Leisure Management Contractor of the Year Award 2004 for the Swimming Academy.

Since 2007, Nick has been a senior team member at Bigwave media, a Devon-based full-service creative agency, working first as head of business development and currently as sales director. He has helped grow Bigwave media’s client base from 15 to over 68 clients across the UK with over 420 facilities.

Nick is straight-talking and determined, with a reputation for getting business results across a wide range of commercial and non-commercial areas. Hard working and enthusiastic about business development and marketing, he is outcome orientated in all aspects of work and play.

In his personal life, Nick has a passion for family, friends and badminton. He is currently chairman of Badminton England’s Performance Centre, and both head of performance and chairman of Queens Badminton Club.

Tracy Rea


Tracy Rea currently works as head of business operations within group transformation at Lloyds Banking Group. Previous to this Tracy’s background was in high performance sport, having been employed as performance director of Scottish Gymnastics in the lead up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Rowena Samarasinhe


Rowena Samarasinhe is a Partner at niche sports, media and entertainment law firm Level. She is also Managing Director of GEN Sport, a full-service agency focusing on the provision of affordable and accessible legal and commercial consultancy services to organisations within the sports and physical activity sector.

She has an MBA in international sports management with over 12 years of dedicated experience in the sports industry – in football initially and then in athletics and other Olympic sports. In 2018, Legal 500 included Rowena in their "General Counsel Powerlist" recognising the most influential and innovative in-house lawyers around the world.

Jon Argent


Jon has over 30 years experience in the sports and leisure starting his career as a leisure assistant and working through various roles including Chief Executive. He is currently National Partnerships Director for GLL.

Previously Vice Chairman of sporta, Jon has also Chaired Social Enterprise West Midlands and he is a long-standing member of the Quest Board.

Jon holds an MBA and is currently authoring a professional Doctoral thesis on Social Enterprise governance at the University of Birmingham.

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