A background in physical education, exercise and health promotion, for the last 25 years, Bob has worked as a consultant in physical activity and ageing. He formerly worked with the Physical Activity Programme and the ACTIVE for LIFE National Campaign at the former Health Education Authority overseeing in 1996, the first national campaign to promote physical activity with older people and the landmark Active for Later Life conference in Birmingham in 1997. From 2001 – 2016 Bob worked with BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University UK, responsible for their leading national work on Active Ageing under the Active for Later Life Professional Resource and campaign. He has also worked with Public Health England, the Care Inspectorate (Scotland) and a large number of public, private and voluntary sector bodies in the health, sport and recreation services and local government. During that time, he has written over 50 publications, professional resources and training courses.
Together with Dawn Skelton and Susie Dinan Young, Bob is a founding Director of Later Life Training and since 2003 has trained health and adult and social care professionals, physiotherapists, exercise teachers and leaders who work with older people. With Later Life Training, Bob has followed his specific interest in people living with and affected by dementia, volunteering and peer mentoring, motivation and behavior change strategies and supporting those who work with care services to increase physical activity. Together with fellow LLT Director Dawn Skelton, he is also instrumental in the implementation of the UK wide Functional Fitness MOT educational programme.
Bob has also worked with national and international working groups including co-chairing the DWP (UK) Active Ageing Public Health and Active Lifestyles group and the EU HEPA Network for Ageing and Physical Activity Working Group and supporting the Profane and Profound Programmes funded by the European Community. In 2015 he chaired the EUNAAPA working group that produced The Rome Statement for the Promotion of Physical Activity in Older Persons
He is an Advisory Board member to the International Council on Active Ageing and has been an advisor to over 20 physical activity and ageing research trials and national programmes, including the Age Concern Fit as a Fiddle Programme, The English Football League Extra Time programmes, the Care Inspectorate (Scotland) Care About Physical Activity programme and the Alzheimer’s Association - Age Friendly Sport and Physical Activity network. He was also a member of the Communications and Surveillance Expert Working Group, advising on the UK CMOs 2019 Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (65+).
In 2012, Bob co-hosted the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing in Glasgow, Scotland and is proud to be a Past President and Lifetime honorary member of and a recipient of an AGILE (CSP Special Interest Group working with older people) Special Achievement Award. In 1996 he received the Exercise Association of England, Special Achievement Award for promoting Exercise in the Community. In 2001 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Physical Education Association of the UK.
Bob's whole family loves activity, one son is a Director of Sport and rugby coach at Stamford School in Lincolnshire, the other a former professional basketball player and now personal fitness trainer in London. Bob is passionate about all things French and New Zealand (including rugby, wine and beaches), is a life-long long-distance swimmer (he swam the English Channel 1n 1969) and now an over enthusiastic grandfather and avid beach walker on the vast deserted sands of Northumberland.