Bob Laventure is a Consultant on Physical Activity and Older people at the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health, where he has a remit for programme development in relation to older
people and physical activity. His work there includes writing and compiling the ACTIVE for LATER LIFE Resource designed for health
professionals. Bob also issues the Network Update for Senior Peer Mentors.He has a background as a former Physical Education and Arts adviser and in sports development and exercise and health promotion. He has formerly worked with the Physical Activity Programme and the ACTIVE for LIFE National Campaign at the former Health Education Authority. He has also worked with a number of national sports bodies including Sport England, the Central Council for Physical Recreation and the British Sports Trust as well as a number of Government Departments including the DoH, DCMS, DWP and the DFES. His specific interests include the education and training of exercise and health professionals, promoting physical activity for older people and developed the specific work relating to Senior Peer Activity Mentoring Project "Someone Like Me !". Bob has also worked with a number of national and international working groups including the Age Concern England’s Ageing Well National Advisory Council, the European Health Enhancing Physical Activity Programme funded by the European Community and the World Health Organisation.
More recently, Bob has been working with Age UK on their "Fit as a Fiddle" campaign and with the DWP and BHFNC on the Active Ageing resources. Within LLT, he is a Director and is the MMe/SPM Development Co-ordinator and is currently developing the Dementia courses which will be launched later this year. He has a B.Ed and an MSc (Ed).
>A member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the National Association of Sports Coaches, in 1997 Bob received a Special Achievement Award from the Exercise Association of England and in 2000 was awarded the Fellowship of the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom. He is currently Chair of AGILE, the Chartered Physiotherapists Special Interest Group on Older People.
Bob's whole family loves activity, one son is a rugby coach at Stamford School and the other a personal fitness trainer in London. A proud grandfather, Bob has a life-time addiction to basketball coaching, the French Rugby team (well, anything French!) and is a keen swimmer (he swam the English Channel in 1969).
He is proud to be a Dementia Friend.