With two weeks to go before the event, CIMSPA, the chartered professional body for the sport and physical activity sector, have confirmed the opening keynote speaker for its forthcoming joint conference with Quest and the National Benchmarking Service, taking placing on 14-15 March, at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth.
Opening the chartered institute’s conference day on 15 March will be senior DCMS figure Andrew Honeyman, who heads up projects on health, workforce and diversity in sport, and leads cross-departmental work exploring how sport and activity can deliver wider government objectives.
He will be joined on stage by Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, for a unique keynote/interview hybrid session. The keynote will cover how government departments have recognised the contribution that the sport and activity sector can make to many health agenda and societal challenges, but that the sector needs now to build workforce professionalism to reach its potential.
Commenting on the opening keynote, Tara Dillon said: “We’re thrilled to have Andrew Honeyman agree to open our conference. He is one of CIMSPA’s most important allies within Whitehall and is fiercely supportive of our mission, progress and potential.
“Andrew recognises the talent, initiative and commitment that our sector’s managers continually demonstrate. His vision is of an emerging, respected profession for our sector, with DCMS and government playing a key role in ensuring that the public understand our skills and quality.”