The Sports Think Tank is run by a team of Volunteers who all believe in challenging thinking across the sport and physical activity sector.
They have a wide range of skills to create the space and time to think creatively and unhindered by sectional interest inside the sector. We don't have to represent anybody so we can think creatively and be constructive with our criticisms.
We are always looking for additional volunteers who share our beliefs and have time to give to making good policy across Whitehall and Westminster.
Andy Reed OBE
Co-Founder and Director
Andy was the MP for Loughborough between 1997 and 2010. During that time he became known as the 'backbench voice' on sport at all levels in Parliament from school, grassroots to elite. After leaving Parliament Andy has been approached to use his experience to help sport - something he has been only too willing to take up!
He has argued consistently that a Sports Think Tank would help develop the link between academic research and evidence based decision making at the heart of government and allow sport to be challenging of itself.
Mark has been involved in Sports Think Tank since its inception and has been the Director since October 2013. He is also a public affairs consultant for a number of sport sector clients. Previously, he was a civil servant at the DCMS where he advised Ministers on professional sport policy until 2011. This work took him into the heart of European and UK policy making including Football governance, retaining the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and the relationship between professional and grassroots sport.
Mark has been involved in sport from an early age both as a wide-ranging participant and as a fan. He has taught physical education and coached rugby and cricket at St Pauls' Boys School.
Luke graduated with a Master's degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2010. He has always been a passionate sportsman, cycling, running, playing tennis, padel tennis and football as well as engaging in the power of sport and physical activity for social change.
Luke has been involved in sport professionally for 13 years. As well as coaching, Luke has worked as a consultant in sport psychology and a lecturer in sports science in further education.
Sports Think Tank
Founder and MD of Henham Strategy; Chief Political Counsel at Hanover Comms; Research Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies.
Nick helped form the Sports Think Tank in 2011 with Andy Reed when they both worked on sports policy in Westminster.
Tom Walker - Comms and PR
As a journalist and editor, Tom has worked in the UK's sport and physical activity sector for more than 15 years. He is contributing editor of two industry-leading b2b titles – HCM and Sports Management magazine – and founding director of communications company The Media Lodge, which offers a range of services to clients both in the UK and Scandinavia.
Born in Finland, Tom speaks four languages and has always been passionate about sport. On the field of play, he represented Finland in cricket and played football at semi-professional level. Off it, he is an enthusiastic advocate of the power of sport and of the positive change it can make in people's lives.
James is a law graduate with a passion for data and analytics. He can offer our partners a wide range of skills to complement our work, from editing the podcasts, to analysing data. He can work on complex data sets using Python and SQL and has experience working in the sports sector but uses his skills across all sectors.