Meet the Mentors

Moving to Inclusion Mentors have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in a sport and physical activity context in relation to protected characteristics, under-represented groups and marginalised communities.  Thes Mentors play a key role in facilitating, mentoring, and coaching sports organisations to continually improve their equality, diversity, and inclusive practice.  The Mentors will support the following:

  • Helping organisations to review their self-reflection score sheet in a safe and honest way  
  • understanding of the organisational priorities following self-reflection
  • development of the Continuous Improvement Plan
  • links to external support e.g., equality partners, peer to peer, good practice communities.
  • group discussions and peer to peer support

The UK Sports Councils will allocate Moving to Inclusion Mentors at their discretion.

Amanda Bennet

Amanda Bennett

Amanda is passionate about helping people and organisations grow and develop, and, with a focus on governance, leadership and inclusion, she established FairPlay in 2013. She has worked with a range of organisations including the International Paralympic Committee, Irish Rugby Football Union and the Premier League. She also works with private and charitable bodies guiding them through development reviews that enable greater inclusion and effectiveness.  

Amanda is the author of the Sports Governance Handbook and designed of the highly successful Women and Leadership Development Programme. She has provided specialist leadership and governance support to organisations including The Football Association, Scottish Hockey and British Blind Sport. She is a former Chair of European Women and Sport and Chair of the Sports Councils’ Equality Group. She also served on the Sport Wales board and the International Working Group on Women and Sport.

Amanda’s current voluntary roles include Senior Independent Director with England Handball, Chair of Saracens Women and member of the England Rugby Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She was also a Selector for the Welsh Commonwealth Games Team for Birmingham 2022.

Amanda was Wales’s first female fly half and her international playing career spanned 10 years including two Women’s Rugby World Cups. She was a founder member of Saracens Women and took up coaching after retiring. She was Head Coach with Wales and also coached the England Elite and Under 20s squads. Amanda is a previous winner of a UK Coaching National Coach Award and now mentors high performance coaches and senior executives. In 2023, she was inducted into the Loughborough University Hall of Fame.

Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes

Cathy has worked in equality and diversity for over 20 years, having previously been Head of Equality & Diversity at Sport England until 2022, where she led on the recent EDI changes to the Code for Sports Governance and Sport England’s involvement in the Transgender Inclusion Guidance, both published in 2021Cathy leads with her passion is to improve the confidence and capability of people and organisations to understand EDI and the issues it involvesShe has a lifelong love of sport, having represented GB in Triathlon and working as a voluntary coach in triathlon and athletics.

Denise Stephenson

Denise Stephenson 

Denise is a self-entitled ‘Agent of Change’, with a passion and golden threads in her work for fairness for all, equity of opportunity, diversity in terms of representation, thought and challenge, and inclusion for people in all of their forms. 

Denise is a lawyer with over 20 years legal experience and 15 years of public speaking and training clients and staff. Denise is an engaging and motivational speaker with a passion for bringing about change through discussion and action. She mainly focuses on issues of race, diversity and inclusion and social mobility. She has recently been helping companies deal with strategies for staff diversification, resilience and growth mindsets. Denise is also a Founder and CEO of her charity ROK (Reach Out 2 Kids), which she founded in 2011 to challenge racial and social inequalities by effecting change in education and employment. She is also a keen runner of over 20 years and through the founding of her running group, with her sister and friend in 2019, has encouraged and coached people in their personal running journeys. The group was a lifesaver for people mentally, as well as physically during the difficult period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Denise sits on advisory boards for Sport England and UK Sport, assisting them to work on the eradication of racism and discrimination in sport from grassroots to elite levels and for the National Running Show to help them to improve the diversity of their events.

Edgar Herridge

Edgar Herridge 

“As a life-long advocate of all sporting pursuits, and a mediocre participant in several them, I am proud to be able to work within sport and drive inclusion amongst one of the most underserved demographic groups”.

As the England & Wales Cricket Board’s Senior National Disability Manager, Edgar oversee the grass-root pathway that enables disabled people to play, follow or volunteer in the game. Edgar is passionate about supporting other organisations to harness the power and ensure that no individual or group is left out in our shared pursuit to achieve this.

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons is Director of Inside Inclusion, an inclusion and anti-discrimination consultancy. Chris has over 15 years’ experience working in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion. While his clients represent a range of sectors in the UK and globally, much of his experience comes from the sport industry and, in particular, grassroots and professional football.

Jane Holdsworth

Jane Holdsworth

Jane has been an assessor for the UK Equality Standard:  Framework for Sport since 2006 and was part of the project team responsible for reviewing the old standard and creating ‘Moving to Inclusion’.  Her background is in the international NGO and Charitable Sector with specific experience around gender, disability, and mental health.

Jane has been an assessor for the UK standard ‘Investing in Volunteers’ since 2006, which has an emphasis on inclusion, equity and diversity and a proactive approach to making volunteering accessible. Her work in the charity, social enterprise and faith sector has included organisational development and mentoring with expertise around strategy, impact, quality systems and partnership building. Jane has a link role for engaging communities of interest with local authorities and the integrated care system in Coventry and Warwickshire and Birmingham and Solihull.

Jo Ogogo

Jo Ogogo

Jo Ogogo is an accomplished Equity Diversity and Inclusion Consultant with over 15 years of experience in this transformative field. Jo is passionate about mentoring, guiding and supporting organisations to take a strategic and focussed approach in creating lasting and meaningful change. With a background in the Military, and both public and private sectors, Jo has championed diversity and inclusion throughout her career, understanding that fostering an inclusive environment is essential for not only the organisation, but the wellbeing and growth of individuals. Outside of her consulting role, Jo enjoys sports, such as Football, Obstacle Course Racing and Powerlifting. Jo also is involved in volunteering, public speaking and engaging within the community.

Liz Davidson

Liz Davidson

Liz Davidson has worked in the sport and physical activity sector in a variety of roles. Currently she is the CEO of Active Kent and Medway and a Board Member of the Kent Community Cricket Foundation. A keen advocate for the role sport can play in transforming lives and opportunities for both individuals and communities, her previous experience includes roles with Women in Sport and a number of NGBs. She has also worked as a consultant in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion for close to twenty years with a wide range of organisations from across the sector.

Natasha Mills

Natasha Mills

Natasha has a hugely diverse working experience with a unique perspective as a fully qualified and registered Health Care Professional working in Elite and Professional Sport and Qualified Personal Performance and Corporate and Executive Coach.

She is a strategic equality, equity, diversity and inclusion advocate with charismatic leadership and inclusive programme management aptitude. She has a time-tested record in fostering inclusivity and diversity by challenging cultural norms. Natasha is a change agent with big picture perspective, values-driven leader, with a passion for making a difference.

Trevor Smith

Trevor Smith

Trevor has specialised in advocacy for many years across all sectors of the sporting system. He has a passion for physical literacy for life and a long-held conviction that sport and activity should be for everybody, all of the time without exception, exclusion and conditions. He has worked in this field for several strategic partners including working internationally. He brings great expertise and empathy to this role, alongside excellent facilitation and mentoring skills.

Louise Tideswell

Louise Tideswell

Louise leads and manages Plan4Sport, a bespoke EDI and Business Development Consultancy working across the sport sector, including numerous National Governing Bodies of Sport, The Premier League, professional sports clubs and the Home Nations’ Sports Councils. Louise also acts as an EDI advisor to commercial and private sector businesses and to the Institute of Directors.

Louise’s primary work is in supporting sports bodies and businesses to develop their approach to EDI and embedding this effectively, including assessing organisations through the National Equality Standards for Sport, undertaking strategic organisation-wide EDI reviews, research, consultation, data collection and analysis, reviewing and revising policy, delivery of bespoke equality and inclusive leadership training, monitoring and evaluation support and the development of robust delivery plans, linked directly to the wider strategic plans of the organisation. Much of her experience has been gained as an employee within Governing Bodies of Sport, and this allows her to engage with organisations from a practitioner’s perspective.

Louise has been working with the Equality Standard for Sport since its inception in 2004 and remains heavily involved in the delivery of this Framework across the UK, having worked closely with over 250 different NGB’s/ SGB’s in England, Scotland and Wales to support them through the process and to assess submissions.

Louise has written and delivered numerous EDI learning and development programmes for National Governing Bodies, Boards and staff teams across the UK. She has also been deployed as interim CEO into sporting bodies where there are identified governance issues and changes in senior management personnel have resulted in the need to provide stability and business continuity. This has included managing senior teams, undertaking reviews of the workforce and Board and delivering cultural change programmes.

In addition, Louise has been commissioned to undertake independent reviews of National Governing Bodies equality, diversity and inclusion work. These in-depth reviews scrutinise EDI across the whole organisation, including the professional and community aspects of the sport, and make clear recommendations where change is needed to develop modern, inclusive businesses.