Committee Members.

Prof. Ken Hardman, Ph.D.


Ken’s current academic and professional affiliation is as Emeritus Honorary Professor at the University of Worcester, UK and as an expert advisor to UNESCO, WHO and IOC in the domain of school Physical Education and Sport Development.
His experience embraces teaching in schools, lecturing in teacher training and university institutions in the UK and Japan, advisory services to the Council of Europe, European Parliament and Kuwait Government, honoured membership of several international and national Non-Governmental Organisations and international journal editorial board positions.
His ‘Recognition’ Awards include the International FIEP Gold Cross of Honour of Physical Education, the ICSSPE Philip Noel-Baker Research Award, ISCPES Distinguished Service Award and the PEA UK Ling Award.

Dr. Eric Ward Ph.D, M.Ed, Adv. Dip. Educ., Adv.Dip. P.E., Cert. Ed.

Co-opted Executive Committee Member

Master i/c P.E Friends School, Lancaster, Head of Dept. P.E. North Manchester G.S.
Head of Education, I.M.Marsh College of P.E.,
Dean of Education, Director of Learning Services, Liverpool Polytechnic, Liverpool John Moores University.
Special Field: Sociology Education with publications on the relationship of Teacher’s perception and curriculum innovation in:
1968 Research in P.E., 1970 Brit Journal of Physical Education.,
1978 Physical Education Review, 1981 Bulletin of Physical Education, 1988 Research in Education.

Gill Parry

Executive Committee Member & Chair of Professional Learning Sub-Committee

Certificate in Education (PE and Biology) – Liverpool University (I. M. Marsh College of PE).
Post Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership, Development and Consultancy – Manchester University. Currently Education Consultant, Advisor Physical Education, Sport, Physical Activity. Youth Sport National Faculty Tutor, Trainer, Mentor. Association for Physical Education (afPE )Validator for afPE Quality Mark. Worked as a physical education (PE) teacher in a variety of secondary schools for 30 years, 29yrs in Wigan Metropolitan Borough and one year in the sunny climate of Perth, Western Australia. Over that period Gill worked as Teacher, Head of PE, Head of Faculty (PE, Dance, Drama, Music,), PE Teacher Advisor, Director Specialism , Assistant Headteacher in 2 Wigan Schools. Gill worked in Manchester City Council: Directorate Education & Strategy for 7yrs as Consultant for Physical Education and School Sport, from 2008 Strategic Lead for Physical Education and School Sport. Gill has worked in John Moore’s University for a short time as a lecturer and worked internationally in a number of different countries developing teachers. She had played, and coached sport at local and International level.

Nigel Green

Executive Committee Member & Treasurer

Nigel Green has been a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University since 2009. He taught physical education in four secondary schools for 29 years, during which he led three departments, a faculty (including PE, Art, Music, Dance and Drama) and a networked community before he moved into higher education. Nigel has been involved in training teachers and providing INSET for over twenty years. As a previous member of the Physical Education Association Executive Committee and a current member of North Western Counties Physical Education Association and the International Physical Literacy Association Executive Committees, Nigel demonstrates a commitment and passion to promote and support the development of physical education and physical literacy worldwide. He has written articles, delivered CPD, organised and presented at workshops and conferences on personal development through PE, ICT in PE, assessment in PE and physical literacy. Nigel has also recently been elected as Chair of the International Physical Literacy Association and has become editor of the Research Matters section of the afPE journal, Physical Education Matters.

Darren Jones

Co-Opted Executive Commitee Member

Darren has been working at Oakwood Academy for seven years and he is the Head of PE. His passion and drive comes from seeing the unique personal development that young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have made in Physical Education and School Sport.

During the last few years, Darren has worked successfully with the Youth Sport Trust on various projects to raise the profile of SEND in Physical Education across the UK and has had experiences working collaboratively with other schools regarding assessment and teaching and learning.
Since he has become an SLE, he have taken on a wider role within our local area. This has included; taking over the running of the Greater Manchester Sports Inclusion Group. The aim of which is to provide a wide range of sporting opportunities for all young people with a Special Educational Need or Disability across Greater Manchester.

The PE Department at Oakwood has won the ‘Secondary National PE Award’ with The Youth Sport Trust in February 2015 and more recently the YST Winner of the 2015-1016 Youth Sport Trust Inclusion Network Recognition Award: Adviser and Enabler of Others

Prof. Ken Green Ph.D.

Executive Committee Member & Editor-in-Chief of EPER

Ken is a Professor II at Hedmark University College, Norway and a Visiting Professor at the University of Wolverhampton. He is Editor-in-Chief of the European Physical Education Review and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Sports Policy and the Scandinavian Sports Studies Forum

Trefor Jones

Executive Committee Member

Qualifications: Teaching Diploma (Didsbury College 1957-1959)
Diploma in Physical Education (Carnegie College of Physical Education 1959-1960)
Diploma in Management Studies [Recreation Management] (Polytechnic of North London 1972)
Career: Physical Education Teacher (North Manchester Grammar School 1960-1965)
Head of Physical Education (The Derby School, Bury 1965-1971)
Manager (Bridgefield Forum Sports Centre, Halewood 1973-1976)
Manager (Abraham Moss Sports Centre, Manchester 1976-1979)
Area Officer (Manchester City Council Recreation Department 1979-1984)
Assistant to Deputy Director (Manchester City Council Recreation Department 1984-1988}
NWCPEA: Member from 1960 to present
Vice-Chairman 1977
Chairman 1978
Principal (Blackpool Easter School 1978)
Committee Member (1977 to present)

Andy Sprake

Co-Opted Executive Committee Member

Andy Sprake is a Lecturer in Physical Education at the University of Central Lancashire. His publications are largely concerned with physical education culture, philosophy and pedagogy as well as student-centred learning in physical education. His ongoing PhD explores the learning culture in physical education as well as the barriers to, and opportunities for, enhancing the educational status of physical education in the curriculum. His prior experience as a teacher of secondary physical education raised numerous questions about the educational value of physical education, a curiosity which guides much of his work, and teaching practice, today. Andy is an active member of the North Western Counties Physical Education Association (NWCPEA) as well as a serving member of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA).

Chris Murphy

Executive Committee Member

Rita Hesford

Executive Committee Member & Secretary

Rita Hesford worked as a physical education teacher in a variety of secondary schools for 34 years. She worked at Parrs Wood High School in Manchester for 21 years, the last 13 as Deputy Director of Physical Education.

In 2002 she was appointed as an Advanced Skills Teacher initially for her specialist knowledge in Initial Teacher Training. She then worked as a teacher advisor for Manchester Local Authority and also worked as a liaison tutor for the Graduate Teacher Programme at University of Chester and the postgraduate and undergraduate teaching programmes at LJMU.

In 2010 she was appointed as a senior lecturer in ITT at LJMU, leaving in Dec 2014

She has been a senior moderator for Pearson GCSE PE and OCR Entry level since 1999.

In addition to her work as a moderator she currently works as a Physical Education Consultant and is a regional Tutor for Youth Sport Trust and Validator for afPE Quality Mark.

Hannah Vecchione

Co-Opted Executive Committee Member