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Msc in Sports Science Loughborough University
Lead on strategic research


An effective, flexible and enthusiastic manager professionally qualified within the sport and leisure sector.† Experienced gained within the commercial, public, academic/research sectors. Confident and ambitious with excellent communication skills and the capability to grasp systems and processes quickly and accurately.† Able to offer expertise, enthusiasm and the ability to succeed.

Neilís specialist skills include:

  • Ability to apply precisely and with rigorous discipline a methodical approach to isolate problems and define opportunities to provide creative and realistic solutions
  • Ability to improve decision making by applying robust research design to build a high quality evidence base that contributes towards efficient and effective policy development and strategic planning
  • Effective process-based approach to project management to deliver project outcomes to time and to budget
  • Ability to design and implement data capture, processing and analysis techniques to measure change and monitor performance
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills, with the experience to communicate with a wide variety of audiences in a wide variety of formats with confidence.


  • Commissioned a regional survey to measure sports participation at local level
  • Supported the development and delivery of the national Active People survey
  • National modelling of performance measures for the Audit Commission
  • Developed, with academic partners, a fit for purpose assessment framework to aid the production of sport and active recreation strategies
  • Developed the framework for sport in England and the Yorkshire plan for sport
  • Compiled evidence submitted to the Strategy Unit during the development of Game Plan
  • Developed and implemented a performance management framework for sport in Yorkshire to track and measure performance at local authority level
  • Advised the Department for Culture Media and Sport on performance indicators
  • Managed Sport Englandís Active England and Big Lottery Fund projects, allocating and managing over £2 Million to underrepresented groups via a regional distribution channel
  • Developed course material for the academic sector and undertook process of internal quality assessment and moderation.†


Support VAGA in delivering its objectives.
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