SFC Board Members

Sport for Confidence CIC Board

Applications currently open for 5 Non-Exec Directors – click to read more

Stephen Mitchell, Chairman

Mitch has spent his career working extensively at the interface between skills and employment across the sport and physical activity sector. As the son of a speech and language therapist he saw from an early age the power of inclusive environments & behaviours to improve life chances.

Having spent 10 years in the public sector, he has now been working independently for over 6 years developing a business portfolio where his clients include CEO’s & decision makers across NGB’s, commercial businesses, leisure operators, 3rd sector organisations, Active Partnerships and leading educational institutions. He co-founded Sport for Confidence CIC after meeting Lyndsey through Active Basildon in 2014 & supporting her transition out of the NHS. Mitch is ideally placed to chair the board and provide leadership support for the directors as the business scales outside Essex and into new domains across the sport and physical activity sector. Specifically, as the development of training and workforce development opportunities emerge working with CIMPSA & other sector stakeholders, his networks

will ensure business grows in line with policy directives from Sport England and UK Active. His broader portfolio helps the business with examples of best practice in apprenticeship delivery, new business opportunities and organisations on the front line who want to get ahead of the game when it comes to developing their next generation of coaches and leaders.

Lyndsey Barrett, Director

Co-founder of Sport for Confidence, Lyndsey has worked as an Occupational Therapist for 20 years with extensive experience working within both learning disabilities services and community mental health. The sport and leisure sector is not a context in which Occupational Therapists are conventionally employed or practicing within. Lyndsey’s work has changed that. She is passionate about using sport

to transform lives and in 2015 she co-founded the unique Sport for Confidence model and placed occupational therapists directly alongside sports coaches and leisure centre staff, to make adjustments that create truly accessible sports opportunities.

The existence of Sport for Confidence has promoted the contribution of Occupational Therapy at both a local and national level, her work was recognised in NHS England’s Allied Health Professionals Into Action, which included Sport For Confidence as an example of innovative practice and Lyndsey has been involved in its dissemination at a national level. Her work extends the boundaries of the occupational therapy profession and delivers occupational therapy in new and innovative contexts. Lyndsey has truly dedicated herself to delivering sports and physical activity-based interventions for a range of marginalised groups, in order to meet their occupational needs and ensure they benefit from its transformative potential.

Dan Black, Director

A highly experienced hands-on creative with a talent for helping clients discover, define and establish themselves through strategic and effective design. An extensive track record of premium brand development and direction across all media, both online and offline.

Always taking time to listen, learn and work towards understanding every aspect of the project in order to achieve the best creative results that exceed expectations.


Sport for Confidence CIC – Company Information