Our Lay Adviser Team
Lay advisers are members of the public, who by reflecting the views of the community, play a crucial role in working with the FSEM UK Council by attending meetings, giving valuable input towards the work of our Council and working parties. These are unpaid, voluntary posts for people who have a genuine interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine and the Faculty’s agenda. Our Lay Team makes a large contribution by raising awareness of physical activity and helping to ensure that the public has a voice.
Stephen works for the Department for Work and Pensions and is an everyday Physical Activity Champion for HASSRA Scotland, a Fitness Day UK and Fit in 14 Ambassador.
Having turned his life and health around with exercise, Stephen’s agenda is to raise awareness of health inequalities and push for a more holistic approach to inactivity within community wide programmes.
Stephen also champions the management of obesity with physical activity, the issues surrounding this in the public domain and a call for “a different approach”. Stephen is also a Great run Blogger and Man v Fat Columnist
Claire Walmsley is an international consultant specialising in presentation, media training and communication. Claire started her professional media career as a BBC radio reporter for The Today Programme and the World Service before moving to television. She has twenty years’ experience as a director and producer on programmes including Newsnight, Horizon, 40 Minutes, Panorama, and The Money Programme.
After leaving the BBC she launched BOXCLEVER, her own independent television production company, that won several BAFTA and Royal Television Society awards. As a print journalist she has written for The Guardian, The Independent, The Mail, The Scotsman and the Standard. Her best selling book, ‘Assertiveness – the Right to be You’, was published by BBC books.
Claire has an interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine, physical activity, health and wellbeing and served a term as Lay Adviser to the Sport and Exercise Medicine Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC).