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Who We Are

The Loughborough Challenge is operated by The Challenge Hub CIC, a not for profit organisation which also hosts:

The All in One  - a similar challenge for over-55s; and

The Charities Challenge for community building and personal development for people of all ages.

It also offers a template platform to enable organisations or communities to run their own self-designed and certified challenge programmes.

The Challenge Hub is an Associate Member of Activity Alliance (English Federation of Disability Sport). It is endorsed by Public Health England and College of Medicine.  Dame Carol Black is the Patron.

Anyone who registers for The Loughborough Challenge becomes a “Loughborough Member” of The Challenge Hub and has access to its Members’ area alongside everyone who is participating in its other challenges. That allows everyone to share their experiences and to inform, encourage and inspire each other.

About: About Us

The Team

About: Team Members
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Richard Pertwee


Retired Corporate Law Partner at Taylor Wessing LLP (City of London / International Law Firm). Former Chair of Trustees, Cranstoun (addiction services). Trustee, Bowel Research UK. Volunteer Mentor, The School for Social Entrepreneurs. Former Magistrate (now Supplemental List JP) Adult and Youth Courts. Former School Governorships (2). FRSA

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Lady Anne Stoneham MBE


Former Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth. Business Services Leader, Portsmouth Business School. Former Solicitor, Coward Chance (now Clifford Chance). NED, Isle of Wight NHS Trust. Former Chair of Trustees, UK Youth. Trustee, Avon Tyrrell Trust. Former Chair of Trustees, Friends of Birzeit University. Former School Governorships (3)

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Richard Baxter


Retired general dental practitioner. Owned and ran own dental practice for 32 years. Former Royal Naval dentist. Trustee and treasurer in a number of local charities

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Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP


Our Patron is Professor Dame Carol Black DBE FRCP and we are very grateful to her. Amongst many distinguished appointments, Dame Carol is Chair of The British Library, a Trustee of The National Portrait Gallery, Chair of Centre for Ageing Better and was formerly Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge. A physician by background she was the chief government adviser on Health and Employment, producing The Black Report on addiction, obesity and employment in 2015. She produced the Professor Dame Carol Black Review of Drugs in 2020.

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 Dr Charles Alessi 

Advisory Board

Physician. Chief Clinical Officer (International), HIMSS. Senior Adviser, Public Health England (Lead for dementia, dementia risk reduction and productive healthy ageing). Member, WHO Expert Panel. Former Chair, National Association of Primary Care

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Lesley Booth MBE

Advisory Board

Former Director of Community Relations & Centre for Lifelong Learning, Univ. of York. MSc Lifelong Learning, Univ. of Stirling. External examiner for adult education courses, Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde. MBE for Services to Higher Education.


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Peter Bristowe

Advisory Board

Founder, Edison Group. Founder, Vespucci Adventures. Magistrate, Adult and Family Courts. Chairman, Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. Former Trustee, Trinity Hospice. Former Governing Body, Charterhouse School. Formerly on Independent Monitoring Board, HMP Send


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Michael Dooley 


Advisory Board

Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Established the Poundbury Clinic in Dorset, a women’s health service balancing conventional medicine with complementary therapies. Member of Team GB medical team for 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Lead gynaecologist for 2012 Olympic Games. Member of IOC committee on exercise and pregnancy. Hon. Treasurer of College of Medicine.

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Nicola FiIe

Advisory Board

Engagement Advisor for the East and South East Regions at Activity Alliance focusing on enabling disabled people to be active for life. Safeguarding Adults in Sport and Physical Activity Trainer. Former disability lead for Kent Sport.


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Nadio Granata


Advisory Board

Founder, The Independent Consultancy. Founder, PNG Marketing Consultants. Co-founder, Huddersfield Live. Former Teaching Fellow, University of Leeds. Fellow, Chartered Institute of Marketing. Fellow, Higher Education Academy


Hannah Grout

Advisory Board

Hannah has an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths UOL. She currently works as a Marketing and Fair assistant in the Arts. Hannah supports The Challenge Hub with her experience in communications.

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David Learmonth

Advisory Board

Former Marketing Director (UK/Ireland), PUMA. European Business Planning Manager, Taylor Made adidas Golf Europe. Commercial Director UK, ECCO shoes. Business Development Manager, Sporting Memorabilia London 2012, Innovative Sports Ltd

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Emma Mortoo

Advisory Board

Head of Fundraising at Prison Advice and Care Trust. Formerly Senior Partnerships Manager, Home-School Support. Formerly at Afrikids. Former senior management team, The School for Social Entrepreneurs. Co-founder, Newham Action Against Domestic Violence. Former director, Renewal Refugee and Migrant Project

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Georgina Stuart


Advisory Board

Batchelor of Business Science at Rhodes University, South Africa. Employed in Private Equity. Lead Volunteer at The Challenge Hub for social media.

Neither the Patron nor members of the Advisory Board are responsible for the governance or operation of The Challenge Hub CIC

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