Our Board

Welcome to the home of Swim England Qualifications Board members.

The role of the Swim England Qualification Board is to review, challenge and support the business objectives whilst ensuring compliance with regulatory bodies such as Ofqual and Qualification Wales.

The Swim England Qualifications Board meet on a quarterly basis.

If you have any questions about our Board please get in contact using the details on our contacts page.

Click or tap on the name of one of the board members below to find out more about them.

Warwick AndrewsWarwick Andrews – Chair Person

Warwick is an independent consultant and trainer working in the sports and leisure industry and corporate sector.

He has worked, over time, with numerous governing bodies of sport, professional sports and national and regional sports organisations in the UK and Ireland. He is an active trainer and advisor within the corporate sector focusing on leadership, people development and organisational change.

Warwick has worked in education and training for over twenty years having started his career in the Higher and Further Education sector.

He has led, guided and advised on various national vocational education projects for Government departments/regulators and national skills agencies as well as workforce and skills reform programmes for the sport and leisure industry.

Warwick has had a lifelong association with swimming having competed at junior and masters level, yet today, it is more for fun and enjoyment with family and the seeking-out of ‘wild’ swimming opportunities that maintains his participation interests.

Steve McQuaidSteve McQuaid – Independent Member

As Head Honcho at Action Provoked, Steve enjoys supporting coach learning and development with a range of partners in the sport and active leisure sector.

He particularly enjoys exploring how to reinforce the learner being at the centre of learning experiences, and how technology can be used to facilitate this.

He is also currently fourth in command at Team McQuaid.

Previously he was the strategic lead for coach education at Sports Coach UK (now UK Coaching), and has experience of working in coach education within a range of environments including local authority (Bath City Council), national governing body (the LTA) and higher and further education (Colchester Institute).

Steve swam for the Scottish Junior, Youth and Senior squads in the late eighties and early nineties, coached at Warrender Baths Swimming Club in the mid-nineties and has taught and coached in a variety of environments since.

Penny John-PearsePenny John-Pearse – Independent Member

Penny lives in Cardiff and enjoys recreational swimming and walking in her spare time.

Penny has over 20 years of experience within the sports industry, covering all aspects of aquatic development and education management. This includes working for Swim Wales, the Sports Council for Wales and Cardiff and Carmarthenshire Councils. Penny has also captained the Welsh Schools Swimming team, and represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games.

Penny will be contributing her first-hand experience from differing perspectives in order to help ensure the qualification suite remains the qualifications of choice and fit for purpose for the aquatic industry and the sport.

Linda FreemanLinda Freeman – Independent Member

Linda lives in Buckinghamshire and is a keen fitness swimmer.

Linda has 24 years of experience within the sports industry, including 12 years leading a successful sports consultancy business, driving strategies and projects, learning and development and event management. Linda has also worked in the GB/England HQ Teams at various Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Linda is looking will be contributing her first-hand experience from a tutor, approved centre and business perspective in order to add value at a strategic level within a sport that she is extremely passionate about.

Richard NormanRichard Norman – Board Member

Since 2014, I have been fortunate enough to lead the team at SLQ Sports Leaders, an awarding organisation focused on using sport in its broadest sense to develop leadership and life skills for young people across the United Kingdom. Through a delivery network of 1,500 schools, colleges and community organisations, SLQ Sport’s Leaders provides opportunities for approximately 120,000 young people to complete four million hours of sports leadership and volunteering in their local communities each year.

Prior to my current role, I have worked with numerous national governing bodies of sport to develop within a digital marketing agency and in sports policy and governance during seven years at the Sport and Recreation Alliance (previously CCPR).

I am a current board member of the recently established Sport for Development Coalition and a previous board member of the British American Football Association and also provide independent advice to an activities, training and events company based in the Midlands and South East and includes a swim school.

What is your aquatics background?

While I was previously a qualified lifeguard (many years ago), now I am an entirely recreational swimmer having reengaged with swimming during an extended period of rehabilitation.

Why do you want to join the SEQ board?

The opportunity to be a small contributor to an enormous sporting activity was a huge draw for me. I am passionate about young people gaining lifelong skills and there are few skills as vital as being able to swim, not only for safety, but also to be able to participate in an activity that can support mental and physical health from cradle to grave. Swimming teachers are critical to providing those first positive experiences of swimming safely and with confidence and I believe high-quality qualifications must provide the foundation for this.

I hope that my professional experience can support the SEQ team to provide even more opportunities for anyone wanting to use their experience, skills, and personality to engage with Swim England and create those positive first impressions of swimming and encourage future generations of swimmers.

What are you looking forward to most about the role?

I always enjoy sharing different viewpoints for the betterment of an aim or objective. From what I have seen so far, it is clear that there are many passionate people involved with SEQ and the opportunity to contribute towards this and ultimately support more people to engage with Swim England at all levels is hugely exciting, particularly given the restrictions of the past 12-18 months, it has shown just how important swimming is to virtually everyone regardless of age or background or ability.

I am married with two sons, Magnus aged 5 and Atticus aged 1 and helping them learn to swim is my current top priority. I am a regular traveller to Switzerland where my wife lived for 17 years and to France where we are fortunate enough to have a family home. In my downtime, I enjoy mountain biking with my dog and I have an interest in abstract art and always have some form of music playing in the background.

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