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Scientific Programme Committee Members


Prof John Saxton FBASES (Chair of Scientific Programme Committee)

John Saxton is Professor in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Head of the Department of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation at Northumbria University and Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of East Anglia (Norwich Medical School). He was a member of the BASES Scientific Programme Committee between 2013-2015 and has served on the Sport & Exercise Scientist Editorial Board (2004-2007), as elected Research Representative for the Physical Activity for Health Division (2005-2007), and on the BASES Accreditation Committee since 2007. He is a member of other national committees, including the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Colorectal Screening & Prevention Sub-group (2014–) and the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group (2017–). Previously, he was a member of Council for the UK Society for Research in Rehabilitation (2009-2012). His research is focused on the role of exercise (and other lifestyle behaviours) in the prevention and treatment/management of long-term conditions, including cancer survivorship. As principal investigator or co-Investigator, his clinical exercise trials (supported by several major national/international charities and the National Institute for Health Research) have helped to build a solid evidence-base to support the use of exercise in the management of many age-related long-term conditions.


Prof Craig Twist FBASES

Craig is currently Professor of Applied Sport Physiology at the University of Chester. His primary research interests address athlete responses to training and competition in team sports. Craig is a BASES Accredited Sports and Exercise Scientist and Chartered Scientist who works with governing bodies and several professional and amateur sports organizations in various research and applied roles. Craig was chair of the local organizing committee for the BASES Student Conference hosted by the University of Chester in 2011.


Dr David Broom FBASES

Dr David Broom is a Senior Lecturer of Physical Activity, Health and Exercise Science at Sheffield Hallam University. David has taught on the physical activity promotion and exercise prescription related modules at SHU since 2007. His research interests are predominantly the physiology of exercise and health and the prescription and promotion of physical activity. His expertise is the influence of exercise on appetite, energy balance and appetite related hormones having published numerous peer reviewed articles and contributing to two BASES expert statements.

David supervises PhD and Professional Doctorate students and has presented at many UK and international conferences including invited keynotes. He is on the editorial board of BASES publication 'The Sport and Exercise Scientist' and is on the advisory board for the ‘Journal of Sports Sciences’. David is a Fellow of BASES for services to the organisation and the Sport and Exercise Science Community.

Hettinga Florentina

Dr Florentina Hettinga

Florentina is a Lecturer at the Centre of Sport and Exercise Science of the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Essex, where she leads the Sports Performance and Fatigue Research Unit. She was board member of the Dutch Association of Human Movement Sciences (2010-2013) and organised several national and international symposia. Her research combines the basic tenets of sport science: biomechanics, physiology and psychology, a powerful combination to explore problems related to human movement. She is particularly fascinated by the concept of ‘pacing’: how do athletes/exercisers regulate their exercise intensities, when and why do they decide to invest their energy, how do they respond to opponents?


Dr Stuart Beattie FBASES

Stuart is a senior lecturer and researcher in performance psychology at the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences at Bangor University. He is one of the co-directors of the Institute, the deputy head of school for teaching and learning, and sits on the Welsh Institute of Performance Sciences board. Stuart’s research particularly focuses upon individual differences in performance contexts. He is a registered HCPC Sport and Exercise Psychologist and has/is working with sports such as British Gymnastics, English and Wales Cricket Board, and more recently with the RAF. In 2016 Stuart was the conference organiser for the BASES student conference at Bangor University.


Prof David Stensel

David is Professor of Exercise Metabolism and Associate Dean for Research in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University. His research interests concern the influence of physical activity on disease risk with particular focus on cardiovascular disease as well as the influence of exercise on the hormonal regulation of appetite. He is co-author of the textbook Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained. He is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Obesity and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the British Nutrition Foundation.


Prof Lars Mc Naughton 

Professor Mc Naughton has been working in Sports and Exercise Science since 1981 when he started his PhD at the University of Oregon under the mentorship Professor Marjorie Woollacott. After completion, he moved to Tasmania to work at the University of Tasmania, where he remained, eventually being promoted to Associate Professor until 1997. He then moved back to the UK taking a post as Professor at Kingston University. He has held a number of roles in the UK including Head of Department of Sport, health and exercise Science at Hull University (2003-2010) and Associate Head of Sport and Exercise Science at his current institution, Edge Hill University. Lars continues to teach, as well as supervising dissertation students, MRes and PhD students. His PhD students complete their work always within time, have publications to their name and go on to relevant academic posts in the UK and beyond. He has sat on the BASES Board and continues to assist in BASES related roles.