Meet the Team


Doug Finlayson

Doug Finlayson – Partnership Manager & School Games Organiser

Doug has a background in sports development, previously working for the One Leisure Active Lifestyles team at Huntingdonshire District Council. Joining the team in 2017, the 2020/21 academic year will be Doug’s 4th year at Hunts SSP. During this time Doug has added new interschool events in a variety of sports, introduced new intervention programmes and increased Hunts SSPs PE Teaching and Coaching capacity.

Doug has a particular interest in SEN/Disability/Inclusive sports provision which he hopes to continue to develop at HSSP and Hinchingbrooke School.

Claire David

Claire David – PE Specialist

Claire has been with the Partnership since it began in 2006, working as a PE Specialist and supporting schools across the county with the delivery of High Quality PE. Over her career Claire has held a variety of teaching & management roles working with both Primary and Secondary schools in London, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Claire is also a lead tutor for staff CPD and has worked alongside The Cambridgeshire Advisory service to deliver training courses as well as writing many units of the work in the Cambridgeshire PE Schemes of Work.

Vicky Leighton

Vicky Leighton – PE Specialist

Vicky has worked as a PE Teacher for the last 18 years taking on various roles and responsibilities within School. She has worked for two days with HSSP since it began in 2006 and has seen it develop, becoming a full-time member of the team in 2018.  She is very passionate about PE and school sport and enjoys the variety this job brings. In her spare time she enjoys playing hockey for St. Ives and coaching the county junior teams. She is a regular in the outdoors and enjoys having an adventure in the hills.

Her highlights are working with the young leaders at secondary school and implementing this into the various competitions HSSP puts on seeing how the leaders grow in confidence and providing opportunities for young people to take part in sport.

Ruth Marriott

Ruth Marriott – PE Specialist

Ruth joined the team in 2013 and is passionate about teaching enjoyable and challenging Physical Education lessons. Ruth graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008 having studied a degree in Physical Education with QTS enabling her to teach both primary and secondary PE.

Ruth particularly enjoys planning and delivering competitions and festivals where she loves to see the positive effect PE and sport have on young people. Ruth regularly plays hockey, takes yoga classes and enjoys boot camp and running events.

Helen Hill

Helen Hill – Office Administrator

With over 12 years experience of working as a PA in London Investment Banks, Helen has been an amazing addition to the team since joining in 2017. Helen continues to make sure the office is well organised and all events and courses run smoothly.  Helen has also worked in a primary school as a TA and has knowledge and understanding of key stage 1 and 2. In her spare time Helen volunteers to help coach children at the St. Ives outdoor track with her running organisation ‘Team Bex’ every Friday evening so she is certainly no stranger to the ‘Sports’ side of things.

Karen Tyers

Karen Tyers – Sports Coach

Karen has been playing Netball for 20 years and have been umpiring and coaching for 9 years, both at primary schools with HSSP and for her local club in St. Ives.  It is a huge privilege for Karen to share her love of netball with both the school teachers and children.  Karen has said that being able to watch the children’s netball skills improve and their confidence grow is a real pleasure and hopefully it will nurture a life-time love of sport.

Rachel Wisbey

Rachel Wisbey – Sports Coach

With over 40 years’ experience playing racket sports and approaching 15 years coaching tennis and badminton, Rachel has been a fantastic part of our team. She has been with HSSP for over 10 years now and is a familiar face within most of our schools.

Rachel is also part of the coaching team at Huntingdon Tennis Club and enjoys running in her spare time, with plans to complete more half marathons and another marathon in 2021.

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James Collins – Sports Coach

James Collins initially started as a full time football coach before discovering the enjoyment in coaching a wider range of sport. In 2012 he dedicated his passion into children’s sports parties which exploded, and over the following 6 years he oversaw the delivery of over 500 parties through his once small business venture.

Always keen to learn and improve his skills in unique areas, James has qualifications in Swimming, Lacrosse, Futsal, Gymnastics and Archery while also being a qualified Personal Trainer.

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Junior Russell – Dance Instructor

Junior Russell is a professional Street / Hip-Hop dance teacher. Bringing his own unique style and creativity – Junior has taught across Europe, choreographed for a range of competitions, Children’s TV shows and more!

Junior’s classes exist to educate, evolve, inspire young dancers and to push them to venture with their dancing within their technique and interpretative skills.