Ben Jessup


Senior External Affairs Officer, Sport England

Ben began his career as Sport Officer at the University of Bath, before joining BUCS to drive forward their work to make university sport more inclusive for unengaged and inactive students. He moved from a sport development to policy-focused role in 2017, joining the Sport and Recreation Alliance to lead their policy, influencing and advocacy work around children and young people, public health and mental health.Joining Sport England’s External Affairs team in July 2019, he works across the organisation to develop their engagement with parliamentarians, government officials and sector stakeholders and champion Sport England-funded initiatives across a broad range of policy areas including children and young people, mental health, equality and diversity and sport for development.Passionate about empowering young people, representing those at the grassroots and championing the power of sport, Ben is also a trustee of the charity UK Youth, and a non-executive director for England Lacrosse.

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