Jo Colin


Director (Strategic Relationships)


07511 701581



Supporting and encouraging children and young people to be active and have fun, has always been my passion. I started as a secondary school PE teacher, then head of department. I went on to spend four years at Sport New Zealand as Strategic Lead for Young People with a scope across play/physical activity, early years/primary & secondary PE, physical activity and sport. I proudly led development of New Zealand’s Physical Literacy approach and its first Young People Strategy through which I had to influence and negotiate the agenda at ministerial level. On my return to the UK I joined Sport England as a member of the Children and Young People team and lead the new Teacher Training pilot work, the CYP Active Lives Survey school data dashboards and supports the Girls and Women's participation strategy. It’s great to be with Active Devon as a Director of Strategic Relationships, a co-produced role with Sport England integrating our work with local agendas for a healthier active Devon. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, particularly enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Devon and getting in involved in, as much group exercise as I can!


Responsible for:

  • Key member of the Senior Leadership Team which is accountable for strategic leadership and execution of our Strategy. Includes engagement with key partners to secure commitment and alignment to Active Devon’s strategy and mission.
  • Strategic leadership and relationships for our work in Plymouth and Torbay and, countywide, in the education sector
  • This is a shared role with Sport England and part of a pilot of 8 similar roles nationwide. It therefore has specific remit and accountability for strengthening the relationship between national policy / decision making and local priorities



I can speak Te Reo Maori.