Q: Tell us your name and job title at Ad-lib training

Rebecca Bridges, Director at Ad-Lib Training with a focus on business development and programme design.

Q: Tell us a bit about your background in the sector? 

I started working in the health and physical activity world in 2001 for YMCAfit, initially as an administrator and then rose through the ranks, becoming Training and Development Lead in 2011.   Inspired by the work of the charity at that time, I specialised in supporting underrepresented groups in the industry by designing and leading award-winning programmes that aimed to upskill the fitness and physical activity workforce and was appointed to the role of Funded Programmes Manager in 2014.   

Q: What makes you passionate working in the physical activity for health sector?

It’s clear that in the future we will be unable to afford the NHS in its current state so I believe we need to use our fitness and physical activity professionals to support a preventative rather than reactionary model.  I’ve worked with some incredibly inspirational individuals over the years and have witnessed first-hand the positive impact an inclusive workforce can have at both a local community and national corporate level.  The NHS workforce can also be a powerful asset when provided with the skills and confidence to incorporate physical activity within their treatment plans.

Q: If your best friend had to tell you what your 3 greatest qualities are, what would they say? 

Have cheated and actually asked my best friend who said:

Resourceful, loyal and thoughtful.

My best friend is very nice!

Q: Do you have any role models?

My parents and Sir Alex Ferguson.

Q: What is your motivation for joining Ad-Lib Training as a Director?

I believe that the greatest success is achieved when people work collaboratively so the opportunity to work with two of the UK’s most well-known and respected training experts in Robin Gargrave and Denise Page was too good to miss!

Q: What do you see as the strengths of Ad-Lib Training? 

Ad-Lib Training has a diverse range of quality products and services and works with many respected and influential industry partners in both the public and commercial sector.  Crucially we can react quickly and adeptly to support the delivery of programmes and products we believe in.

Q: What would you like to bring to the business?

I have worked with many partners over the years and seem to have developed a talent for linking the best people together to ensure the programmes I design achieve significant success.  I hope to be able to bring the same success to Ad-Lib Training and develop many more innovative projects and products!  

Q: What opportunities do you see for the future of the business? 

With our successful history of designing programmes that support the skills training of health care professionals alongside our regular commercial fitness instructor delivery, I believe Ad-Lib Training has a significant advantage over many other training providers as we have a unique insight into both aspects of the workforce that is going to be required over the coming years.

Q: What would be the measure of success for you in 3 years’ time? 

Ad-Lib Training to be recognised industry wide as the destination training provider in delivering specialist populations workforce training.  

Q: What are your personal interests outside the physical activity for health sector? 

Any spare time I have is spent with my incredibly energetic 3-year-old daughter, Phoebe, which normally involves some kind of role playing of a Disney Princess!

Q: Who is better looking....Robin or Denise? Ha ha.. On more of a serious note, what are your opinions about the existing Ad-Lib team?

One of the biggest attractions of working with Ad-Lib Training was the team that Robin and Denise have built around the business.  I’m really excited about working with talented tutors who I know can deliver the most fantastic training experiences, whomever their students may be.

Q: A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

Ha ha!  Can penguins speak? I’m hoping he is there to offer me a margarita!

Q: What was the first album you brought?

Oh dear – this is going to show my age!  I think it was Kylie Minogue’s second album which was called Enjoy Yourself – I really wanted the gold sequinned hat she wore on the cover!