Rightway’s founder, Rob Woollen, holds an MSc in Work and Wellbeing and is a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (FRSPH), the Institute for Training and Occupational Learning (FITOL) and the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (FIOEE).
Rob’s academic research interests are in the areas of resilience, and the nature of “good work”. In addition to leading our consultancy and research projects, Rob has trained hundreds of workplace wellbeing champions across the UK in a wide range of organisations.
Having left school at the age of sixteen for a career in construction (becoming an award-winning project engineer), he has first-hand experience of the issues faced by both manual and professional workers in high pressure environments. Rob lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Business School and has sat on the School’s Strategic Advisory Board; is a past chair of the North West Health and Physical Activity Forum; a contributor to the pan-European Resilience Project, and an assessor for the Workplace Wellbeing Charter. Alongside this, he is a prizewinning speaker at international academic conferences, is regularly asked to speak by the BBC, and has been published in Occupational Health magazine.
Rob is the proud father of two children who have first call on his spare time. When he can though, he loves to test himself in endurance events. In the last few years, he has completed Ironman triathlon (twice), a 96 mile mountain marathon (twice) and been “badged” in the nearest a civilian can get to Special Forces selection.
Martin holds a PhD in Health at Work, and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education -amongst many other qualifications gained in over thirty year’s health promotion / education experience in the NHS, Third Sector, and the Private Sector. He specialises in physical activity integration in the workplace alongside delivering the majority of our health improvement seminars and some of our courses. Martin values the opportunity to make wellbeing a strategic matter for businesses.
Broadly experienced in staff training, project management and delivery, policy writing, formulating health at work strategies, and qualitative research in the health service. Martin was instrumental in the development of team and personal resilience workshops whilst working for GlaxoSmithKline plc. He lead on the Improving Working Lives initiative for the Pennine Acute Trust, where he also achieved the “highly commended” rating for the Health Challenge Awards. Martin mentors PGCE students with Huddersfield University, and acts as a consultant on the Be Clear on Cancer programme.
Martin has set himself the enviable goal of walking the length of the UK, a feat that he carves slices out of at every opportunity.
Kim Derbyshire Nutrition Lead
Kim holds an MSc in Nutrition and Bsc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. In addition to providing health screening /coaching, and delivering some of our health improvement seminars, Kim consults on nutritional strategies within the workplace
A former healthy lifestyle tutor, she has an in-depth knowledge of nutrition and lifestyle advice and is a REPS registered Level 3 Personal Trainer. Kim has taught on personal trainer certification courses and continues to update her knowledge of weight management and healthy living.
In her spare time Kim loves to play ice hockey, thai boxing, or head to the Lakes kayaking and climbing. Always keen for a challenge, Kim regularly trains with the Territorial Army to test her skills and push her limits.