Meet the team

Dan Janowski
Company Owner and Director

Hi, I’m Dan

Having left the Royal Navy after 10 years’ service I studied a BSc (hons) in Sports Coaching at Solent University, where I achieved a 1st Class degree.

In 2014 and during my last year at university, Active8 Minds® was created with my former business partner.

Since 2014 we have reached our targets and expanded into new territories.  Our next target is to branch out into the franchise sector where I would expect to welcome our 1st franchisee before the end of 2021.

I am truly grateful for the support of my family & friends and I am truly blessed to have such an amazing team working alongside me.

My primary goal is to keep children active and to make sport and activities FUN and ENGAGING and accessible to all!!!

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, keeping fit, catching up with friends and following my childhood football team, Manchester United.  If I am not at work or with my family, I can be found on my local golf course, frustratingly trying to reduce my handicap.  Currently at 13.6.

Hi, I’m Claire.

I have been with Active8 Minds since 2015. I joined the company part time as a Parent & Child Multiskill Coach where I ran various classes. I then progressed to an office assistant role working in customer services and sales. In the past couple of years my role has developed to full time Business Development and Office Manager. I am responsible for customer service and business relations, sales and business development. I have recently completed a Level 2 AAT course and about to complete a Level 5 Business, Management and Leadership Course.

I have a background in fitness, sales and customer service and enjoy all aspects of my role and working with the Active8 Minds team. I am passionate about getting children active and growing the Active8 Minds business profile!

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking and aerial fitness classes such as hoop and trapeze.

Claire Rutter
Office Manager & Business Development

Fiona Townsend
Compliance Officer

Hello my name is Fiona Townsend I am the scheduling and compliance officer for Active8 Minds.

I have worked for Active8 Minds for the last 4 years starting first as a club assistant and progressing to my current job role .

I love the challenges that I’m presented with and seeing children thrive in a sporting and creative environment is one of the best rewards.

My favorite time of the year is holiday clubs especially the Easter clubs . I just love chocolate.

I am a mum of 4 and became a Nan 2 years ago which is the best feeling ever.

I love spending time with my family and I am a keen baker.  My children say I should enter The Great British bake off.

My name is Ben Taylor and I have been working for Active8 Minds for 4 years.

I am the Staff Development Officer for Active8 Minds, and my role is to observe, mentor and tutor the staff within their specific coaching roles. My main goal is to develop the staff within their coaching journey, no matter what role or stage they are at.

Part of my role is also delivering high quality PE and Sports Sessions, I have gained my Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport and Level 2 Multi- skills.

I have a big passion in developing and helping people and increasing the opportunities for development for children within sport.

My favourite sport is football, and another big passion of mine is coaching football, I have attained my UEFA B coaching license and FA Youth Award.

In my spare time I like spending time with my family and friends, being sociable and enjoying the nice weather ….. when we can.

Ben Taylor
Staff Development Officer