Professor Dawn Skelton
Dawn Skelton is an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background. She is currently Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, in 2015 received an Honorary Doctorate for Umea University in Sweden for her work with exercise and older people and in 2016 was honoured by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with an Hon FCSP. She was also awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - FRCP Edin. Her current research projects focus on the determinants and interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour, adapting the FaME programme for visually impaired older people and the use of the Functional Fitness MOT in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinics to increase physical activity of older people.
She specialises in research and health promotion concerning exercise and older people. Along with Susie Dinan Young, she designed and undertook the FaME (Falls Management Exercise) programme which forms the basis of the Postural Stability Instructor Training delivered by LLT.
In 2004, she was co-awarded (with Susie Dinan-Young) a Certificate of Recognition from AGILE (Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People) for "Distinguished service in clinical / management / educational practice". For 8 years she was Vice-Chairman of the charity EXTEND. She is proud to be a Dementia Friend.
Her interest in active ageing was nurtured at an early age, when she went for daily walks in the park with her grandfather. Being an only child, her long living grandparents were her mentors. Her passion for travel, both through work and holidays, is only rivalled by her passion to try new thrill-seeking experiences (helicopters, microlights, white water rafting, parachuting!). She loves animals, photography and Scotland! (where she now lives), anything New Zealand! and visiting her godchildren. Her father Alan was the first administrator, and her mother Helen added her artistic flair to our illustrations and was the creator of the first LLT Active Calendar. Both were passionate supporters of the LLT team and mission - a true family business.