Our Ethos

For many people, learning is a chore. Education is something to suffer through to achieve a piece of paper. It shouldn't be. Many also push a certain approach. They encourage silos and box-ticking. They treat learners as vessels to be filled and position the teacher as the font of all knowledge. It doesn't have to be this way.

We believe learning should be enjoyable. It feels great to work hard on a problem and find a solution. To receive encouragement and follow or develop a new passion. Learning should be a collaborative endeavour. It should be creative. It should develop lifelong learners equipped with the skills needed to thrive in the 21st century. We do things differently.

Instead of trying to fit people to a rigid system, we create the system to fit the people. We use intrinsically motivating activities (e.g., sport, exercise, video games, clubs, and team activities) to engage the disengaged. To ignite a love of learning. And, hopefully, change lives for the better.

Our team in the meeting room

Our Team

Find out more about our awfully good team

Dr John P. Mills

Founder, Managing Director

John achieved his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2015 and works as a University Lecturer alongside his role here. His research focuses on how values, virtues, norms, practices, identities, and psychosocial mechanisms combine to regulate both individual and group behaviour. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has twenty years experience of working as a coach, teacher, and now lecturer. Outside of work, John has been married for 13 years and has two sons under five which keep him busy.

Nancy Borley


Nancy brings a wealth of experience in managing human resources for large organisations (e.g., NHS trusts, insurance firms, building societies). Her role within the organisation is to advise on HR protocol and to provide governance over the mission and purpose of all of our activities.

Sam Williams

GvD Co-Programme Lead

Sam is due to join the team in October to work on our GvD project. He is also a professional gamer.

Kyran Clements

Half a Yard Programme Lead

Kyran graduated from the University of Essex in 2021 with a Masters by Dissertation. He also has a first class honours degree in Sport and Exercise Science (BSc) and was awarded 'Dissertation of the Year' for his research. His main area of expertise is coaching effectiveness in youth sport -- particularly football. Beyond his bachelor and masters level qualificiation, Kyran also hold a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in ‘Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education & School Sport’, and a BTEC Level 3 Award in ‘Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning’.


Henry Titley-Wall

GvD Collaborator

Henry splits his time between studying for a PhD (part-time), working as a lecturer, and supporting Awfully Good with our fundraising endevours. He has a master’s with distinction in sports coaching, an undergraduate degree in sports development, and multiple industry qualifications. For example, PFSA and FA awards in Talent Identification, and a UEFA B license in coaching football. His expertise lies in talent identification and developing scouting efficacy within football. Henry is also a collaborator on our GvD project and has volunteered for a range of non-profit and charitable organisations.


Tristan Mayglothling

Half a Yard Programme Advisor

Tristan currently works as Head of Rowing for a private school in London alongside studying for PhD at University of Essex. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Sports Coaching and an MSc in Professional Practice in Sports Coaching from the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to his current role, he has coached internationally for Great Britain and Denmark alongside national performance roles in the UK and Australia. Within his PhD he currently studies coach-athlete relationships, culture in elite sport, and ethical coaching in performance sport programmes.

Lee Cumbers

GvD Co-Programme Lead

Lee is due to join the organisation in October 2021 to work as Co-Programme Lead on our GvD project. More to follow.


Become a Team Player

We are always looking for great people to join our team. If you are interested in working for That Awfully Good Community Interest Company on any of our projects, please send an email to team@awfullygood.org with your CV and which position you are interested in.