Staff Profile

Dr Tim Crabbe

Chief Executive

Tim is a founder and Chief Executive of Substance and was formerly Professor of the Sociology of Sport and Popular Culture at Sheffield Hallam University. He has over twenty years’ experience of leading multi-disciplinary research teams investigating the impact of sport-based social policy interventions. Tim has led research and evaluation projects focused on the Home Office Positive Futures programme; chaired the consortium leading the DfE positive activity Information and Signposting Project; was a member of the DfE Quality Standards for Positive Activities Expert Support Group; led the NESTA and Cabinet Office backed Views project; led the research and development of Sportworks; and is a board member of the Inspiring Impact programme. With a succession of publications to his name, Tim is widely regarded as one of the leading authorities in relation to the research, development and analysis of sport and activity based policy initiatives. .

Why Tim works for Substance

I helped set up and continue to work for Substance because I get to work with a great bunch of honest, interesting and committed people who deliver insightful projects that help worthwhile organisations make more of a difference. At the weekend I am generally to be found riding the rollercoaster that is Crystal Palace FC.