Dawn Skelton (FRCP Edin, Hon FCSP, M.D.h.c.) is an exercise physiologist and is currently Professor in Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is an academic with a strong interest in exercise programme implementation (dose, fidelity, motivation, adherence, choice) and in encouraging less sedentary behaviour and increased light physical activity.
She is currently Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Rehabilitation Group and a member of the Public Health England National Falls Prevention Coordination Group. She Chaired the UK’s Royal Osteoporosis Society’s Statement on Exercise and Osteoporosis (2018) and the Older People panel for the UK’s update of the Physical Activity for Health Guidelines (2019). She recently received the British Geriatrics Society Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in translating falls prevention research into practice.
Always being an advocate for research into practice, in 2003 she helped set up Later Life Training Ltd, a not-for profit company, that trains health and fitness professionals to work with effective physical activity and exercise with frailer older people.