● Founder and CEO – Peter Bakare
As a child, Peter Bakare’s passion was to create an animated TV show. He studied digital art, and his artwork was featured in the National Portrait Gallery. Success in animation meant understanding acting and scriptwriting. Peter threw himself into both and went on act on the London stage and in radio plays. He wrote for BAFTA winning TV show Skins. Peter took a break from media and entertainment to play volleyball, representing Team GB in the 2012 Olympic Games and in tournaments around the world, whilst continuing to draw in his spare time.
At age 23, Peter returned to university on a sports scholarship, to study animation. Whilst completing his studies he visited over 180,000 children in primary schools, delivering fitness and health sessions. Peter was concerned to observe that even though London had just hosted the biggest sporting event in the world, childhood obesity was on the rise. He noticed first-hand that increased use of digital technology was a factor in children’s sedentary lifestyles. Whilst each visit created a buzz of inspiration for the children, Peter knew that once he had left the school, old habits could quickly and easily return.
He had an idea: his animated characters could stay with the children and inspire them further! Combining his experience in entertainment, animation and Olympic sport, Peter created Nutri Troops to help as many children as he can.
● Creative & Art Director – Marcio Pereira De Oliveira
Peter met Marcio at a Worldskills event, and their passion for animation and gaming was mutual. Peter offered Marcio a job, and Marcio has been developing Nutri Troops’ creative content for the past 5 years! Marcio has a Level 3 UAL Animation and Games Design diploma with Distinction. He is a Worldskills UK National 3D Game Design Silver Medallist and taught Level 3 UAL Animation and Games Design at Westminster College for 2 years.
Product & Health Director – Algimantas Beinoravicius
Algi has a strong passion for nutrition and body movements and how a balanced diet and physical activity can improve your life. In his BSc Human Nutrition degree, Algi dedicated his research to online school interventions to increase nutrition awareness and physical activity in primary school children. He upskilled and managed undergraduate students to create educational lessons for healthy eating habits and design nutritious recipes for school children and their families. His love for exercise led him to develop successful online training programs that were used globally by advanced athletes, as well as by athletes with severe medical conditions such as missing limbs, who seek to live everyday life even though their unfavourable conditions.
Algi continues to strengthen his expertise, he is studying MSc Public Health (Nutrition) while continuing his research to develop effective online-based school interventions to stop childhood obesity.
Technical Director – Neil Strong
Neil Strong is the Technical Director and founder of Seven 360 LLP, a software development and consultancy company based in the North East of England, specialising in secure and mobile application development in the Education and Child Social Care sectors.
From a technical career spanning 30 years, Neil has in-depth experience in business analysis, consultancy, solution architecture and the full lifecycle of application design and development. For 15 years he acted as Lead Enterprise Architect / CTO for BT Global Services, providing technical leadership on a number of large public sector projects.
Sales & Marketing – Lauren Marlborough
Graduating in drama and media communication from Bath, Lauren went on to gain a Certificate in Marketing. She worked as an actress for an educational Children’s theatre company and has a passion for working with children to improve their health and wellbeing through arts and sport.
Strategic & Finance Director – Sean Kelly
Qualified accountant Sean has 30+ years’ experience in business and finance, ranging from financial management at several SMEs, to Finance Director of a £200m t/o direct marketing agency. He specialised in project management and systems integration before following his creative passion and setting up a film production company. Sean’s recent scriptwriting work includes creating animation and comic book scripts for a computer game company.
Nico Amalfitano – Production Manager
Nico is a highly committed professional with a strong background in animation and an innate attitude to solve problems creatively. Motivated, forward-thinking and passionate, he has a proven ability to make productions run smoothly. He has been involved in the production of audiovisual content for about 10 years, with a strong focus in animation, managing series, interactive installations and corporate productions. Regardless of the scope, Nico works diligently to get all the pieces of the production fit together, making sure that deadlines and expectations are always met.
Independent Advisor – Sarah Carroll
Sarah has spent nearly 40 years consulting in the entertainment, tech and media sectors, including high level work with Sony, Microsoft and major Hollywood studios. In 1988 she co- founded her own market research and consultancy practice. Following a merger, the business became Futuresource Consulting and was sold in June 2017. Sarah retired in December 2020. Sarah was Director of Sales and Marketing at Futuresource and was responsible for the establishment of its Education Technology arm. Sarah also led many of the company’s consultancy projects with its leading blue-chip clients. Sarah is excited to be dedicating time, and a valuable list of contacts, to Nutri Troops, which she sees as leading the market with a much-needed service.