Meet the Active Derbyshire Panel

The Active Derbyshire Panel was established by the Active Partners Trust Board of Directors as a committee of the charity and has relevant authority delegated by the Board for the Panel to carry out its functions.

The Active Derbyshire Panel oversees the activities carried out by the charity's delivery staff team in Derbyshire, including:

  • reviewing, and making recommendations to the Board of Directors on:
    • delivery strategies
    • business plans
    • operational plans
    • annual budgets
  • monitoring progress, against the criteria agreed by the Board of Directors, of:
    • operational plans
    • annual budgets
  • providing regular progress reports on these matters to the Board of Directors

The Active Derbyshire Panel meets at least four times a year to conduct business.

Sarah Fowler

Sarah Fowler

Chair

Sarah has been Chief Executive of Peak District National Park Authority since January 2015 and is a former Head of Field Services and Director – Midlands at at the Environment Agency.

Cllr Carol Hart

Cllr Carol Hart

Panel Member

Carol became an Elected Member on Derbyshire County Council following a by-election in 2005. In 2009 she became the Cabinet Member for Communities and later Cabinet Member for Public Health. From 2013 to 2017 she served as Shadow Cabinet Member while in opposition. Following the County Council Elections in May 2017 Carol became the Cabinet Member for Health and Communities.

Carol has recently become Leader of Erewash Borough Council after serving as Deputy Leader for the previous 10 years and as an Executive Member since 2003. She has also been the Chair of her local Parish Council since 1996.

Carol is a long-term holder of a season ticket at Derby County Football Club and also, amongst other boards, is a member of the Derby County in the Community Trust.

Carol represents the Breadsall and West Hallam Division which is mainly rural.

Dean Wallace

Dean Wallace

Panel Member

Debbie Chesterman

Debbie Chesterman

Panel Member

Debbie's background is in health, having trained as a Registered General Nurse and a Midwife.

After leaving nursing to work in the third sector, setting up and running a Mother and Baby unit and then a Residential unit for vulnerable young adults, she moved into the private sector. As a business owner she maintained commitment to caring and helping people improve their lives with contracts including the development and management of a visitor centre which among others catered for a range of vulnerable groups, setting up and running walking programmes and organising outdoor physical activity schemes. Currently working as Business Development and Partnership Manager for Intelligent Health.

Joy Hollister

Panel Member

Kevin Lane

Kevin Lane

Panel Member

For over 30 years I've been trying to make the leisure experience a better one for those who visit our venues. My career includes education, leisure management, leisure consultancy, workplace consultancy, and I was the national Quest Scheme Manager for 7 years. For the last 6 years I've been the Operations Director for Active Nation, a charity making it possible for anybody to live a healthier and happier life. From April 2020 the new role Well-being Director enables the charity to benefit from my experience in safety and HR management whilst enabling us to contribute to the wider well-being agenda; joining physical activity with mental health to create a better whole person. Life is a balancing act - invest in your life, put something in and you'll get something back in spades, and think positively and you will success. I try to balance work, physical and mental activity, socialising, volunteering and hobbies. I'm delighted to be a board member for Active Derbyshire following my chairing of an eating disorder charity. In my spare time I am physically active, especially on a road bike, and am a committee member for a Ockbrook Photographic Club near Derby. My swiftly growing grand-daughter is my other passion and she will, of course, be encouraged to be active to embed the habit as early as possible.

Vivien Sharples

Vivien Sharples

I have been Principal of The Pingle Academy for 7 years and I am driven by a passion for inclusion. We aim not only to provide equality of opportunity, but also to ensure that all students are supported to take up activities on offer and to reach out for their dreams and aspirations with confidence. Our relationship with Active Derbyshire is strong and long standing. We share a vision and pool our resources to aim for that vision to become reality. We believe that physical activity is central to well being and to achieving highly and we encourage all students to participate, in and out of the academy. Ww are, as an academy, very much community focussed and we take every opportunity to engage with and improve provision for families and the wider community. We have been fortunate to be involved in projects supported by Active Derbyshire to enrich students' experiences. Assistant Principal, Deb Holland, works tirelessly and with imagination in partnership to bring these to fruition. The first week of the summer holiday saw a very successful summer school, supporting transition for vulnerable Y6 students to prepare them for secondary school. Head of PE, Dan Brown, hopes to re-establish the ski slope project, disrupted by COVID-19, to increase boys' participation, once term starts. There is also a planned "Girls Active" project, scheduled for October 2020 for KS4 girls. We appreciate all the efforts to support us, for example in offering assistance to outsource our lettings and facilitating a tender process to improve the tennis courts, aiming to increase community use of our facilities. The academy is a happy place, where students thrive, in and out of the classroom. "Pingle pride" extends to pride in the community and students give to the community by volunteering, as well as receiving opportunities to grow and develop.

Lee Hickin

Panel Member