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 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
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.
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.
Rachel North, Strategic Director of Communities & Place and Deputy Chief Executive Rachel joined Derby City Council in September 2019 as Strategic Director of Communities and Place, coming from West Sussex County Council where she was Director of Communities. As Deputy Chief Executive at Derby she has responsibility of a wide range of front facing services to communities and leads on the Council's partnership working with businesses, the voluntary and community sector and cultural partners to build confidence in the future of the city. Over a 30 year career in local government Rachel has worked for a variety of councils in different regions but always as a champion for the power of public services working alongside the communities they serve to unlock creativity and drive better outcomes.
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.
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.
I have been CEO of High Peak CVS for almost two years and have seen first hand the importance of the voluntary sector within communities across Derbyshire. Working directly with partners across all sectors I fully appreciate and value the collaborative approach needed to support people from all backgrounds and ensuring our communities are empowered and have a voice. Working with my CVS and infrastructure colleagues in the Derbyshire wide 3D network, I am proud to work with dedicated and passionate staff and volunteers that dedicate themselves to supporting others. My career background has involved working with a number of National and local charities, including most recently Notts County Football in the Community - the charitable arm of Notts County FC that promotes active and healthy lifestyles across the City. I have both a personal and professional passion around physical activity and the importance of keeping active and I hope my current links across Derbyshire and experience will offer another perspective and support the incredible work of Active Derbyshire and the wider Active Partnership. Football is my main extracurricular passion and I am currently Chairman and Coach of a local Nottingham based football club which offers an opportunity for children of all ages and backgrounds to learn new skills, make new friends and stay active.
Dr Sally Akehurst
As Head of School for Human Sciences at the University of Derby, I provide leadership across Sport and Exercise Science, Biomedical and Forensic Science and our Human Science Research Centre. Our focus is to deliver Personalised Translational Science for Human Health and Performance Outcomes, aligned to healthy ageing, active lives, societal justice, sustainability communities, and enabling individuals to reach their potential in sport. With expertise in Sport and Exercise Psychology, I conduct research in performing under pressure amongst other areas such as impression management, and physical activity. Having a wealth of experience in Higher Education as a lecturer, researcher, applied practitioner and leader, I guide our provision across these areas and work collaboratively with partners to draw connections between the academic world and industry to enhance student experience, support industry and the community, and deliver research that is impactful and meaningful for end users. I am very proud to work with a vibrant academic community in Human Sciences that is driven to deliver excellence in all that we do, and striving to have positive impact, and make a difference. I work in partnership with Active Derbyshire and have joined the panel in order to foster collaborations that can benefit all parties, join forces to support positive change, and to support our region in enhancing active lives, communities and population health through enabling the translation and application of Human Sciences to support strategy, intervention and community benefit through working together.
Following both a degree in Biological Sciences from Durham University and a PHD, Jo spent a few years working in academia, undertaking research and lecturing in both the UK and USA. Jo then moved to the environment sector, with the aim to inspire people to care about the natural world. Since, Jo has worked for Norfolk County Council as well as a number of different NGOs, including the Field Studies Council and Sustrans. Jo took on the role of Chief Executive for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in May 2014. Under Jo's leadership, the Trust has led on several successful large scale partnership programmes, as well as some high profile campaigns. Recent highlights have included the reintroduction of beavers to the Trent Valley and establishing an exciting urban rewilding initiative at Allestree Park in Derby. The Trust has worked hard to increase its reach and influence through a number of initiatives, such as charity shops on the high street, a music festival and paid non-graduate entry level work schemes. The Trust also runs an innovative green social prescribing programme in partnership with the NHS and The National Forest. Jo sits on The Wildlife Trusts England Committee, The Heritage Fund Committee for the Midlands and East and the Natural England Landscapes Advisory Panel.