Derek Higton

Derek Higton

Board Chair

Derek is the Service Director for Youth, Families and Culture with Nottinghamshire County Council, and has overall responsibility for the County Council's sports strategies.

His professional background is in youth work and youth services, but he now has responsibility for a wide range of children's and cultural services across Nottinghamshire. Derek has worked previously in local government in the south west, though he grew up in the East Midlands. Derek has been a lifelong sports enthusiast, and his 4 children are all keen sportspeople too.

Sarah Fowler

Sarah Fowler

Board Member

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

Board 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.

Graham Feek

Graham Feek

Board member

Graham is Deputy Chief Executive of Greenwood Academies Trust, who run 36 academies across the East Midlands, and also Executive Director of Our Learning Cloud, who provide cloud computing services to schools. Graham is passionate about supporting young people to be able to succeed in life and has led on the establishment of many large scale programmes to support pupil development and skills, many focussing on physical and mental wellbeing. This is what particularly drew him to get involved with Active Notts initially. Graham is a qualified accountant by profession and previously occupied a number of senior roles in local government, including in Children's Services. Graham has a wide experience of delivering services to schools and also leading major capital programmes such as Building Schools for the Future. Graham enjoys the outdoors, and running in particular, and has been an enthusiastic badminton player for nearly 40 years.

Danny Bouckley

Danny Bouckley

Board member

Danny is currently the HR Director for Transformation (Europe) within PepsiCo International

Since joining in 2011 he has held a number of senior HR positions and completed a variety of international assignments. Most recently, this has including working within both the South Africa and Russian businesses.

Prior to starting with PepsiCo Danny has worked across a broad range of industries within organizations ranging in scale from start-ups to NASDAQ/FTSE businesses.

He currently lives in Nottingham and in his spare time is a keen musician and runner.

Louise Bainbridge

Board member

Richard Irons

Board member

Jane Laughton

Jane Laughton

Board Member

Jane is the CEO of Healthwatch Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, a charity and statutory body which champions the voice of patients and the public in the NHS and care system, with a focus on communities whose voice is not usually heard.Previously she worked for the NHS in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, leading system change programmes within and across organisations. She is experienced in public engagement, strategy development and partnership working with public and voluntary sector organisations. She began her career as an auditor with the Audit Commission and is a qualified accountant.