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Stephen Jackson

Stephen Jackson

Board Chair

Stephen Jackson is a professional accountant who has had a varied career in both the private and public sectors.

Stephen also acts as Non Executive Director with each of the following local not for profit organisations: -

  • The Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust;
  • Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire (and Chair of F and GP); and
  • The newly formed Nottingham BID.

Outside of work Stephen is very interested in sport of all kinds; in particular he is a very keen runner and an avid supporter of the Leicester Tigers. He does volunteer work around cancer research and for a local school.

Melanie Berry

Melanie Berry

Board Member

Melanie Berry founded Very Berry Ltd in 2009 after eight successful years as founder of Perfect Motion Sports Marketing Ltd. During that time, she transformed the business into a multi-faceted sports marketing and PR agency.

Before this, Melanie worked at Speedo International as their International Sports Marketing Manager.

Within Nottingham Melanie has headed up the This Girl Can campaign for Nottingham City Council and developed the Outlaw Triathlon brand working with One Step Beyond.

Outside work, Mel is a passionate cyclist, swimmer and triathlete. In recent years she has cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats, completed several Ironman 70.3 triathlons, marathons and three L'Etape du Tour's. She is currently a non-exec director of a local cycling charity Ridewise, that aims to get more people into cycling, and Chair of the Triathlon Industry Association.

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.

Derek Higton

Derek Higton

Board Member

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.

Kath Mitchell

Kath Mitchell

Board Member

Kath has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby since September 2015.

Prior to this, she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of West London with special responsibility for academic provision and quality. She is a Chartered Psychologist.

David Williams

David Williams

Board Member

David has been Chairman of Geldards LLP (a top 100 law firm with over 300 employees) since 1989. He has been the Chairman of East Midlands Business Limited since 2007 and is also Vice Chairman of Governors of Derby College, Chairman of Derby Renaissance Board and of the trustees of the Arkwright Society.