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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.

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.

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.

Emma Atkins

Emma Atkins

Board Member

Emma joined the Active Partners Trust board in March 2018. She is the Director of Coaching for UK Coaching.

Emma previously worked for nine years as Director and then Chief Executive Officer for Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, leaving June 17. She led the organisation through the development of a robust four-year strategy which subsequently led to the Trust working over 60 regions in the UK, delivering transformation support to young people facing disadvantage. Now at UK Coaching she believes that great coaching is about People, Passion and Progress and is driving towards the vision of creating an active nation inspired through great coaching.

Emma is also a Board member for the Judy Murray Foundation.