Active Essex is overseen by a skills-based board recruited via an application and interview process.

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    The role of our boardmembers is to promote sport and physical activity within Essex while providing strategic leadership, advocacy and management accountability for the organisation.

    Our boardmembers have the experience and insight to question established thinking and to support our overarching ambition: to increase participation in sport and physical activity across Essex.

Azeem Akhtar

Working on one of the company’s biggest global outsource contracts, Azeem is currently Global Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering at BT.

John Wood | Chair of Active Braintree

John has worked as an independent sport and leisure consultant for the past seven years.

Sport England | Currently represented by Adam Rigarlsford

Sport England supports the Active Essex Board as a critical friend and in a non-voting capacity.

Steve Mitchell | Head of National Partnerships, SkillsActive

Mitch has been working for SkillsActive for nine years, most recently in support of the 46 priority NGBs of sport.

Bob Mclintock | Former Chief Executive of Brentwood Borough Council | Trustee | Chairman of the activebrentwood Sports Partnership

Bob McLintock has been involved in sport as a participant, teacher, coach, facility manager and event organiser for over 50 years. 

Cllr Derek Jarvis | Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

As a Cabinet Member at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council responsible for Culture, Leisure, Sport, Events and Tourism, Derek is able to identify how best to meet Sport England objectives in the context of current economic constraints.

Christine Holmes | Facility & Sports Development Manager, Tendring District Council

Christine Holmes has a coaching background in disability sports and is passionate about ensuring all people can access the same opportunities in sport and physical activity.

Mark Farmer, Headteacher at Moulsham High School

Mark Farmer was brought up in Essex and has lived here for almost 40 years.

Adrian Coggins | Public Health Specialist, NHS North Essex

Adrian has been promoting physical activity at local regional and national level for over 20 years.