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.

Adrian Coggins

Adrian has been promoting physical activity at local regional and national level for over 20 years. During this time he has been a regular conference speaker and a commissioned author on a number of national physical activity publications as well as pa…

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.

Bob Mclintock

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

Christine Holmes

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.

Cllr Derek Jarvis

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.

John Wood

John has worked as an independent sport and leisure consultant for the past eleven years. Prior to this he had nearly 30 years’ experience working in the public sector, managing a range of leisure services including leisure centres, libraries, parks an…

Mark Farmer

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

Mitch is Director of a number of sports-related businesses who share a common theme around people, skills and training. Switch the Play is focussed on athlete transition; Sport for Confidence is committed to making leisure more inclusive; and Physicall…