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    The role of the Board is to make decisions on the strategic and operational activity of Active Essex. The Board provides leadership, takes into account partners interests, is accountable for its decisions and sets high standards for the organisation.

    Our Board members are recruited via an open advert process, appointed on a skills basis, are independent and reflect the diversity of the stakeholder landscape of Essex.

    Equality Statement 

    It is central to the Active Essex ethos that physical activity and sport should be open and accessible to everybody.  We strongly value diversity and strive to ensure that opportunities are available to all but do recognise that there are inequalities in participation opportunities, which affect specific sections of our communities.

    Equality and the needs of our population are given full regard in all aspects of our work.  Active Essex will embed equalities into the development of the annual Delivery Plan that accompanies their strategic plan.  We are committed to working with our key partners to ensure that actions are in line with good practice so that equality is and remains an integral part of all aspects of our work.

    Adopted a target of, and take all appropriate actions to encourage, a minimum of 30% of each gender on its Board; we demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally on its Board, including, but not limited to, Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity and disability.

Anne Wafula Strike MBE

Anne Wafula Strike MBE, provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability. Athlete, author, and sporting ambassador, Anne inspires achievement and excellence across a broad range of lif…

Azeem Akhtar

Azeem is currently serving as CTO in BT’s Global Services division and is responsible for providing thought leadership to global clients at board level. His focus is on digital transformation and the deployment of technology to enable the client to ach…

Billy Ray Mansell

Billy Ray Mansell is an award-winning Volunteer Ambassador, Apprentice, Coach, Influencer and Campaigner. He has propelled his journey and gone the extra miles in promoting physical activity as a positive mechanism to his family, friends, colleagues, f…

Caroline Rassell

She wants to work with the Active Essex Board to develop support for people with existing health conditions to allow them to exercise and help their mental health and wellbeing. Speaking of her appointment as a member of the Active Essex board, she say…

David Sollis

David works across numerous work streams within health & social care including the NHS, Essex County Council and the third sector. Speaking of his appointment as a member of the Active Essex board, he says: “Essex is a very large and diverse county…

Sport England | Currently represented by Graham Macpherson

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