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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.

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…

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…

Bob Mclintock

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

Caroline Rassell

Caroline Rassell is the Chief Officer at Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), where she is responsible for planning health care for Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon residents.   She is also the lead officer for hospital services across Mid and…

David Sollis

David Sollis is Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Essex, an independent charity which captures the experiences of people using health and social care in Essex and uses them to create positive change. The charity works closely with partners, includ…

Elizabeth Cornish

Elizabeth Cornish is the new Headteacher of Glenwood School, a Community Special School in Benfleet. She is an education specialist for school effectiveness and previously Assistant Director of Education at Essex County Council. She is also a Lead Ofst…

John Wood

I have over 40 years experience working in the sport and leisure sector which has included strategic planning, facility development and operation, business planning and project management. I am the Chair of Active Braintree, a mentor for Sported, a Sch…

Sport England | Currently represented by Graham Macpherson

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

Steve Mitchell

Steve 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…