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Chris Jones - Chairman

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Chris is currently the Chief Executive for England Athletics, the National Governing Body for the sport across the nation. Prior to this appointment, he held the position of Head of Marketing and Strategy for 4 years and previously worked for Sport England (2001-2006). He started his career in sports management with Fenland District Council (1997-2001) serving as their Sports Development Manager during this period. Chris has also worked in secondary education and as a primary School Sports Officer for Peterborough City Council (1992-1995).

Chris is a former captain of Peterborough Rugby Club and also a former county cricketer. Chris played over 50 times for Cambridgeshire and still plays Premier League Club Cricket. He is also a playing member of the MCC and has represented the oldest cricket club in the world since 2006.  Chris was selected to tour Europe with the MCC in 2014.

 

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Simon Fairhall - Company Secretary

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Not a Director of the Company but Company Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Simon has been with Living Sport since its inception, having previously had spells working in Cambridgeshire in the mid-1990’s for Huntingdonshire District Council (whilst East Youth Hockey Development Officer) and from 2001 with East Cambridgeshire District Council (as Manager of the Cambridgeshire Active Sports Partnership).

Working closely with the Chairman and Board his role is to lead and manage Living Sport, and represent sport with key partner organisations and strategic partnerships, highlighting the contribution to a wide variety of political and local agendas and working to attract resources into sport in the area, with a key aim being to increase participation in sport and physical activity.

He is Chief Operating Officer of our trading company Living Sport Services Community Interest Company and Director of our coaching services company Living Sport Services (Coaching HQ) Limited.

Simon supports a variety of local groups, as founder and Director of Cambridge Junior Cycling Club and Chairman of the Kings Cliffe & Area Community Sports Project. He regularly umpires hockey, and plays RUSH Hockey, and is a keen cyclist but is most regularly active walking his dogs an English Pointer Merlin and Jack Russell Arturo.

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Alan Pain

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Alan is the Regional Director for UK Trade and Investment in the East of England, the Government Department working with businesses, partners and stakeholders to increase global trade opportunities for companies based throughout the region.

Prior to this Alan has worked at Director level in local government in Cambridgeshire, and was a member of the senior management team at the East of England Development Agency, leading the Business and Enterprise agenda. This included convening and Chairing the regional business group in support of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and overseeing the initial roll-out of the business engagement strategy for the games in the Eastern Region.

In his private sector career Alan worked extensively in the UK automotive sector and was Director of a successful privately held business. He was also a Management Committee Member of a voluntary support organisation in the West Midlands, providing services in challenging inner-city environments, and served as a Board Director of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce.

Alan is a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. A keen cyclist and runner, he also competes in off-road motorcycle trials and enjoys encouraging his young children in a variety of sporting activities.

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Andrew Gedge

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Andrew is Head of the Faculty of Sport, Public and Caring services at the College of West Anglia. The College has sites in Kings Lynn, Wisbech and Milton which have been awarded Ofsted Outstanding and Beacon status.  Andrew is also the Chair of British Colleges Sport, East and a director of British Colleges Sport.

For a number of years Andrew has been heavily involved in innovative projects with partners and key stakeholders such as Sport England, every County Football Association in the East Region, sports development officers in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire as well as other Governing bodies and qualification awarding bodies. In the last 8 years Andrew has led work in conjunction with a private training company in supporting training within a large national chain of Health and fitness clubs. Similarly, Andrew has held responsibilities for managing a large dual use Sports facility in Kings Lynn for the local community. Previously Andrew was a lecturer in Sport, then Head of Sport at CWA. Alongside this work, Andrew acted as an Education technical representative on Sprito (now SkillsActive), as a national tutor for the National Coaching Foundation (now Sports Coach UK) and a Running Sport/FA tutor for workshops up and down the country. 

A previously keen and capable sportsman across a broad range of sports both as a participant and coach, Andrew maintains a healthy interest in supporting the opportunities for others to engage in leadership, officiating, volunteering and competitive participation at all levels. 

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Ben Sedgemore

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Ben is currently Chief Executive at the Corporate Games World Headquarters.  Alongside his management and strategic decision making duties he is responsible for overseas licensee training and development.  Ben also acts as Games Director for Europe’s largest corporate multisport festival – the UK Corporate Games.  He is charged with the delivery of all of the company’s projects and events in the UK whilst overseeing projects and supporting licenses around the world.  Ben works closely with a host of NGB’s and multiple sports venues too.

He was formerly an influential member of the Professional Footballers Association Management Committee for more than a decade, having enjoyed an extensive career in sports he represented England at schoolboy level before progressing to the professional ranks at Birmingham City; subsequently playing for 12 year as a full time professional with a host of clubs.  Alongside football, Ben secured a degree in Psychology and Law and a Masters in Finance, Marketing and Management from Loughborough University.

Ben has always had an insatiable appetite for sports and loves to represent his local club at football and tennis.  As a keen cyclist and a runner he is working on his swimming with the aim of completing a triathlon.  He also has a level 3 coach licence for football and is a keen skier too.

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Neil Darwin

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Neil is the Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP after joined the LEP as Skills & Enterprise Director in June 2014 on secondment from Opportunity Peterborough.

Before joining the LEP on a full-time basis Neil served as a Board Advisor since June 2012 and prior to that worked as Interim Operations Director from February 2011 to May 2012.

Neil has been seconded from his role as Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough, and has previously worked as Chief Executive of Regional Cities East, providing him with an in-depth knowledge of the local area and the field of economic development.

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Eric Winstone

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Eric is a former Principal of Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough, where he led the school from possible closure in 2001 to a new £26 million purpose built accommodation in 2009. Working with architects and constructers Eric developed a state of the art educational facility, which impacted on the regeneration of the whole community. The development of community opportunities both in resources and in people engagement is close to Eric’s heart.

Prior to this he was Deputy Head at Bushfield College and Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey and has 41 years service in education. Eric taught PE and Geography and undertook a range of coaching awards including athletics, tennis and football in which he holds the UEFA B award.

Eric was Youth Development Coach at Peterborough United from 1985-90 and also coached the Huntingdon U18 Youth Team to two FA County Youth Cup Finals. He continues to be an active sportsman having run 12 London Marathons (PB 3.04.20) and over 70 half marathons. Eric is the only person to have completed every Great Eastern Run Half marathon in Peterborough.

In 2014 he was awarded both the Pride in Peterborough ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for services to education and the Secondary Head Teacher of the Year award.

Currently Eric is consultant to Ormiston Academies Trust and Lead Headteacher for Peterborough Schools Improvement Team. He is also Chair of Governors at Ormiston Meadows Primary Academy and a partnership consultant for The Youth Sports Trust. Eric is also a keen mountaineer having trekked to Everest Base Camp and in 2014 climbed two 4000m peaks in the Alps. Currently ranked 6th in the UK in his age group for road running Eric is keen to reach the highest level in both duathlon and road running whilst his legs and heart continue to function!

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Ravi Pathak

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Ravi has worked in IT industry since 1971, currently he heads the Business Continuity Division of NetSupport Limited, one of the leading IT/Technology Company in the Eastern Region. Ravi has worked for NetSupport for over 17 years and in a previous role Ravi was Managing Director of PowerWeb Multimedia Limited, one of the groups of NetSupport companies.

Before joining NetSupport Ravi was the Branch Manager for The Computer Centre, his role included management of the day to day operation of Peterborough and Northampton branch of The Computer Centre which became one of the leading Microsoft accredited Computer dealership in the Eastern Region in the 80s/90s. He played a major role in developing two main major accounts Pearl Assurance which became AMP in Peterborough and Barclaycard in Northampton which took turnover from £3.5 million a year to £22 million in short space of 3 years.

Ravi likes meeting people and is very active in the local Business Community and belongs to number of Network groups, his hobbies include walking, socialising and cooking. Ravi was also a keen sports person and represented Huntingdon/Cambridgeshire County in All England Boys Cross Country championship.

Ravi is very passionate about cooking Indian food and teaches four or five courses at the College a year, ranging from Indian Cookery for Beginners through to Indian Cookery: A Step Further. Cooking was a big part of Ravi’s family life, “my sister and I used to help my Mum all the time, we loved home cooking and it became a real family activity for us to all enjoy. It was a big part of my growing up.”

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Trevor Gibson

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Trevor currently runs his own business, focusing primarily on strategic environmental advice to businesses and the public sector. He has recently delivered projects for Balfour Beatty, Peterborough City Council, Peterborough Environment City Trust.

Prior to establishing his company, Trevor was Director of Environment and Community Services with Peterborough City Council, having held senior roles prior to that with Suffolk Coastal District Council and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council. At Peterborough he was responsible, amongst other things, for the sports and leisure teams and facilities across the city. He was instrumental in bringing the annual Tour Series cycle race to Peterborough in 2010.

A keen walker and avid football supporter, Trevor endeavours to make time for regular exercise in true Living Sport style!

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