The Oxfordshire Sports Board is empowered to act on behalf of the Partnership to provide strategic direction and agree, monitor and review strategic plans, policies and budgets.
Its key roles are:
Leadership (inspiring partners and providing clear direction)
Advocacy (championing the benefits of sport and the role of the Partnership)
Influence (representing Oxfordshire's interests at regional and national levels)
Strategic Direction (developing the Partnership's strategy and business plan)
Delivery (agreeing Partnerships plans and policies and monitor progress and impact)
Governance (ensuring that the Partnership and Board operates to the Good Governance Standard for Public Service)
Partnership working (maintaining high levels of partner commitment and satisfaction)
Financial (monitoring Progress and agreeing strategic priorities for funding)
Promoting and protecting the Partnerships position, values, integrity, image
Keith is a founding partner and managing consultant with Telos Partners specialising in organisational development and change management. He previously worked as international development and HR director within the food and software services industry. Keith brings a wide range of knowledge and experience from working with and advising both private and public sector organisations on the challenges of change. He is a former county badminton player/coach and an active tennis player and golfer.
Ian Brooke is the Head of Leisure, Parks & Communities at Oxford City Council where he has been in post since 2008. Alongside Ian's functional remit he is also the council's lead on the delivery of key agendas; most notably health and wellbeing.
Ian has 20 years of cross sector leisure experience. Prior to Oxford, Ian has worked for Warrington and Stockport Borough Councils, for private leisure operators (most recently Esporta) and he has also worked in the third sector; this practical experience is supported by academic study.
Ian is also and on the Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA) National Executive where he is the national lead for parks and quality.
Ian has a key role in supporting the governance of the partnership.
Stuart was the founder Managing Director of the charitable trust SOLL Leisure before a career in consultancy including interim Head of Leisure, Libraries, Arts and Culture at Swindon Borough Council. Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport & Physical Activity (CIMSPA). Former squash coach and county Division 1 squash player. Represented Oxfordshire Over 35's county squash team for 5 years. Stuart has run his half-marathons and marathon. Now a jogger, cycle tourist, golfer, and gym user.
I am a Locality Manager for the Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group – covering the Amersham, Chesham and South Buckinghamshire areas.
Outside of work I am the Chairman of a local football club and a Trustee of the British Gymnastics Foundation. I am also a trustee and board member of a number of Heritage and Arts organisations and an independent care organisation.
I have two sons (13 and 15) who are mad keen on football and technology and live just outside High Wycombe. Whilst not doing any of this I enjoy gardening, theatre and playing a bit of golf
A teacher of physical education and dance, Margaret worked as a fitness teacher and teacher trainer for the Fitness League of which she is now Vice President. She was a founder member and the first Chair of the Exercise, Movement & Dance Partnership (EMDP) 2005-2010.
She was made a Vice President of the Sport + Recreation Alliance (formerly CCPR) in 2004, having been Vice Chair of the Movement & Dance Division 1993-2005; a member of the main Board 1999-2004; Deputy Chair 2001-2004. She produced festivals of exercise, movement and dance at the Royal Albert Hall for the Fitness League and for the S+RA
A Board member of Sports Leaders UK from 2003, she took on the role of Chair in 2004, a position she held until 2011.
Board member of Bucks & Milton Keynes County Sports Partnership 2007-2011.
Appointed to the Oxfordshire County Sports Partnership Board in 2014.
Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair
Helen Dawes, Elizabeth Casson Trust Chair, directs the Centre for Movement and Occupational Rehabilitation Sciences, MORes, the Oxford Institute of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research, based in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Oxford Brookes University.
Helen initially trained and practiced as a physiotherapist specializing in sport physiotherapy and working in the UK and New Zealand, prior to undertaking postgraduate training in exercise science and neuroscience. Helen then embarked on a PhD exploring exercise for people with neurological conditions. She has since then focused on optimizing performance of everyday activities through rehabilitation and on enabling physically active lifestyles in adults and children with disorders affecting movement such as: stroke, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Her research requires cross-disciplinary collaborations.
Her activities include research, teaching and the provision of a Clinical Exercise and Rehabilitation in the community. Her research spans from exploring underlying mechanisms affecting performance through to service delivery of subsequently developed interventions and tools.
I've been in education professionally for 35 years, teaching in Middle Schools in Oxford, doing advisory work, teaching Higher education and as a Primary Headteacher at Harwell Primary School. During that time I ran school sports teams, reaching district, county, regional and national finals at times. I also managed the Oxford Schools Football Team for a while. I retired from Headship in September 2014, but have continued as Chair of OPHTA (Oxfordshire Primary Headteachers; Association), was elected to become Chair of the National Network of Chairs of Headteachers' Groups in June 2014 and I am delighted to have become a NAPE (National Association for Primary Education) council member this year, serving on the editorial board for their prestigious academic journal Primary First. In January of 2015 I co-founded the Oxford School of Thought, an independent Education Think Tank. I am a trustee and chair the management committee of another charity, Full Circle, which is well regarded for its ground breaking intergenerational work. When I'm not doing these things I go to the gym, write and try to play football, but I don't seem to be improving.
Clubs and Facilities National Manager at England Hockey
Kirsty graduated from Oxford Brookes in 2005 (Psychology with Sports & Coaching studies) and begun work in the sports sector. Kirsty spent 5 years working in football development within Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. She then moved over to England Hockey for a regional role in the build up to the Olympics. In 2012 she moved to Australia where she worked for SACA & Cricket Australia as the Emerging Markets Leader focusing on the development of women's game and introducing cricket to new and indigenous communities. Since being back in England Kirsty has taken up the Clubs and Facilities National Manager role for England Hockey. Kirsty is a huge sports fan and is a keen Liverpool FC supporter. She is former county hockey player and now plays for Marlow Hockey Club.
Donna recently joined the Board in 2016 and is an experienced Public Health professional with over nineteen years' experience in the National Health Service and Local Authority in Oxfordshire.
Donna began her career in the NHS in Oxfordshire in 1997 after qualifying as a nurse for people with learning disabilities then joining Oxfordshire's Public Health Directorate in 2009. She has expertise in the commissioning, contracting and implementation of health improvement and health protection programs for NHS Health Checks, sexual health, healthy weight, physical activity, smoking, mental wellbeing and physical activity.
Donna is a keen walker and regularly volunteers for her children's football and cricket clubs.