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Our Board

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
and reputation.

Board Diversity Statement: In line with Sport England's Code for Sports Governance, we are aiming to recruit a Board that reflects the diversity of the population we serve. Whilst our current Board is made up of 40% women, we will continue to work towards achieving full gender parity. We are also conscious that our Board is not yet reflective of the wider population diversity of Oxfordshire, including, but not restricted to, Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities, and disabled people. This is something we will seek to address in the next Board recruitment cycle, by positively encouraging applications from under-represented groups, and by working with equality partners, such as Sporting Equals, the Activity Alliance, and Women in Sport, on their various leadership programmes.

Keith Johnston

Keith Johnston

Chairman

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

Ian Brooke

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 presently Chairman of the Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association (CLOA)

Ian has a key role in supporting the governance of the partnership.

Stuart Henshaw

Stuart Henshaw

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.

Margaret Peggie

Margaret Peggie

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.

David Smith
David Smith

David Smith

Recently retired from full-time employment, David is the former Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group. As a qualified accountant, and a member of CIPFA, David has worked in a number of leadership roles, in both the NHS and local authorities.

Now retired David is a lay member of Merton CCG, chairing their finance committee, and an Associate of Better Value Healthcare. In his spare time David is an ardent Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, and enjoys travel, photography and playing a variety of musical instruments.

Helen Dawes
Helen Dawes

Helen Dawes

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.

Peter Cansell

Peter Cansell

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.

Kirsty Goldie-Brammer

Kirsty Goldie-Brammer

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 Husband

Donna Husband

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.

Richard Venables

Richard Venables

MRICS DL

Richard is a chartered surveyor and director of Oxford based VSL and Partners specialising in commercial property advice. Richard dedicates considerable time and energy to economic and cultural development in Oxfordshire. He is a private sector board member of the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, a board member of Experience Oxfordshire, chair of Reciprocate (Oxfordshire's responsible business network), a member of the Ashmolean corporate circle, joint chair of the Oxford City Council Economic Growth Steering Group, a member of the Oxford Youth Partnership and a member of Oxford Strategic Partnership. Richard is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Oxfordshire and in April 2018 he takes on the appointment of High Sheriff of Oxfordshire. Outside work he is a hockey fanatic both playing and coaching at Oxford Hawks Hockey Club and was formerly a coach with Oxfordshire Hockey Association. Richard is also an evangelical Parkrunner with Oxford Parkrun at Cutteslowe Park.

Dylan Evans

Dylan recently joined the Board in 2017 and is an experienced sport and leisure professional with more than 20 years experience in the sector. Dylan is employed as the Leisure Manager at South Oxfordshire District Council and Vale of White Horse District Council leading on the district sport and leisure priorities including health and wellbeing.

Before joining South and Vale in 2017, Dylan worked for the Football Association for 14 years as a Regional Facilities & Investment Manager and Regional Football Development Manager across the South East and London regions and has a good understanding of the sports development and governance landscape including capital investment in sport. Prior to this he managed the Surrey Sports Development Unit including host management responsibility for Active Surrey, OXSPA equivalent organisation in Surrey. Formerly an active football and rugby player and an occasional golfer now an active parent/volunteer with his children's many sporting interest.