About Us – Board Of Trustees

 
 
Chairman – Andrew Kolker

 

ABOUT ME

I am married, with two children and have lived in Cheshire for 35 years. As an electronics engineer I have had a varied career: I started with the Ministry of Defence at the Ship Yard in Barrow, before leaving to grow house plants in Peover. In 2009 I was elected to the newly formed Cheshire East Council.

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

Our leisure centres are an incredibly valuable resource which should be protected and nurtured for the community of Cheshire East. I therefore look forward to being involved with their development over the forthcoming years. As a parent, a school governor and a Cheshire East councillor I believe I have the experience, from a resident’s point of view, to develop leisure facilities that the community wants.

AT A GLANCE

  • Favourite Sport – Sailing
  • Favourite Team – England Cricket
  • Desert Island Discs – Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), All About You (McFly), Thriller (Michael Jackson), Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (Tom Lehrer)
  • First Car – Ford Escort (nicknamed Jigsaw, because I was always taking it apart.)
  • Favourite TV Programme? – Luther
  • First Job – Washing up in a restaurant kitchen
  • Favourite Quote – ‘I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by’ Douglas Adams
  • Ideal dinner party: Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, Homer Simpson

 

MARTIN HARDY

 

ABOUT ME

I am married with 4 sons (2 adults, 1 teenager and 1 under 10) and a borough councillor in the Broken Cross and Upton ward of Cheshire East. I am actively involved in the local community as a Street Angel and as a Scout Leader in Macclesfield as well as serving as a school governor at 2 local schools.

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

I saw the opportunity as one to improve the sport and recreation facilities within Cheshire East and to develop the offer in order to reach as many local residents as possible and encourage them to enjoy sport and recreation. I bring private sector management experience to the board and an understanding of Local Government (from my time as a Councillor).

AT A GLANCE

  • Favourite Sport – Football (Liverpool FC with Macclesfield Town a close second)
  • Last Book Read – Simon Scarrow, The Sword and Scimitar
  • Favourite TV Programme? – Top Gear
  • First Job – Paperboy
  • Favourite Quote – “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does”, William James
  • What’s the hardest thing you have ever done? – Parachute jump – had a fear of heights so met it (and broke my leg whilst doing the jump).
  • If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? – Thomas S Monson
  • Ideal dinner party: Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan and Nelson. Would be interested on why they did what they did as 3 of the greatest military tacticians.

 

STEVEN PERCY

First and foremost I love sport and recreation. Sport has played a huge role in my life and continues to do so, and I believe it is hugely important not only for general health but also for friendship, respect and personal development. Secondly, I have real connections to Cheshire East having lived in the area for over 25 years, so the opportunity to contribute towards an organisation promoting Leisure for Life throughout the borough was right up my street.

As a practicing commercial property solicitor I act for clients acquiring, disposing, leasing, re-financing and developing land and buildings. My clients include large corporates and charitable organisations so I understand the complexities and responsibilities of running large enterprises. In addition to these professional skills and contacts I am also a local resident and user of the facilities so I will bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to the Board to ensure we do reach out to all.

PHILIP BLAND

 

ABOUT ME

I am married to Judy with two children, both married, and two granddaughters. I was born on a Cumbrian farm then trained as an electrical engineer. We’ve lived in Knutsford for nearly 30 years and our children have gone to school in Knutsford and Northwich. I am the Chair of two charities which work in South Africa to bring about individual and community change through sport. I am also on the board of Mission Aviation Fellowship which transports aid to remote and troubled areas by flying 130 light aircraft.

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

I am pleased to find an opportunity to give something back to communities and a region which has given so much to us as a family. I believe in the power of sport as a means of developing individuals and transforming communities and want to see the participation increase across all ages and backgrounds. Experience at a senior level in business has developed my commercial, strategic and management skills all of which will be necessary as the organisation goes through this formative period. I also bring many years’ experience of operating at board level in businesses and charitable organisations.

AT A GLANCE

  • Favourite Sport – Football (Liverpool FC)
  • Desert Island Discs – American Pie (Don McLean), Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes (Paul Simon), Hallelujah Chorus (Handel), Songbird (Eva Cassidy)
  • Last Book Read – Survivor on the River Kwai
  • Last Film Seen – Les Misérables
  • Favourite Quote – “If you think you are too small to make a difference you have never been to bed with a mosquito”
  • Ideal dinner party: Nelson Mandela For his determination to look forward not back, Shirley Williams For her wisdom and honesty, Sebastian Coe For his leadership of the 2012 Olympics

 

HELEN GOWIN

 

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

I benefit from using local sports facilities and want to make a positive contribution to the way sport is developed in the community.  By being part of ESAR’s dynamic board I can help others achieve health benefits and encourage a more active lifestyle in the local community.

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

I am a lawyer at a local firm of solicitors and head up the probate team.  Within the firm I sit on the strategy board as well as the quality and risk committee and contribute to its business development.   I am an active member of the business community and manage the branch office in Congleton.

I enjoy running and am an active member of the Macclesfield Harriers Athletics Club.

 

Colin Chaytors

 

ABOUT ME

Born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, I am a 57 year old Geordie, married with a son (13) who attends Alsager School. Recently retired I’ve lived in the area since 1999 and was previously Chief Executive of the English Federation of Disability Sport having spent 20 years working in local authority leisure services in both England and Scotland.

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

Sport and recreation has given me so much over the years, it helped me travel, meet my wife, make friends and have fun. It’s a bit of a cliché, but I really wanted to give something back and help support the local community. The launch of the Trust is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Cheshire East. It’s innovative, exciting and something that I feel very passionate about. I want to help build a sustainable Trust that provides the facilities and activities that people want and encourages more people to join in and benefit from a little bit of exercise. It’s important that the Trust listens to what local people want and balances the needs of different users. It’s also important that we’re able to explore every conceivable source of funding.

AT A GLANCE

  • Favourite Sport – Rugby Union
  • First Job – Working for Brendan Foster when he was at Gateshead. It was an incredibly exciting time and the best training anyone could have had
  • Favourite Quote – “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take” – Wayne Gretzky
  • Ideal dinner party – George Best, Muhammad Ali & Ian Botham – I probably wouldn’t get to say anything the whole night and I can’t imagine there’d be much eaten but who cares! Just imagine the stories that those three could tell.
  • Favourite TV Advert – The Guinness ad where a group of friends are playing wheelchair basketball. As they head for the bar after, 4 of the lads jump out of their chairs while the other pushes out of the gym. It feels like a ground-breaking moment and shows how far society has changed – when disability is no longer something that’s hidden away but mainstreamed with disabled people shown as no different from others in the community.

 

Zoe Davidson

 

ABOUT ME

I live with my husband and two young boys in Holmes Chapel. We’re a pretty sporty family – I enjoy triathlon so you might often see me about running or cycling. My husband also loves running and cycling – but goes much further than me! The boys enjoy gymnastics, swimming, football, rugby… anything really that involves having fun!

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

I strongly believe that sport and recreation is the key to well-being, both physical and mental. I spent a couple of years living in Sydney where sport is much more a part of everyday life and I believe that is partly why those guys are so relaxed and happy. Professionally I have skills in finance and delivery of major construction projects and therefore I wanted to offer some of that experience to the senior management team to enable them to grow and develop the Everybody offer in our local communities. I also spent time when I was younger supporting and coaching younger children and disabled in swimming and in mountain biking, which I really enjoyed and has helped me to understand the huge benefit that such activity can bring to all parts of the community.

AT A GLANCE

  • Favourite Sport – Triathlon (to take part in) and I love watching the Olympics and other major sporting events on TV!
  • Ideal Holiday Destination – Somewhere that has lovely running / cycling trains alongside the sea. Brittany and Scotland are favourites.
  • Last Book Read – Feet in the Clouds, Richard Askwith
  • Favourite TV Programme? – The West Wing (I’m a bit out of date with TV!)
  • First Job – Chef at Little Chef
  • Favourite Quote – “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
  • If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor? – Chrissie Wellington
  • Ideal dinner party: Tim Peake, The Brownlee brothers, Chris Martin, Elon Musk, Michelle Obama, Brian Cox…

 

RICHARD MIDDLEBROOK

ABOUT ME

I have a background in sport and understand the benefits it and exercise can bring to all people of all ages. I am huge believer that both competitive sport and recreational exercise has huge benefits to both the body and mind. I want Everybody Sport and Recreation to increase opportunities for people of all ages and abilities, raising the participation rate across Cheshire East.

My role as Headteacher in a joint use facility site also means that I am in a unique position to act as a conduit between Cheshire East, ESAR and schools when it comes to joint use facilities. There have been, and continue to be, significant issues attached to such facilities and the arrangements in place. I have and I can, act as a broker between all parties involved.

 

 

 

alex taylor

ABOUT ME

I moved to Cheshire with my parents when I was 3, I have been married to my wife Lucy for over 20 years and we have 3 gorgeous girls. I have now lived in Cheshire East for almost 40 years, this has instilled a fierce loyalty to the area. In my 20s I became overweight and unhealthy, by my late 20s I was suffering with stress. I am now a firm believer that recreation is so much more than just ‘sport’ or ‘training’. I have found it is a great way to stay (or get) healthy, to appreciate what we do have, and to make fantastic new friends. From a wellbeing perspective I found recreation to be one of the most effective ways of relieving stress. Somehow I now manage to fit my family life and my job around my love of cycling, running and triathlon.

WHY DO I WANT TO BE INVOLVED?

My whole family are users Everybody’s wonderful services and when the opportunity arose to give something to the organisation and Cheshire East I jumped at the chance. I have been a Manchester police officer for over 20 years so have an experience of working with a very diverse array of communities, understanding the issues of the people and working with them to provide better life chances. I have experience of delivering wholescale change projects within the police which stands me in good stead for helping guide Everybody through the next few years. I am a qualified cycling coach, working closely with Holmes Chapel Velo Cycling Club and get a thrill out of guiding people to achieve their goals.

 

 

KIMYO RICKETT

ABOUT ME

I have lived in Cheshire East for nearly 20 years and am involved in local community sport as a parent. I am passionate about sport at both community and elite level having spent many years a a volunteer in sport for disabled people, attending a number of international competitions in support of elite athletes with a disability.

I have spent  over 30 years working in local authorities around the country, in all of them I have been involved in sport and physical activity. I have worked in partnership with social care, Public Health, the Police, sports clubs and professional sport to increase physical activity levels in the communities I have served.