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.