Active Dorset Chair
Neil Farmer was appointed chair of Active Dorset for a second time in February 2017. He retired in February 2016 as Strategic Director for the Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership providing public services across south east Dorset. During his 43 years in local government he spent most of his time promoting sport and physical activity in all its forms.
Neil, a past President of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management, is also Chairman of the Toller Porcorum Village Recreation Ground Trust and Chairman of Toller Porcorum Parish Council.
Neil is an ardent support of Southampton Football Club.
Adrian has worked in the NHS for 38 years. He qualified as a doctor and has worked in hospital and general practice.
While working abroad for a small voluntary sector organisation he developed an interest in the health needs of populations and communities and began a career in public health.
As the Dorset Director of Public Health he supported and sponsored physical activity initiatives in schools, and in the community
He has worked at senior level in NHS Management in Dorset for many years, retiring in 2013.
He retains an interest in the use of research and evidence for promoting people's health.
In a career spanning over 40-years in Local Authority leisure, recreation parks and countryside management, early focus was on local authority facility management for community leisure, golf, and heritage and arts facilities. Then a corporate shift to contracted services involved core policy development and associated access to local authority sports via contracted community recreation and leisure facilities. Hand in hand with this went growth in commercial council activity, especially leisure related business linked to beaches and tourism.
During recent years Alan has led Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Countryside policy and operations. Main priority at the moment for both the new local authorities across Dorset is to develop sustainable Parks and Greenspaces policy and achieve new ways of delivering services for the people in South East Dorset.
A keen participant in many sports and recreational activities over the years, outside hobbies now include mountain walking, cycle touring, gardening and football, as well as more cultural elements such as travel and listening to music. Like many engaged in the world of recreation and physical activity there is also volunteering to perform, which currently means support for the local sports council and for rugby in Dorset & Wiltshire.
Senior Independent Director
Dave joined the Board in 2013 after a business career spanning nearly forty years with Nat West, GE Capital, First Data, Hypercom and, most recently, as Managing Director of Spire Payments, Northern Europe.
Dave lives in Broadstone and is married to Chris. They have two adult children now busy building their own successful careers. He leads an active life which includes regular golf, skiing, cycling and running as well as daily walks with an energetic springer spaniel.
Daniel is a Principal Academic in the Department of Sport and Event Management at Bournemouth University. In this role, he lectures on the consumption and marketing of sport and researches the influence of social identity dynamics and legitimacy on sport consumption and participation.
Although originally from Dorset, Daniel spent 12 years living; playing and coaching football; and working in Australia as an academic. During this time, he gained a varied experience of participation in semi-professional sport as well as other recreational forms of exercise. Through these experiences, Daniel has developed a strong interest in the processes, policies and practices that can be developed to enable people to become more physically active in daily life.
Rachel Partridge is Assistant Director of Public Health at Public Health Dorset and has been working in Dorset for the past 10 years. She leads on the areas of Health Protection, the Healthy places workstream of the Prevention at Scale programme across Dorset which includes a focus on increasing Physical activity. Rachel supports the work of the Health and Wellbeing boards in Bournemouth & Poole and Dorset to focus on promoting health and wellbeing and reducing inequalities. In this role, Rachel was also part of the team alongside Active Dorset which successfully bid to be part of the Sport England Active Ageing Programme.
Outside of the office, she is the mother of two young children, including a new starter this term. Rachel is a parent governor at her local first school and now feels much greater appreciation and better insight into the amazing hard work and dedication that goes into providing a wonderful learning and nurturing experience for children in this area.
Rachel is part of a "return to netball" group and has started running.
Katrina is excited to be joining the board and has worked in the NHS for 32 years. She qualified as a Physiotherapist and has worked in primary, secondary and private practice. She specialised in Musculoskeletal and Orthopaedics and worked with a premier Rugby Club and British Gymnastics.
She is currently an Associate Director of Allied Health Professionals at Hampshire Hospitals and is leading the health creation, behavioural change and physical activity promotion agendas in the organisation.
Katrina is married to Deryk and lives in Poole near Baiter where she enjoys running, kayaking and sailing. They have two adult children who are passionate about sailing, windsurfing and marine technology.
She is keen to use her leadership, strategic thinking and networking skills to support and challenge the impact of Active Dorset work streams.