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Adrian Dawson

Adrian Dawson

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. Adrain has worked at senior level in NHS Management in Dorset for many years, retiring in 2013.

As a youngster he represented Cumberland in Rugby,Football and Athletics.

He is currently Chair of Help and Care a charity which is supporting people and
Communities to live the lives they choose.

He is an active member of a cycling group which meets for tea and cake and
cycling several times a week.

Since his teens he has walked regularly in the Lake District.

Alan Ottaway

Alan Ottaway

Originally involved in Local Authority recreation management which included leisure related business linked to beaches and tourism, in recent years Alan has led Parks, Outdoor Recreation and Countryside policy and operations.

A keen participant in many sports and recreational activities over the years, outside hobbies 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 he volunteers for a local sports council and for rugby in Dorset & Wiltshire.

Clare Hicks

Clare Hicks

Clare is a passionate Educator having worked in teaching for virtually 20 years. With a specialism in Sport and Exercise Science and Physical Education, Clare is a big believer in the power of sport and physical activity for changing lives.

Clare currently works at Rockley Watersports as Head of Education, a role she has taken following a substantial period of time at Brockenhurst College as Head of Sport. Clare's varied career has always focussed around being a passionate advocate for young people, qualifying as a PE Teacher gave Clare a platform to engage young people and share her passions and beliefs of an active lifestyle. As a qualified coach in the more traditional sports like hockey and football right the way through to strength and conditioning and gym instruction, Clare is often out and about in Dorset practicing what she preaches. If she's not on the side of a hockey pitch coaching you'll no doubt find her playing tennis or out waking the coastal path!

Daniel Lock

Daniel Lock

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.

Dave Millener

Dave Millener

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.

Katrina Kennedy

Katrina Kennedy

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.

Neil Farmer

Neil Farmer

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.

Rachel Partridge

Rachel Partridge

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.

Lee Timothy

Lee Timothy

Lee is driven to see more people feeling the benefits of regular physical activity.

He has experience as a PE Teacher, Coach and has contributed to various sport development projects, spanning the last 10 years in the UK and overseas. At present, Lee works for the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) to affect change at a systemic level. CIMSPA is the UK professional body for those who work in Sport and Physical Activity. With his experience in watersports tuition and programme delivery, Lee is also a member of the Training Committee at the Royal Yachting Association.

In his spare time, Lee can be found coaching youth sailing, doing watersports in Poole Harbour, cycling in the Purbecks or running around Upton Country Park.

Hannah Richards

Hannah Richards

Hannah has worked within the education sector for 14 years. Her primary focus in the roles she has undertaken have been to tackle barriers and inequalities to participation in order to increase the activity of young people, along with strengthening the connections between sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing so more people can feel, both the mental and physical benefits of leading an active lifestyle. She is especially passionate about increasing the opportunities for women and girls to be involved in sport and physical activity.

Outside of work, Hannah relishes taking on a challenge and loves nothing more than being active in the outdoors, the majority of the time with her trusty sidekick, Rupert; paddleboarding, cycling, running or playing tennis.

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