Our Board


We are recruiting new board members

Watch the video below to find out more about what we do as a team, and how you can be involved in our vision where people in Dorset choose to enjoy an active lifestyle through participation in sport and physical activity.

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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

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.

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