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 is a past President of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management and is also Chairman of the Walford Mill Education Trust providing excellence in contemporary craft from the Walford Mill Craft Centre.
Neil is also Vice Chairman of Toller Porcorum Parish Council in West Dorset.
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.
Alan Ottaway has spent his 38-year career in Local Authority leisure, recreation and countryside management. In the early part of his career his focus was on local authority facility management of community leisure, golf, heritage and arts facilities.
After 10 years and a shift to client responsibilities, the emphasis was on the delivery of the local authorities contracted sports and leisure facilities and developing commercial activity.
For the last 6 years he has been leading Landscape and Countryside operations. As well as providing site husbandry to all the Local Authority's landholding, he and his team is engaged with developers and the Local Planning Authority on new neighborhoods to bring new homes and recreational infrastructure to people in Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership.
Outside hobbies include mountain walking, cycle touring, gardening and football, as well as more cultural elements such as travel and listening to music.
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 and Head of Research in the Department of Sport and Physical Activity 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.
Tracey Peters joined Active Dorset in summer 2018. She is an experienced Human Resources Professional and has worked in the Private, Public and Charitable Sectors as both an Executive and Non Executive Director for nearly twenty years.
She is also a qualified Counsellor working with Adults and Young People with emotional difficulties and has witnessed the benefit of sport and physical activity on achieving and maintaining positive mental health.
Tracey enjoys pilates, and is a regular at her local gym and swimming pool. She has an Irish Wolfhound called Alfie who keeps her walking in the local forests and on the local beaches come rain or shine.