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Our Board

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 is a past President of the Institute of Sport and Recreation Management and is currently treasurer and chair of the financial committee for the Wimborne and District Community Association and the Walford Mill Education Trust respectively.

Neil is an ardent support of Southampton Football Club.

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

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

Alan Ottaway

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.

Annette Partridge

Annette Partridge

Driven by a love of sport, Annette trained and worked in Recreation Management for 7 years before transferring her skills into Financial Services. Armed with an extensive and diverse experience set she now finds herself in a strategist role helping to shape the future direction within an ever-changing world of regulation and technological advances.

Annette joined the Active Dorset Board in 2016 and outside of work enjoys all things active. Just as well as a busy schedule requires her to juggle a full-time job with being a mum of 3, cycling to work and finding time for swimming training.

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.

Rebecca Davies