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Meet the Leadership Panel

The Active Notts Panel was established by the Active Partners Trust Board of Directors as a committee of the charity and has relevant authority delegated by the Board for the Panel to carry out its functions.

The Active Notts Panel oversees the activities carried out by the charity's delivery staff team in Nottinghamshire, including:

  • reviewing, and making recommendations to the Board of Directors on:
    • delivery strategies
    • business plans
    • operational plans
    • annual budgets
  • monitoring progress, against the criteria agreed by the Board of Directors, of:
    • operational plans
    • annual budgets
  • providing regular progress reports on these matters to the Board of Directors

The Active Notts Panel meets at least four times a year to conduct business.

Melanie Berry

Melanie Berry

Chair

Melanie Berry founded Very Berry Ltd in 2009 after eight successful years as founder of Perfect Motion Sports Marketing Ltd. During that time, she transformed the business into a multi-faceted sports marketing and PR agency.

Before this, Melanie worked at Speedo International as their International Sports Marketing Manager.

Within Nottingham Melanie has headed up the This Girl Can campaign for Nottingham City Council and developed the Outlaw Triathlon brand working with One Step Beyond.

Outside work, Mel is a passionate cyclist, swimmer and triathlete. In recent years she has cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats, completed several Ironman 70.3 triathlons, marathons and three L'Etape du Tour's. She is currently a non-exec director of a local cycling charity Ridewise, that aims to get more people into cycling, and Chair of the Triathlon Industry Association.

Emma Atkins

Emma Atkins

Panel Member

Emma joined the Active Partners Trust board in March 2018. She is the Director of Coaching for UK Coaching.

Emma previously worked for nine years as Director and then Chief Executive Officer for Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, leaving June 17. She led the organisation through the development of a robust four-year strategy which subsequently led to the Trust working over 60 regions in the UK, delivering transformation support to young people facing disadvantage. Now at UK Coaching she believes that great coaching is about People, Passion and Progress and is driving towards the vision of creating an active nation inspired through great coaching.

Emma is also a Board member for the Judy Murray Foundation.

Derek Higton

Derek Higton

Panel Member

Derek is the Service Director for Youth, Families and Culture with Nottinghamshire County Council, and has overall responsibility for the County Council's sports strategies.

His professional background is in youth work and youth services, but he now has responsibility for a wide range of children's and cultural services across Nottinghamshire. Derek has worked previously in local government in the south west, though he grew up in the East Midlands. Derek has been a lifelong sports enthusiast, and his 4 children are all keen sportspeople too.

Dr Amanda Crompton

Dr Amanda Crompton

Panel Member

Amanda is Assistant Professor in Public Policy and Management at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests focus on public engagement and grassroots mobilisation, which she has applied to the implementation of a range of healthcare initiatives and the development of local organisations and community campaigns. Amanda is a qualitative researcher who regularly consults with local partners to support their evaluation work.

Outside work, Amanda spends as much time outdoors as possible with her beloved Boxer dog "Gerty" and she is a keen runner.

Anne Rippon

Anne Rippon

Panel Member

Anne currently provides advice and consultancy support to statutory and voluntary sector organisations in the sport and leisure industry. Her career in sport began with Nottinghamshire County Council followed by Sport England where she was strategic lead and regional director in the Midlands. She also spent three years at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Anne helped the establishment of county sports partnerships across the country and is a trustee of Notts County FC Football in the Community, a volunteer health walk leader and has spent many hours on touchlines supporting two sporting sons.

Ed Wright

Ed Wright

Panel Member

Ed has been a partner in law firm Shakespeare Martineau's Commercial IP team since 2007, specialising in non-contentious commercial, contract, intellectual property, information and communications technology, distance selling, e-commerce, data protection, freedom of information and competition law.

He has acted for a number of national governing bodies and other sports organisations, together with high profile sports individuals and leading sports businesses, including Commonwealth Games England.