Meet the Board

Mark Tweedie - Active Northumberland

Mark Tweedie

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Mark Tweedie - Active Northumberland

Mark Tweedie

Appointed October 2018

Mark is the Chief Executive of Active Northumberland, the charitable trust, which manages leisure services on behalf of Northumberland County Council.

As a co-opted Board Member, Mark does not have any voting rights on the Board.

 

Beverly Davison

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Beverly Davison

Board Champion Role – Health (Appointed June 2018)

Bev is a Health Improvement Advanced Specialist within the Community Health Services Business Unit of Northumbria Healthcare Trust.  She has worked in the NHS for 40 years, 27 of which have been in Northumberland.

Her clinical background is in nursing, midwifery, health visiting and public health and as Team Manager of the Involvement and Service Development Team; her current role includes strategic lead for the Ageing Well in Northumberland programme (staying active, connected and well) and the NHS ‘You’re Welcome’ award, (making health services young people friendly) across Northumbria Healthcare Trust.

Her past experience includes working on secondment to the Department of Health as regional lead in the development of the national You’re Welcome Quality Award, as Health Team Lead in the development of Ashington SureStart and as a Community Practice Teacher for Health Visitor students.

Bev is passionate about improving the healthy life years and wellbeing of Northumberland residents and is looking forward to the opportunities being a Board Member of Northumberland Sport will offer to achieving these outcomes.

Stephanie English

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Stephanie English

Board Champion Role – Finance (Appointed June 2018)

Stephanie is a Senior Management Accountant within the Financial Management Team with the Community Health Services Business Unit of Northumbria Healthcare Trust.  She has worked in the NHS for 23 years since leaving school.

Her role within the team is to ensure that Community Services achieve financial breakeven each financial year, especially when times are challenging with cost saving targets.  Her role allows her to work alongside General and Operational Managers in order to achieve financial goals without impacting on the quality of service given to the patients.

Stephanie is passionate about improving health and fitness within Northumberland due to being a keen sportswoman herself.  She has been part of Blyth Lifeguard and Swimming Club since the age of 7 and is also currently part of Blyth Running Club whom she recently joined to improve her own fitness.

Stephanie is looking forward to the opportunities that being a Board Member of Northumberland Sport will bring and how her knowledge of local sport can impact on these.

Jacqueline Mowat

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Jacqueline Mowat

Board Champion Roles – Children & Young People, Marketing (Appointed February 2018)

Jacqueline is the Headteacher of Hareside Primary School in Cramlington and is Chair of the Northumberland Sport Physical Literacy Group.

Lindsay Findlay-King

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Lindsay Findlay-King

Board Champion Role – Workforce, Further and Higher Education (Appointed July 2017)
(Appointed as Senior Independent Board Member November 2018)

Lindsay has worked in the delivery of sport programmes within higher education for over 20 years and is currently Principal lecturer in Sport Management and Director of Learning and Teaching (Quality Assurance and Monitoring) for the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University. She is also the Vice-Chair of the UK Sports Volunteering Research network.

Lindsay has a professional background in both teaching and research. Her research interests focus on understanding the development of sport volunteering, with a background in recruitment and retention studies. She has a particular interest in the asset transfer of local authority sport and library facilities to voluntary community groups, including the successful management and sustainability of these enterprises. Before this Lindsay’s research was in understanding sport participation (particularly of those in mid-life).

“I am passionate about driving up sport participation and this has been the focus of my life long professional work. These days I struggle to participate in sport and physical activity alongside the demands of life. I can relate to those who are inactive. On the other hand, I know the tremendous value of sport and physical activity.

My working knowledge of the issues surrounding both sport, physical activity and volunteering participation; and the sport and physical activity industry, will enable me to make a worthwhile contribution to Northumberland Sport.”

Cath Homer

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Cath Homer

Board Champion Role – HR, Culture and Tourism (Appointed July 2017)

Cath’s background is in people management, human resources, recruitment and training, having spent many years training and working in this field. With that comes invaluable knowledge, experience and a key skill set to bring to any Board.  Cath is the County Councillor for Hexham East and has been since 2013; a Cabinet member in the current Northumberland County Council administration and the portfolio holder for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism. Cath has a keen interest in her local area and strives to ensure her residents have a keen voice to represent them at County Hall and receive a fair share of council resources.

Cath is also an Active Northumberland Board Member and has been since May 2017.  She is also a Board Member for Northumberland Tourism and Hexham Community Partnership and an Elected Member of Hexham Town Council.  Cath also represents Hexham on the Tynedale Youth Forum and Sport Tynedale; she sits on the Hexham East regeneration committee and is a regular presence at the Hexham East Residents’ Association.

Cath is a mum of three and regularly enjoys walking and swimming with her family. She also enjoys reading, visiting new places and never stops wanting to know more about most things.

“I recognises the role sport and fitness can play in reducing health inequalities and building communities in which people thrive and enjoy living.  Northumberland has such a wide geography and this means looking at new and innovative ways of delivering activities, breaking down barriers and engaging with people in rural areas.  Partnership working and adding value to the many great things so many volunteers and organisations are already doing in our communities is key to our role and I look forward to working alongside them to deliver tangible outcomes for the people of Northumberland.”

Patrick Price

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Patrick Price

Board Champion Role – Equality and Diversity (Appointed July 2017)

Patrick is a senior manager responsible for Community Health Services in Northumbria Healthcare Trust and has worked in Northumberland for the NHS in various guises for over 20 years.  His background is in management of public health programmes, community development and community engagement programmes and working with marginalised communities including Deaf and Hard of Hearing and LGBT communities.

He is also experienced in developing partnership initiatives to improve health and wellbeing with Local Authorities, the VCS and Third Sector and the private sector including national pilots such as the Department of Health Teenage Health Demonstration Site programme. He sits on two national advisory boards; one concerning the development of Sexual Orientation Monitoring Programmes and on a national research steering group measuring the impact of LGBT staff network groups.

He is a keen runner and swimmer and is a qualified Leader in Running and Fitness . His role as Chair of Northumberland Sport enables him to ensure that the continued promotion of health and wellbeing is maximised through the further development of partnerships to improve both the commissioning and delivery of physical activity programmes in Northumberland.

“I believe that participating in physical activity at whatever level, gives people a significant boost to their physical, emotional and mental health.  In the NHS we see the results of inactivity and understand the burden this places on local services, carers and most importantly on the individuals themselves. If we can prevent ill health developing or help to mitigate the effects of long term conditions by encouraging the inactive to be active”

Philip Soderquest

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Philip Soderquest

Vice Chair
Board Champion Role – Risk Management

Philip is Head of Housing at Northumberland County Council and is responsible for the day to day management of the council’s 8,700 houses which are located in the former district council areas of Alnwick and Blyth.  He has a professional qualification in environmental health and has worked in local government for 37 years, much of his time spent delivering and managing regulatory services whilst also developing and implementing new policy and legislation. In his current role he is able to work with many of the social housing providers operating in Northumberland and through this, identify and develop opportunities for residents of Northumberland who may otherwise not currently participate in activities and sport on a regular basis.

He is a strong advocate of the need to build effective relationships and of partnership working across all sectors both at a county  and community level and recognises the benefits and opportunities arising from bringing individuals together to tackle matters of common interest. As a senior local government officer, he has a range of skills to benefit the Board, including considerable experience of working with politicians, partner organisations and the public and for many years.  As a member of other boards and committees, including Youth Offending Board, Adult and Childrens Safeguarding Boards and Children and Young People Strategic Partnership, there is an opportunity to influence future plans and priorities which are of mutual benefit to those individual committees and the Board.

A keen golfer and cyclist, he also maintains an active interest in many other sports and is a long term Newcastle United supporter and season ticket holder.  Other interests include socialising with friends and family and music.

“I am committed to ensuring that all individuals have the ability to access and participate in activities and sports which meet their needs and in doing so have the opportunity to improve their physical and mental well being”