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Role of the Board

Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire is a company limited by guarantee and its board of directors are responsible for the overall governance of the company including:

• Ensuring that Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire operates in accordance with company law and in line with its governing documents
• Upholding the reputation of organisation
• Setting the strategic direction for the organisation
• Maintaining the financial health and well-being of the organisation including reviewing risk
• Scrutinising the performance of the organisation and holding the Senior Management Team to account

To contact any of our board members please either email sphw@worc.ac.uk or phone 01905 855498

Meet the Board

Jem Teal

Jem Teal

Chair

Chair since 2014 Jem has overseen the transition of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire from a local authority hosted partnership to a company limited by guarantee.

Jem is currently the Community Development Manager for Wychavon District Council

Current areas of responsibility

• Sports Development
• Arts Development
• Youth Development
• Community Development
• Safeguarding Lead
• Emergency Planning
• Health and Wellbeing Lead
• Leisure Centres
• Grants
• Capital projects

Previous career background

Most of Jem's working career has been in Local Government, following a short stint in the Armed Forces. He has been directly employed in 4 Local Authorities but as a consultant has undertaken project work for over 60. Most of Jem's working history has been directly related to sport and leisure, initially in facility management but then moving into Sports Development and latterly into other areas of Council work.

Career Highlight

Every day – I still maintain that despite all the cuts in the public sector, I have one of the best jobs in local government, working closely with clubs, groups and individuals on a daily basis.

Areas of interest/expertise

• Sports Development
• Facility Management
• Strategic management

Personal interests and hobbies

Passionate about my dogs, specifically German Shepherds and Springer Spaniels. I love the outdoors whether just walking or engaging in Field Sports. In terms of Sports, rugby is king but sadly this is confined to watching.

…..and my interest in Landrovers needs a mention!

Greatest sporting moment - Without a doubt - the 2003 World Rugby Cup

Frances Howie

Frances Howie

Vice-Chair

Vice chair since 2014 Frances has also been involved in the transition of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire from a local authority hosted partnership to a company limited by guarantee

Frances is the Director of Public Health for Worcestershire

Current areas of responsibility

• Protecting and improving the health and well-being of Worcestershire residents
• Supporting cross system delivery of Health and Well-being Strategy, with three priorities: improving mental health and well-being; reducing harm from alcohol; and increasing physical activity
• Community safety and emergency response
• Ensuring public decision-making based on the best possible evidence
• Commissioning a set of high quality public health services such as sexual health, drug and alcohol services, school nursing, health visiting, NHS health checks etc.

Previous career background

Public health roles within Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS and local authorities since 2004, previously working at regional level in the West Midlands and the North East. Began career in University research.

Career Highlight

Developing a successful professional career in public health after spending 10 years at home with children.

Areas of expertise

• Health improvement
• Health intelligence
• Health inequalities

Personal interests and hobbies - Reading, yoga, family, walking.

Greatest sporting moment – this might be a personal achievement or a memorable sporting highlight As a student (a very long time ago!) running a 5k City run with a blind friend.

Jim O'Toole

Jim O'Toole

Board member

Former CEO of Worcester Warriors Jim has been a board member since July 2016.

Susie Hart

Susie Hart

Board member

Susie is the Director of Sports Partnerships and Community Engagement for the University of Worcester. She was appointed as a board member in July 2016.

Denise Strutt

Denise Strutt

Board member

A board member since July 2016 Denise is the former now retired headteacher of Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College in Hereford.

Previous career background

  • Teacher of Mathematics and ICT
  • Former Deputy Head of Dene Magma School, Gloucestershire and former Head of Ansford Community School in Castle Cary
  • Headteacher ambassador for Youth Sport Trust
  • Vice Chair of Governors - Hereford College of Arts
  • Chair of the Local Organising Committee for Herefordshire School Games

Current areas of Responsibility

  • Trustee of John Kyrle High School Herefordshire and Vice Chair of Personnel Committee
  • Governor of QW Academy, Bromyard and Chair of Evidence review committee
  • Chair of Creative Connections
  • Director of H&W Arts Development Ltd

Career Highlight - Overseeing the £21.4m development of new school buildings for Whitecross High School - 2006

Areas of interest/expertise

  • Children & Young people and their health and wellbeing - physical and emotional.
  • Personnel.

Personal interests and hobbies

  • Sporting: Yoga, Swimming, cycling, walking and kayaking
  • Creative: Singing with Ross Penyard Singers, Reading & Quilting
  • Other: Travel and being by the sea

Greatest sporting moment - Attending the London 2012 Olympics & Paralympics. Particularly seeing the emotional connection between nationalities and the joy of sharing success.

Rebecca Widdowson

Rebecca Widdowson

Board member

Rebecca was appointed to the board in July 2016 and is Managing Partner at Hallmark Hulme LLP Solicitors. She is also Head of Civil Litigation and Compliance Officer for Legal Practice.

Current areas of responsibility

Operational control of the business
Compliance officer for Legal practice ensuring compliance with all applicable quality and other standards
Client care partner with responsibility for ensuing high standards of client care
Risk partner responsible for assessing, managing and reducing risk
Strategic responsibilities
Delivering litigation advice to a wide variety of clients

Previous career background

Solicitor at Hallmarks Worcester – litigation team specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence
Solicitor at Mills & Reeve Birmingham – specialist clinical defence solicitor acting for multiple NHS Trusts and hospitals

Career Highlight

Being appointed as Managing Partner in 2013

Areas of interest/expertise

industry specific compliance and regulation – solicitors are highly regulated and compliance with those regulations is a time consuming and complex area

Personal interests and hobbies

Cycling is primary hobby but I have combined this with swimming and running to take up triathlons. I also do a lot of hill walking. I have been doing increasing amounts of fund raising in my spare time.

I am also a parent governor at a local academy and I have been Scout & Guide Group secretary for a number of years. I have recently joined the committee of the Worcester Rugby Business Network

Greatest sporting moment – Being a founder member of Worcester Womens Rugby team (now known as the Valkiries) 25 years ago and seeing the team progress to the premiership.