Meet the Trustees

Alan Graver

Alan Graver

Chairman of North Yorkshire Sport Ltd

Senior Director of three research companies since 1991, responsible for 2,000 consultancy projects for over 400 private, public and voluntary sector clients with an emphasis on sport, wellbeing, skills and community engagement. Alan has held various committee roles relating to the development of opportunities for disabled people in sport and has published work on how to create legacy from major events including World Cups, Olympics, Paralympic and commonwealth Games. He is passionate about using sport as a driver to create positive social change in North Yorkshire.

Term of office start date: 2nd October 2013

Re-elected: 2nd October 2019

Current term of office end date: 2nd October 2022

Halima Khan

Halima Khan

Trustee

Current: Halima's current role is Area Director (Development) for Street Games

Former/Past:

Halima has worked within the field of sport development for the past 14 years and has extensive experience from a community grassroots to strategic level.

Working with various sporting bodies, she brings experience from her previous roles at Sporting Equals, Rugby Football League, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, Bradford Council Sports Development and Badminton England.

Halima has also worked with Bermuda Cricket as a strategic advisor in developing their women and girls programme and, is also founder and Director of Opening Boundaries, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes sporting initiatives to campaign for gender equality and peace around the globe.

Halima sits on the Board of Triathlon England as a Non-Exec Director with a key portfolio on developing Diversity and Inclusion. She is also working with the European Hockey Federation in developing a Gender Balance code across their European federations.

Halima is a keen sports coach and enjoys a range of multisport. She is passionate about developing and creating social change through sport where communities can have access to a better physical, mental and social wellbeing of life without any fear of prejudice or discrimination.

Term of office start date: 1st January 2019

Term of office end date: 1st January 2025*

*Eligible for re-election

Richard Carlton Crabtree

Richard Carlton Crabtree

Trustee

Richard is a Director of the Oakdale Well-being Group; a Harrogate based organisation providing therapy for children and young people.

Previously Richard worked as Business Development DIrector, and then Operations Director, with Insight Healthcare; the UK's largest non NHS provider of primary care psychological therapies.

Richard worked at the forefront of the Department of Health's flagship 'Improving Access to Psychological Therapies' (IAPT) programme for ten years, having led the expansion of IAPT into 36 regions around the UK. He has written about mental health and psychological therapies, as well as broader health and social issues, for the Independent newspaper, and contributed to national forums shaping mental health policy in the UK.

Prior to joining Oakdale and Insight Richard trained as an economist and worked in the public sector with the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office.

Term of office start date: 18th July 2019

Current term of office end date: 18th July 2022*

*Eligible for re-election

Gemma Mann

Gemma Mann

Trustee

Gemma is the Children, Young People and Families Programme Manager for Yorkshire and Humber at Public Health England. As an experienced public health professional and masters graduate Gemma has worked in various areas of Public Health including obesity, NHS Health Check, tobacco control, mental health and children's health improvement.

Gemma has successfully led on key public health priorities at both local and regional level, working across organisational boundaries with local government, the NHS, the third sector, academics and other government departments. Gemma regularly contributes to the development and implementation of key public health guidance, tools and resources at a national and regional level. Gemma is also a visiting lecturer in Public Health at Leeds University.

Gemma has a life long passion for physical activity and sport. She is a strong advocate for physical activity believing that it has the potential to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole.

Term of office start date: 18th July 2019

Current term of office end date: 18th July 2022*

*Eligible for re-election

Sally Skipper

Sally Skipper

Trustee

Sally Skipper is a Programme Manager for the ASA, the National Governing Body for Swimming in England. For the last 8 years she has led the development of the ASA's Learn to Swim Pathway, transforming the programme into a seamless pathway from birth to adult swimming and project managing the development of new resources to support quality delivery. The ASA's Learn to Swim Pathway remains the most popular programme of its kind in British Sport. Prior to this role Sally worked as the ASA's Regional Development Officer for Yorkshire and the Humber where for 6 years she built up a close working relationship with the North Yorkshire Swimming fraternity and operators and providers within the area.

Sally has worked in Sports Development since 1997 including roles with NE Lincolnshire Council on a Regeneration Programme supporting areas of deprivation in Grimsby and with Cambridge City Council on a city wide Sports Development programme which included County Sport Partnership responsibilities. She attended Loughborough University where she trained with and competed for the Swimming Team but was always very passionate about the development of sport and soon found her way into Sports Administration whilst at University.

In her spare time Sally has supported a number of projects, including voluntary work with Barnardo's, Bradford Council Transport Forum and work with local groups including a charity to support children with special needs.

Term of office start date: 6th March 2017

Current term of office end date: 6th March 2023*

*Eligible for re-election

Tony Stephens

Tony Stephens

Trustee

Tony has over 35 years of experience of sports development, facility management and strategic planning gained in the public, private and voluntary sectors. In addition, he has extensive experience in cultural and education services covering museums, libraries and tourism.

A passionate advocate for sport as a driver for change and lifetime opportunity Tony has extensive coaching experience in the UK and abroad in football, cricket, basketball and general fitness and well-being.

Now, aside from retaining a strong interest in developing local junior cricket at club and district level, he tries to devote more time to his own well-being and keeping healthy.

He is a qualified Project Manager and sports governance specialist having also led a number of successful sports capital projects in his career totalling in excess of £50m.

Tony re-joined North Yorkshire Sport in 2018 having previously been a Board Member in his role of Head of Leisure at Harrogate BC when the organisation was formed (2006-9).

He presently works as an external consultant and interim manager across the sports and culture sectors.

Term of office start date: 8th June 2018

Current term of office end date: 8th June 2024*

*Eligible for re-election

Andy Dukes

Trustee

Andy is the Youth Justice Team Manager for North Yorkshire as part of the wider Children and Young People's Service of North Yorkshire County Council. Andy has worked within residential child care, practiced as a social worker and for the last twenty years has worked with young people who come into contact with the Police.

Andy is passionate about diverting young people from the criminal justice system and ensuring access to mainstream services to help young people make positive life choices leading away from crime.

Andy has been linked to North Yorkshire Sport as an advisor for many years before becoming a Trustee in 2020. He is the lead Safeguarding Trustee and a member of the HR Sub Group.

Sport has been a passion of his throughout his life, participating in football, rugby, cricket, badminton and squash before more latterly being a daily swimmer. His son is a senior British Athlete in the long jump.

Term of office start date: 9th July 2020

Current term of office end date: 9th July 2023*

*Eligible for re-election

Liz Burdett

Liz Burdett

Trustee

Liz has over 30 years' experience in public service within the education, skills and employment sectors, working both in national and local government and in public and private sector agencies.

She has a keen lifelong interest in sport and physical activity and is passionate about the benefits of sport for both physical and mental health. She is particularly motivated to make a difference in work with disadvantaged young people, including young offenders, and in tackling dementia.

Liz now works primarily in voluntary roles which include as aNon-Executive Director of Your Consortium, a social enterprise supporting voluntary sector organisations to maximise investments and services in local communities, a Trustee of a Charity supporting local dementia services and a panel member for the Youth Justice Service.

In recent work as a freelance consultant her clients have includedLocal Enterprise Partnerships, Local Authorities, Further and Higher Education, Voluntary Sector Organisations and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Liz previously worked for North Yorkshire County Council leading on the strategy and planning of opportunities for young people aged 14-19, and as Area Director for the Learning and Skills Council, with responsibility for leading post 16 planning and funding in York and North Yorkshire. Her earlier career included roles with the Training and Enterprise Council and the Department of Employment.

Term of office start date: 1st January 2019

Current term of office end date: 1st January 2025*

*Eligible for re-election

Simon Clegg

Trustee

Simon is now a business owner working in Filey on the Yorkshire coast. He owns and manages a tea room as well as a holiday letting business.

Prior to this, Simon spent 12 years working for PwC, reaching the grade of Senior Manager prior to leaving. He is a qualified chartered accountant and experienced auditor. Whilst at PwC he specialised in the public sector, working with NHS organisations, local authorities, education institutions and charities nationally. As a specialised public sector accountant he has vast experience and expertise with many publicly funded and charitable organisations, and has worked with boards and Trustee groups supporting organisations with many different challenges.

Simon loves sport and in particular football, playing and watching. He is a keen skier and is developing a new found love for golf. He loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity to support and participate in activities on the Yorkshire coast.

Term of office start date: 27th May 2021

Current term of office end date: 27th May 2024*
*Eligible for re-election

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