Energise Me Trustees lead us to achieve our mission and purpose. They make sure we meet our legal duties and excel as a charity.
Our board of trustees brings together individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise. They ask us questions to help us think differently. They make suggestions to move things forward. And they act as a sounding board for ideas.
We aspire to have a diverse group of trustees who are representative of our local community. Our board already exceeds Sport England’s A Code for Sports Governance target. But we know there is more that we can do.
Our trustees are committed to tackling barriers that prevent people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds from enjoying an active lifestyle.
To achieve our goals, we need a board of trustees who are as diverse as the people we're trying to reach.
Energise Me trustee recruitment pack
Sam is a research fellow at the University of Southampton working within the ageing and dementia research team, NIHR ARC Wessex. Currently, she is supporting the ImPACt project, which aims to improve physical activity in community-dwelling older adults using trained volunteers. Sam is also an experienced exercise instructor encouraging cardiac and respiratory patients in Hampshire to improve their health and well-being.
Sam has a keen interest in physical activity and health. She has completed a PhD in exercise psychology at the University of Portsmouth and understands some of the difficulties in becoming active. Sam will be using her experiences, knowledge and research skills to support us with our charity mission and objectives to get more people more active.
Sam is a bit of an adrenalin junky. She enjoys skiing and mountain biking, as well as playing hockey for her local club
Shakiba is currently a Sport Psychology doctoral student and research associate at the University of Portsmouth, where she has graduated with a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Alongside her studies, Shakiba has competed in amateur boxing at the elite level, and has competed in various adventure ultra-running events. Shakiba is also the co-owner of a training facility in Southampton, called Move Training Centre, and has worked extensively with the community to ensure women over the age of 55+ are involved in physical activity in a safe and welcoming space. Her work with the community aimed to tackle health issues such as arthritis and obesity by means of physical activity.
Shakiba is extremely passionate about helping the asylum seekers and refugee population by engaging them in sports and physical activity. She believes this population requires urgent attention as the sense of displacement can lead to experiencing symptoms of various mental health disorders. Participation in sports and physical activity enables this population to feel part of something, whilst simultaneously meeting new people and becoming familiar with the culture, environment and language of a new country.
Jon knows a thing or two about how businesses should run. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and set up the Wessex Group in 1992.
In the past, Jon has taken on various non-executive Director roles – for the Theatre Royal Winchester, the Hampshire Voluntary Housing Association and a digital arts organisation.
But Jon always finds time for tennis.
Paul is a GP partner, living and working in Hampshire. He has been working in Sutton Scotney for the last 10 years, having previously worked in Andover. These roles have given him the opportunity to improve the health of his patients. He is a GP trainer, GP appraiser and sits on the Wessex GP tutor group.
Paul is also the Primary Care lead for the Wessex Strategic Clinical Network for diabetes. Paul hopes to bring health knowledge to the Energise Me board.
In his spare time, he is a keen cyclist and sees the health benefits of activity in the lives of all people.
Steven is a Chartered Management Accountant and an experienced business consultant. He works with public and private sector clients to implement large change programmes within their organisations.
Steven is an experienced Trustee. He served on the Board of one of the first sports clubs to move to Charitable Incorporated Organisation status. More recently, he has served as a Trustee for a CIO that supports and promotes community participation in healthy recreation and the arts.
A Saints football fan, Steven enjoys watching them play as well as volunteering with their community foundation.
Selina built her business, Cheeky Rascals whilst living and working as a new mum in France. The company supplies mums and dads with nursery products from across the globe.
Selina’s expertise and knowledge are widely recognised across the nursery industry. She sits on the board for the Baby Products Association (BPA) and is also part of a European Working Group for Child Safety Standards.
She loves playing squash and also spends time with her family doing lots of outdoor activities – from cycling and surfing to canoeing and skiing.
Dawn has taught in Hampshire for over 14 years. She became Headteacher of St Francis CE Primary School in 2019.
Dawn believes in coaching, mentoring and teamwork to bring out the best in people. These are all things she has experienced through her lifelong love of netball. She’s confident that, used in the right way, they can improve an individual’s and team’s performance.
Zoe joined the Royal Navy after college on a quest for adventure but was beset by injury, forcing her to put her ambitions aside and leave after only 4 years. Lacking direction, and having fallen into the common trap of not looking after her health and wellbeing because of injury, she was lost as she embarked on trying to find a new career.
Fortunately, she was able to re-engage in sport and exercise – having been a synchronised swimmer as a child – competing at the Invictus Games in 2016. It was this opportunity that really set her back on the right track. She quickly realised that exercise provided the mental and physical confidence required to establish a new path in life. Zoe now works as a strategic operations manager at a technology company.
Zoe is passionate about helping people realise that injury should not define them. She uses technology and the power of the community to help others reinvigorate their mental, physical, and professional lives.
In line with Sport England’s A Code for Sports Governance, we recruit and engage with people with appropriate diversity, independence, skills, experience and knowledge to take effective decisions that further our organisations’ goals. We demonstrate a strong and public commitment to progressing towards achieving gender parity and greater diversity on our Board.
We aim to have a minimum of 30% of each gender on our Board and greater diversity generally. This includes but is not limited to Black, Asian, minority ethnic (BAME) diversity, and disability.
We are pleased to say that our Board exceeds Sport England’s A Code for Sports Governance target of a minimum of 30%.