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Active Sussex appoints new Independent Chair

Active Sussex appoints new Independent Chair

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We are pleased to announce Stephanie Maurel has been appointed as the new Independent Chair of Active Sussex. The current Chief Executive of Concordia officially took up her new duties on 25 April 2019.

Concordia is a non-profit organisation based in Portslade that promotes international volunteering and paid seasonal work abroad and, in the UK, as a means to promote intercultural understanding, peace and to support individual development.

A former Strategic Lead for Clubs and Workforce for Sport England, Stephanie was responsible for the visionary strategy for volunteering in sport in England. She is also a trustee of the National Childbirth Trust and lead mentor for The Girls’ Network, a leading UK one-to-one mentoring scheme for girls with the mission to inspire and empower girls from underprivileged communities.

Since 2005, Stephanie has held senior roles at Renault as World Senior Pricing Manager and Marketing Efficiency Manager Europe and more recently as Head of Retention at Sport England. She is also a hockey enthusiast, active cyclist and enjoys jogging in the woods near her house with her children.  

Stephanie expressed her joy on her appointment and the opportunity to work alongside the Active Sussex team in line with our five-year, innovative Strategy 2018-2023, that strives towards our vision of driving physical activity transformation in Sussex, with more people active and healthier communities created. 

"I am delighted to take up my new role as Chair of Active Sussex especially at a time when the organisation is in such a great place with a new strategy and with a talented team ready to build on the current solid foundations," she said. 

Active Sussex Chief Executive Sadie Mason MBE, added: "Stephanie initially joined Active Sussex in September 2014  as a trustee and has served the organisation well, including adding her expertise to our Governance and Audit sub-committee.

"We are delighted that Stephanie has been appointed in the official role as the new Independent Chair for Active Sussex, to lead the Board of Trustees and our team through its strategic plan and to drive business growth. Her strategic skills, experience in sport and customer insight across the public and private sector will be invaluable for driving the type of advocacy and leadership needed in the coming years."

Active Sussex engages with a wide variety of stakeholders from the public, private and community and voluntary sectors in order to strategically position sport and physical activity in local plans, and support the case for investment into physical activity programmes.

Therefore we are also pleased to welcome the experienced Darrell Gale, Alison Pendlington and Tanya Woodward as new independent trustees, who collectively bring expertise across a number of these sectors.

Darrell, is currently the Director for Public Health for East Sussex County Council and is a former Strategic Director of Public Health for Berkshire.

We are delighted to secure Darrell as a trustee, signalling the importance placed by public health on driving down levels of physical inactivity, starting with collaborative leadership and working - an important methodology in our Active Sussex Strategy 2018-2023.

Darrell has previously held senior roles in public health as a Specialty Registrar within London Deanery and a consultant with NHS Wiltshire and Wiltshire Council and more recently as Lead Consultant for Wokingham Borough Council.

Alison, a PR Consultant for Beattie Group (Specsavers) and the regional client lead for Sussex, Kent and Hampshire is also an elected Public Governor for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Borough Councillor / Shadow Cabinet Member for Wellbeing for Crawley Borough Council Crawley.

Tanya, a former England international badminton player, is currently the National lead for Women & Girls for Badminton England.

Since 2001 Tanya has held several senior coaching roles including a national age group coach for England and Head Coach & Director at Horsham Performance Centre.

Active Sussex would like to thank Jonathan Hughes who stepped down as Active Sussex Chair after three years of service from 2015-2018 and Paul Millman who stepped up as Interim Chair of Trustees before the appointment of the new Independent Chair Stephanie Maurel.

Meet the Active Sussex Board here

Meet the Active Sussex team here