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Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Board

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS), a County Sports Partnership (CSP) is governed by a number of Board members who bring with them a wealth of skills and knowledge. Their aim, to support Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport in achieving its key objectives to increase participation and widen access to sport and active recreation.

For more information on the LRS Board, please contact:

John Byrne

John Byrne

CSP Director

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

  • Strategic Management & Business Planning
  • Key Stakeholder Liaison
  • Financial Management & Compliance
  • Leicester City Link Officer
Telephone
01509 564852

LRS Board Members

Andy Reed OBE

Andy Reed OBE

Chairman - Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

Andy seeks positive impact through social transformation projects using, sport, faith, co-operatives, social enterprises & Foundations. He has a sound grounding in government relations and Sports Policy through his 13 years as the MP for Loughborough and now serves voluntarily on various sport, faith and voluntary organisation boards as well as being a social entrepreneur.

I have a genuine passion for sport at every level and believe that I have the links and contacts to use this passion to increase the profile and development of sport in the County.

Bill Cullen

Bill Cullen

Vice Chairman - Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

Chief Executive Officer, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Bill's day job is Chief Executive at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council [rated Excellent in a CPA judgement]. Bill is currently responsible for Development Services, Strategic Partnerships, Culture/Regeneration, Sport, Housing and Community Safety. Bill is also a Board Member (Vice-Chair) of Leicestershire & Rutland Sport – the County Sports Partnership. Bill also works as a volunteer Chair of East Midland Crimestoppers and a member of the charity's National Advisory Board.

Bill is a Chartered Town Planner and he has spent much of his career leading major regeneration schemes, having worked in the North East, Hertfordshire, York City and Bedfordshire (where he led on major new settlement proposals). He also chairs Hinckley & Bosworth Health & Wellbeing Partnership and the Regional Growth Fund Partnership for MIRA Enterprise Zone. When he's not playing taxi driver to his three girls, he enjoys surfing, football and tennis.

Andrew Beddow

Head of Sports Services

Leicester City Council

Simon Cole

Simon Cole

Chief Constable of Leicestershire Police

Simon Cole took up his position as Chief Constable of Leicestershire in June 2010. He is responsible for leading the Force as it seeks to protect our communities, heading up the Chief Officer Team, and managing relationships with key external partners.

When not at work Simon is a committed family man with a son and daughter. He is a keen sportsman, playing tennis, coaching and refereeing junior rugby and enjoying watching Leicester Tigers when work allows. He Chairs the Police Sport UK National Lawn Tennis Section.

Tim Garfield

Tim Garfield

Head of Sport Operations, Loughborough University

Director of Sport Development at Loughborough University, previously a Regional and then Executive Director at Sport England. I was heavily involved in the development of a delivery system for sport and during my time as Regional Director in the East Midlands championed and oversaw the development of CSP's. I have had a lengthy career in sport development and seen many initiatives and programs come and go. Today my heart and head are aligned in focussing on the development of people working in and with sport who can then go on to make a real difference to other peoples lives through sport.

I have been an adviser or Board member to Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport CSP since it's inception and am very proud of the quality and success of my home County CSP under Andy and John's clear leadership.

Sue Houghton

Hinckley & Bosworth Local Sport Alliance

I have worked for many years to get more people involved in sport and physical activity. I am passionate about affordable, acessible opportunities for all, across all ages, all abilities and all circumstances. Sport enhances our lives and helps us grow as people. I am delighted to be working with LRS to extend opportunities within our region.

Steve Kind

Steve Kind

Director of Finance and Operations

Association of School and College Leaders

Steve Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee at Leicestershire County Cricket Club and is a Trustee for the Professional Footballer's Pension Scheme. Steve has worked in professional sport for over 20 years, having been Finance Director, Company Secretary and Chief Executive at Leicester City Football Club between 1993 and 2002 and served as a main Board director at Aston Villa Football Club from 2003 to 2007 together with chairing the AVFC Community Interest Company from 2006 to 2012.

I am a local person having lived in Leicestershire and Rutland all my life and am passionate about sport at all levels.

Jo Knight

Jo Knight

Oadby & Wigston Local Sport Alliance

Jo is very active in her community leading a number of local projects and groups from WomenToday, a health and exercise group for women over 45, to Rhythm Crew, a dance and movement project for children with mental and physical disabilities. She is also a self employed H & S Consultant working mainly in the construction industry. Jo sits on the Oadby's Stakeholder's Executive Group, is a member of the health and well-being board, has recently joined a World War I Steering Group and is a business mentor for the Prince's Trust plus being Chair of the Oadby & Wigston Local Sports Alliance. Jo believes that good mental and physical health makes for a 'well' community and her 'drop in the ocean' through local project work encourages those who might not have the confidence to be part of the mainstream offers to have a go.

Stuart Lindeman

Stuart Lindeman

Specialist Education Adviser

I am deeply committed to the value of PE and School/Community sport and what it can bring to the lives of young people as well as its contribution to neighbourhood renewal. I believe that the strategic approach CSPs bring to sports development will enable real progression for children, young people and adults.

Callum Orr

Callum Orr

Principal

Rawlins Academy

Previously a PE Teacher, Director of Coaching & Teaching at UK Athletics; now Academy Headteacher, I bring experience and insight from the varied landscapes where education and sport meet. I sit on the Board as Chair of the Headteacher PE and School Sport Advocacy Group and I really value the opportunities to learn about and influence the strategic direction of this key organisation.

John Richardson

John Richardson

Head of Community Services

North West Leicestershire District Council

It is an ongoing pleasure to be involved with a a high performing Board supported by an 'Excellent' team of dedicated and professional officers. The challenge of increasing participation, sustaining clubs and developing coaches across all sports and all forms of physical activity is a challenge I will always be happy to take. I hope in the current climate of austerity I can help challenge and bring creativity to each and every opportunity presented.

Sam Ruddock

Sam Ruddock

F35 Shot Put Athlete

London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympian

Through sharing my experience of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in schools across the wider Leicestershire and Rutland area, I could be called an 'agent on the inside'. It's a pleasure to be not just on the Board but to be actively engaged with the young people that benefit from the initiatives that we shape and develop for their sporting future.

Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson

As a Director of a company which has sponsored Leicestershire sports events, I have been convinced this is a great way for businesses to support communities ... and that the diverse range of skills, connections and experience within LRS will ensure very effective results.

Mike Sandys

Mike Sandys

Director of Public Health for Leicestershire County Council and Rutland County Council

Physical Activity is one of the 'best buys' organisations can make in helping improve the health of the population. As a Board member, I'm proud of the energy and organisation LRS bring to their work in helping people be more active.

John Sinnott CBE

John Sinnott CBE

Chief Executive, Leicestershire County Council

The link between sporting opportunities and the wider well-being agenda is crucial for our communities. Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport is in absolutely the right place to bring this about.

Partners

  • County Sport Network
    Equality Standard
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Sport England
    Rutland County Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Age UK L&R
    Loughborough University
    Leicester City Council
    Blaby District Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    Safeguarding
    East Midlands Platform
    Charnwood Borough Council

Partners

  • Harborough District Council
    Rutland County Council
  • East Midlands Platform
    Loughborough University
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby District Council
    QUEST
  • Age UK L&R
    British Heart Foundation
  • Sport England
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Leicester City Council
  • County Sport Network
    Safeguarding
  • Leicestershire County Council