Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) 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, Active Partnership Director on 01 509 564852.


LRS Board Members

Bev Smith

Bev Smith

Chair - Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

An enthusiastic, passionate and committed individual who operates at a strategic level as Chief Executive of a large District Council in North West Leicestershire where effective partnerships are vital, providing clear visible leadership over a wide range of service areas and specialisms that directly impact the quality of life of its residents. The District is the fastest growing economy outside London, encompassing transport and distribution sectors, the Heart of the National forest and hosting East Midlands airport.

I am experienced in delivering both social and urban regeneration in North Nottinghamshire and have led the development of the Health and Housing work streams in partnership with Health colleagues recognising the role that green spaces, housing and sport have in contributing to people's ability to live healthy independent lives.

'I am passionate about the role sport can play in tackling social isolation, improving mental well being and sustaining long and happy lives. I am privileged to be taking on this new exciting role and will continue to be the champion for the partnership, increasing opportunities for participation in active lifestyles in the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.'

Mike Sandys

Mike Sandys

Vice Chair, Director of Public Health, Leicestershire 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.

Mike also sits on the Active Partnerships board at a national level.

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.

Nicky Collett

Nicky Collett

Local Sports Alliance Representative

I retired from work in education in 2014. Throughout my career I was extremely involved in all aspects of Physical Education (secondary, primary, FE, early years, additional needs, competition, outdoor education to name but some) and was passionate that any project or programme I was trying to develop would, if at all possible, be available to ALL young people. I was privileged to lead one of the first School Sport Partnerships in the country, this was located in Leicester City and was established in 2001. Managing the Partnership and being based in a city threw up many challenges but made me aware of the importance of active healthy lifestyles in every community. This knowledge has given me strong foundations on which to develop meaningful relationships with local and regional partners and enabled me to work effectively with the Active Harborough LSA and as a member of Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport Board. My leisure time is spent being active and you will find me on the golf course, walking in the wilds of South Leicestershire or in the swimming pool at the local leisure centre. I also spend many hours volunteering at school sports events and those organised in my local community.

Dr Mary Hardwick

Dr Mary Hardwick

Senior Independent Board Member, Coach & Founding Director for Inspire2tri

Mary enjoyed a broad business career at senior management level before "retiring" to follow her passion to establish a small Community Interest Company in rural Rutland to inspire sporting, fitness and activity achievements at all levels.

Mary brings experience of working within and between public and private sector organisations, leading significant contractual negotiations and delivering projects to tight deadlines with an inherent quality ethos. She also sits on the Board of British Triathlon Federation with a strong understanding of the governance framework required to underpin sporting success.

A lifelong sportswoman, Mary notably captained England Junior Ladies Cricket Team, played hockey for British Universities and was an Age-Group Sprint Triathlon and Aquathlon Worlds gold medallist in 2011. As a Level 3 BTF Coach and Mentor she hugely enjoys developing athletes and coaches, with special interests in para-sport and open water swimming.

Sue Houghton

Chair

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.

John Richardson

John Richardson

Strategic Director

Blaby 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.

Ben Solly

Ben Solly

Principal, Uppingham Community College

Ben Solly is Principal of Uppingham Community College, an 11-16 secondary school for 900 students in Rutland. Before this Ben was Headteacher of Lutterworth College, an 11-18 for 1500 students in Leicestershire. Ben started his career as a PE teacher in the Black Country where he worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher before moving into senior leadership roles in the East Midlands. Ben is part of the editorial board for the weekly educational publication Sec Ed.

Linda Taylor

Linda Taylor

Head of Strategic Partnerships

England Squash

I am married with two grown up children. All our family are sporty, from distance running, horse riding to Elite Squash. My career has taken many turns. I started out in the polymer industry and finally staled in the sport industry when after having my daughter, starting as a fitness instructor at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, then working for Tumble Tots and finally entered the world of squash, where I encountered and worked with LRS many times.
I now work as Head of Strategic Partnerships for England Squash, which entails building and maintaining relationships with our partners in the counties and beyond. This is a challenging and rewarding role, which has enabled me to bring my varied skills to the fore.
I now hope to bring some of that insight to the role at LRS and am looking forward immensely to becoming part of the team.
Out side of working life I enjoy running, horse riding and baking. I am also looking forward to new adventures when we take delivery of a camper van.

Advisers to the Board

John Sinnott CBE

John Sinnott CBE

Chief Executive, Leicestershire County Council (Host Representative)

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.

Andy Reed OBE

Andy Reed OBE

Adviser - National Policy

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

Adviser - District Council Network, CEO 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.

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.

Barry Thompson

Barry Thompson

Specialist Finance Adviser

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.

John Byrne

John Byrne

Active Partnership Director

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

  • Strategic Management & Business Planning
  • Key Stakeholder Liaison
  • Financial Management & Compliance
  • Leicester City Link Officer
Telephone
01509 564852
Mobile
07795841207

Partners

  • Sport England
    Equality Standard
    Active Partnerships
    Blaby LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Safeguarding
    Active Leicester
    NWL LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Rutland
  • Melton LSA
    Harborough LSA
    Charnwood LSA
    Leicestershire County Council

Partners

  • Active Leicester
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Sport England
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Charnwood LSA
    Safeguarding
  • Active Partnerships
    Active Rutland
  • NWL LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Melton LSA
    Equality Standard