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Northamptonshire Sport announces new chairman

Posted: Mon, 18 Jun 2018 10:00

Northamptonshire Sport announces new chairman

Northamptonshire Sport is pleased to announce that Steve Adams has joined as its new Chair. Steve comes with a wealth of experience from the global finance and commercial sector as well as, more recently, from the sports events and charities sector. On his appointment to the Chair position Steve said "I'm very excited to be joining at a time that holds so much promise in our efforts to get more people being active and playing sport in Northamptonshire".

A former banking executive within NatWest and Barclays Steve led the development of card, electronic and online payment systems for both banks. He was at the forefront of many of the systems we recognise today including Chip and Pin, WorldPay and stored value cards. Having retired early in 2008 Steve then went on to found a mass participation sports events company, Go Beyond, for the sole purpose of raising funds for an education charity, Teach Africa, which he became involved with while leading Barclay's work to consolidate processing operations in Africa. After eleven successful years raising funds and getting people more active through the Go Beyond events Steve sold the company last year and started looking for his next challenge.

A former international yachtsman and current national age-group triathlete Steve comes with a deep understanding of the sporting world. However, he recognises the distinct shift in national strategy. "Whist I might not have had the same personal experience I absolutely understand the changes we need to make in our own understanding and approaches if we are to reach those we need to. My whole professional career has been around change management and I think I can bring that knowledge into good use for Northamptonshire Sport". A resident of Wellingborough Steve spoke about his passion to help people experience the same benefits from physical activity and sport that he has enjoyed. "I just want more people in our county to experience the thrill of achieving something they thought they couldn't, or love being part of team, or found new friends through being active".

Steve will Chair a Board that has also seen some significant changes over the last few months, moving towards one that it even more representative of the groups and communities that Northamptonshire Sport will be working with over the coming years.

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