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 is the Board Champion for Safeguarding and Duty of Care
I am Director of Public Health for Northamptonshire with responsibility for keeping the county fit and healthy. As a former gymnast/qualified coach and current learner runner and yogi, I have first hand experience of how physical activity can benefit your health and mental wellbeing - both in early life and as you grow older.
I feel privileged to join the Board of Directors for Northamptonshire Sport as it provides me with the opportunity to shape the valuable services the they provide to ensure they are inclusive, accessible and fun for all!
Dr Peter Jones
I am Subject Leader for Sport, Exercise and Life Science and Interim Subject Leader for Psychology at the University of Northampton, based at the new £330 million Waterside Campus in the heart of Northampton Town. I have had a lot of experience working with County Sport Partnerships, having previously been Vice Chair of SASSOT (Sport Across Staffordshire and Stoke on Tent), the CSP for Staffordshire, and prior to this working very closely with Derbyshire Sport in establishing the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.
My career and academic background is as diverse, which gives me a breadth of experience. My career started in banking, I was marketmaker in Euroconvertible bonds at County Natwest. In my mid-twenties I gave up bonds and returned to education. Reading my undergraduate degree in Sport and Exercise Science and subsequently my PhD in Exercise biochemistry at Liverpool JMU. Since graduating I have worked in numerous universities lecturing and leading diverse academic departments in areas as diverse as Sport and Exercise, Psychology, Science Law and Business. I take a total quality approach to my management and leadership believing in investing in people to get the product right.
I am passionate about digital technology, the County and getting people of Northampton to move more for their physical and mental health. I think it's important facilitate sports participation at all levels, but maybe more importantly to encourage, by stealth, people to build free-living physical activity into their daily lives so they live healthier and possibly even longer lives.
Peter is the board champion for the Physical Activity Framework tactics of Workforce and Insight and Research
Marc is a senior commercial leader who has held numerous CEO and Managing Director roles across payments and currently holds a senior role within Barclays payments. He has been influential across banking and payments for the past 25+ years being at the forefront of industry launches including chip & pin, NFC, and virtual & mobile payments.
Marc is a keen single figure (handicap) golfer, remains active having successfully completed the New York Marathon and has done 3 half marathons, and enjoys getting involved with his children's sporting activities including cricket, rugby and street dance.
Reemesh is an award winning Entrepreneur and board member of several companies based in Northamptonshire within retail, property and service industries alongside a growing investment portfolio of companies.Reemesh is married with two young sons and is described as a devoted father, multiple business owner and investor. A modern-day entrepreneur who challenges the norm and positively disrupts markets. Outside of his work life Reemesh is very passionate about most sports, but particularly football, martial arts and boxing, both as a spectator and competitor. Reemesh is a blackbelt in several disciplines and has even trained with the likes ofboxing legendRicky "The Hitman" Hatton.
A Community Activist, Business Owner, Northampton Creative, and Founder and CEO of the NorFAMtoN Collective Community Group and the revitalisation of the long forgotten Emporium Way
As well as project leading our urban revitalisation project in neglected problematic areas in Northampton town centre, we at NorFAMtoN have helped highlight inequalities within our elderly Windrush members too and gone on to set up initiatives to alleviate some of the pressures to overcome the gaps in provisions within Northampton.
Our Windrush generation community project was a huge success and we will be carrying on this project throughout the winter months, gratefully funded by the National lottery, to combat the post covid issues within our county:
I've always had a keen interest in wellbeing and general good physical health which is now more important than ever post covid. So I'm extremely honoured to be an ambassador for Northamptonshire Sport and look forward to working together on many future projects.