Board of Trustees

Meet our board of trustees

Steve Adams

Steve Adams


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

Lucy Wightman

Lucy Wightman

I am Director of Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council 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!

Rebekah Johnson

Rebekah Johnson

I am proud to be a dedicated classroom teacher and have been happily teaching in a family oriented Primary school for the past twenty five years. I chose to move down to Northamptonshire from the City of Nottingham because of its' beautiful open spaces and therefore the opportunity to get active outside. Having children of my own; I am a frequent visitor to our well maintained country parks. I'd like to see more children enjoying these facilities with their parents; everyone making it a priority to be active together.

My specialism is PE as I am a PE graduate. I come from a swimming and running background. I was a county level swimmer in my teenage years. I continue to be heavily involved in swimming. I'm a qualified swimming teacher and coach. I proudly and enthusiastically volunteer at my local competitive swimming club and at a children's triathlon club in the area.

My school has been accredited with the quality mark for PE, at distinction level by the Association for PE. During the past few years and as part of my role as leader of PE; I have been working on encouraging active children and parents; not solely competitors. We put emphasis on having an open ethos to encourage whole school participation. Inspiring a lifetime of movement for all levels and abilities; not just during the PE lesson. I have initiated a successful fledgling Forest school, our children practise Tai-chi and as a school we run! Parents, staff and children do this weekly… not for medals but for wellbeing.

I am honoured to be on the Board of Directors for Northamptonshire Sport because I am passionate about every child in Northamptonshire receiving an equal opportunity to access competition if they so wish. But more so; I am intent on helping to provide all Northamptonshire children with equal access to facilities and knowledge so that they can develop and maintain a healthy active lifestyle that will be taken into adult life.

Rebekah Johnson is the board champion for Physical Activity Framework tactic of Leading PE & School Sport System

Dr Peter Jones

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

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