The Active Cheshire Trustees, Patrons and Ambassadors

Responsible for the governance of the organisation, the Trustees play a key role in determining the strategic direction of Active Cheshire.

Active Cheshire are driven and challenged to achieve the collective ambitions of the region, through scrutiny and advocacy by our experienced board of Trustees, Patrons and Ambassadors who bring a diverse range of skills and expertise to the organisation.

Led by the Chair, Paul Hancock, they all work on a voluntary basis and come from a wide range of backgrounds, including business, local government, health and sport. Together, they bring a diverse range of skills and expertise and through scrutiny, advocacy and challenge help us achieve our collective ambitions.

Board Champions/special roles:

  • Senior Independent Director – Susan Sellers
  • Safeguarding and Equality Champion – Paul McGladrigan (internal staff lead Duncan Setterington)
  • Active Design Champion – Carol Clarke (internal staff leads Mike Dix & Declan Ryan)
  • Activators Champion – Dr Dan Bunstone (internal staff lead Eloise Glithero & Nont Iamkamphaeng)
  • Active Kids Champions – Bill Evans & Gill Holmes (internal staff leads Alex Ilchenko & Fraser Edwards-Cleaves)
  • Active Workplace Champions – Martin Pearson & Paula Cohen (internal staff leads Alex Ilchenko & Fraser Edwards-Cleaves)
  • Active Minds Champion – To be confirmed (internal staff lead Nont Iamkamphaeng)

Trustee Register of Interests


As an independent charity in receipt of public investment, we are governed and managed robustly as you would expect. Active Cheshire see good governance as a keystone to constantly improving as a charity, and a positive way to provide better service to the community year-on-year.

Find out more about about Active Cheshire’s Governance.

Paul Hancock Active Cheshire Chairman

Paul Hancock


Paul has served the Cheshire Fire Service as Chief Officer for the past 8 years and led public service transformation at both a local and national level. Passionate about health and wellbeing, Paul leads by example, continuing to fulfil the fitness criteria for active service fire officers, who as a team are involved in the delivery of health and wellbeing assessments in the homes of Cheshire’s most vulnerable people.

Stuart Davies

Vice Chairman, HR, Finance, Risk & Governance

Stuart is General Manager of St. David’s, a 140 bedroom hotel near Chester, and has had a successful career in private sector leisure management. He brings with him strong commercial skills and an acute desire for high standards.

Martin Pearson Active Cheshire

Martin Pearson

Vice Chair for People/Performance, Trustee & Champion for Active Workplace

Martin started his working life serving an apprenticeship in Marine Engineering. He has worked in the UK Nuclear industry for over 30 years, which included running Dungeness B Nuclear Power Station in Kent, before joining Urenco UK Ltd as Managing Director. Martin has a Business Degree and lives and works in Cheshire. He has a strong belief that physical activity, good health and wellbeing is accessible to everyone.

Bill Evans

Trustee & Champion for Active Kids

Bill is Vice-Chair of Chester Rugby Club, and Chair of its governance group, and has spent many years at a high level in education, including six years as Headteacher at Kings Grove High School in Crewe. He is a successful leader and manager in professional and sporting life and brings with him a wealth of experience from his time at Chair of South Cheshire Headteachers Association.

Carol Clarke

Trustee & Champion for Active Design

Carol is a Chartered Town Planner with over 15 years consultancy and client side experience in brownfield, greenfield and Green Belt land. Most recently Head of Planning for the largest private landowner in Cheshire East, her significant experience major residential employment and leisure uses. Carol has been a volunteer member of the Physical Activity Task Force over the past 9 months, contributing to the development of the Blueprint.

Dr Dan Bunstone Active Cheshire

Dr Dan Bunstone

Trustee & Champion for Activators

Dr Dan Bunstone is Chair of Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as well as a GP at Penketh Health Centre and the CCGs Clinical Lead for long-term conditions. He studied at Liverpool University Medical School and has been a GP in Warrington since 2008. Dan has been an active member of the CCG’s Governing Body both in shadow form from 2011 and since we became a statutory organisation in 2013.

Gill Holmes Active Cheshire

Gill Holmes

Trustee & Champion for Active Kids

Previously a full-time P.E teacher, Gill has a passion for sport and physical activity, and recognises the benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her work in the local community and at grassroots level make her best placed to support our mission of getting more people active.

Paula Cohen Active Cheshire

Paula Cohen

Trustee & Champion for Active Workplace

Professional Background Paula had a successful career in banking prior to joining ActionCOACH. She worked her way from cashier to becoming the Manager of the training team responsible for developing over 6000 staff in the Bank's Administrative Centres. Paula has a wealth of experience in helping others to understand their own development needs and in guiding them to make the changes necessary for success. Sporting Background/Interest As a former athlete Paula represented Great Britain several times and was privileged to work with some world class coaches. She has first-hand experience of how a coach can inspire, motivate and empower others to continually improve and achieve greater success.

Paul McGladrigan

Trustee & Champion for Safeguarding/Equality

In his role as Head of Crime for the HMCTS North West, Paul is taking forward a range of change projects and is also lead Head of Crime nationally for streamlined digital working. In the past Paul has played football at a semi-professional level for Horsham and Leamington Spa.

Professor Steven Broomhead


Steven is an experienced Board Member and Chairman in the private, public and academic sectors. Steven is currently in his 2nd term as the Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council, having also held the position from 1997 to 2003. Steven holds the position of Chair of Entrepreneurial Education at Liverpool Hope University and is also a current Board Member of Warrington Wolves. In 2007 the University of Chester named their new library the ‘Broomhead Library’. From 2003 to 2011 he was Chief Executive of the North West Development Agency. He is also a trustee of the National Football Museum and Chairman of the Trustees of St. George’s Hall, Liverpool. Steven is also the independent Chairman of the Health & Wellbeing Board setting priorities for the Health Service in Warrington. Steven is listed in “Who’s Who” and since 2003 has been listed in the top 25 of key influencers in the North West.

Susan Sellars DL Active Cheshire

Susan Sellers, DL

Trustee & Senior Independent Director

A former High Sheriff of Cheshire Susan originally served for five years as an officer in the Women’s Royal Air Force, including time as a recruiter in Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Northern Ireland. She has a wealth of experience in Governance having been Chairman of the Countess of Chester Hospital for seven years during which time it became one of the first NHS Foundation Trust’s in the Country. She was also National Chairman of The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and was the Senior Independent Director on the Board of Alder Hey Children’s NHSFT, a role she also performed during her time on the Board of the Royal School of Needlework. Susan is currently a Board member of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital and is involved in a wide range of voluntary/public bodies.

David Briggs, MBE, KStJ, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire


David Newton, DL


Sir Philip Craven, MBE


Mark Greaves, DL


David Pollock, DL

Ambassador for Active Workplace

Kathy Cowell, OBE, DL

Ambassador for People

Michael Darby, DL

Ambassador for Mental Health

Neil Kelly

Ambassador for Foundation Trusts

Terry Harrop, MBE

Communities Ambassador

Karen Tonge, MBE

School Games Ambassador

Active Cheshire’s board members all work on a voluntary basis and come from a wide range of backgrounds, including business, health and sport. Together, they bring a diverse range of skills and expertise and through scrutiny, advocacy and challenge help us achieve our collective ambitions.