"I'm keen to see a transformation in the health and wellbeing of Merseyside, working with the Merseyside Sports Foundation trustees and their partners."
Chair & Governance Expert
I worked as a senior manager in local government for 30 years, including in urban renewal and as Senior Assistant Director of Leisure and Community Services.
In 1992 I joined Knowsley Council as Director of Leisure Services with a brief to transform the leisure offer and youth services. An investment of £25m in new facilities created a new leisure and health offer for the communities of Knowsley.
After Knowsley I worked for the London Borough of Newham developing a sports strategy to capitalise on the 2012 Olympic Games.
In the North West I was a member of the North West Sports Board from 2004-7; Chair of Merseyside Sports Partnership (now MSP) 2005-12 and nationally a Board member of the Sport and Recreation Alliance 2011-15.
I’ve also been Chair of the English Karate Council from 2011-17 and helped drive the unification of Karate in England.
John’s active life: As a lifelong practitioner of Shotokan Karate I’m a 3rd Dan Black belt and volunteer instructor at my local Club. I’d like to see the expansion of Karate, so that the benefits of practicing this special sport can be enjoyed by all ages.
Who is John’s sporting hero? Sensei Andy Sherry, 9th Dan, Chair and Chief Instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain, as Andy continues to inspire his students in his seventies.
"I’m dedicated to supporting and contributing to the innovative activities led by Merseyside Sports Foundation that will help improve the health and welfare of the Merseyside community."
Patricia Shenton OBE
My professional background spans both education and sport.
I was awarded a professorship in 2001 recognising an outstanding contribution to Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), local and national community, strategic leadership, entrepreneurship, staff development, research and scholarly activity. I’ve also attended and chaired a number of key regional and national committees and steering groups on behalf of national agencies, to provide expertise on innovation and change processes in physical education and sport.
My other experience includes:
Playing an international role working on comparative education and training in sport and physical education, through study tours and conference presentations in the Soviet Union, Finland, Zambia and Latvia.
Setting up and coordinating a national network for Physical Education Initial Teacher Training.
Co-directing a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at LJMU (award funded) to promote leadership and entrepreneurship for students preparing for the world of work.
Holding the roles of Director of Academies, Trusts, and Specialist Schools on behalf of LJMU; Ofsted Inspector for Higher Education and Schools (Physical Education/Sport/Dance); and Trustee/Director of Everton Foundation Trust.
Now retired, as well as being a trustee for Merseyside Sports Foundation and Ringway Golf Club, I lead a project team on the development of an academy for young people and their parents. Working with the local community schools and clubs it focusses on health and wellbeing through the development of physical skills and playing golf.
Patricia’s active life: Over the years I’ve enjoyed playing county-level hockey and squash; mountaineering (logging up the Munros); skiing and golf.
Patricia’s favourite sport at school: Hockey.
“I want to be able to get people up, out and active, to enjoy a healthy, happy and productive life.”
Community & Risk Expert
I was a senior police officer in two major police forces, working to benefit communities in the North West of England. I also operated at a national level as an assistant chief constable, in the field of counter terrorism. As a result, I was fortunate enough to work alongside officers from many different countries and to gain an insight into the work required to mount major policing operations at home and abroad.
Out of that work has come a keen awareness for risk management and reduction. Strategic planning is crucial to any organisation: identifying its mission, values and objectives is the route to success.
Alan’s active life: I’ve enjoyed sport and physical activity throughout my life. My greatest sporting moment was making my first century for New Brighton cricket club. I was sixteen and didn’t sleep for a week afterwards!
Who is the sports personality Alan most admires? Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.
“As a trustee, I hope to provide guidance, leadership and motivation to enable positive outcomes."
Sport & Physical Activity Expert
I have over 25 years’ of experience operating at Chief Executive and Board level within the sport, physical activity, health and care industries. I’m currently Managing Director of Wirral Evolutions Ltd as well as a Non-Executive Director of the Greenbank Project.
I pride myself on being a dedicated individual, with high levels of personal integrity and commitment. I also bring a persistent approach, that ensures successful delivery outcomes in all business developments.
In addition I’m qualified in leadership, management and marketing, bringing innovation, excellent organisational skills and a confident persuasive leadership style to my role as a trustee. I hope these attributes will continue to bring success to Merseyside Sports Foundation.
Jean’s active life: In contrast to being a world-class trampoline gymnast, as I was at the start of my career, these days you’ll find me supporting my son who competes as an expert motocross rider across England.
What was Jean’s favourite School Sports Day activity?
Only ever one sport for me… the sack race! With my jumping and coordination skills I competed to victory each year at Primary School
“I aim to bring a different perspective to the board of trustees and apply my commercial and entrepreneurial background to benefit the people of Merseyside.”
Business Development Expert
I’ve been in sport and physical activity for 33 years. Starting in facility management, I moved on to The Sports Council and subsequently held roles as Development Director for the Lawn Tennis Association, Deputy CEO for UK Athletics and Commercial Director for an Americas Cup team.
I also founded Oaks: a business development consultancy, which works with a number of high-profile clients, including as UEFA and Premier League football clubs. In 2019 I sold the company to Aquila Group, but remain its CEO, as well as sitting as a group executive member of Aquila
I make time to volunteer across the sector too, sitting on the Active Partnerships national board, plus chairing for the Local Tennis Leagues and Volleyball England.
Adam’s active life:
I competed around the world as a decathlete in my twenties and coached the British Junior Trampoline team for 13 years. These days I’m a keen skier, scuba diver and parachutist.
Adam’s sporting hero:
It has to be a rock climber by the name of Alex Honnold. He comes the closest I’ve ever seen to achieving sporting perfection!
Working together is the real key to reducing the inequalities we see across Merseyside.
Leadership & Business Expert
With a background in business and a passion for sport and physical activity, my role as Director of MSP is to steer the organisation towards its vision ‘to inspire all people to be active everyday’ across the Liverpool City Region.
I’m proud to be leading an amazing team of experts and to be part of a fantastic network of strategic partners. My job, as MSP’s Director, is to make sure it has the right strategy, goals, governance, finances and relationships in place. Working together, however, is the real key to reducing the inequalities we see across Merseyside and achieving our strategic outcomes.
Merseyside Sports Foundation shares a very similar vision to MSP. So, we find that by working in collaboration we can achieve more and help greater numbers of people enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity. I’m therefore delighted to sit on Merseyside Sports Foundation’s board of trustees to make sure this fruitful collaboration continues for the benefit of Merseyside.
Outside of work, my time as a dad and husband is spent watching our children playing sport, or going on family bike rides and walks with our dogs. When I do get a little ‘me time’ I enjoy five a side football, squash and weight/circuit training.