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Meet the Board

Meet the Board

Andrew Cockcroft

Andrew Cockcroft

Chairman

Andrew is a research officer with EDF Energy. He manages the planning and delivery of the socio-economic strategies associated with Hinkley C Power Station, one of the largest and most technological advanced engineering projects in the UK. Andrew studies climate change at Exeter University.

Andrews interests include triathlon, running and general fitness. With both his parents being GPs in Somerset, Andrew maintains a keen interest in physical activity and health.

Emma Wilkes

Emma Wilkes

Senior Independent Director

Emma is Head teacher at Oakfield Academy and Chair of the Somerset Association of Middle schools. She is also the Vice Chair of the Somerset Association of Secondary Head teachers. She is passionate about children's education and opportunities earning her school an enduring reputation as a friendly and encouraging community helping to create confident young people.

Emma is a real advocate for sports and physical activity opportunities for everyone and holds the SASP portfolio for Children and Young People.

Graham Jones

Graham Jones

Senior Independent Director

Graham is presently the Director of Sports Development at Sidcot School, with the responsibility of increasing participation numbers by remodelling HOW sport and physical activity is delivered, as well as diversifying WHAT is being delivered. Graham also has NGB and Sport England experience being heavily involved with the coaching legacy plan for the 2012 Olympics. His interests lie in both sports and business coaching and developing individuals and teams through an individualised and holistic developmental approach.

Graham has spent many years playing competitive basketball, however now enjoys remaining active and has an increasing curiosity with psychology. He also has the pleasure of supporting his daughters in their own sporting activities.

Brendan Cleere

Brendan Cleere

Brendan Cleere joined Taunton Deane Borough Council in 1994. He has undertaken a number of roles starting in environmental management, moving into community development followed by several corporate policy and management roles, before becoming a director at TDBC in 2007.

In his director role in the senior leadership team for Taunton Deane and West Somerset, Brendan is responsible for leading both Councils' challenging ambitions for growth and development. Key priorities include the Hinkley Point nuclear new build and the delivery of Taunton's growth and regeneration plans. Brendan has overall responsibility for the planning and economic development services.

Alice Driscoll

Alice Driscoll

Alice set up communications agency ADPR in Somerset in 1991. ADPR has a number of major international clients including Helly Hansen, Fairline, Sunsail and Chatham to name a few. Alice is a keen and competitive sailor who has competed in world and national championships, is a regular runner, and has just found a love for tennis. Alice has always loved being able to combine her PR, marketing and communication skills with her passion for all things sports related.

Joanna Whitehead

Joanna Whitehead

Joanna joined Somerset County Council in 2006 and is presently a Service Manager supporting the education and skills development strategy attached to the new Hinkley Point C nuclear new build in Somerset. This role seeks to ensure that young people are aware of the training and employment opportunities open to them during the build and once the power station is operational. The role also works closely with other council departments to encourage disadvantaged young people, including young people who have been in the council's care system, to benefit from the development. The social impact of a project of this size needs to be monitored, therefore this brings the role into contact with Children's Public Health, and other support agencies.

Joanna is a keen advocate of education and business working together, and has been a business mentor for secondary age young people for many years. Prior to working for SCC, Joanna worked for the Learning and Skills Council (now known as the Education Skills Funding Agency), but began her career with the NHS at Sandhill Park Hospital in Bishops Lydeard.

Rachel Stark

Rachel Stark

Rachel has over 20 years' experience in the NHS and is very fortunate to have undertaken a number of roles in this time alongside her GP Practice Management role giving her excellent links in the health sector across Somerset and key strategic and operational experience. Rachel has spent time on a variety of boards – currently including as Chair of the Bridgwater Bay Health Federation, Operation Director of Somerset Primary Healthcare Ltd, A member of the Somerset GP Board and Chair of Enmore Primary School PTA. Her approach is empowering and supportive yet pragmatic and honest. In her various roles Rachel has to deal with many different types of people and many challenging situations, and is confident in approaching difficult issues as well as enthusiastic in striving to achieve good things for the team/organisation/service.

Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner

Adrian is an experienced head of service, leading a diverse portfolio of frontline functions in the fields of environmental and technical services, licensing, housing services, regulation, beach management and bathing water quality, Port of Bridgwater, building control and corporate emergency response. He is responsible for the Council's Direct Service Organisation providing street cleansing, building cleansing, grounds maintenance, parks management, cemeteries, transport and environmental enforcement.

Adrian leads the development of the Somerset Building Control Partnership, a partnership of 4 district councils, with Sedgemoor District Council acting as the host authority for the integrated staffing structure, central administration hub, financial management and provision of IT and website services.

He also has responsibility for some of the challenges from the development of Hinkley Point C and the extensive development agenda in the Sedgemoor district.

Key skills include change management, strategic partnerships, building high performing teams, strategy development, customer service, staff development, regulation and enforcement, health and safety, efficency savings, income generation, waste management and recycling, street cleansing and grounds maintenance.

Adrian is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, CEnvH, and voting member of the Charterd Institute of Environmental Health, MCIEH.

Trudi Grant - SASP Board Observer

Trudi Grant - SASP Board Observer

Trudi has overall responsibility for public health in Somerset. She was appointed as Director of Public health in 2012, acting as a statutory chief officer and the principal adviser on all health matters to elected members and officers. The role of Director of Public Health has a leadership role spanning all three domains of public health: health improvement, health protection and health care public health.

Trudi completed her public health training in the South West, and has worked within the discipline for over 22 years. She has a relentless focus on tackling health and social inequalities and putting improvements in health and wellbeing at the heart of local policy, aiming for systemic change rather than smaller, isolated improvements. Trudi has a particular interest in public health in rural communities and the inextricable link between education, economic prosperity, wealth and health.

Trudi originally trained as an accredited Exercise Scientist and lectured in Exercise Physiology before moving into the field of Public Health. Bringing these backgrounds together, she developed a strong interest in the relationship between physical and mental health and led the development of a National Consensus Statement on Physical Activity and Mental Health.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    CSPN
    Sports Coach UK
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Zing Somerset
    Somerset Skills & Learning
  • CPSU