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The Active Humber Board

This section provides an overview of the trustees of Active Humber and their roles.


Richard Smith, Chair of the Board

Richard is a former Fire Officer with over 35 years experience of working in fire services across England and Wales, retiring as the Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales in April 2014. Following retirement, he moved to the region along with his wife Caroline where he joined the Board of the Humber Sports Partnership soon after, taking up the position of Chair in October 2017. He is a keen football supporter, having held a season ticket at Old Trafford for a number of years. Richard lives in Hessle with his wife, four dogs, and a cat.


Stephen Pintus, Vice Chair &
Senior Independent Director

Stephen is the Director of Health & Wellbeing for North East Lincolnshire Council. Currently, his portfolio includes leisure and culture as well as being the Director of Public Health. Prior to taking this post, Stephen was working in Derbyshire, jointly appointed with local government and the NHS, leading a reconfiguration of lifestyle services, producing a profile of the health needs of the population and leading the health and wellbeing strategy. As part of this remit, he was involved in the county sports partnership for seven years.

Having worked at a senior level in public health for nearly 20 years, Stephen has built up a body of experience of work in a variety of settings: these have included Director of a Health Action Zone, regeneration work with communities, work with the voluntary sector, project management in health inequalities, running partnerships, as well as work in both local government and the NHS commissioning health and wellbeing services.


Larissa Friese-Greene

I have worked at Smith & Nephew over the last 12 years in various roles. I am currently their Global Insights Manager and lead the provision and derivation of all qualitative and quantitative market and competitive intelligence needs for Advanced Wound Management to provide consolidated insights on worldwide market and competitor trends and developments. Prior to this, I worked at Rexam PLC, Gracechurch and Euromonitor Consulting and 3M PLC. I hold an MBA from the University of Sunderland and a BA (Hons) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.

I have a keen interest in sport and currently, play tennis for the Beverley & East Riding Lawn Tennis Club for the Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles Team who play in the Hull & District League and Driffield & District League respectively.


Chris Adams

As an Associate Solicitor at Gosschalks I specialise in Commercial Litigation and Insolvency. I trained with the firm in 2008 and qualified in 2010. Since qualification I have worked at other law firms in both Hull and Leeds. In my specialism, I am particularly interested in insolvency and all aspects of that whether it be acting for Insolvency Practitioners, or individuals/companies in financial difficulties. I think the part I enjoy most about my job is the fact that no two days are ever the same, which keeps things varied and interesting.

Out of work my main interests are athletics and golf (playing badly rather than watching). Up until most recently, I was a keen runner and member of East Hull Harries A.C. However, after years of wear and tear, my body told me it was time to try something new – hence the golf and so I retired from running at the age of 30!


Dr. Nick Tupper

I am a practising GP in Doncaster but have a wide experience within the health and social care sectors. I have worked in various roles within both commissioning of NHS health services as well as provision. I have gained skills and experience in improving outcomes and making a real difference for people in a collaborative way. I have a passion for physical activity and its role in improving health and wellbeing as well as behaviour change. I enjoy working within complex systems and driving real, measurable differences that effect real people.