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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

Global Market Intelligence & Portfolio Manager for Yara. Larissa specialises in leading the provision and derivation of all qualitative and quantitative market and competitive intelligence needs to provide consolidated insights on worldwide market and competitor trends and developments as well as being involved in strategic business development and portfolio management for crop nutrition. Before joining Yara, Larissa worked for Smith & Nephew in various Global Business Intelligence roles. Prior to this, Larissa worked for Rexam, Gracechurch Consulting, Euromonitor Consulting as well as 3M. Larissa holds an MBA from the University of Sunderland and a BA (Hons) from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle.Larissa has a keen interest in sport and currently plays 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. Born in Dűsseldorf (Germany), Larissa now lives with her husband Jon and young son William in Beverley.


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.


Claire Pickthall

I am currently the Distribution Director for Tesco PLC. Having worked for the organisation for the past 10 years I have held various roles including Retail Stores Director. My passion is growing and improving a customer and colleague centric business through working with people. My other passion is History and prior to Tesco I completed a BA (Hons) degree in History at The University of Sheffield.Sport has always played a huge part in my life. I wholeheartedly believe its benefits across many spectrums including physical and mental wellbeing, social mobilisation and economic development. I represented England at Netball for several years, and now continue to play for fun and fitness. I enjoy watching and playing most sports, especially golf and rugby, and like to run to keep fit.Although Manchester born, Yorkshire is firmly my home now where I live with my husband Matthew and our two young children.


Steven Edmund

Steven is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in business senior management and director positions. He brings significant experience in systems and process and helping organisations to use key data and information to make informed decisions. Steven is married with two children, both of which have careers in the sporting world. Steven spends most of his time helping to manage his son, Kyle Edmund's tennis career.He has seen the benefits that an active lifestyle can bring and wants to use his personal experience to help the board effect change in the Humber region.


Natalie Murphy

I am a communications specialist with 15 years' experience as a journalist and PR professional, including almost a decade at my home city newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail.

I joined the paper in 2007 as health reporter, moved on to work on the newsdesk and edited popular monthly magazine, The Journal.

Keen to be a part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, I delivered PR for two of Hull's major entertainment venues – Hull City Hall and Hull New Theatre – during this milestone year. More recently, I joined Pace Communications as PR manager where I work with a variety of clients across sectors including energy, business and education.

I enjoy watching and participating in sport and have been inspired by the impact joining a football team has had on my young son and his team-mates. As a family, we enjoy active holidays, such as camping trips, and have completed challenges such as canoeing, caving, geo-caching and paddle boarding.


Jane Stafford

Jane is the founder and CEO of a Hull based Children and Family Charity Child Dynamix which was established in 2005. In her role she provides strategic direction and leadership along with the Board of Trustees. Jane has worked in management and leadership roles for the past 28 years in regeneration, family services and Early years and holds an MBA from the University of Hull Business School, and a BA(Hons) from the University of North London.

In addition to her substantive role Jane is also involved in a number of Boards and Partnerships in the area, and holds a representative role for the Voluntary and Community Sector on the Children Young People and Family Board in Hull.

Jane has an interest in football supporting Hull City and as a parent with both of her sons involved in the local Sunday League and also School Boys football. Jane also enjoys walking and Swimming along with Pottery and other crafts, Jane lives in Hull with her Husband, two sons and their dog.