Community Sports Trust (CIC) now trading as ‘Shift’ was born in 2009 out of a desire to create local, sociable and sustainable opportunities for people to enjoy being active as part of their everyday lives. Since then, over 50,000 people have taken up sport and exercise across Derbyshire through initiatives such as Village Games and Jog Derbyshire and over 1000 volunteers have been recruited and are now leading regular activities in their communities from aerobics to Zumba and boot camps to walking football.
Based in Derbyshire, we currently employ 16 people who work with a broad range of partners including Sport England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, GP Practices, Public Health, Universities, Local Authorities, Mind, Governing Bodies of Sport and County Sport Partnerships. Using a place-based approach; we are trialling new ways of engaging whole communities in regular exercise as well as testing targeted intervention to address long term conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and mental illness.
Whilst our team and our ambitions grow, our principles and ways of working remain the same – listening to, learning from and connecting with each other, our partners and local leaders in order to create active, vibrant, healthy communities.
Read more about us in our 2019 Strategyor take a look at our Annual Review
Meet Our Board
Rosemary Leach MBE (Chair Person)
Rosemary is a Principal Lecturer and Professional Lead for Sport, Communities and Enterprise within the Department of Sport at Sheffield Hallam University. Rosemary has a significant level of sports development experience, having previously worked for Sport England, the Sports Council for Wales, and a number of nationally recognised sport development agencies. Specialist areas of expertise are sport and education, sports equity, social inclusion and contemporary sport development programmes. In addition, Rosemary has specific experience of sports media and information services at major national and international events, including the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar and the 2008 World Short Course Swimming Championships in Manchester, UK. Rosemary is currently seconded to London 2012 Media Office.
In 2017, Rosemary was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for her contribution to sport and education.
Clare Howard (Vice Chair)
Clare now works as Chief Executive of Natspec, the membership association for specialist disability colleges, following 6 years at the Association of Colleges and 25 years’ experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Having started her career as a swimming teacher and outward bound instructor, Clare has worked for Sport England, leisure departments of 2 local authorities, in a range of education settings, and for sports organisations at a local, regional and national level. She has also worked as a consultant and trainer, undertaking over 200 projects across the education, sport and health sectors, and has developed a passion for further education and a particular interest in services and education for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. She works as a volunteer on various community projects in her own village and has been involved with Shift for 10 years.
Andy has a lifelong career in Corporate Banking leading teams across the Midlands and Yorkshire in support of growing businesses. He is a former board member of Young Enterprise, working directly with young people in providing experience with the business community to help build a successful and sustainable future. More recently he founded and is co-director of a consultancy company working with Local Authorities and Government Agencies in providing guidance and support in the small to medium-sized enterprise market. Andy has an active interest across many sports; a keen walker and cyclist, and Vice President of his local rugby club. He is a member of Rotary and has been on the board of Shift for the last nine years.’
Colin is a Non-Executive Director at the Stafford Railway Building Society and Trustee/Treasurer with Aquabox, a charity providing water purification equipment to areas in need throughout the world. He has 45 years of experience within the financial services industry, with past roles including, Head of Mortgage and Security Service for HSBC in the UK and Head of Internal Audit for the Melton Building Society, he also worked as a consultant focusing on governance, operations and HR specialist. Colin is an active walker in the countryside of Derbyshire in particular, a member of the National Trust, active member of Rotary, and watcher of sports. Colin has been on the Board of the Shift since 2014.
Andrea Kemp (CEO)
Andrea is our CEO and one of the founding members of Shift in 2009. She has a strong background in sport and physical activity development, having worked in operational and strategic roles for Wrexham County Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and private enterprises for the past 15 years. Andrea also established a learning and development company in 2008 to support people working in the sector to develop leadership and management skills and competencies. Andrea is an active member of her local community and enjoys walking, cycling, jogging, surfing and snowboarding.
Please see our a copy of our Full Accounts 2019