Trevor Minter is the Chairman of Shepway Sports Trust. He is a keen walker, occasional swimmer and begins everyday with a short age-appropriate strengthening workout. He is half way through a mission to walk all the footpaths of Kent which is the equivalent of walking from Maidstone to Delhi.
He works personally for Sir Roger De Haan co-ordinating a wide ranging charitable and business portfolio. He has a lead executive role for the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, the Folkestone Harbour Company and supports the seafront regeneration project. He is a board member of the Creative Folkestone and shares Roger’s passion for regenerating the town in which they both grew up.
He previously served for six years as the Kent Partnership Director working for Kent County Council. His first career was thirty years service in the Army as an infantry officer which culminated in the rank of brigadier and being the regional military commander for the south east counties. In this role he was Deputy Constable to HM The late Queen Mother and resident in Dover Castle. His OBE was won as a Commanding Officer in Bosnia. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant for Kent since 2002 and is a Kent Ambassador.
Jennie started her career as a Sports Development Manager before joining the Youth Sport Trust in 2003; an independent charity devoted to changing young people’s lives through sport.
She has over 20 years of national and regional experience in writing and developing strategic plans, toolkits, project management, partnership working, event planning and facilitation within education, sport, physical activity and the wider community. Recently, she has expanded her profile working internationally in the USA, South Africa and across Europe.
Jennie has a particular interest in how PE and sport can drive whole school priorities and firmly believes that sport can inspire young people to reach their personal best. In 2013, she was appointed as a trustee for the Shepway Sports Trust in Kent, a charity that aims to inspire all generations to lead healthy active lifestyle and in 2017 as a member to the Kent and Medway Sports Board.
Educated in Kent, she read Drama, Sport and English at Leicester University and competed at national and regional level in a range of sports. She continually sets herself new challenges, recently completing the London Marathon and a 500 mile charity cycle ride through France.
Paul Carney trained as a PE teacher and taught in two large secondary schools before joining Canterbury Christ Church University in 2001. Currently as their Director of Sport, Paul oversees physical activity, health & wellbeing and sport programmes for students, staff and the local community, while also volunteering for many years at Hythe Town Youth FC as a coach and an administrator,
Paul values sport and physical activity for the contribution it can make to a person’s physical, social and mental health and this passion made him an excellent candidate for the Board of Trustees and has been a key member since the inception of Shepway Sports Trust in 2013. Paul has been incredibly invested in the Trust and the potential it has to make a difference to the local area.
Although he describes his sporting prowess as a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, Paul is a keen golfer, recently winning the East Kent League Division as part of the Sene Valley Golf Team. His proudest moments in sport relate to watching his sons’ notable successes.
Louisa attended Greenwich University and studied PE teaching, then starting her career at The Robert Napier School. She then moved to Bexley where she became Head of Dance and then to Ramsgate Clarendon House Grammar School to become Head of PE. Her most recent career move took her to The Channel School, now The Folkestone Academy, where she is currently Head of Dyson House and a teacher of PE, inspiring many students to go to university to study sport further.
In her spare time, Louisa has competed at national and regional level in athletics and currently plays netball in the Folkestone League. She regularly runs in a variety of fun and active races from 5km to half marathon.
Louisa has a particular interest in both PE and sport and how schools, clubs and community sport can inspire all aspects of the community from the very young to the older generation. In 2012, she was appointed a trustee of the Shepway Sports Trust and has actively been involved in raising the profile of sport and PE in Shepway.
Damian Collins has served as the Conservative MP for Folkestone and Hythe since 2010. In October 2016 he was elected by the House of Commons as Chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, having previously served as a member of the committee. In this role he led the committee’s inquiries into doping in sport, fake news, football governance, homophobia in sport and the impact of Brexit on the creative industries and tourism. Damian is also the Chairman of the Conservative Arts and Creative Industries Network. During the Coalition government Damian served as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the then Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond. From 2012 to 2014 he was PPS to the then Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers. Damian’s career before politics was in the advertising and communications industries, mostly at the M&C Saatchi advertising agency.
Dan grew up in Folkestone attending the local Grammar school. He lived in London for three years whilst studying law at Kings College London, before returning to Folkestone where he has worked for Sir Roger De Haan since. He enjoys all sports and currently plays for the England Beach Soccer team.
Dan worked closely with Laurence Hickmott in setting up Shepway Sports Trust in 2013 and he continues to support the charity as a trustee, watching it exceed all expectations and grow from strength to strength.
Dan’s proudest moment in sport was making his debut for England, closely followed by winning the Thailand tournament in 2018, having gone unbeaten for the whole tournament and keeping a clean sheet in the final game.
Chris Simmonds is CEO for national charity Revitalise, who are the people creating revitalising holidays for disabled people and carers across the UK. They also operate the country’s largest residential volunteering programme.
Prior to this, Chris had over 25 years’ experience working for Saga Travel, including 12 years as a director of Saga Holidays.
Chris is married and lives in Canterbury and his fondest sporting memory was playing for Cheriton United as a youngster. His favourite sporting moment was in 1986 when Liverpool won their first ever double.
Mark started his career as an accountant with a local Folkestone firm in 2003; here he gained significant experience in the accounting and auditing of charity accounts. After 10 years, Mark then left practice and took a role as Finance Manager to Josh De Haan, a Folkestone based entrepreneur, where he was responsible for a number of different companies. His 3 years with Josh provided him with an insight into the practicalities of running businesses, then returning to practice with McCabe Ford Williams in Ashford.
Being local to Folkestone & Hythe, Mark was delighted to be approached in 2016 to be appointed as a trustee.
Educated in Kent, he read economics and social history at Leicester University. His only notable sporting achievement was as part of the winning table football doubles team for his halls of residence in 2000.
Sophie joined the board of the Shepway Sports Trust in June 2017. She aims to use the expertise she has gained in women’s football and digital marketing to help the Trust progress and identify strongly with its values and mission to inspire all generations to lead an active lifestyle.
Sophie’s love of sport stretches back to a young age, having participated in multiple sports at school and playing first team football for Durham University. As a result, Sophie has experienced first-hand the challenges women have faced to play sport at any level. This frustration, added to the inspiration she gained from London 2012, lead her to set up GirlsontheBall. GirlsontheBall is a digital start-up that works to promote women’s football and has become one of the most followed social media networks covering the women’s game in the UK. The team travel to over 100 games every year, providing live coverage as well as interviews and blogs. The more involved they have got in the game, the more they realise the struggles it still faces and these challenges are the same across multiple sports.
Sophie is a big advocate of the power of the digital world in changing the way we market and communicate. She has almost 5 years of experience in social media, websites and email marketing both through GirlsontheBall, as a previous member of the Digital Fundraising team at the British Red Cross and as Marketing Manager for a football app called CrowdScores.