0191 307 7117

Our Team

Meet the County Durham Sport Team and Board

Beth Donkin

Office Manager

Beth is responsible for the efficient functioning, people management, governance and financial probity of the organisation to ensure high levels of effectiveness and efficiency.

Beth is also responsible for the supervision and development of a range of support services and staff.

07841 340 482 | beth.donkin@countydurhamsport.com

Becks Lippe

Director of Operations

Becks’ role is to lead and direct, through operational oversight, the delivery of business objectives and to be responsible for the strategic leadership of Safeguarding, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Partnership Approaches and Marketing.

07715 077 266 | becks.lippe@countydurhamsport.com

Meryl Levington

Vice Chair

Head of Student Futures, Department of Academic Enterprise, Teesside University.

Meryl’s two passions in life are entrepreneurship and athletics. She runs a company that supports people to grow or start up a business, delivering a range of interventions from workshops to coaching and mentoring, which was set up on the back of an MA in Entrepreneurship from Durham Business School.

Meryl is a long distance runner and has competed up to international level.

Meryl is passionate about encouraging young people to get into sport early so it becomes a natural part of their lives and daily routines, and activities that allow families to do sport together.

Meryl lives in Durham and is married to a mountain biking, football playing, Software Architect and has a daughter who is currently into ballet and running.

Dave Shipman

Trustee

Retired. Previously – Strategic Commissioning Manager at Durham County Council Adult Services, responsible for Mental Health, Learning Disability, Autism and Prison social care services.

Before retiring Dave worked as a Strategic Commissioning Manager with Durham County Council Adult Services, responsible for Mental Health, Learning Disability, Autism and Prison social care services, having previously worked for 20 years in Children’s Services in a range of roles as a social worker and manager.

Dave is a life-long Leeds Utd supporter and loves both rugby league and rugby union, played and now watch both codes. He is also a keen cyclist and has been lucky enough to cycle in many countries around the world, having organised many trips away with friends.

Dave is a serious runner and a very active member of Elvet Striders for all of its 30 years, so has experienced the trials and tribulations of volunteering in sport from a number of perspectives, including as captain, chairperson and social secretary.

Dave’s aspiration for CDS is for sustained success, as evidenced by the increased involvement of people from all backgrounds in an increasing number of sports and physical activities.

Wendy Emberson

Trustee

Coach & Committee Member – Greencroft Netball Club.

Wendy is a Finance Manager for a Charitable Organisation which provides volunteer drivers and domiciliary care to vulnerable people in the community, based in Ferryhill.

Wendy has both played and coached sports at a club level and has been an active influence in growing Greencroft Netball Club into a well-respected and successful organisation and remains on the club committee. She does however have a wide interest in sport.

Kieran Spencer

Trustee

Student and Regional Engagement Officer

Kieran is currently a student, studying sports science with coaching at Northumbria University, and is a Regional Engagement Officer with the FA National Youth Council.

Kieran is passionate about personal development and youth leadership, as well as trying to forge positive relationships between young people and adults.

As a member of the County Durham Sport board, Kieran hopes to fully represent the views of young people in County Durham, and to have an input into decision making from a young person’s perspective.

Neville Duncan

School Games Coordinator

Nev is commisioned to organise and event manage the County Durham School Games county competitions.

0191 307 7117 | neville.duncan@countydurhamsport.com

Craig Hampton

Project Officer (Children & Young People)

Craig is responsible for the delivery of the Satellite Club project, supporting clubs to deliver suitable activity to 14-19 year olds and encouraging regular participation.

Craig also administers the County Durham Leadership & Volunteering programme, designed to support young volunteers.

07860 503 996 | craig.hampton@countydurhamsport.com

Tom Aldus

Workforce Development Coordinator

Tom is responsible for driving and supporting the development of a local workforce across both traditional and new non-traditional agencies, supporting coaches & volunteers on their journey, increasing the number of session leaders and activators at a local level and helping to develop their skills, insight and knowledge in relation to tackling physical inactivity in County Durham.

07725 203 057 | tom.aldus@countydurhamsport.com

Dr Maxine Rhodes

Managing Director

Maxine is responsible for the provision of effective and high quality strategic and operational leadership of County Durham Sport with and on behalf of the Trustees, focused on the delivery of County Durham Sport’s vision, mission and business objectives, for the benefit of residents in County Durham.

maxine.rhodes@countydurhamsport.com

Katy Thompson

Active Places Coordinator

Katy’s role is to coordinate the successful delivery of the Active Places Pilots and support the wider outcomes and priorities identified by the Active Durham Strategic Committee.

Katy also supports economically disadvantaged communities to fit activity into their lives, in a way that works for them, with holistic support to help tackle the wider issues they face, and enabling them to enjoy happier, healthier lives.

07841 340 476 | katy.thompson@countydurhamsport.com

Joe Armstrong

Project Coordinator (Children & Young People)

Joe’s role is to manage the successful delivery of a range of children and young people programmes in educational and community settings and to ensure all project outcomes are met, monitored and evaluated in line with contractual obligations and local need. Using the results to shape local policy and practice and reflect the needs of young people as well as to develop funded sustainability plans with new and existing funders.

Joe also acts as the safeguarding and equality lead within this area of operations and support the Development Manager (Partnerships) to deliver an efficient and effective system ensuring compliance, appropriate policies and staff development for internal and external personnel.

07936 947 077 | joe.armstrong@countydurhamsport.com

Dr Rachel Mowbray

Insight Coordinator

Rachel’s role is to maximise the use and dissemination of all available research, insight and intelligence in order to support partnership working and bring about systems change across the county in the area of Physical Activity.

07936 962 490 | rachel.mowbray@countydurhamsport.com

Ian Youll

Chairperson ian.youll@countydurhamsport.com

Louise Clare

Administration Assistant

Louise is responsible for providing effective and efficient administration support to the County Durham Sport Team.

louise.clare@countydurhamsport.com

Suzanne McDermott

Infrastructure and Environment Strategic Lead

Suzanne is responsible for the leadership and advocacy in relation to the role of the built environment in increasing physical activity levels in the Region.

The role is also to provide influence and encourage active transport including walking and cycling in seeking to reduce carbon emissions and to improve physical and mental wellbeing through the development of, and leading strategic partnerships to increase active travel across the Region.

Suzanne also focuses on the development of the use of green and blue spaces for physical activity and play forms part of the role.

This role is jointly funded through Rise.

07458 306 501 | suzanne.mcdermott@wearerise.co.uk

Sarah Harding

Trustee
A-Z Meet The Team

Beth Donkin

Office Manager

Becks Lippe

Director of Operations

Meryl Levington

Vice Chair

Dave Shipman

Trustee

Wendy Emberson

Trustee

Kieran Spencer

Trustee

Neville Duncan

School Games Coordinator

Craig Hampton

Project Officer (Children & Young People)

Tom Aldus

Workforce Development Coordinator

Dr Maxine Rhodes

Managing Director

Katy Thompson

Active Places Coordinator

Joe Armstrong

Project Coordinator (Children & Young People)

Dr Rachel Mowbray

Insight Coordinator

Ian Youll

Chairperson

Louise Clare

Administration Assistant

Suzanne McDermott

Infrastructure and Environment Strategic Lead

Sarah Harding

Trustee