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Our Team

Meet the County Durham Sport Team and Board

Beth Donkin

Business Support Manager

Beth is responsible for County Durham Sport’s finances and administration, providing effective and efficient support to the executive team and trustees.

She also supports the development and utilisation of evidence and insight for County Durham Sport, ensuing all insight gathered is shared across the county.

07841 340 482 | beth.donkin@countydurhamsport.com

Ian Gardiner

Executive Director

Ian 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. His focus is on the delivery of County Durham Sport’s vision, mission and business objectives and the outcomes identified by Active Durham, for the benefit of residents in County Durham.

07860 503 996 | ian.gardiner@countydurhamsport.com

Becks Lippe

Assistant Director (Participation)

Becks works to support County Durham Sport’s vision, mission and business objectives and the outcomes identified by Active Durham.

Becks leads the operational application of an evidence based approach, manages customer and partner engagement as well as ensuring successful programme development and delivery.

07715 077 266 | becks.lippe@countydurhamsport.com

Nigel Barton

Chair

Former Chair of Coast & County Housing and Managing Director at System Training Ltd.

Meryl Levington

Vice Chair

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

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.

Debra Forth

Trustee

Owner of Relax Kids Durham and Go Forth Fitness and Wellbeing.

Wendy Emberson

Trustee

Coach & Committee Member – Greencroft Netball Club.

A-Z Meet The Team

Beth Donkin

Business Support Manager

Ian Gardiner

Executive Director

Becks Lippe

Assistant Director (Participation)

Nigel Barton

Chair

Meryl Levington

Vice Chair

Dave Shipman

Trustee

Debra Forth

Trustee

Wendy Emberson

Trustee