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County Durham Sport work with a wide range of partners in County Durham as well as regional and national partners to achieve our goal. Our work is supported and influenced by the local communities that we work in and we are proud to collaborate with a network of providers to achieve our mutual goals.


Becks Lippe

AMY MCCARTHY – Workforce Development Coordinator

Amy’s role is to drive our workforce vision; upskilling and supporting the physical activity workforce (paid and voluntary) to provide better, safer sport and physical activity experiences for all, with a particular focus on tackling inactivity across the county.

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Becks Lippe

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Louise Clare - Administration Assistant

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


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.


NATHAN BEADLE - Project Officer for Children and Young People

Nathan’s role is to work with the CYP team to increase and strengthen physical activity opportunities across County Durham for children and young people, with a direct emphasis on tackling historic, deep-rooted inequalities. Operationally, Nathan’s responsibilities include overseeing the County Durham School Games and offering schools support to complete the annual Active Lives CYP survey led by Sport England.

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Dr Rachel Mowbray - Insight And engagement manager

Rachel leads on insight, evaluation, learning and communciation. Rachel supports the team and partners to engage in evidence-based working and to share information effectively across the system.

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Suzanne McDermott - Infrastructure & 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.
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