About Us

Meet the Trustees

Richard Smith - Chair

Richard is a former Fire Officer with over 35 years experience of working in fire services across England and Wales, retiring as the Chief Fire Officer for Mid and West Wales in April 2014. Following retirement, he moved to the region along with his wife Caroline where he joined the Board of the Humber Sports Partnership soon after, taking up the position of Chair in October 2017. 

He is a keen football supporter, having held a season ticket at Old Trafford for a number of years. Richard lives in Hessle with his wife, four dogs, and a cat.

Stephen Pintus, Vice Chair &  Senior Independent Director

Stephen is the Director of Health & Wellbeing for North East Lincolnshire Council. Currently, his portfolio includes leisure and culture as well as being the Director of Public Health. Prior to taking this post, Stephen was working in Derbyshire, jointly appointed with local government and the NHS, leading a reconfiguration of lifestyle services, producing a profile of the health needs of the population and leading the health and wellbeing strategy. As part of this remit, he was involved in the county sports partnership for seven years.

Having worked at a senior level in public health for nearly 20 years, Stephen has built up a body of experience of work in a variety of settings: these have included Director of a Health Action Zone, regeneration work with communities, work with the voluntary sector, project management in health inequalities, running partnerships, as well as work in both local government and the NHS commissioning health and wellbeing services.

Chris Adams

As a Partner at Gosschalks I specialise in Commercial Litigation and Insolvency. I trained with the firm in 2008 and qualified in 2010. Since qualification I have worked at other law firms in both Hull and Leeds. In my specialism, I am particularly interested in insolvency and all aspects of that whether it be acting for Insolvency Practitioners, or individuals/companies in financial difficulties. I think the part I enjoy most about my job is the fact that no two days are ever the same, which keeps things varied and interesting.

Out of work my main interests are athletics and golf (playing badly rather than watching). Up until most recently, I was a keen runner and member of East Hull Harries A.C. However, after years of wear and tear, my body told me it was time to try something new – hence the golf and so I retired from running at the age of 30!


Dr Nick Tupper

I am a practising GP in Doncaster but have a wide experience within the health and social care sectors. I have worked in various roles within both commissioning of NHS health services as well as provision. I have gained skills and experience in improving outcomes and making a real difference for people in a collaborative way. I have a passion for physical activity and its role in improving health and wellbeing as well as behaviour change. I enjoy working within complex systems and driving real, measurable differences that effect real people.

Claire Pickthall

I am currently the Distribution Director for Tesco PLC. Having worked for the organisation for the past 10 years I have held various roles including Retail Stores Director. My passion is growing and improving a customer and colleague centric business through working with people. My other passion is History and prior to Tesco I completed a BA (Hons) degree in History at The University of Sheffield.Sport has always played a huge part in my life. I wholeheartedly believe its benefits across many spectrums including physical and mental wellbeing, social mobilisation and economic development. 

I represented England at Netball for several years, and now continue to play for fun and fitness. I enjoy watching and playing most sports, especially golf and rugby, and like to run to keep fit.Although Manchester born, Yorkshire is firmly my home now where I live with my husband Matthew and our two young children.

Jane Stafford

Jane has worked in social regeneration and then the Voluntary and Community Sector in Hull since 2001. Founding Hull based Children and Family Charity Child Dynamix in 2005. Jane has worked in management and leadership roles since 1993 in social regeneration, family services and Early years and holds an MBA from the University of Hull Business School, and a BA(Hons) from the University of North London. Jane became the CEO of Hull University Union in 2018.

In addition to her substantive role Jane is also involved in a number of Boards and Partnerships in the area and is Chair of the Voice and Influence Partnership, the partnership is made up of representatives from across the Voluntary and Community sector in Hull, and leads on the VCS Strategy for the City.

Jane is married with two sons and lives in Hull. Jane enjoys football supporting her sons on the pitch over the past 17 years, Skiing, swimming, walking and Pilates .

Natalie Murphy

I am a communications specialist with 15 years' experience as a journalist and PR professional, including almost a decade at my home city newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail.

I joined the paper in 2007 as health reporter, moved on to work on the newsdesk and edited popular monthly magazine, The Journal.

Keen to be a part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, I delivered PR for two of Hull's major entertainment venues – Hull City Hall and Hull New Theatre – during this milestone year. More recently, I joined Pace Communications as PR manager where I work with a variety of clients across sectors including energy, business and education.

I enjoy watching and participating in sport and have been inspired by the impact joining a football team has had on my young son and his team-mates. As a family, we enjoy active holidays, such as camping trips, and have completed challenges such as canoeing, caving, geo-caching and paddle boarding.