Team Forever Active
Forever Active is run by a small and dedicated team, most of whom are volunteers.
Forever Active Board
The Trustees are the people responsible for controlling the work, management and administration of this charity on behalf of its beneficiaries
Development Officer: Jane Jones
Jane is the Development Officer. She has been a passionate sports enthusiast since the age of 9 when she was selected to play for the school netball team. After 35 years she still plays netball but also enjoys coaching netball to children and adults which she has done for the past 25 years.
After leaving college Jane took on a Sports Development position at Epping Forest District Council to co-ordinate their 50+ scheme called ‘New Horizons’. The Council-run scheme was not dissimilar to Forever Active.
In 2010, after 10 years working for South Cambridgeshire District Council, Jane decided to leave local government to work part-time and look after her 3 children. Jane joined Forever Active in August 2016 and would like to hear from you with any ideas and suggestions to get more people interested in joining Forever Active. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Database Co-Ordinator: Jenny Hays
Jenny, Forever Active Database Co-Ordinator, has been working with Forever Active for many years now, even as far back to when it first started at Cambridge City Council, where she still works part-time as an Active Lifestyle Officer.
Jenny supported the transfer of all the Forever Active class administration over to the new web-based database a few years ago which has made class reporting and membership processing so much more efficient for the Board Members and instructors.
Jenny ensures that the database is kept up to date with information on all Forever Active members and the classes they attend. She also supports the instructors to ensure that they can add their class participants each week and any membership queries they have. If you have received an email about your class, it was probably Jenny that organised for it to be sent. Jenny keeps the website up to date and was influential in getting the new ‘class search’ up and running.
In her spare time when she is not busy with her 2 young children, Jenny plays netball for a local team and enjoys running and crossfit.
Administration officer: Hannah Black
Hannah joined Forever Active in 2017 as an instructor and teaches strength and balance classes across Cambridge. In 2019, she also started to help behind the scenes, working alongside Jane Jones in an admin role. This past year she has been helping to get online classes running and has been working with Jane and David on the new website for members, Forever Active Clubz.
Hannah lives in Histon with her husband and their two boys.
All exercise instructors working on behalf of Forever Active Forum Ltd are qualified and insured relevant to their class.
If you have a specific age related medical condition the Instructor will be able to advise you on which exercises are best for you to do to ensure you have a safe, effective and fun session!
All Forever Active classes are endorsed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust (CPFT – NHS)
Forever Active supports Instructors working with ongoing training opportunities and undertakes quality control visits of all the sessions each year to ensure all the classes are delivered at the highest possible standard.
Forever Active is looking for volunteers to become involved in the project. Volunteers will be given training and support where required and expenses will be covered.
Opportunities are varied and can be adapted to suit your skills and experience. Roles include:
- Leaflet distribution and promotion
- Giving talks to community groups about Forever Active
- Assisting with classes
- Assisting with the administration of Forever Active
- Assisting with the marketing of Forever Active
- Assisting with fundraising projects
- Helping out at events
If you can give a few hours or a few minutes each week your support will be much appreciated and will make a real difference.
If you would like more information before deciding whether to get involved, or have any questions or suggestions relating to the project please contact:
Telephone: 07432 480105
Chair: Penny Granger
Penny is Chair of Forever Active and has overseen its conversion into a charitable company. Norwich-born, she can still do a good Norfolk accent: but after 50 years in Cambridge has deep roots here.
In her spare time, Penny enjoys motor-homing and walking coastal paths. Penny has also written on drama in the middle ages, which sounds vaguely relevant to Forever Active.
Vice Chair: David Watkinson
David is a Trustee of the charity and Vice Chair of Forever Active. In early 2014 Penny Granger asked David to spend some time looking at the organisation of Forever Active for a period of just one year. Now 7 years later Penny has yet to sign the release papers and meanwhile a lot has changed!
David has had a lifetime of work in healthcare, information technology and management consultancy and since his ‘retirement’ has volunteered that experience to help Forever Active develop. In addition to his work based experience David is a keen tennis player and amateur musician. David is married and now lives in Kent in order to be closer to his five grandchildren. He still finds time to play his violin but with an orchestra in Tunbridge Wells as opposed to Cambridge.
Board Secretary: Diane Johnston
Diane has been involved with Forever Active since it started when her daughter Helen set up the project. Diane is secretary of the Forever Active Management Group, and as well as taking the minutes at the meetings, she is responsible for answering the telephone and replying to your emails. Diane also assists with the brochure distribution and processing membership applications.
Following retirement from Anglia Ruskin as a P.A. Diane undertook the training course to become a chair-based exercise instructor and teaches a weekly class at Barnwell Baptist Church.
Outside of Diane’s Forever Active involvement, she keeps busy looking after her three small grandchildren, walking with friends, swimming and gardening. Diane loves to fit in as many holidays and mini breaks as she can and is busier now than ever, since retiring.
Treasurer: Sue Morley
Sue came on to Forever Active Board as Treasurer by an indirect route. Retiring from the International Whaling Commission in 2010, Sue took part in a Forever Active exercise to music class where she met Laurence Crow and his wife Liz. Laurence was a volunteer for Forever Active at that time and Sue offered her time to assist him with the position of Treasurer. In August 2015 Laurence sadly passed away and Sue very kindly stepped into his ‘hard to fill’ shoes and took over as Treasurer.
Sue works hard to ensure that all the instructors and Forever Active staff are paid on time and looks after the invoices for venue hire, marketing, and equipment. Sue is always there to offer an extra pair of volunteer hands during busy periods.
Sue and her husband have two children and 1 granddaughter that they help to look after on a weekly basis. With another grandchild due at the end of this year, Sue also keeps busy with gardening, holidays, and making new friends which she has done since becoming involved with Forever Active.
Trustee: David McClean
David is a lawyer who spent his working life teaching law in the University of Sheffield. He specialises in aviation and ecclesiastical law (‘heavenly subjects’ he says). David first became involved with Forever Active when he helped to draft new Articles of Association when we were in the process of becoming a charity. He came to the AGM in 2013, and was eventually persuaded to join the Board of Directors/Trustees in 2015. David’s main role in Forever Active is, unsurprisingly, to oversee regulatory matters.
Off duty, David enjoys foreign travel, reading detective fiction, crosswords and sudoku.
Trustee: Simon Hanna
Vulnerable older adults’ adviser on the Forever Active board. Simon has been involved in exercise for older people in Cambridgeshire since 1990 when he worked for the Cambridge YMCA and set up the first classes in Cambridge specifically for older people. Simon worked with the City Council on developing the original outline for what was to become Forever Active and has been involved with the project from its very beginnings.
Simon now works for the NHS as a Clinical Exercise Specialist for the Falls Prevention Service where his role is to advise on evidence-based exercise by providing training and support for anyone delivering exercise programmes to older people. Simon’s voluntary role on the FA board helps to ensure greater communication between health services and organisations like Forever Active who provide specific classes and activities for older people.
Simon has always been passionate about ensuring older people remain as independent as possible and the importance of Strength and Balance training to maintain function for everyday activities as well as bone health. The evidence for the right type of exercise for this is overwhelming and he is always on a bit of a crusade to spread the message.
When Simon is not out crusading, he loves getting away and walking his dogs (Dave & Shirley) or heading off somewhere in his campervan. Simon also loves to play the Curtal (an early Bassoon) with the Ely Waits who are a medieval band of musicians.
Trustee: Anne Johnson
Trustee: Liz Crow
When my husband Laurence and I moved to Cambridge we joined Forever Active. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, and we soon settled in. Laurence went on to become Treasurer until ill health meant he could no longer continue. I currently attend Exercise to Music and Yoga classes which are well run, and I have made real friends at the classes. It is a social event as well as giving everyone beneficial exercise. By becoming a Trustee, I will be more involved with the charity and hopefully be of some help to the very busy team.
Trustee: Stefania van Lieshout
Stefania first came across Forever Active when she joined a yoga class in Trumpington after moving to the UK in the summer of 2019. When the opportunity arose to join the board, Stefania jumped at the occasion as she thought highly of the charity. She hopes to help grow Forever Active and become an even stronger organisation with her skills gathered over 20+ years in Financial and Project Management in the Oil & Gas Industry.