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As the lead body for physical activity and sport in Cheshire, Active Cheshire are one of a number of ‘active partnerships’ around the United Kingdom, whose role is to encourage and facilitate sport and physical activity in the community, in education and at work. 

In late 2020, following the resignation of the long-serving CEO, Sherrington Associates were retained to recruit a new Chief Executive for the charity. Leading an organisation with a complex agenda and shifting funding sources would require an experienced leader with knowledge of the patch, strong relationships with influential stakeholders in government, business and within Sport England, a strong commercial mind, able to develop innovative new funding mechanisms and a nurturing and caring leadership style to support the team following a period without a CEO. 

Sherrington delivered a desk-based research campaign to identify potential CEO’s, as well as approaching key targets from within our extensive network in Cheshire and Warrington. The team also managed an online advertising campaign on behalf of Active Cheshire. 

Following a thorough competency-based selection process managed and delivered by Sherrington’s team, a shortlist of six CEO’s was presented to the client and interviews were facilitate by Sherrington. In depth feedback was taken from client and candidates and final interviews were arranged for two candidates. After an extensive selection exercise, Mike Watson former CEO at Cheshire FA was appointed as the new CEO for Active Cheshire in early 2021.

Commenting on the appointment, Sherrington's Managing Director Rob McKay commented...

We are delighted to have supported Active Cheshire to appoint this pivotal role and wish Mike every success in his new post as CEO.

Rob McKay - Managing Director, Sherrington Associates

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