Active Cheshire, CEO, Anne Boyd honoured with prestigious British Citizen Award for her contribution to the community

CEO of Active Cheshire, Anne Boyd, has been awarded a British Citizen Award in recognition of her leadership in tackling health inequalities through physical activity in Cheshire and Warrington.

Known as ‘The People’s Honours’, the British Citizen Awards (BCAs) were launched in January 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. Awards are highly competitive and only a limited number of the coveted medals are distributed. Following a detailed and evidenced-based nomination from a member of the local community, Active Cheshire are pleased to announce that the nomination for Anne, has been successful. Anne will receive her BCA Medal at a formal ceremony to be held at the Palace of Westminster in July 2020.

During her 7 year history at Active Cheshire, Anne has transformed the charity, rebranding and repositioning it as lead body for physical activity in the subregion. Her drive has resulted in tens of thousands of people getting more active thus improving the physical and mental wellbeing of society’s most disadvantaged. In recent years Anne has pioneered a new approach to tackling inactivity, securing the support of more than 300 local partners and 5000+ community members and gaining recognition from Sport England for an ‘outstanding’ approach. Her leadership has secured international recognition for Cheshire, showcased as best practice by World Health Organisation partners.

Anne’s passion for helping people recently inspired her to become a Non-Executive Director of NHS Cheshire & Wirral Partnership helping to shape our health services. She has 20+ years of experience spanning public, private and voluntary sectors having held leadership positions within Sport England, NWDA, Local Government and her own award-winning business, which secured her a seat on a Prime-Ministerial think tank.

In addition to her role at Active Cheshire, Anne dedicates her time to a range of community causes, as Vice-President of the British Red Cross locally, Business Growth Committee member at the Local Enterprise Partnership and Non-Exec Director of mental health leader Cheshire and Wirral Partnership Trust.

Anne said “I am deeply humbled that someone has taken the time to nominate me for this award, it is a huge surprise. I hope that the award can help to boost the profile of the causes I believe in, which succeed due to the kindness and commitment of those working tirelessly every day to support their communities’.

Nominees come from the UK, all cultural backgrounds, and from all sectors of the community. The British Citizen Awards are a way to honour ordinary people who do extraordinary things, highlighting people’s achievements, commitment and dedication to the community.