Peter Edwards

Appointing Body: Academy Transformation Trust

Vice Chair of Governors
Community Governor
Term of Office:  2nd Sept 2019 to 2nd Sept 2023

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Pete Edwards, who lived with parents and 5 siblings in Rossington South Yorkshire, was diagnosed with a hip condition called Perthes Disease at the age of 6 and a half. This affected his walking and he ended up in hospital for a long period, having his 1st operation at 7.   However Pete didn’t let this stop him achieving things in life.

Pete started an apprenticeship at the age of 16 with National Coal Board, this apprenticeship was to learn everything to do with mining coal, he attended college as part of this, and completed the apprenticeship at the age of 18.  At the age of 18 and a half he left and went to work in a factory that built tractors, Pete was there for about 7 years doing several roles. Pete also became a Union Steward, and again went to college to study politics and trade unionism, giving his first speech at a Youth Conference in 1975. Pete returned to work at British Coal in 1980, he became a belt fitter, working his way up to supervisory mechanic. In 1989 Pete had a traumatic accident in the mine, which changed his life dramatically.  He had to change jobs, moved to another colliery and then was promoted moving to Nottingham to work in 1990.

Pete was medically retired in 1993.  However this was a good thing as it allowed him to retrain. In 1995 he started training for Lay Ministry within the Church of England was licensed in 1997 – 23 years on he’s still active. Sport has played a big part in his life, he played Amputee football for Yorkshire and Humberside, Swam for Sherwood Seal Swimming club then retired as a regional champion. Over the last 17 years Pete has played wheelchair basketball.

In 2001 Pete was offered a job in sports, he started as a coach in swimming and became a buddy /Mentor for a project called sport direct. He applied for the admin support role for the project, and the project helped disabled people get into coaching. After 3 months he applied for the project officer’s role and was successful, this was the start of his sports development career. He ran this project for over 3 years and in 2006 applied for the role as a sports development officer and was successful, fulfilling this role until 2017.  In the 18 years I’ve been involved with sports development Pete achieved so much and had the privilege of working with many fantastic people and developing people and changing their lives.  He’s had the privilege of sitting on many groups, boards, panels and currently chairs the Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Partnership and sits on the Ashfield Discover Board.

Pete is looking forward to serving a member of the ATTFE LAC.  ‘I believe that nothing can stop us achieving what we want to achieve. I’ve studied hard, taken help when needed to – we all have abilities, we all have a role in helping to develop those abilities and the people who have them.’