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The new trustee board members at Torfaen Leisure Trust Credit: Torfaen Leisure Trust

Torfaen Leisure Trust has appointed new members for its trustee board.

A spokesperson for the trust said that it worked closely with the Charity Commission and Torfaen County Borough Council to ensure it continued to satisfy all relevant legal and governance requirements.

The new volunteer board member are:

  • Gareth Betts (Curriculum Leader in Sport for Coleg Gwent)
  • Susan Griffin (Head of Health and Safety for Salvation Army Trading
  • Griff Griffiths (Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities for the University
    Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Jessica Hale (Head of Finance for Eramol UK)
  • Alex Hunter
  • Ed Jones (Lead People Partner, Allianz Insurance PLC)
  • David Nash (Director of Strategy and Policy for Engineering Construction
    Industry Training Board)
  • Jennie Owen (Senior Communications Manager for Evoqua Water

Councillor Rose Seabourne is the council’s representative on the board.

David Nash has been appointed as the new chair. He has over a decade of experience working in policy, strategy, leadership and corporate affairs roles in the public, advocacy and charitable sectors.

He is currently director of strategy and policy at the Engineering Construction
Industry Training Board

He said: “I am delighted to have joined Torfaen Leisure Trust and I am looking forward to working with my fellow Trustees and the executive team to enhance the Trust’s sporting and leisure offering to the community.

“As a Torfaen resident, I am passionate about supporting the local area and seeing it thrive.

“I strongly believe that vibrant and accessible sport and leisure services are integral to enhancing community wellbeing and cohesion.

“I know first hand the passion for sport and leisure that exists here in Torfaen.

“The Trust is central to this and I, and all our new board members, are firmly committed to supporting such a vital cornerstone of the community.”

The role of the board is to set the future strategic direction of the Trust and support its
executive team.

All Trustees are voluntary unpaid positions.

Ben Jeffreys, Torfaen Leisure Trust’s chief executive officer, said: “Appointing the new trustee board is a significant and symbolic milestone in our quest to continue to transform the fortunes of the trust.

“The past twelve months has seen significant yet vital changes made at all levels of the trust and we are confident that the diverse range of specialities and experience the new trustees possess will serve as the platform from which we can further develop a modern and effective governance framework moving forward.

“With the continued impacts of Covid-19, high energy costs and pressures on
the cost of living, it has been a challenging environment for the Trust to operate within whilst still ensuring we provide value to our customers and stakeholders.

“Notwithstanding this, we remain determined to continue to play a leading role in supporting the sporting, leisure and health ambitions of the communities we serve and the direction of the new trustee board will be paramount to ensuring we continue to effectively serve the Torfaen community in the months and years ahead.”