LiveArgyll on track for launch
ON track to go live in early October, a new trust that will deliver leisure and library services for people across Argyll and Bute has been named.
LiveArgyll will be led by a board whose members bring both public and private sector experience to benefit the new organisation.
Argyll and Bute Council took the decision to develop a trust as part of its work to protect services, as trusts offer many financial and commercial benefits that can help to sustain the future of these services in the face of growing pressure on public spending.
LiveArgyll’s board will be made up of three members of the public, three councillors and a trade union representative.
Andrew Nisbet, chairman of the board, has spent his working life in the design, management and delivery of public services, both as a senior manager for public sector organisations and as a private sector consultant working for and advising local authorities.
He is joined by Mairi Coleman and Charles Brody. Originally from Lochgilphead, Mairi is a head of human resources in the banking industry, while Charles is a retired senior banker now living in Scotland, having spent most of his working life in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar.
Councillors Jim Anderson, Graham Hardie and Jim Lynch will represent Argyll and Bute Council, and Mary Watt will provide the trade union contribution.
The council’s policy lead for communities Councillor Robin Currie said: ‘Work to develop LiveArgyll is progressing very well. We have a board that brings together expertise, enthusiasm and energy to make this work for trust employees and for everyone who will use these services.
‘The aim of the trust will be to deliver services that improve people’s lives, and to do this as a team, by drawing on the views and expertise of employees and with a firm focus on the needs of customers.
‘The trust’s name reflects this. We wanted something of course that explains what the leisure trust is about, and is memorable.
‘The idea for LiveArgyll came from employees and is about underlining that these services will be here to help young and old live healthy, happy lives.’