New­com­ers add their ex­per­tise to leisure ser­vices

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - New Trustees -

Ash­ford Leisure Trust (ALT), the or­gan­i­sa­tion that op­er­ates Ash­ford’s Stour Cen­tre and the Julie Rose Sta­dium, has ap­pointed a new chair­man and five new trustees.

Ash­ford-born busi­ness­man Ian Bull has been ap­pointed as the Trust’s new chair­man.

He said: “The role that ALT plays in op­er­at­ing the town’s key leisure ser­vices is a cru­cial one. As Ash­ford grows and ex­pands the de­mand for qual­ity, af­ford­able leisure ser­vices will in­crease dra­mat­i­cally and we need to en­sure that the pro­vi­sion keeps up with de­mand. This will re­quire a ma­jor in­vest­ment in the fa­cil­i­ties, as well as en­hanced out­reach pro­grammes to de­liver the health and well­be­ing agenda.

“As a trust we looked very care­fully at the skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise that we need on the board to de­liver our am­bi­tions over the next few years, and we have ap­pointed five new trustees who bring that ex­per­tise in their spe­cial­ist ar­eas.”

The newly ap­pointed trustees are:

Bren­dan Mor­ris­sey – an Ash­ford res­i­dent and pro­fes­sional ac­coun­tant

Cllr Philip Sims – Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil­lor for Ken­ning­ton Ward

David Hill OBE – For­mer chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil

Char­lie Vava­sour – MD of Ash­ford-based PR & Mar­ket­ing agency, Quan­tum PR

Linda Dodds – for­mer NHS health pro­fes­sional and Fel­low of the Royal Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety

The new trustees join long­stand­ing trustees Ian Kirk­land and vice-chair­man David Water­field to com­plete the board.

Mr Kirk­land is a qual­i­fied so­lic­i­tor and for­mer Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices at Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil. Mr Water­field is a fi­nan­cial cen­tre man­ager and ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for San­tander.

For in­for­ma­tion on ALT visit www.ash­fordleisuretrust.co.uk/ trustees

The new board of trustees of Ash­ford Leisure Trust, from left, chair­man Ian Bull, Cllr Philip Sims, David Water­field, David Hill, Linda Dodds, Ian Kirk­land and Char­lie Vava­sour

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