I have lived in Torfaen since 2003, and I am a passionate, engaged and focused corporate services director with ICAEW chartered accountant and Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications. I gained my ACA qualification at Pricewaterhouse Coopers where I worked for over 11 years. As well as a strong accountancy background I have hands on experience of organisational development, governance, bid writing, wholesale IT infrastructure improvement projects, change management, business development and people management within a forward thinking, dynamic third sector organisation. I hope to use my experiences and skills to the benefit of Torfaen Leisure Trust, as I believe in the benefit that the services offered can bring to the local community.
Outside of work, I am a mother to two young boys and we are regular users of the facilities at both the Pontypool and Cwmbran sites. I am passionate about fitness and like to challenge myself - from undertaking the South Wales Three Peaks Challenge to sleeping rough to raise funds for LLamau! As a family we enjoy swimming, the great outdoors and getting to the beach as often as possible!
Prior to retirement I was Human Resources Director of Continental Teves in Ebbw Vale. For over 20 years before that I was H. R. Manager for Lucas Girling businesses (now Meritor and TRW) in Cwmbran and New Inn.
Equally importantly, I was born and bred in Torfaen and have always been active in local sports, having played rugby for New Panteg RFC for many years and a current member of Griffithstown Harriers running club.
I'm also an active member of "Torfaen Leisure", and feel it is important that we continue to provide our excellent sporting facilities and opportunities into the future."
I was born and have lived in Torfaen for most my life; and I am an "Old Westmonian". On leaving school I have spent my career in the food industry, having joined a major multiple as a Management Trainee in Welwyn Garden City. I retired 2 years ago after 40 years in the same industry; almost the last 20 of which were as a Director of one of Wales’ largest privately owned food distribution and retail Companies.
My experience, in the main, is that of developing business strategy; managing and developing people (Being a direct employer of over 2000 people with multifarious skills and abilities); developing marketing strategies; managing property portfolios; and negotiating various elements of the business. However it is people development that is paramount to any successful business and that was my largest focus.
I want to be a Leisure Trustee because - Having had a very busy and time consuming career I now wish to put something back into Torfaen.
I have participated, in one form or another, in sporting activities in this valley throughout my life and I strongly believe in the positive relationship between an active life and better health. I believe the skills I have accumulated in business will be of use in developing more active lifestyles within Torfaen.
I want to contribute to developing access for all, to sport and leisure provision in our valley, and feel that working collaboratively with fellow Leisure Trust members, staff members and Torfaen Borough Council will bring great benefits to the future health, and well-being, of people in Torfaen.
Helen Humphrey is a former Vice President of National Operations at McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. During her 29 years with McDonald’s Helen progressed from a 16 year old Crew Member serving and preparing food for customers, to become the company’s first female Vice President for Operations. Helen held numerous roles during her career, including restaurant operations, IT and training & development. In 2006 Helen became a member of the McDonald’s UK Executive Team, sharing responsibility for developing McDonald’s UK strategy and business plan and was accountable for all aspects of Restaurant operations and support.
Helen has been a recipient of numerous awards including the McDonald’s President’s Award, given to the top 1% of employees worldwide. In 2009 she also received the Everywoman, Women in Retail ‘Inspiration of the Year’ award in recognition of her work setting up McDonald’s UK Women’s Leadership Network and the Women’s Leadership Development Programme.
Since leaving McDonald’s Helen has spent time doing pro-bono work with social enterprises and local organisations to help deliver social mobility opportunities for young people; an area for which she has a real passion. Helen has lived in Torfaen for 16 years and joins Torfaen Leisure Trust with the aim of using the skills she has gained in a multi national business to help support her local community.
Helen is currently Chair of Sport Wales Advisory Group and a Board Member for Hockey Wales. Helen speaks regularly at leadership events.
Forty years working in leisure in the public, private and trust sectors. I spent twenty-three years in the Armed Forces (Army Physical Training Corps) managing Forces Leisure and Adventurous Training Facilities worldwide, including Centres in Hong Kong, Brunei, Kenya, the Caribbean and Germany. On leaving the Forces I was appointed as the Manager of the STAR Centre in Cardiff that had trust status followed by a year as General Manager of the Wales National Ice Rink. I subsequently joined Islwyn Borough Council and then Caerphilly CBC managing both stand alone and joint use leisure centres until I took early retirement in 2011. During this period I made time to go to University (UWN) and gained a PGCE, BA (Hons) PCET and MA Ed Management and Leadership.
I wanted to be a Leisure Trustee because - Having spent so much of my time within the leisure industry and as a leisure professional, representative sports man and coach, having retired, I feel that the knowledge and experience that I have could be put to productive use. I have been a public servant for most of my working life and I see my role as a Leisure Trustee as a continuation of this and relish the opportunity in putting something back into the local community.
Cllr Fiona Cross is a mother of two high school aged children and was first elected in 2008. She has strong links with the community, She was the chair of her local hall for seven years, has volunteered as a Gateway Advisor for Citizens Advice Bureau and is a Governor for Coed Eva School. In 2012 she was awarded a National Award, LGiU Community Champion of the Year.
Fiona is passionate about encouraging people of all abilities ot become physically active. She values affordable, quality opportunities and removing perceived barriers. She led the development of Torfaen's first Park Run in 2013 with a Team of volunteers and Torfaen Sports Development. Fiona recently established a new Park Run in Cwmbran and is the Event Director. She enjoys keeping active herself and along with walking she's also an enthusiastic runner for Fairwater-Cwmbran Runners.
She's been a Chair of Regeneration Scrutiny and Cleaner Communities Scrutiny along with being a member of various Council Commitees and completed a masters in Leadership in 2013.
Suzanne began her career in the small business environment setting up her first business before leaving school. She then worked in larger engineering organisations. Following the sale of the business, Suzanne moved into education becoming a University Programme Director for undergraduate and postgraduate business and marketing courses. This was followed by training and consultancy roles for businesses such as HSBC, 3M, Johnson and Johnson followed.
Suzanne has worked with entrepreneurs who have successfully floated business on the UK stock market and not-for-profit startups, providing experience across sectors and business types. She also brings a keen interest in marketing and the creation of sustainable business models into her latest role as a Board member for Torfaen Leisure Trust.