Meet the Trustee's

Sam Heighway (Chair)

I have enjoyed a 25+ year career in HR, people and change management, leadership development and coaching in both the public and private sector, where I progressed and operated at Director level within multi-national companies.  In 2019, I became self employed and operate now as a People Consultant and Coach.  All this experience has given me incredible opportunities to lead, support and work with people and cultures across the world. 

 

Sport and fitness have always been important to me ever since I was a teenager and although how I exercise has changed over the years (from step classes to running half marathons and marathons to becoming a competitive powerlifter), being fit and healthy has always played a huge part in my own wellbeing.  

 

I am delighted to be part of the Torfaen Leisure Team, to not only share my own career experience but also to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for our community and support the Trust in achieving our vision.

 

I am a parent governor of a high school, the proud Mum of 3 children (who are growing up far too quickly) and 2 dogs that require lots of walking!

Richard Jeffries (Vice Chair)

Richard was born and brought up in Torfaen, attending Fairwater High School before graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Criminology. His work and studies have taken him around the world, having spent time living in Hong Kong, South Africa and London before returning to settle in Cwmbran. After a 12 year career in procurement, Richard is now a commercial manager for a global pharmaceutical company and is responsible for the supply of respiratory medicines in 10 countries across Europe. 

 

He has been a long time user of TLT facilities, having represented Torfaen Swim Squad as well as playing football for Cwmbran Town for many years. Now his main passion is cricket and he serves as the Chairman of Panteg Cricket Club in Griffithstown. He is currently studying an MBA at Cardiff University and is excited to bring his varied experiences to the benefit of TLT users.

Stephanie Bradley

Stephanie has lived in Torfaen since 1988, having grown up in Malpas in Newport, but spent most of her Saturday’s shopping in Cwmbran where she fell in love with the town. Stephanie is a qualified accountant and has over 25 years’ experience of working in public sector or not for profit organisations, having worked in the health, police and further education sectors before joining Newport City Homes in 2017.  

Stephanie is currently the Interim Director Finance and Resources and responsible for leading on all strategic, corporate and operational aspects of financial accounting and planning, treasury management, risk and assurance, procurement, insurance and data services.  Stephanie is also the sponsor of a large-scale culture change programme for the association and is leading on the new ways of working project, which includes developing the new values and the refresh of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the association.

Stephanie is passionate about working in an environment that provides services and opportunities for local communities and committed to providing services that improves individuals health and wellbeing.  

Stephanie has a busy life being a very proud mum of three and grandma of one and has loved using the facilities with her family while they were growing up. All three of her children learnt to swim in Fairwater Leisure Centre which she is looking forward to repeating with her young grandson.

Natalie Jones

Born and brought up in Quakers Yard, Natalie is a graduate from the University of South Wales with a degree in Computer Science. Natalie is also an accomplished consultant business analyst with a 10 year proven track record in major digital transformational programs leading her to starting her own technology consultancy in 2018.Natalie excelsin improving businesses by delivering I.T.-driven transformations.

Natalie joined the Torfaen board initially as part of the Chwarae Teg Step to Non Exec scheme focusing on senior female leadership and gender balance on boards.

Mike Shrubshall

Mike is a Father, Husband and Business Owner. Head of foundation Academy Football Coach. Commercial Officer for Llanyrafon AFC (Junior’s and Senior’s).

Mike is the Managing Director of NexGen Sports Holdings Ltd. A sports facilities and development company created to the improvement of facilities and sports clubs to help provide the next generation of children with more opportunities to participate in sport and support their love of the games making the move of their sporting journey.

Mike is also a Business Owner of one of Wales property company focusing on both residential and investment sales, lettings and property management, property investment, block management, soon to be offering financial services.

In 2009 Purchased acquired a resell property business as a going concern, in 12 years the business has won multiple awards for customer service, made numerous acquisitions and sustained year on year growth. The foundations are built on providing a modern, progressive, platinum value for money service to its clients. Many of the clients we work with today have been with us since the start in 2009 and we like to believe not only have we been helping people achieve more though business transactions these clients have also become friends.

Amy Taylor

I started my working career in Torfaen with Torfaen Training in 2002. With the guidance and support of Torfaen Training and Torfaen County Borough Council, I gained the experience to confidence to progress within Local Government.  I now have over 19 years of Local Government experience and work in a neighbouring Local Authority.

I gained my Business and Marketing Degree from the University of South Wales in 2008 after studying part-time and working full time at the Council. I went on to study for my Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and become a member the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  Supported by my current employer I went on to study and gain a Master in Business Administration in 2015.

I currently manage a team of Regeneration Officers responsible for delivering a programme of projects including decarbonisation, digital and town centre regeneration.    

Outside of work, I sit on the Committee of a Local Community Rugby Club. The facilities at Pontypool Active Living Centre have a very big place in my heart because it was there I learnt to swim and trained weekly with Pontypool Dolphins.  

I am extremely excited to join Torfaen Leisure Trust and look forward to being on the journey that sees the Trust become an even bigger part of the future for our communities than it is already.

Lorna Virgo

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!

Coran Davies

Coran grew up in Torfaen and Newport and later went on to study a degree in Surveying and a degree in Law at the University of South Wales. Coran has over 10 years experience working in the private and local authority sector.

During this time Coran has held several senior leadership roles. At present he is responsible for procurement, contract and commercial management of delivering repairs and maintenance services to 29,000 Bristol City Council and leasehold properties. In this role Coran sits on the Equality and Inclusion board as a Directorate Champion. This is where he plays an important part on transforming the Equality and Inclusion Policy and Strategy across Bristol.  

Coran is passionate about fitness and how this can improve individuals physical health and mental well-being. Being commercially minded Coran is keen to make sure TLT continues to deliver value for money in its services whilst having a clear strategy for commercial growth and sustainability for the future.

Cllr Anthony Hunt

Anthony Hunt was first elected as a Councillor in 2012, serving the Panteg ward.

Anthony graduated from Cardiff University with a law degree and spent time working in America before returning to Wales.  As the son of a nurse and a police officer, Anthony cites his passion for front line public services, and a wish to safeguard those services, as his reason for getting into politics.

Before being elected to the Council, Anthony gained a wealth of experience at all levels of Government, spending time working in Torfaen, in Parliament, in Whitehall and in the National Assembly for Wales.

He worked with the former Torfaen Member of Parliament Paul Murphy, as a Researcher and then Special Advisor during Paul's time as Welsh Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary, gaining an understanding of devolution and the relationship between the different levels of Government.

He also worked closely with Paul in the constituency, taking up issues on behalf of constituents and gaining an understanding of the local representational role of elected politicians.

On the Council, Anthony served as Executive Member for Resources before being elected as Deputy Leader in 2015 and Leader in December 2016.

On a regional and national basis, Anthony Chairs the Cardiff Capital Region Joint Cabinet, sits on the LGA City Regions Board and is the Welsh Local Government Association Spokesperson for Resources.

Outside of politics, Anthony is a competitive cyclist with Pontypool Road Cycling Club and volunteers as a junior football coach with Griffithstown AFC. A keen fan ofmusic (especially Bruce Springsteen) and the arts, he has also volunteered at events from Glastonbury Festival to the Congress Theatre in Cwmbran.

Anthony is a school governor at Griffithstown Primary School and lives in Griffithstown with his wife and two children.

Latest News

Chief Executive Vacancy

August 1, 2022
We are looking for our next Chief Executive. You would be a dynamic and visionary leader willing to uphold and promote the values of Torfaen Leisure Trust. If this is you, then apply now!

Health Suite Notice PALC

July 26, 2022
Our Sauna in the Health Suite at Pontypool ALC is currently out of use.