Meet the Trustee's

Lorna Virgo (Chair)

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!

David Basset (Vice Chair)

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."

Helen Humphrey

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.

David Bryan Reynolds

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.

Councillor Fiona Cross

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.

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.

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.

Sam Heighway

I started my career in HR over 25 years ago with the NHS in Liverpool, before travelling and working overseas.  On returning to the UK, I joined Gwent Police and then moved to the private sector in South Wales where I progressed and operated at a senior level with multi-national companies.  This provided me with the opportunity to not only lead and support numerous people projects, but also to work with colleagues in countries such as Japan, China, Brazil and Canada.

 

My experience includes partnering with leadership teams in the development of business strategy, values and behaviours, the creation of HR strategy and delivering the ‘people’ agenda with a customer focus.  I have been a self-employed HR consultant and qualified Executive Coach since January 2019.

 

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 powerlifting), being fit and healthy has always played a huge part in my own wellbeing. 

 

As well as sharing the same Values as the Trust, it is for this reason that I am delighted to be part of the Torfaen Leisure Team, to not only bring my own career experience but also promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle for our community and support the Trust to be the best it can be.

 

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!

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.

Richard Jeffries

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.

Latest News

National Fitness Day

September 20, 2021
Due to the overwhelming response to our National Fitness Day Membership Offer and numerous requests from our members, we have extended it until the 1st October 2021 - check out the full details here:

Health Suite Re-opening

September 16, 2021
Our Health Suite in Pontypool ALC is ready to re-open! We will be welcoming customers back to our Health Suite from Monday 20th September. There will be limited bookings, so check here for details:

All our Centres are currently closed due to the Tier 4 Restrictions in Wales. We will be re-opening our Indoor facilities on Monday 3rd May 2021. Please keep an eye on our Website and Social Media for updates. We hope to see you very soon!

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