Meirion Morgan – Chair of the Board of Trustees
I was born and raised in the heart of the Cynon Valley (Aberdare) and read Mathematics at the universities of Cardiff and Oxford. My commercial experience of mathematics, technology and finance spans over two decades, including over a decade in the City of London where I performed a variety of quantitative roles at UBS, Rabobank, London Clearing House, RBS and Lloyds Banking Group.
I am passionate about business and entrepreneurship, co-founding both a specialist financial services company and niche software provider. In addition to chairing Aneurin Leisure, I also chair the charity ProMo-Cymru, the think-tank Gorwel and have sat on the boards of other charities.
Jenny Ames – Community Trustee
I have had a 35-year career in the university sector, the last 8 years of which were in senior leadership positions, including as Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of South Wales. I am now based in Reading, Berkshire, where I am establishing a consultancy working at the interface between universities with business and society.
Throughout my career I have gained considerable experience working in partnership with a wide range of organisations, including the NHS, local councils, museums, charities, the private sector, and further education colleges. Enabling and encouraging people to reach their potential is important to me and mentoring and coaching colleagues is further experience I bring to Aneurin Leisure.
I have experience of leading colleagues in areas of direct relevance to the Trust, including Sport and Exercise, Public Health and Well-being, Inequalities and Disadvantage, Natural Environment, and Food. In addition, I have a very good understanding of the types of pathway from academic research to creating an impact in society. I am excited to be able to apply my knowledge and skills to benefit Aneurin Leisure.
Lyn Evans - Community Trustee
In the local Government reorganisation in 1996 I moved to Blaenau Gwent Council. I worked in the Works Department as a Management Services Officer, then into Leisure Services and became the Grounds Maintenance & Countryside Manager until my retirement in 2009. I have worked over 30 years in Local Government and I have gained valuable experience during that time.
In March 2013 I became the vice chairman of voluntary directors with Six Bells Regeneration Limited which is Social Enterprise Company based at TY Ebbw Fach in Six Bells. In December 2013 I became the Company Secretaryand I have acquired business skills which will be beneficial in carrying out the role as trustee. I am looking forward to being involved in developing and improving access for leisure, culture and community learning which will bring great benefits to the future health, and well being of the people of Blaenau Gwent. I would like to ensure the long term sustainability of Leisure Services and I am proud to serve as a trustee on the board of Aneurin Leisure
Sharon Howell - Community Trustee
I am passionate about sport, music, education and arts supporting and ensuring that there are life opportunities for the community of Blaenau Gwent. I want to be part of a team that has the drive, enthusiasm and passion to change and/or improve services and facilities for the benefit of those who live and work in Blaenau Gwent.
I have qualifications in business and finance, have an extensive administrative background and a degree in community education which will allow me to share my knowledge, experience and skills in a variety of ways, to secure the facilities and services we enjoy throughout the Borough.
I am a tutor, coach and mentor in several sporting disciplines and have had over 25 years experience running and managing several voluntary groups. My current role as Communities First Learning Officer allows me to experience a wide range of skills in engagement, communication and writing funding bids at all different levels, as well as networking with organisations both in the private and voluntary sector. I am an energetic, diligent, conscientious person who enjoys new challenges.
Donna Hardman - Employee Trustee
I started working for Gwent Libraries in 1989, in a temporary job in County Hall Cwmbran, and have worked for Libraries ever since! I worked in Gwent's Schools Library Service, and Acquisitions, before transferring to Blaenau Gwent with reorganisation in 1996. In that time, I have worked on the mobile library and Home Delivery Service, and am currently the Children's Officer, which includes responsibility for Library Services for Schools and Bookstart.
Originally from Newport, I've lived in Tredegar for 23 years, and have two daughters. In my spare time I volunteer for Kidz R Us, a performing arts centre in Tredegar. My interests include music and dance, walking and reading (of course!)
Councillor Wayne Hodgins – Local Authority Trustee
I have been a Borough Councillor since September 2016 where I am ward member for Brynmawr. I have been a Brynmawr Town Councillor, since 2014. I am Chairperson of Brynmawr Town Partnership and have the responsibility of organising and installing Christmas lights in Brynmawr Town Centre. I support all the local rugby clubs in the town.
I am a local business man and in the course of my business I work on many community events. I have the interest of the community at the forefront of my work as a councillor and also as a board member of Aneurin Leisure.