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.
Lyn Evans - Vice Chair
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
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.
Claire Beynon – Community Trustee
I am delighted to be a Trustee at Aneurin Leisure. My experience of working in senior roles in both leisure services and the NHS will help me to fulfil the role. I have experience of managing sports development, play development, arts development, community development, heritage, events management, and other sports and leisure services. In recent years I have re-trained in Public Health and I am keen to help this not for profit organisation meet the needs of the local community.
Sharon Howell - Community Trustee
Donna Hardman - Employee Trustee
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.
Councillor Lee Parsons – Local Authority Trustee
Elected County Borough Councillor representing the Llanhilleth Ward in May 2017, Chairman of Destination Management Committee, Vice-Chairman of Environment, Regeneration & Economic Development Scrutiny Committee.
Passionate Naturalist and Conservationist, member of Blaenau Gwent & Torfaen Local Nature Partnership Steering Committee, supporter of both Gwent Ornithological Society & Gwent Wildlife Trust.
Previously employed within the training industry as Training & Development Advisor, Assessing and Verifying learners on both Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships in Management, Business & Administration and Customer Service.
Former staff reporter on the South Wales Argus newspaper and freelance Journalist/Photo Journalist.
Member of the Royal Photographic Society, achieving Licentiate in 2013, currently working towards attaining Associate qualification.
Supporter of sports at both local and national level, keen to maintain and develop sporting excellence within the Borough and promote health benefits to all and full inclusion for the disabled.