Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust is governed by a Board of up to eleven Trustees who give strategic guidance and support to the Trust’s Management Team, which is led by the Chief Executive.
The Trustees are all representatives of the local community and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation with representatives from health, education, business, community organisations, the voluntary sector and Gloucester City Council.
Andrew lives in Gloucester and has been a Trustee of Aspire since its founding. He trained as a physicist at UEA and Liverpool University and worked in ICT for 25 years in both the private and public sectors, latterly for local government. He took early retirement in 2006. Andrew has a first class degree and an MBA.
Andrew is a keen follower of football usually from an armchair but occasionally from the touchline on Sunday mornings in Plock Court. He learnt to play tennis at Oxstalls Tennis Centre and regularly plays there socially and competitively in the lower leagues. He maintains his interest in scientific and technological developments following closely the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN.
Martyn is a retired Director of a medium-sized locally-based caravan retailer.
He was a Gloucester City Councillor from 1998-2011and from 2004-2011 Cabinet Member responsible for the City’s Heritage and Leisure portfolio, devolving management of Gloucester City Leisure Services to Aspire from the City Council in 2008.
Martyn has a very strong interest in Gloucester’s history and Heritage and is a member of the Gloucester Regeneration Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Council of Management of Gloucester Civic Trust and Chairman of Gloucester Historic Buildings Ltd., a joint venture of Gloucester City Council and Gloucester Civic Trust. Martyn is a Trustee of other charities including Gloucester Charities Trust, of which he was Chairman until January 2016, Gloucester Athletics Track Management Ltd, Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust. An active member of Gloucester Rotary Club, Martyn is Chairman of its Trust Fund for Young People and lead organiser of the Club’s annual Tree of Light in conjunction with Gloucester City Council.
Neil was appointed as a Trustee in 2016. He has extensive experience of sport as a participant, administrator and official. He served for 5 years as Secretary of Scotland’s National Governing Body (NGB) for badminton, and was a Council member of the International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 1996, being a Vice President for his last 8 years. He refereed many top level international badminton events, including several World Championships and at two Olympic Games. He was IBF Chief Executive for 5 years from 1998 to 2003.
Neil was also chair of the British Orienteering NGB for 4 years, is a Trustee of another local Charity (Active Gloucestershire) and was its Chair for several years.
Having worked in the computer industry for 25 years in technical marketing and having held various management positions, Neil believes his analytic skills, management and sporting experience can assist Aspire to meet its objectives.
Neil is a keen sporting participant of orienteering, table tennis, road running and swimming.
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Caroline is a founding director of The Vivid PR Consultancy and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (FCIPR). After starting her career in journalism with the Gloucestershire Echo, she worked in public relations and marketing communications agencies in Bath, Birmingham and Cheltenham before setting up her own business in 2007. She is also a member of the Spring Board, a small collaborative group of multi-disciplinary coaches, mentors and trainers who work together on projects for clients going through significant change or accelerated growth.
Caroline lives in Tewkesbury is married to Neil and has two children Lily and Sam. Outside of work and home commitments, Caroline is a member of Tewkesbury Triathlon Club (TTC) and competes in sprint and standard distance events. She is a TTC committee member and the Race Director responsible for organising four aquathlons and two sprint triathlons every year. Caroline recently qualified as a Level One coach with the British Triathlon Federation and is a part of the TTC coaching team runs a full programme of swim, run and bike sessions plus an annual 10 week beginners courses that has so far introduced more than 100 people aged 18 to 60 to the sport of triathlon in just three years.
Paul Toleman was born in Gloucester where his first school was Calton Road infants and then primary followed by Sir Thomas Rich’s. He then went onto 20 years in the building industry as a Regional Sales Manager for 2 large national companies before running his own business as an interior designer.
He was elected onto the City Council Westgate ward in 2011 where he retained his seat in 2015 and again in 2016. He has been on the planning committee ever since and was on the board of Gloucester City Homes until recently and was pleased to say that following the stock transfer from the City Council to become an independent housing provider he was re-selected onto the board after being assessed for his skills and ability. He was also a governor of the 2gether NHS foundation trust.
Rugby was always his favourite sport and he played for Old Richians until he was 50 as well as a spell with Gloucester RFC back in the 70s.
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