Valley Leisure is a charitable company, which operates through a Board of Trustees. Our trustees are all volunteers, and play a leading role in ensuring the trust is a strong and commercially sound business and that our charitable objectives are achieved. The trustees bring significant experience and expertise including financial management, marketing, human resources and leisure with demonstrable success in business at both national and international level.
Dr Keith Blacker (Chairman)
Keith is a chartered accountant and spent most of his career working in the financial services industry. He has a doctorate in operations risk management, and was the former finance director at the Simplyhealth Group. Keith joined Valley Leisure as a trustee in 2007.
Nick runs his own business providing specialist recruitment services. He is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in sport and the role it plays in developing healthy lifestyles. Nick joined Valley Leisure as a trustee in 2010.
After qualifying as an accountant at Unilever, Nick devoted most of his career within service organisations as director of customer operations. Nick has a keen interest in leadership, strategy and corporate governance, putting customers at the centre of the organisation, and is delighted to join Valley Leisure as a trustee.
Michael is a chartered accountant and spent much of his career in the professional services sector. He was elected chief executive of Grant Thornton in 2001 and was also a non-executive director of Grant Thornton International. In his various roles, Michael was responsible for strategic direction, leadership, development and management. Michael joined Valley Leisure as chairman in 2009. Michael is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Prince of Wales' Accounting for Sustainability initiate, a trustee of Age Concern (Southampton) and treasurer of a local football club.
Gavin Scott Duncan
Gavin has spent most of his career working in the healthcare, biotech and medical device sectors with a successful track record of managing challenging situations (both UK and International), including: start-ups, early stage businesses and company turnarounds. He holds a number of board appointments, both in an executive and non-executive capacity. He joined Valley Leisure as a trustee in 2010.
Peter has over 25 years of experience of working in the public sector. He spent 18 years in the Army as an infantry officer and then moved to the NHS in 2005, initially as a divisional operations director within London Ambulance Service. From there he spent time within the regional tier of the NHS before taking up a post within local commissioning organisations in Hampshire. He is currently director of system delivery for NHS Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group.
Dr Malcolm Stone
Malcolm has been a full time GP in Andover since 1989. He has a keen interest in health promotion and tries to practice what he preaches. Malcolm has an allotment and is a keen runner. He recently completed his first London Marathon, and has taken part in several half marathons.
Angela is a publisher by trade and has built a successful media company. In her early career, she was a journalist in New York before moving back to the UK to take over as editor of a trade publication. She then left to set up A-Team Group in 2001 and focuses on how marketing helps build advancing businesses. Angela also recently launched a new online community website for Test Valley, called InspiredCommunity.co.uk, to apply what she knows to something she is passionate about: the Test Valley community.