The Team

Valley Leisure Ltd is governed by an experienced Board of Trustees who play a leading role to ensure that the charity is well resourced to meet its charitable objectives.

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Trustees

From a variety of backgrounds including financial management, risk management, finance, health and customer services and with demonstrable success in business at both national and international level, all Trustees are volunteers, passionately committed to the ethos of the charity.

Keith Blacker

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.
Gavin Scott-Duncan

Gavin Scott Duncan

Trustee

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.
Gavin Scott-Duncan
Peter Horne

Peter Horne

Trustee

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.
Sue Mills

Sue Mills

Trustee

Sue Mills currently works as Coach/Trainer for the Sales and Installations Division. She is passionate about the provision of first class customer service and ensuring that the customer is always the top priority. Prior to that, Sue worked in Sales for both Stannah and the local Andover Advertiser and also had a stint as an Estate Agent.

Sue has lived in Andover since a very early age and is delighted to be invited to join Valley Leisure. As a proud local, she will strive to assist with any projects that might enhance our local community. Sue is married with two grown up daughters, a son-in-law and a grand-daughter and in her spare time enjoys spending time with both the family and friends alike.

Sue Mills
Libby

Libby Strutt

Trustee

Libby has had a number of roles but the bulk of her career has been spent in the healthcare industry.  Her experience spans sales, customer service and operations but most recently she has worked in marketing, communications and PR for the Stannah Group of companies.  

With a husband who was in the forces, she has lived and worked in a number of countries overseas as well as the UK.  Libby joined the board of Trustees in April 2021.

Senior Management Team

The day-to-day operation of the charity is managed by a skilled and dedicated team of Senior Managers. Together, with their complementary backgrounds and skillsets, they facilitate the delivery of the service and charitable objectives.

Chris Attrill

Chris Attrill

Chief Executive

Chris has always been passionate about the leisure industry, and in particular the customer experience and the benefits gained from leading an active and healthy lifestyle. Chris attained his degree in Sport Studies and Business in 2004 and soon after started working for Valley Leisure. Chris progressed through various roles within Valley Leisure and after 8 years was appointed as one of the senior managers being responsible for the service and revenue for the charity.

Having then gained further experience with the leading national operator of bowling venues, Chris returned to Valley Leisure in April 2019 as the Operations Manager. In August 2020, Chris was appointed as the Chief Executive and will now be the driving force behind ensuring the charity continues to develop and deliver in these challenging times.

Barry Kermode

Barry Kermode

Finance Manager

Barry, our Finance Manager, is a finance professional spending most of his career in the telecoms sector working for Cable and Wireless and Vodafone and latterly for smaller fixed-line operators.

Barry joined Valley Leisure in February 2011.

Barry Kermode
Liz Murray

Liz Murray

Partnerships Development Manager

With a diverse career spanning over 20 years in community health and wellbeing, Liz has an innate passion and enthusiasm for fulfilling Valley Leisure’s mission and enabling people to ‘move more and feel better’.

Having started ‘on the shop floor’ as a Fitness Instructor whilst studying a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science, Liz has harnessed and honed her unique communication style to establish and energise partnership networks, inspiring others to believe in the ‘I Can’ concept and all that Valley Leisure seeks to achieve throughout its charitable work.

“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.”
Chris Attrill

Chris Attrill

Chief Executive of Valley Leisure