Nigel Morton – Chair
Nigel was one of the founder trustees of the Lido having been actively involved in the setting up of the charity and the transfer of the Lido to it. Nigel has been inspirational as Chair and his leadership skills have ensured our Charitable Trust had a firm foundation from the start. Nigel and his 3 children are regular users of the Lido. In his spare time Nigel is a Real Estate Partner in a National Law Firm.
Tony Cherrington – Vice Chair
I have always been a trustee since the trust was set up in 1996, representing the Cheltenham swimming and water polo club. Living locally I have always swum in the lido from my youth, having represented Great Britain as a water polo player and now as an active master swimmer. I am very passionate about the lido and consider it be one of Cheltenham’s jewels in the crown.
Liz has been a Trustee since 1996 and was part of the action committee set up to persuade the Council that a Trust could work. She first used the lido when she 12yrs old and she said ‘it was my first love. We are very lucky to have this summer jewel. It is up to us to guard this heritage well. That is why I continue to support this lido even though times are sometimes difficult and it can be an emotional roller coaster. We must preserve the history and the community of this site, where young and old meet and enjoy the freedom and atmosphere.’
I was initially involved in helping to secure the future of the lido as part of the original action group in 1994 and became a trustee in 1996. My background is in Leisure Management and education and I have a passion to ensure this unique lido is still here for many generations to come. My personal focus as a trustee is to provide a fun, relaxing and stimulating environment for all of our community, with a particular interest in children, families and young people. I feel strongly about conserving the historical integrity of the lido in harmony with future developments.
Honorary Alderman Dave Banyard
Born within a stones throw of the lido he became a Borough Councillor in 1987 – 2002, was Millennium Mayor of Cheltenham and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. He became a Trustee in 1996 as a representative of the Borough Council and has remained an elected Trustee ever since. Very much a sportsman in his younger days, although he has never been a keen swimmer he has always been a big supporter of what is clearly a superb facility. Now a pensioner he brings a fairly wise old head and down to earth logical views of matters relating to the past, present and future of our lido.
Chris James swam competitively in his youth and, as a local resident who lives less than ¼ mile away from the lido, swims there whenever he gets the chance. Chris is a Mechanical Engineer and is keen to use his background to support the excellent management team and ensure the Lido continues to thrive and develop. He believes that the Lido’s offering of exercise, fresh air and a beautiful and historic environment are more important now than they ever have been. Chris became a trustee in 2009.
Carole joined the Trust in 2014. Carole is a Senior Consultant in the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit. This role involves supporting National Governing Bodies of Sport, to ensure that all children and young people can achieve, and have a safe and enjoyable experience of sport. Carole is also a member of the UK National Anti Doping Panel, sitting on anti doping panels in sport. Previously, Carole was Director of Development for British Triathlon. A former youth swimmer and Great Britain Elite Triathlete, Carole loves swimming at the Lido, and is passionate about using her background to support the Management team, to ensure that the Lido thrives, for those who enjoy it today and for the future.
Jon joined the board of trustees in 2013 to help provide financial and accounting advice to the board, through his experience as a qualified Chartered Accountant. Jon grew up in Cheltenham, having spent time working away from the area, he has always been a keen user of the Lido whenever time allows. Jon is very passionate about the Lido and considers its heritage and facilities of great importance to Cheltenham and hope this continues long into the future.
Gillian has been a trustee since 2013 and uses her background as a social scientist, with a particular interest in the meaning of people and place, to support the management team. A keen user of the Lido, Gillian recognises the qualities of the Lido that makes it special and its contribution to the community.
John became a trustee in 2016 having lived in Cheltenham since 2005 and became a regular user throughout the season. He works as a senior lecturer in the University of Gloucestershire’s Business School, with specialist interests in sports, leisure and tourism management, and draws on his own previous experience as competitive swimmer, swimming teacher, sports centre manager and leisure trust director in Scotland. John hopes to bring to the lido a perspective on the wider opportunities this wonderful resource presents for Cheltenham’s residents and visitors, as well as to help develop and enhance the quality of provision it has to offer.
Richard became a Trustee in 2017 having been a keen swimmer and user of the Lido in his early childhood before moving away from Cheltenham in the 1960’s. Richard returned to the Cheltenham area in 2003 and has been a member of the Lido since that time. Following a successful career in the Aero and Energy sectors, Richard established his own businesses. These businesses being associated with the delivery of large International energy infrastructure projects and, at the other end of the spectrum, a business developing 3D moving graphics for the evolving new technology sectors.
As a Trustee Richard aims to bring both his engineering and business experience to the benefit of the Lido across its range of activities. By doing this Richard wants to play a positive role in ensuring that the Lido seeks to provide the town of Cheltenham with a facility that maintains both its heritage but also develops in a wholly positive way to ensure its future for the generations that follow.
Andy has swum in the lido since the mid 1980s when he came to Cheltenham as a sponsored university student with the Dowty Group. He now works in marketing for Renishaw in South Gloucestershire and lives within a mile of the lido. He’s a regular season ticket holder and swims several times each week at the lido in addition to some of the lakes and quarries in the local area. Andy has previously been a junior rugby coach at the Old Pats and an adult swimming teacher at Gloucester’s GL1. As a trustee his aim is to help protect what the lido has become today – a fabulous local asset – and enable it to continually develop to meet the evolving needs of its users. Andy became a trustee in 2017.
Interested in becoming a Trustee?
Sandford Lido Limited is responsible for the most historically complete Lido in the UK. Its important that we preserve the facility whilst at the same time ensure we continue to offer a high standard of swimming and recreational provision. Through our educational program we must strive to promote our swimming heritage. If you are interested in our lido, our ambitions and our community help us to meet our challenges by joining our Board of Trustees.
Sandford Lido limited Board of Trustees consists of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 people. Their role is primarily a strategic one focusing on the future development of the charity. The appointments are not remunerated, although we reimburse out of pocket expenses incurred such as travel costs.
The Trustees meet 6 -8 times a year for Board meeting, Trustees are also requested to occasionally serve on smaller sub groups to work on specific projects.
If you wish to become a Trustee please download and post it to ‘Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU’
Current Trustee Vacancies
Whist we are not actively recruiting for new trustees, we always welcome and consider any application made.
Candidates should have an understanding of and sufficient commitment to the objectives of Sandford Lido Limited. They should have the ability to work constructively with other trustees and senior management and to take part in strategic decision making. Trustees are unpaid, but will be reimbursed for any expenses.