our board

Wesport is a charity and company limited by guarantee and as such, Trustees are responsible for the overall governance of the charity including:

  • Determining the overall direction and development of Wesport through good governance
  • Ensuring that Wesport operates in accordance with charitable and company law and in line with its governing documents
  • Safeguarding the Trust’s good name, values and reputation
  • To act as a guardian of the Trust’s assets, both tangible and intangible
  • Holding the Chief Executive accountable for the achievement of the organisation’s objectives

If you would like to learn more about Wesport’s governance or trust board, please email info@wesport.org.uk

All Trustee positions at Wesport are voluntary roles, and they are all non-executive and independent*

(*Independent as per the Sport England A Code For Sports Governance definition: “a person is independent if they are free from any close connection to the organisation and if, from the perspective of an objective outsider, they would be viewed as independent. A person may still be deemed to be ‘independent’ even if they are a member of the organisation and/or play the sport. Examples of a ‘close connection’ include:

(A) they are or have within the last four years been actively involved in the organisation’s affairs, e.g. as a representative of a specific interest group within the organisation such as a sporting discipline, a region or a home country;

(B) they are or have within the last four years been an employee of the organisation; or

(C) they have close family ties with any of the organisation’s directors or senior employees”)

meet our trustees

Andrea Arlidge - Chair

Andrea Arlidge is the CEO of Wellsway Multi-Academy Trust (WMAT), a growing partnership of schools in Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire comprising primary, special and secondary schools.

Andrea is a founding member of WMAT, which was started in 2014 by the governing body of Wellsway School in Keynsham where she was headteacher. She has 16 year’s headship experience in three schools: Wellsway School (2005 – 2016); St Katherine’s School, Pill (2000 – 2005) and Sir Bernard Lovell School (Interim Head 2014/15).

Andrea is a strong advocate for school sport and has first-hand experience of the power of sport to transform lives. She is determined to continue the work of the School Sports Partnership in B&NES, which is now hosted within WMAT and continuing to thrive. She has been a Board member at Wesport since 2008 and took on the role of Chair in 2016. She is a keen supporter of the West of England School Games that bring together children and young people from right across the West of England region in a celebration of school sport.

John Baker

John is a retired solicitor and a former Senior Executive and General Counsel with various companies.  He has been named one of the top 25 General Counsel in Canada and has extensive experience working internationally and particularly in the UK, US and Canada.  He has been engaged both in the public and private sectors and has worked in law firms and corporations in the UK and Canada in the aviation, telecommunications and real estate sectors.  Wesport provides John with the opportunity to marry his passion for all sports with a desire to contribute to the local community.

Louise Buxton

Louise is a retired Chartered Accountant now living in Bath.  During her professional career, Louise worked in London, Chicago and Abu Dhabi managing a variety of projects ranging from the quantification of damages for litigation claims, to forensic accounting of a multi-billion international banking fraud, to US insolvencies, and the audits of various major British companies.  

Louise is committed to local sports and has been volunteering her financial skills to local sports clubs since 2002, from treasurer of the local badminton club to Board member with responsibility for Finance at Bath Golf Club. Louise also volunteered as a Gamesmaker at the London 2012 Olympics.  Louise regularly plays golf, competes in triathlons and enjoys participating in and watching all sports.

Louise joined Wesport as she believes strongly in the benefits to the local community of encouraging others to lead more active lives.

Sue Dors

Sue has lived in North Somerset all her life. She trained in Birmingham as a PE teacher and taught at Chew Stoke Primary School for a few years.  Whilst her children were growing up, she taught primary school, mums, babes, and adult swimming at Churchill Pool.  

Sue has been involved in swimming as a volunteer for almost 40 years.  She has held various roles within the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) at Club, County, Region and National level on committees and as an official and is currently Chairman of Weston-super-Mare Swimming Club and President of the ASA South West Region. From 2005 until 2013, she chaired the ASA South West Regional Management Board.  During this time, the Board supported the work of the ASA’s Regional staff team in their work across the South West with various sporting providers including County Sport Partnerships (CSP’s).

Sue wanted to become a trustee of Wesport as sport has always played a key part in of her life. Over the years, she has found it incredible to watch how sport has developed and widened its remit.  She feels it is important that all involved with sport and recreational activity should seek opportunities to work together so that more people of all abilities are able to participate, gain confidence and experience the ‘thrill’ of achieving their goals.

Paul Harrod

Paul is the chief executive of Decipher Impact, a social enterprise focused on delivering evidence-based public-health products and services.  Prior to that Paul was the founder of the Together Social Business Group which creates full-time jobs for ex-offenders and is based in Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Paul is a non-executive director at the Castle School Education Trust, a multi-academy trust that runs seven schools in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area.  He is also a trustee of the Sir Halley Stewart Trust.  Until last year he was a non-executive director of the Restore Trust and an advisor to the regional School of Social Entrepreneurs.

Paul is a volunteer coach at Westbury Harriers, and organises a running club at his childrens' primary school.   Most of his weekends are spent being a taxi-driver taking his children to various netball, football and running events.  He is keen to support Wesport in ensuring that such a wide-range of sporting opportunities are available to as many people as possible in our region. 

Alexandra Cole

Alex has recently moved back to Bristol after having previously spent her University years here. Currently working as a Business Analyst at Lloyds Banking Group she previously worked for a bespoke Research Consultancy in London specialising in the Advertising and Media Industry.

Having been involved in a range of sports from a young age she has experience competing in and coaching swimming, trampolining and horse-riding as well as participating in recreational athletics and gymnastics. As an advocate for health and physical activity, she champions workplace health and initiated numerous projects to maximise this in her previous roles.

She wanted to become a Trustee of Wesport to help others to experience the joy, satisfaction and achievement she experiences through sport and physical activity. She feels it’s vital that we help sport to becomes more accessible and available to everyone in our region encouraging active and healthy lives.