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

 

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.

Annie Vernon

Annie spent eight years as an international rower, representing her country at two Olympic Games (Bejing 2008 & London 2012) and in that time becoming a two-time World Champion and Olympic silver medallist. Since retiring, she has become a sports journalist and speaker, aiming to present the accessible and interesting side of sport. She chose to become a Trustee of Wesport in order to stay connected with sport at every level, and have an opportunity to shape the future of grassroots and participation sport in the West of England.

Bryn Vaile MBE

After winning Gold medal in sailing at the 1988 Olympic Games, Bryn continue to be involved in the sport as a coach, administrator and Olympic selector.  Later he was asked to use his expertise helping the British Bob Skeleton Association's performance programme, becoming President in 2006-2012 and seeing its' athletes winning over 130 medals during that period.

His business career has been focused on marketing and finance, in 1993 he became a director of the Bath based PR and sports marketing firms Matchtight Ltd and Sports Pace Consultants Ltd. He brings his wide multi-sports experience at all levels and strategic planning expertise to his role as a Trustee at Wesport.

Daniel Summers

Dan is a commercial solicitor at the Environment Agency’s head office in Bristol. He spent 5 years training and working in the litigation team at Burges Salmon before moving to the Environment Agency in August 2013. Dan’s role involves working on a variety of commercial agreements, website related law, intellectual property, state aid and procurement issues.

Dan has a real passion for sport and physical activity of all kinds. He is a keen long distance club runner and has also spent a lot of time in the past skiing and playing rugby.

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.