John originally trained as a building surveyor and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Before his retirement, John was chief executive of an NHS Trust and was vice-chair of the board of Newport Housing Trust. John is chair of the resources committee.
After various jobs around the UK, John worked in Newport from 1995 in exhibition contracting retiring as group company secretary at the end of 2013. He now provides consultancy to several local businesses. John loves sport, is a British Athletics Supporters Club committee member, Glamorgan cricket season ticket holder and member of the Celtic Manor Golf Club. John has broad business experience which will assist the trustees in ensuring the organisation is well run.
Tom is part of the senior leadership team at Gocompare.com and has previous experience of working in both the public and private sectors across Government, Financial Services and Ecommerce. Tom was born and raised in the area and is thrilled to be playing an active role in the development of the leisure and cultural services offered to the people of Newport.
David brings more than 30 years of broad marketing and partnership experience to the board of trustees. He has worked with Pepsi, Sainsburys and Whitbread. David is an active sportsman, enjoying cycling, running and mountaineering. He hopes to use these skills and interests to help make Newport Live successful.
Councillor Debbie Wilcox
Debbie is currently the Leader of Newport City Council. Cllr Wilcox has previously been cabinet member for education and young people and cabinet member for leisure and culture. She is a governor of Duffryn High School and Gaer Primary School. Until last summer, Cllr Wilcox was head of the performing arts faculty at Hawthorn High School, Pontypridd and previously worked as head of drama and media studies at Hartridge High School in Newport. She has held a number of senior examining positions with the WJEC and AQA and served on the Arts Council of Wales for six years. Cllr Wilcox is both a practitioner and supporter of the arts and sport and wishes to see the new leisure and culture trust thrive in its new and exciting context.
Kevin had a 32-year career in journalism, most recently as the Editor of the South Wales Argus. He now runs a media consultancy and manages the Newport Now BID. A former theatre critic and qualified junior football coach, he is a Newport County season ticket holder and shareholder in the club's Supporters' Trust..
Martin is a chartered accountant who played for Cardiff Cricket Club and has played and administered football in Wales. Martin is a Sport Wales board member and keen to give back to sport. He is also a trustee of the national charity Young Enterprise.
Jo has lived in Newport for more than 30 years and is very proud of the sporting, cultural and leisure history associated with the city. Jo is a principal lecturer in sport at the University of Gloucestershire, where she teaches programmes related to disability sport and inclusive physical activity.
Eddie worked at Llanwern Steel Works from 1960 to 2001 starting from apprentice to engineer. Eddie played cricket and rugby for Newport, he has also played badminton and squash and currently plays golf. Eddie is president of Newport Cricket Club. Eddie’s main reason for becoming a trustee is the expansion of sport development.
Dan was the IOD Director of the Year for Wales in 2015 and is an experienced director, specialising in programme and business transformation change and currently works as the operations director at Kagool. Dan has lived in in Newport for the last 15 years, has a wife (Newport born) and two children and is a frequent user of Newport Live services. He is keen to give back to the community by supporting the organisation to deliver the best service possible.
Councillor Mark Whitcutt
Cllr Whitcutt is a councillor for Newport City Council.