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The Cheltenham Trust

The Cheltenham Trust, an independent charitable trust, was formed in October 2014; the Trust has a mandate to manage the venues owned by the Cheltenham Borough Council and to develop the cultural, sporting and tourism offer of Cheltenham. The five venues that we manage include a network of cultural and sports venues, some of the most prestigious buildings in the town:

  • Pittville Pump Room (Grade 1 Listed)
  • Cheltenham Town Hall (Grade 11 Listed)
  • The Wilson (Refurbished 2013)
  • Prince of Wales Stadium
  • Leisure At
  • Designated Collection of international art, and national and regional collections

And the Trust also:

  • Delivers public programmes across and beyond the town (including bandstands in parks) and in the heritage phone boxes on the Promenade
  • Is keen to explore opportunities to extend its portfolio
  • Is a key player on the Culture Board
  • Works in partnership with stakeholders across Culture, Leisure and the Voluntary Sector

We are responsible for leading on the strategies for:

  • Culture (arts, heritage, performance)
  • Sport (fitness, health and wellbeing, active participation)
  • Learning (formal and informal education)
  • Community Engagement (equalities, volunteering and local communities)
  • Tourism Information and Marketing

Louis Eperjesi,

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Louis has over 30 years knowledge and experience of the manufacturing and supply of building products into international markets. He has a strong commercial, marketing and product background from his early career with Caradon Mira (now Kohler Mira in Cheltenham) and Redland Plc. Since 1999 Louis has held leadership roles in Lafarge SA, Baxi Group and Kingspan Group Plc. After 9 ½ years he has stepped down as Chief Executive of Tyman Plc, a leading international supplier of engineered components to the door and window industry, where he has successfully driven strategy development, change management programmes and M&A activity. Louis is also a non- Executive Director of FTSE 250 company Ibstock Plc, a market leading manufacturer and partner of choice for innovative clay and concrete building products.

Louis is very keen on all sports and in his younger days represented the town at colts’ rugby and water polo from junior levels through to the senior national league team where he played and coached Cheltenham for over 20 years. His sporting interests now are primarily as a spectator and include membership of Gloucester Rugby Club and Cheltenham Racecourse.

Duncan Smith,
Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees

Duncan is an accountant currently working for a national bank. He has extensive financial and commercial experience gained across a wide range of sectors including IT, retail, shipping and the public sector.

Duncan was a borough councillor for 18 years and also served on the County Council for eight years. During that time, he was Mayor of Cheltenham, leader of the Borough Council and is now an Alderman of Cheltenham.

He has held a wide range of charitable and community based roles including vice-chairman of Cheltenham Borough Homes, trustee and governor at Balcarras School, and governor of 2gether, the NHS Foundation Trust providing mental health services in Gloucestershire.

Judith Hodgson

Judith has become involved with various voluntary roles since retirement, including as a trustee at Bletchley Park, a school governor in Cheltenham and leading, and fund raising for, a heritage restoration project as a member of a community group in Pittville.

Her professional life has included teaching, the voluntary sector and, for most of her career, GCHQ, where she held a Board-level position and gained experience of senior management, large scale projects and corporate services.

Brought up in the Slad Valley and educated in Stroud and London, Judith has spent most of her life in Gloucestershire (apart from spells in Scotland and the USA) and is an enthusiastic participant in the cultural and leisure activities that Cheltenham and the vicinity offer. She has 3 grown-up children and 2 grandchildren.

Jaki Meekings-Davis

Jaki is a Chartered Public Finance Accountant with extensive experience at Board level in the NHS, in Local Government and the water industry. Her expertise includes strategic planning, financial management, commissioning and governance.

In recent years she has undertaken a number of Non-Executive positions and is currently a Board member of the North Bristol NHS Trust and the local Friends of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum.

A Lancastrian by birth, Jaki moved to Cheltenham almost twenty years ago in order to join her husband and family. She and they are keen supporters and users of “…all the good things that make Cheltenham such a great place to live and visit”. Through her Trusteeship of the Trust she hopes to play her part in sustaining and developing its services and extending its reach to all residents and visitors.

Karl Hobley

Karl has lived in Cheltenham since 2013, having moved to take up a post with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

In May 2016 he was elected to Cheltenham Borough Council as Councillor for St Pauls Ward, which boarders the Prince of Wales Stadium and Leisure at Cheltenham. He is one of the Borough Council’s nominated trustees, having previously been a member of the board of the National Union of Students and Chair of Trustees for Reading University Students’ Union.

Karl studied for a BA in Politics & International Relations at Reading University, which included a period of study in the Canadian capital. Since graduating he has developed a career in public relations with specialisms in stakeholder engagement and higher education. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Outside of work Karl maintains a keen amateur interest in history, architecture and the arts. He is keen to ensure the Trust remains engaged with, responsive to and rooted in Cheltenham’s community, whilst also having the freedom to be progressive and bold in its development.

Paul Owen

Paul is an experienced Board Advisor and Company Director who has worked across a wide range of industries and sectors over the last 2 decades. Much of Paul’s career has been spent building and developing businesses, with particular areas of focus around customer development, product offering and routes to market both nationally and internationally.

Having lived in Cheltenham for almost 20 years, Paul moved from his home town of Sutton Coldfield in order to marry and outside of his business interests has served in Governor and Trustee roles in education and the third sector whilst at the same time enjoying family life with Julia and their 3 daughters and also trying to make the most of the surrounding countryside on foot (with dog), in trainers and on Mountain Bike… whilst he still can!

Sian Morgan

Sian is an experienced business leader, strategic partnership manager and fundraiser who currently works for a leading local school. Sian has an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford and started as a management consultant for Arthur Andersen.  Sian subsequently worked for leading media companies including AOL, BT and Telewest, where she ran the internet service provider blueyonder and was also a Managing Director for Cheltenham Festivals, which uses many of the Trust’s venues.

Sian was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and moved back to the area with her family 10 years ago, drawn by the vibrancy of Cheltenham, with its cultural and sporting opportunities.  She played international lacrosse at University, but her passion is skiing – however, she now spends a lot of time watching her children play rugby, cricket, athletics and many other sports!

Liz Narey

Liz is a senior executive at Babcock International who has worked extensively throughout the group for the last 24 years. An accountant with extensive commercial, financial and business development experience as well as the raising of associated funding in both the project and corporate markets. She has sat on a number joint venture boards in Defence, Education and Support Services and hopes to bring her wide experience to the Board to assist the Trust in serving the local community.

Liz is from the north of Scotland, initially settling in Cheltenham in 1986 before a spell on the south coast for 7 years and then returning to Cheltenham 17 years ago.

Kate Peden

Kate has senior leadership experience in a wide range of contexts, spanning third sector to corporate, most recently as Fundraising Director at the National Trust.

Prior to this, Kate was joint Managing Director at SHM Productions Ltd, a London-based strategy and insight consultancy, where she was programme director for various government education, health and transport initiatives with a focus on service user involvement and participatory design.

Having read English at Cambridge, been a professional actor for 10 years and held a range of community and governance roles in the arts, education and heritage sectors over the years, Kate remains passionate about the arts and culture and is excited to be supporting all that the Cheltenham Trust has to offer.

Originally from Herefordshire, but then based in London for over 20 years, she made the move west again to work for the National Trust over five years ago. She is now happily settled in Cheltenham with her husband, daughter and a frequently recalcitrant labrador.


Sue Nelson

Sue is an experienced marketer and has held senior leadership positions for many years, working in both medium and large sized marketing agencies. Her experience spans developing database marketing operational teams, leading B2B business development teams and general business management.

When Sue is not working or volunteering, you will find her either on a yoga mat or on her road bike. Accomplished in neither but loving both, this reflects Sue’s favourite value – Optimism!

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