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Council Offers Rewarding Positions to Guide its Leisure and Cultural Services

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MonLife – Monmouthshire’s premier tourism, leisure, culture and youth service provider – is offering an exciting opportunity to individuals living in or near the county to take on a position as a trustee of the organisation.

MonLife has been established as a new company to provide public services for Monmouthshire County Council.  Led by a dynamic and committed leadership team with staff fully committed to developing this new model, MonLife will deliver more and improved services at a lower cost to the council, contributing to make Monmouthshire a more active and healthy place to live and work.

The MonLife board comprises nine trustees – seven living within or close to Monmouthshire and two elected members from the council.  These will be recruited from a wide variety of backgrounds, ideally with a broad cross-section of skills and experience applicable to business needs.  Initially, the term will run for a year though it may be extended further.

Council Leader Peter Fox said:

“We’re seeking trustees who believe in selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.  We are looking to recruit dynamic, visionary business leaders who have a passion to drive forward our tourism, leisure, culture and youth services and make a positive difference to Monmouthshire’s future.”

The board will meet four to five times a year as an entire group overseeing a dedicated project team.  In addition, several sub-committees will provide additional assistance to the business.

MonLife will be formally established as a trust in December 2018 following rigorous and thoughtful planning.  It will have an annual turnover of £10m, employing 136 staff (full time equivalent) with approximately 340 volunteers and working in collaboration with a large number of organisations featuring over 350 local clubs and societies. Its current remit includes the provision of leisure services from four sites at Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow and Monmouth as well as outdoor activities at two centres.  The county’s youth service operates from venues where appropriate for young people while seven sites – some are listed buildings – incorporate attractions and museums and also promote tourism information.  Monmouthshire’s countryside service oversees a large access network and its sites offer outdoor experiences for local communities and visitors.

The wide range of activities MonLife will offer includes swimming, state of the art gymnasia, 3G pitches, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, children’s parties, activities and play schemes, guided country walks, themed and exclusive art exhibits, food festivals and events and residential outdoor activities.

Anyone interested in applying for a trustee position or seeking further details may contact Ian Saunders (Interim Strategic Lead) for an informal conversation on 07876 545793.  Alternatively they can email Mrs Tracey Thomas (Interim Governance and Engagement Lead) – [email protected] – or write to Mrs Thomas at MonLife, Shire Hall, Agincourt Square, Monmouth NP25 3DY.

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