Chair and Independent Member

Mervyn has, for many years, worked in both the public and private sector in senior management roles with the responsibilities of looking after management teams and the associated budgets and development plans. In addition, he has almost two decades of experience working in the charity sector both as an employee and volunteer. More recently these roles have also encompassed child welfare and safeguarding responsibilities.

Mervyn started as a volunteer with St Alban’s City Youth FC – currently one of the UK’s largest community clubs, with over 90 teams – and is still involved as an active volunteer. His first role was as a Team Manager, moving on to various committee roles and then as Club Chairman. In 2001 the club became a registered charity to assist with its ever-growing community role and Mervyn took on the position of Chair of Trustees.

In recent years, Mervyn has project managed several of the club’s major developments, including Highfield Park (11 pitches) and the Nicholas Breakspear School 3G all-weather pitch.

On a county level Mervyn has been an executive board member of the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership for the past eight years and has held the positions of both Vice-Chair and Senior Independent Director.

Mervyn was appointed as Chair of the Partnership in September 2018.