Mervyn Morgan has been appointed as the new Chair of the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership following the decision of present incumbent, Grahame Bowles, to step down after his 15-year tenure at the helm.
A former Senior Manager at the Royal Mail he has over 20 years senior management experience in a range of settings, and as a former recipient of the HSP Lifetime Achievement Award has a detailed knowledge and understanding of community sport.
Morgan is currently the CEO of national medical charity but is best known in Hertfordshire sporting circles, for his highly acclaimed achievements as Chair of Trustees at St Albans City Youth FC, where he led a team responsible for the growth and development of one the country’s largest and most successful community sports clubs.
He joined the HSP Board in 2010, having been introduced by his great friend and former St Albans City Youth colleague, the late David Wray – and since that time has served the Board with distinction.
In 2014 he was elected as Vice Chairman of the Partnership and has served as the Senior Independent Director with a particular responsibility for child protection and safeguarding matters as well as governance.
Of his appointment, Morgan said:
“I am both very proud and honoured to be appointed as the Chairman of one of the country’s leading County Sports Partnerships and I look forward to working with my fellow Board Members, and the operational team in building on the solid foundations and impressive work undertaken over an extended period, by Grahame Bowles.”
In welcoming the appointment, HSP Director John O’Callaghan said:
“I am delighted that Mervyn has agreed to succeed Grahame and to steer the Partnership through the next stage of its development. I know Mervyn to be a passionate advocate for the power of sport and physical activity to positively impact on the lives of the people and communities that we serve, and this appointment is due recognition for his outstanding support of our work over recent years.
He has an empathy and deep understanding of how community sport operates, and he has taken the time and trouble to understand the wider working issues facing County Sports Partnerships. I have no doubt that he will be both a very popular and successful Chair of the Partnership and I am sure that his great friend, David Wray, will be looking down with a huge sense of pride and satisfaction at this appointment”.