Former councillor appointed as Lee Valley Leisure Trust chair

Wed 26 November 2014, 2:48 pm

Enfield Councilís former cabinet member for regeneration and social inclusion has been appointed as chair of the Lee Valley Leisure Trust, the organisation created to run sports and leisure venues in the sub-region.

Del Goddard, who in 2000 founded Urban Futures, a London-based regeneration company that focuses on job creation, economic renewal and environmental development, also served on the council for 18 years before stepping down earlier this year. 

The trust will run Enfield’s Lee Valley Athletics Centre, as well as overseeing the provision of sports, recreational and leisure facilities along the 26 mile Lee Valley Regional Park, which includes three venues used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Goddard said: “The Lee Valley has come a very long way since Patrick Abercrombie’s 1944 vision for the area to be a green lung for Londoners and 70 years on it is now at the heart of a corridor stretching through London and the home counties with open spaces and a string of exceptional sports venues. I am very honoured to have been selected for the post. 

“Lee Valley Leisure Trust will take the sports, leisure and recreational activities along the 26 mile long Lee Valley to a new level, while retaining the ethos of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in giving more people the opportunity to participate in sports and leisure, and bringing high class facilities to local communities with funding support from the commercial opportunities that the trust is able to generate. 

“I look forward to working with the new board and management team in leading the trust into this new chapter for Lee Valley.”