SALTO is organised as 2 UK Registered charities. These are managed by the same Board of Trustees. The board aims to meet at least 6 times each year on dates published in advance. 

Although you will currently find Carl Richardson around the gym on most days in his other role as Director Of Operations, the other Trustees may be contacted in the first instance by email to [email protected]

Become a Trustee

SALTO is actively seeking to expand its board of trustees and anyone interested in becoming a trustee should first read the guidelines covering the roles and responsibilities of a trustee. Then, contact the board via the email above with a view to a meeting being arranged to discuss the matter further.

Board of Trustees

Vincent Whittaker

ANNOUNCEMENT

"We are deeply saddened to share that our Chairman Vince Whittaker sadly passed away on friday 20 July 2018. We extend our deepest sympathies to his children, family and friends.

A shining light in Salto World has sadly gone out. Vince will be greatly missed by all at the Club"

Amanda Browne, General Manager

Vince had been involved with Salto and its forerunner Stopsley Gym Club for 25 years. He started by taking two of his daughters to pre-school gym on a Saturday morning at Stopsley High School which led him getting involved with the finances as Treasurer (as he worked in a bank) and the subsequent merger of Stopsley with Luton gym club to form Salto. Having registered Salto as a charity he became one its Founding Trustees in 1996.

As a professional banker of 39 years, most recently Assistant General Manager, Financial Institutions Credit London based Japanese Bank until 2017.

Vince had his own company VJW Associates / Consultants Limited.

He was a manic Aston Villa supporter and golfer.

Carl Richardson

Carl became involved with SALTO, when his eldest daughter started attending pre-school classes over 20 years ago. Carl later joined the Board of Trustees in 1997. Carl agreed to act as Director of Operations, firstly to manage the Inspired Facilities Project.

Carl's youngest daughter, Katie, is a Preschool and Recreational Gymnastics Coach at SALTO having been a gymnast for several years before that.

He also serves as a Trustee and company director of The SALTO Foundation Limited. He is also Managing Director of SALTO Leisure Limited, a 100% subsidiary of The SALTO Foundation Limited.

Carl was Chair of the Luton Sports Network until stepping down in 2018.

After an International and Investment Banking career with HSBC Group spanning over 27 years, Carl is now Managing Director of his own company Discover Project Solutions Limited.  Born in Liverpool, this explains his inexplicable support for Liverpool Football Club and living in hope, rather than expectation, of an eventual return of the glory days at Anfield starting with 2017/18 Champions League.

Jean Large

Jean has been involved with the club for over 30 years. She was one of the founders of the acrobatics section in the mid 1980s at the Guildford Street site.

She has qualified 80 gymnasts to National finals winning numerous medals including 2 national titles in the women's group category and had one women's pair invited to train with the GB squad. 

Jean is a High Performance Coach and last year qualified as a National Judge. Although she has retired from the Head of Acrobatics she continues to support the coaching team.

Jean agreed to join the Board of Trustees in 2014 . She has recently retired from teaching at Streetfield Middle School in Dunstable.

When not at SALTO Jean is making the most of her retirement and traveling far and wide.

Kimberly May, Coach Manager is Jean's daughter.

Eric Philips

Eric has been involved with the club since 1982 and was one of a handful of coaches that kept the club alive following the loss of the club leader shortly after he qualified as a Women’s Artistic Coach coach in 1985.

When the moved to SALTO's first venue in Sundon Park,  there was enough room for a track. Eric turned his attention to Tumbling, a discipline in which he has coached numerous, County, Regional and National Champions until his retirement from coaching in 2017 and joined the Board of Trustees shortly after.

He was a professional banker for over 45 years having spent his career with Natwest/Royal Bank of Scotland from where he took early retirement and more latterly with Harrods Bank from where he finally retired in 2016.

He is now able to devote more time to looking his grandchildren and watching Fulham FC.

Pauline Young

I first became involved with Salto (formerly Luton Gym Club) 36 years ago when my daughter, aged 2, needed somewhere to channel her excess energy. Her younger sister followed her lead.

As they increased their training hours my late husband, Nigel and I volunteered our time, the club was run totally by volunteers at this time.

I have done various jobs as a volunteer, from treasurer, secretary, judge (Nigel coached) receptionist, to name but a few and was heavily involved with the major fundraising campaign which enabled us to create the amazing facility we have today.


I am now proud to be a trustee.

Michael D'Arcy

Finance Professional for 40 years. Too long some will say, i'll say I survived having fun.  I have been at Brewin Dolphin where I am a Divisional Director, since 2000.

I have transacted business in dealing rooms  for  South African, Bermudan and  Australian Banks. I have also worked with Reuters in the client training arena.

I am proud co-owner of St Judes Physiotherapy and Consulting. www.stjudesclinic.com. This successful business, believes in quality of service and communication to every individual client, has been running for over 2O years.

I was secretary of Tring Squash club for many years.

Hobbies, remain as usual  Sport,  Golf/Squash and the family Dogs.

Raymond Powell

Ray became involved with SALTO when his daughter Chloe started attending pre-school classes some 3 years ago. I was immediately impressed by the facilities & the dedication of the coaches and support staff in running the club and creating an excellent atmosphere for all ages to flourish and develop their gymnastics ability.

I have worked within Investment Banking for 22 years as a senior risk manager & proprietary trader for some of the world’s largest banks including JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank & Bank of Montreal.

Prior to attending The University of Southampton, where I graduated in Business Economics (1st Class) in 1996, I was a former England Table Tennis International at Under 14/16/19 levels achieving a career high ranking of 2 in the UK.

I regularly play football and cricket for my company in the London City League & occasionally play for Hertfordshire Over 40’s Table Tennis team.   

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