SALTO Gymnastics Charitable Foundation Limited is a UK Registered Charity No 1099407. It is governed by board of trustees. Learn more about the current members of the board. 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 Chief Operating Officer 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

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.   

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 Chief Operating Officer.

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 SALTO Gymnastics Charitable Foundation Limited. of  He is also Managing Director of SALTO Leisure Limited, a 100% subsidiary of SALTO Gymnastics Charitable 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.

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. 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.

Michelle Griffin

I have worked for over 16 years for Luton Borough Council (LBC) in varying roles including working with the leisure and cultural voluntary sector, in either a financial, event management or business development role. I was Foxhall Homes company secretary for a year, a company set up by LBC to help provide affordable housing within the borough.

I am currently the Programme Assurance Manager for London Luton Airport Ltd which is the company that owns (not runs) Luton Airport.  Some of our projects include the construction of the Luton DART from Luton Airport Parkway to the terminal building and the proposal to increase the capacity for an increase in passenger numbers.

As a company we are proud of our social values and this is a great opportunity for me to give something back to the Luton community on a personal basis.

My hobbies include travelling, socialising and my dogs.