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. 

 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. 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.

Laura Baird 

Laura became a trustee in January 2021 and has been involved with the club for the past 5 years, joining us in 2017 as a Coach whilst completing her BSc in Sport and Exercise Science. Laura is a qualified gymnastics coach in Women's, Men's and Tumbling. Laura has had many different roles within the club over the years. 

Laura has always been involved in gymnastics where she competed in tumbling from a young age. Laura has always worked in the sporting industry in a variety of different roles including; Operations Manager, Coordinator, Gymnastics Coach, Swimming Teacher, OAA instructor and PE Teacher. 

In 2017 and 2018 Laura travelled to the USA to Coach at International Gymnastics Camp in her first year as a Coach and the second year as part of the supervisory team! 

Ganesh Baliah

Ganesh became a Trustee with SALTO in December 2021.  He was introduced to the organisation by one of the other Trustees and was immediately impressed by the facilities & enthusiasm of the coaching team and colleagues who help run the club.  More importantly, the smiles on the faces of the children undertaking their classes and training sessions.  My aim is to support SALTO allow their members to continue to thrive in this environment, both physically and mentally.   I will add diversity of membership, ideas and leadership to the board bring a range of skills to the role including systems leadership and partnership working in transformation, digital technology, education and workforce development.

I am currently a Chief of Allied Health Professionals in the NHS with a clinical background in Podiatric Surgery.  I also work in Private practice at the weekends, with a specialist interest in paediatrics, sports and musculoskeletal medicine as well as foot surgery.  I was recently appointed a school governor at my children’s primary school.  I am currently a national lead for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging with NHS Health Education England and I am keen to ensure that all members and staff have equitable access to training and development opportunities. 

I am passionate about sports and music and support my children to be active in both areas, as this will help with their physical and social development.  This is primary reason why I was attracted to becoming a Trustee with SALTO. 

Louise Hanley

Louise became involved with SALTO to support the board and club in the continuing provision of the impressive facilities and dedicated coaching and support. As a parent I see the important and positive role SALTO plays in the development of children and young adults.

An HR & People professional, experienced in the provision of providing People & HR expertise to major financial and tech companies, growing and developing people practices with a focus on culture, engagement and inclusion.

Involvement with the scouting association and active coach and mentor. 

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