As 2021 draws to a close, Welsh Gymnastics has the pleasure of confirming a new appointment to its board – as we also say a fond farewell to two other board members having reached the end of their term.
Tomos Lewis has joined the board as Legal and Governance Director following the end of Tracey Singlehurst-Ward’s full eight-year term.
A senior associate solicitor at law firm Blake Morgan and based at their Cardiff office, Tomos specialises in commercial and public sector law.
He will provide legal, policy and governance support to the Chair and the board, as well as working with them to strategically lead the organisation in its decision making.
Tomos said: “I am thrilled to be joining Welsh Gymnastics as Legal and Governance Director in what is undoubtedly an exciting time for the organisation in the lead up to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and beyond.
“I have always had a burning passion for sports and believe this role allows me to blend my passion about sports with my professional skills and experience.
“I look forward to helping strategically guide the organisation, play a part in creating a legacy for the future generations and see the sport grow and thrive in the post Covid-19 age."
Tracey, a partner at Hugh James solicitors in Cardiff, worked to modernise the constitutional rules and governance of Welsh Gymnastics. This has included measuring Welsh Gymnastics' performance and bringing in improvements to increase the already great success of the organisation.
Since first joining the board in 2013, Tracey says she has seen the organisation go from strength-to-strength at all levels.
Bev Smith, Chair, said: “Tracey has been an asset to Welsh Gymnastics. She has used her extensive legal and governance expertise to contribute to, and take oversight of, key areas of work, both with us and on our behalf.
“We cannot thank her enough and wish her well in all her future pursuits.
“We are delighted to have Tomos on board and feel sure that his contribution will help greatly in the future success of our organisation.”
Along with Tracey, we also extend a big thank you to Barbara Beedham after the end of her term as an independent board member this year having also joined the board in 2013.
It was during her time on the board that Barbara, a former Head of Leisure and Libraries with Cardiff Council, chaired the Steering Group for Cardiff's Bute Gymnastics Project (Fantastic Gymnastics) – a club for women and girls, set up with funding from Sport Wales, and which exceeded all expectations.
“Barbara used her skills and experience to great effect as a board member,” added Bev.
“She was always willing to share ideas and brought a measured approach to decision making. We also wish her well.”
Tomos joins what is now a seven-strong board, chaired by Bev Smith, also consisting of Education/Technical Director Dr Lisa Gannon and independent board members Melissa Anderson, Chris McLarnon, Mark Petherick and Dean Williams.