Service Update – Coronavirus

Three new local volunteer directors join the board

‘Our charity’s work has never been more important’, Renfrewshire Leisure chair says

Organisation’s positive influence on life and regeneration in region highlighted as three new local volunteer directors join its board

The influence of Renfrewshire Leisure in shaping the region’s future has never been greater than it is now, the charity’s chairperson says.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes has highlighted the critical roles that the local leisure and cultural organisation is playing not just in helping people to improve their health and wellbeing amid the continuing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, but in the wider regeneration of the region.

She spoke as she welcomed three new volunteer directors to the charitable trust’s board at what’s a hugely important time on a number of fronts.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chairperson of Renfrewshire Leisure, said: “Our charity’s work has never been more important or needed more, not only as we support people’s health and wellbeing as the region recovers from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but as we look towards the major projects in which we are involved.

“I am delighted that we have attracted three such high-calibre new directors to our board. Each of them brings skills and experience which I am sure will prove incredibly useful in influencing our work as we move through what is an important time in the life of the charity. I am very much looking forward to working with Valerie, Mary-Frances and George.”

The new volunteer board members bring a range of skills to the charity. They are:

  • Valerie Ross, of Kilbarchan, a senior fundraising, marketing and communications professional. She is currently Head of Fundraising and Partnerships at national cancer charity, Maggie’s.

Valerie said: “Renfrewshire has an incredible range of leisure and cultural spaces, and a vibrant calendar of sporting and arts events that celebrate our unique history and identity, and bring our communities together.

“Renfrewshire Leisure is at the heart of this amazing offering. I’m hugely excited to be joining the board of this charity and helping Renfrewshire Leisure get people safely back to enjoying  the sporting, leisure and cultural experiences that make Renfrewshire such a great place to live, work and visit.”

  • Mary-Frances Felletti, a vastly experienced human resources director whose parents were born in Paisley. She now has her own business and is also a non-executive director of Partners for Inclusion.

Mary-Frances said: “Renfrewshire Leisure offers a strong combination of leisure activities and cultural events that ensure everyone across Renfrewshire can find something that interests and motivates them. I am delighted to be joining and contributing to the charity that has people’s wellbeing at the heart of what we do and, despite the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, the commitment of those working at Renfrewshire Leisure to deliver these opportunities has inspired me to do the same.”

  • George Clark, who has worked globally in the financial services industry. He has been based in various parts of Renfrewshire during his career and is a founding member and past Chair of the Institute of Operational Risk.

George said: “I am excited to be joining the charity at this time of rejuvenation and challenge. I believe that Renfrewshire Leisure has a critical role to play in improving opportunity, well-being and community plus life experiences and outcomes for everybody in the region.”

The safe and careful restart of Renfrewshire Leisure’s services, in line with all Scottish Government guidance, includes the first phase of reopenings of leisure centres on Monday, September 14th.

Details about those - and all other Renfrewshire Leisure services - can be found at, where details can also be found about the innovative programme of online services which staff have been running help people stay fit and healthy during all phases of lockdown and the route map out of it.


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