Meet the Trustees

Our Board of Trustees

Sandford Lido Limited is governed by a Board of Trustees. Without the hard work and dedication of the voluntary trustees Sandford Parks Lido’s future would be very uncertain. All trustees have a crucial role to ensure the continued success of our charity.

Our charity was formed on the 1st April 1996 to take over operational control of Sandford Parks Lido from Cheltenham Borough Council.

Our objectives are to provide Sandford Parks Lido in the interest of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life for the residents and visitors of Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.

 Nigel Morton (i-P3YY8H.JPG)

Nigel Morton – Chair 

Nigel was one of the founder trustees of the Lido having been actively involved in the setting up of the charity and the transfer of the Lido to it. Nigel has been inspirational as Chair and his leadership skills have ensured our Charitable Trust had a firm foundation from the start. Nigel and his 3 children are regular users of the Lido. In his spare time Nigel is a Real Estate Partner in a National Law Firm.

 Tony Cherrington (i-3HPvzk.JPG)Tony Cherrington – Vice Chair 

I have always been a trustee since the trust was set up in 1996, representing the Cheltenham swimming and water polo club. Living locally I have always swum in the lido from my youth, having represented Great Britain as a water polo player and now as an active master swimmer. I am very passionate about the lido and consider it be one of Cheltenham’s jewels in the crown.

 Judy Lake (i-jwsl9S.JPG) 

Judy Lake

I was initially involved in helping to secure the future of the lido as part of the original action group in 1994 and became a trustee in 1996. My background is in Leisure Management and education and I have a passion to ensure this unique lido is still here for many generations to come. My personal focus as a trustee is to provide a fun, relaxing and stimulating environment for all of our community, with a particular interest in children, families and young people. I feel strongly about conserving the historical integrity of the lido in harmony with future developments.
 Ron Coltman (i-3EeNRi.JPG) 

Ron Coltman - MBE

Ron had his first swim on the opening day in 1935. He has always been closely connected to the lido and took his first paid position in 1953 working his way up to Superintendent. Ron has been a trustee since 1996 and was part of the action committee set up to persuade the Council that a Trust could work. He is a well known figure around the Town as he also represented Cheltenham Town football team and is affectionately known as Mr Lido. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE for his dedication to the lido.  
 Liz Holtham (i-LtLDeG.JPG) 

Liz Holtham 

Liz has been a Trustee since 1996 and was part of the action committee set up to persuade the Council that a Trust could work. She first used the lido when she 12yrs old and she said ‘it was my first love. We are very lucky to have this summer jewel. It is up to us to guard this heritage well. That is why I continue to support this lido even though times are sometimes difficult and it can be an emotional roller coaster. We must preserve the history and the community of this site, where young and old meet and enjoy the freedom and atmosphere.’
 David Banyard (i-777UHT.JPG) 

Honorary Alderman Dave Banyard

Born within a stones throw of the lido he became a Borough Councillor in 1987 – 2002, was Millennium Mayor of Cheltenham and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. He became a Trustee in 1996 as a representative of the Borough Council and has remained an elected Trustee ever since. Very much a sportsman in his younger days, although he has never been a keen swimmer he has always been a big supporter of what is clearly a superb facility. Now a pensioner he brings a fairly wise old head and down to earth logical views of matters relating to the past, present and future of our lido.
 Chris James (i-KGcD2m.JPG) 

Chris James 

Chris James swam competitively in his youth and, as a local resident who lives less than ¼ mile away from the lido, swims there whenever he gets the chance. Chris is a Mechanical Engineer and is keen to use his background to support the excellent management team and ensure the Lido continues to thrive and develop. He believes that the Lido’s offering of exercise, fresh air and a beautiful and historic environment are more important now than they ever have been. Chris became a trustee in 2009
Jonathan Claridge

Gillian Cope

Rick Jones

Carole Billington-Wood

Interested in becoming a Trustee?

Sandford Lido Limited is responsible for the most historically complete Lido in the UK. Its important that we preserve the facility whilst at the same time ensure we continue to offer a high standard of swimming and recreational provision. Through our educational program we must strive to promote our swimming heritage. If you are interested in our lido, our ambitions and our community help us to meet our challenges by joining our Board of Trustees.
Sandford Lido limited Board of Trustees consists of a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 12 people. Their role is primarily a strategic one focusing on the future development of the charity. The appointments are not remunerated, although we reimburse out of pocket expenses incurred such as travel costs.
The Trustees meet 6 -8 times a year for Board meeting, Trustees are also requested to occasionally serve on smaller sub groups to work on specific projects.

If you wish to become a Trustee please download and post it to 'Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU'

Current Trustee Vacancies

Whist we are not actively recruiting for new trustees, we always welcome and conider any application made.

Candidates should have an understanding of and sufficient commitment to the objectives of Sandford Lido Limited. They should have the ability to work constructively with other trustees and senior management and to take part in strategic decision making. Trustees are unpaid, but will be reimbursed for any expenses.


Files available for download

Volunteering and Fundraising Initiatives

Volunteers (i-Jbvgci.jpg)

If you have some spare time why not become one of our volunteers, we need help with general duties to get the lido ready to open every year or with specialist events such as Turning Back Time or our annual sporting events:

The Cheltenham Triathlon raising funds for the lido and LINC; our children's aquathlon raising funds for The Pied Piper Appeal and the lido and The Devil's Aquathlon raising funds for Cobalt Unit Appeal Fund and the lido. The GE Aviation Aquathlon raises funds solely for the lido.  We also require more specialist skills such as assisting with Heritage Talks and Tours.

If you have a little time to offer call or email us now on 01242 524430 or

If you have a great idea for your own personal challenge why not design your own fundraising page via and raise money for the lido at the same time!