board member profiles
John Harrhy (Chairman)
John originally trained as a building surveyor and has worked in both the private and public sectors. Before his retirement, John was chief executive of an NHS Trust and was vice-chair of the board of Newport Housing Trust.
Kevin Ward (Vice Chairman)
Kevin had a 32-year career in journalism, most recently as the Editor of the South Wales Argus. He now runs a media consultancy and manages the Newport Now BID.
A former theatre critic and qualified junior football coach, he is a Newport County season ticket holder and shareholder in the club's Supporters' Trust.
Martin is a chartered accountant who played for Cardiff Cricket Club and has played and administered football in Wales.
Martin is a Sport Wales board member and keen to give back to sport. He is also a trustee of the national charity Young Enterprise.
Chair of the Finance and Resources sub-group.
The other members of the Newport Live board are Mike Butler, Stephanie Hazelhurst, Katija Dew, Natalie Jakomis, David Mayer and Majid Rahman.
Profiles to follow.
executive team profiles
Steve Ward - Chief Executive
Steve has 20 years experience of working in high performance sport, national governing bodies of sport and local government. He created the business model for Newport Live whilst working as the Head of Service for Newport City Council before leaving to take up the challenge of delivering the vision.
Steve held a privileged role of Performance Director of a GB Paralympic National Governing body where he created the high performance programme, led and coached athletes and teams who have become World and Paralympic champions - the greatest set of people he has ever met and they inspire him still with their attitude to life.
He is a proud to be from Newport and driven to lead our great team at Newport Live and make the organisation a very successful not for profit, charitable organisation which change the lives of local people in ways they will never know, inspiring them to be the best they can be in all that they do.
Martyn Seaward - Director of Finance and Resources and Company Secretary
Martyn is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Martyn spent the first fifteen years of his career working within KPMG across the Public, Private and Third sectors in the UK, Europe and Australia. Prior to joining Newport Live, Martyn worked for 11 years in the social housing and care sector for a large group of not for profit organisations operating across south Wales. He is an experienced finance, risk and governance professional who has also held numerous company secretarial positions.
Martyn is passionate about providing individuals with the opportunity to improve themselves and achieve their own desired outcomes. He is married and has two children who he enjoys supporting as they strive for their own success in both the sporting and academic arenas.
Andrea Ovey - Commercial Director
Andrea joined the Executive team in July 2016 as Commercial Director. A proud Newportonian, she has a wealth of experience across the fields of Sales and Marketing having spent 20 years in the Advertising Industry. Most recently heading a business unit within Acorn Recruitment. Prior to that Andrea spent 20 years in the Advertising Industry, including the post Head of Display Advertising at Newsquest. Andrea was responsible for the advertising team at The South Wales Argus regional office in Newport, across the print and digital portfolio.
Andrea brings her knowledge, both commercial and strategic to Newport Live, and will be responsible for all elements of commercial development, including sales, marketing, products and services development.
She is keen to see the Newport Live values along with its passion to inspire people to become happier and healthier developed further, through participation in sport, art, and leisure activities.
Neil Sargeant - Director of Operations
Neil has worked in the Leisure industry both in the UK and abroad for over 20 years. Most of his time has been spent in the public sector but has worked in private and charitable organisations also. Neil enjoys working with colleagues and customers to find solutions and improve service.
Neil has a broad range of experience across health and safety, management, delivery and operational quality auditing. Neil regularly enjoys challenging himself with marathons, long distance swims, triathlons and cycling. He also enjoys time with the family.