London Sport is delighted to announce Ross Garrod as a new appointment to our Board of Trustees. Ross is the Leader of Merton Council, the south London borough he grew up in.
Ross joins the London Sport Board of Trustees who all share our vision of wanting all Londoners to live longer, healthier, and happier lives through being active.
He was elected to his role at Merton Council in May 2022, having previously served as a councillor from 2014 – 2018, and is responsible for overall political leadership and policy direction at the council.
Raised in Mitcham and educated at Rutlish school, sport has played a huge part in his life – from playing football locally as a youngster to running the mini-marathon and training at the local running track in Wimbledon. He regularly volunteers at community sports events, including the Junior Park Run on Figges Marsh in Mitcham.
Ross is a full-time council leader, having stepped away from his previous job in the transport sector to focus on his public service priorities – creating pride in the borough, delivering better, sustainable housing and establishing Merton as a Borough of Sport.
Speaking on his new appointment, Ross said:
“Whilst growing up in Merton, sport played a huge part in my life, which is why I’m delighted to join the Board of Trustees at London Sport.
One of my key priorities as Leader of Merton Council is to establish Merton as a Borough of Sport, with healthier, happier residents – and as a trustee at London Sport I’ll work to offer all Londoners the opportunity to take part in sporting activities.
I’m ambitious to help London Sport capitalise on the amazing sporting heritage and opportunities available in London, to create a powerful platform for young people to develop sporting habits and for less active adults to get more active.
I can’t wait to get started!”