New board members for The Pyramids centre are named

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THREE people who will be drafted in to help save The Pyramids leisure centre have been named.

Portsmouth City Council has revealed the directors it wishes to appoint to join the Southsea centre’s board.

Accountant Nicolas Chopin, architect Andrew Kerr and Southampton City Council’s head of leisure and culture Mike Harris have been vetted and approved by the council.

The appointments are to be made as part of a series of changes to the centre’s management, after the council agreed a long-term bail-out deal worth £1.033m between now and June 2012.

Southsea Community Leisure, which runs the centre, said it needed the cash because refurbishment work had taken longer than expected, leaving it behind its financial targets.

Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said: ‘The candidates bring a broad skills base, and are users of the centre.

‘They will strengthen the board.’