A FORMER Reading MP has been appointed as the Chair of Trustees for a national charity.

WheelPower, which is based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire, announced on Monday that former Reading East MP Rob Wilson has been appointed as chair after Kevan Baker OBE bows out after 20 years in the role.

Mr Wilson said: "I am honoured to be given the opportunity to take on the role of Chair and build on the tremendous work that the charity has done to transform lives through sport. I hope to work

closely with the Board, executive team and wonderful supporters to deliver more opportunities for disabled people to play sport and be physically active.

"I am keen to help WheelPower deliver its vision to increase participation in sport as well as develop our facilities at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the National Centre for Disability Sport, which has such an incredible heritage.”

Chief Executive Martin McElhatton, said: “With Rob joining as Chair it is the start of a new chapter for WheelPower and we are excited to benefit from his skills, experience and knowledge of the civil society and business to work with new and existing partners to deliver more opportunities in the future.”