Our Board

Community Leisure UK is governed by a Board elected from and by the membership. Their collective experience helps the development of the association’s strategy and annual business plan.

The Board consists of four National Executive Directors and up to a maximum of eight Directors.

The National Executive Directors are Chair, Honorary Secretary, Vice Chair and Treasurer.

The Executive Director positions are elected to represent the regions within Community Leisure UK and / or to represent particular perspectives e.g. cultural services, single site operators.

All Directors are elected by the members of Community Leisure UK and can serve for a maximum of three 2-year terms.

National Executive Directors;

Chair – Phil Rumbelow

Phil is the former Chief Executive of Jubilee Hall Trust, retiring from his position there in May 2021. He is also the former Vice-Chair for Community Leisure UK and was a Non-Executive Director of ukactive, and chaired their Membership Council.

Honorary Secretary – Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL

Mark is Managing Director of GLL (Greenwich Leisure Limited), the pioneering staff owned and led charitable Social Enterprise that took over the operation of Greenwich Council’s leisure centres in 1993 as an innovative ‘spin out’. GLL had a turnover of £5m in 1993 with 150 employees operating 7 leisure centres for one London Borough. Today GLL manages over 300 public leisure centres and libraries across England and has an annual turnover in excess of £300million. GLL works with over 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations and employs a diverse workforce of over 13,000 people. GLL is a mutual society and workers cooperative and is owned by its members, all of whom are employees. Governance is via a Stakeholder Board. GLL played a key role in the 2012 London Olympic Games (before, during and after) and now operates many of the key Olympic legacy venues including The Copper Box Arena, the hugely successful London Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome and the White Water Park. GLL is the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise in its field, delivering leisure, health and community services and libraries. Our mission is to provide high quality, accessible and affordable public services that are well used and contribute to the health, activity, social cohesion and education agendas. Mark has worked for GLL since its formation in 1993 and was recognised as Ernst and Young’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and made a Fellow of Social Enterprise UK in 2017.

Vice Chair – Alistair Robertson, Managing Director, Sport Aberdeen

Alistair Robertson is the Managing Director of Sport Aberdeen. He began his career with the Scottish Sports Council in the late 1980’s moving on to England where he held a variety of posts in sport and leisure management over 25 years. Before moving to Aberdeen in 2012, he had been Head of Leisure & Cultural for a Metropolitan Council in Merseyside. He has had several advisory roles on leisure/sports agency committees and is a past Trustee Director of a UK Leisure Management Institute. He is a member of the Scottish Executive and is passionate about the importance of leisure and is ability to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. Away from work he enjoys gardening, cooking and golf – but not in that order.

Treasurer – Dawn Heaton, Finance Director, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles

Dawn is the Finance Director and Company Secretary for Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and has strategic responsibility for the organisation’s financial management and organisational development. She has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for more than 10 years as Finance Director and Head of Finance & Resources. Her roles have included responsibility for a range of strategic projects supporting business expansion, service development and performance improvement. Educated to degree level Business and Finance, Dawn is also a member of ACCA CAT. In addition to leading the financial management of IHL – across multiple client contracts – she has also provided strategic financial support to a range of partners including Proco North-West, GM Active and Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust. When she’s not got her head in the accounting book you will probably find her out walking with her dogs or catching up with friends.

Directors;

Heather Stuart, Chief Executive, Fife Cultural Trust (Culture Rep)

Heather Stuart is Chief Executive of Fife Cultural Trust, delivering high quality libraries, museums, arts, archives, and theatre services across 40 venues. Heather has worked in central and local government and in the private sector. Her working experience includes roles in community development and regeneration, European and external affairs, culture, and leisure. Her career has included roles as Director of Regeneration at Communities Scotland, Head of Cultural and Community Services at Perth and Kinross Council, and supporting Ministers in Scottish Government on issues including local government, public service reform, regeneration, social inclusion, and cultural policy. All of Heather’s work experience has focused on leading change and working in, with, and for communities, and she has worked in arts and culture for over 15 years. Heather is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Board member of Love Oor Lang Toun and Fife Chamber of Commerce, and is Vice Chair of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Warren Smyth, Chief Executive, Abbeycroft Leisure (Central Region)

Warren is the CEO of Abbeycroft Leisure, which is a Not for Profit Company and Registered Charity focused on creating healthier active communities. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in the sport and physical activity sector. Warren oversees the management of a diverse portfolio of facilities and services including traditional leisure centres, community use facilities, a health and wellbeing facility alongside an extensive Active Communities team and an outdoor pursuits service. Abbeycroft manages 19 facilities in 13 different communities and delivers a wide range of programmes and initiatives, generating in excess of £6 million of social value to the community.

Chris Porter, Facility Manager, Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust (North East & Yorkshire Region )

Chris is the Facility Manager of Tadcaster Swimming Pool Trust, where he has been employed for the past 20 years, starting out as an apprentice. His role as manager includes the Strategic, Financial, and Operational management of the facility, as well as responsibility for over 25 salaried employees and 100 Volunteers. Chris is also responsible for organising key events within the local area to help raise the profile of the Trust. He is passionate about developing activities, opportunities and services to enhance the physical and mental well-being of the community, as well the volunteer workforce. Outside of work Chris enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is also a volunteer coach for the Tadcaster Junior Football Club U7s team.

North West Region Rep – vacant

Andrew Bain, Chief Executive, Active Stirling (Scotland)

Andrew is the principal advisor to the Board and is responsible to for the smooth running and co-ordination of Active Stirling with overall responsibility for leading the business operation, performance and implementation of the strategy. Andrew is a leisure management graduate with over 20 years’ experience across private, public and leisure trust sectors. He previously worked for Scottish Highland Hotels, Scottish Borders Council, Edinburgh Leisure and Glasgow City Council. Andrew is interested in most sports but especially golf and tennis, running and generally keeping active.

Scott Rolfe, Chief Executive, Halo Leisure (South West Region)

Scott has worked in the leisure industry for over 30 years and holds extensive experience within a variety of leisure operational and managerial roles. He moved to Halo in July 2002 and was one of the founder members of Halo’s Senior Management team. In his current role of CEO he oversees the strategic direction of Halo which is now a large diverse social enterprise employing around 700 people. In addition, Scott is also the Managing Director of the trading subsidiary within Halo which provides Asset Management Software and consultancy solutions for a range of professional business needs.

Steve Ward, Chief Executive, Newport Live (Wales Region)

Steve is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the leisure, sport, arts and cultural industries. Skilled in Innovation, Inclusion and Equality, Coaching, Strategic Planning, Partnership working, Business Growth and Development, Organizational Development, and Event Management. Strong business development professional with a Sport & Human Movement Studies – management focused degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff.

Martin Guyton, Chief Executive, tmactive (South East Region)