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.
Chair – Stuart Lockwood, Chief Executive, Oldham Community Leisure
With over 25 years’ experience of Management roles within the industry, Stuart has worked across the North of England for various Councils, Trusts and Private Sector contractors. He has held the role of Chief Executive at Oldham Community Leisure for over 7 years and has been Chair of Community Leisure UK for over two years. He is a keen advocate of the Trust model, citing the cross-subsidy, charitable purpose along with the flexibility to be innovative and customer-focussed as the ideal vehicle to deliver health outcomes and a high quality service for Council Commissioners.
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 – Marg Mayne, Chief Executive, Mytime Active
Marg is the Chief Executive of Mytime Active, a Leisure Trust that focuses on community wellbeing by helping people to move more, eat better, boost self confidence, and build community. Marg has always been committed to achieving social progress by applying commercial disciplines, she enjoys the challenge of managing both aspects to create a better world in a way that can be financially sustained. Originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, her early career was as a finance professional, later Finance Director, for two leading Housing Associations during a decade of rapid growth in that sector. Marg then moved to the British Council as the Director of Finance and Resources globally. In 2008 Marg took up the role of Chief Executive of VSO, the international development NGO that works through volunteers. In 2014, she moved to be CEO of Mytime Active. Marg has held a range of non-executive board roles including Chair. As well as being Treasurer of Community Leisure UK, she is currently Independent Director on the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission and a founding member of RISE – Females in Fitness collective. In her spare time she swims, cycles and runs, and has represented Ireland in Age Group Triathlon.
Emma Hutchinson, Managing Director, Culture Warrington and LiveWire (Culture Rep)
Emma joined the Senior Management Team as Business Development Director in May 2012, when the services provided by LiveWire and Culture Warrington were transferred from Warrington Borough Council, and played an integral part in the development of LiveWire and Culture Warrington. From February 2015 Emma provided cover for the role of Cultural Director at Culture Warrington for 12 months, before being appointed Managing Director of LiveWire and Culture Warrington in 2016. Emma has contributed fully to the high level of success experienced across both Companies during their first seven years of trading by leading, planning and managing all business development activities and by providing strategic direction on the implementation of a business infrastructure that has achieved company growth and increased participation in sport, health and cultural activities.
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.
Ken Masser, Executive Director, Rossendale Leisure Trust (North West Region)
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)
Martin Guyton, Chief Executive, tmactive (South East Region)
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