Our Team

Kirsty Cumming, CEO

Kirsty Cumming has been with Community Leisure UK for over 7 years, primarily leading on the engagement and policy work in Scotland, and was appointed as Chief Executive in November 2020.

She has extensive experience in working with leisure trusts, local authorities, local and national governments, and the NHS to advocate the role of public leisure services. She is passionate about the role of public leisure and culture for communities and believes that the charitable trust model delivers effective community focused services based on local needs. 

Jennifer Huygen, Head of Policy and Strategic Partnerships

Jenn has been working with Community Leisure UK since March 2019 and is passionate about supporting social enterprises in their development. Prior to working with Community Leisure UK, Jenn worked on various community-focused programmes through volunteering and graduate opportunities as part of her Bachelor Degree in Project Management and graduated with distinction from the University of Glasgow with a Masters degree in Creative Industries and Cultural Policy. Outside of work, Jennifer can usually be found growing vegetables in her garden, out volunteering in her local community, or out on a hike exploring the countryside

Rachel Sim, Project and Research Officer, England & Wales

Rachel joined Community Leisure UK in November 2020 as Project and Research Officer for England and Wales and is focusing on supporting our Special Interest Groups. Previously she worked in local government in a range of roles in democratic services, project management and managing public consultation and engagement. She has recently completed a Diploma in Social Media Management and has an MA in Middle East Politics from Exeter University and a BA in Politics from Lancaster University.

Kate Doyle, Administration and Operations Co-ordinator

After graduating from the University of Portsmouth, Kate worked in television as a freelance script supervisor for several years before joining Community Leisure UK in November 2011. When not at work, Kate enjoys long walks with family and friends and playing tennis at her local club where she volunteers as a Welfare Officer.

Bryony Hudson, Active Kindness Programme Manager

Bryony joined Community Leisure UK in December 2022 as Active Kindness Programme Manager. Bryony previously coordinated a foodbank and ran her own business for several years. Bryony is passionate about the value of volunteering and the importance of social justice on a local and national level. When not at work, she can be found attempting DIY projects at home or away camping with her family.

Stephanie Seaton, Network Support Officer

Stephanie joined Community Leisure UK in May 2023 as our Network Support Officer. She has been involved with various charities, both professionally and on a voluntary basis, with a particular interest in mental health, social advocacy and environmental issues. She has extensive experience in handling communications between partners and stakeholders, liaising between different bodies to facilitate engagement and networking. Outside of work she enjoys reading, writing, and growing fruit and veg in the garden.