New Appointments at Places for People Leisure

John Bates, former Head of Business Development at Places for People Leisure has been appointed as the new Business Development Director.

 

John has worked in the leisure industry for over 34 years, 24 of which have been with Places for People Leisure and has been involved in leisure facility contract management since 1986.

 

Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive of Places for People Leisure comments: “John joined the company in November 1991 and worked as a Regional Operations Director before becoming Head of Business Development in April 2004. He has a wealth of experience in the industry and will continue to be a great asset to the business in his new role”.

 

John Bates, comments: “I am delighted to be joining the Board at this exciting time where there are so many opportunities in the leisure market and I look forward to joining the new team of directors to strive to deliver our strategic plan for the growth of the organisation and create a positive impact on the local communities we serve.

 

“It will be an exciting few years ahead as we focus on winning new leisure contracts and reaching even more communities; creating ‘active places’ and ‘healthy people’. In the last 2 years we have won 5 new leisure contracts and I am looking forward to driving the business development function even further; supporting existing contracts as well as developing new partnerships.”

 

Following John’s appointment, Dan Walker has now taken over as the new Head of Business Development. Dan has worked within the business development team for over 5 years, formerly as a Business Development Manager, following 5 years as a Contract Manager with Places for People Leisure.

 

Jamie Brown has also been appointed as the Head of Commercial Activities at Places for People Leisure. Jamie was previously Contract Manager within the North Somerset contract and Operations Director at Aquaterra Leisure. His focus will be on the development of our fitness proposition as well as member recruitment, retention and the customer experience.

 

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