Places for People Leisure Appoint New Business Development Director
Business Development Director Tim Hewett and Development Director Peter Kirkham from Places for People Leisure are both due to retire at the end of June after many years in the leisure industry and will be stepping down from their Board positions. Both Tim and Peter have been at the forefront of growing the business to one of the most successful leisure companies in the UK.
John Bates, New Business Development Director
Tim joined Places for People Leisure in 1992 when the Company, formally DC Leisure, operated four leisure facilities. During his time at Places for People Leisure Tim has been instrumental in winning new Best Value leisure management contracts and successfully extending numerous contracts.
Development Director Peter Kirkham who joined the Company in 2002 has led the way in the industry with PPP (Private, Public Partnership) projects, winning new business, developing 14 new centres in the last 10 years with over £140 million investment and overseeing the asset management and the refurbishment of many facilities.
Between them they have seen the growth of the Company from when Tim and Peter first started to now, managing 113 centres and 3 standalone Places gyms.
Taking over the helm as Business Development Director will be John Bates, formally Head of Business Development at Places for People Leisure. John has worked in the leisure industry for over 34 years and has been involved in leisure facility contract management since 1986.
Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive of Places for People Leisure comments: “I am extremely proud to have worked with both Tim and Peter and we will miss them both. 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”.