July 2024: Special issue
LED announce new CEO

10 Jun 2024

LED Community Leisure has announced the appointment of Olly Swayne as the new Chief Executive.

The appointment follows the retirement of their long-serving Chief Executive, Peter Gilpin.

Peter has taken LED through some tumultuous times, growing the organisation into one of the most respected leisure providers in the UK.

Starting with LED in March 2010, Peter has overseen significant growth in the organisation, a charitable not-for-profit trust that runs all East Devon District Council’s leisure facilities. LED has facilitated over £5 million of capital investment in the Councils facilities, including a £2.5 million refurbishment of Exmouth Leisure Centre, initiated, funded, and delivered by LED and match funded by the National Lottery.

Olly brings a wealth of commercial and operational experience from a career spanning three decades, having held senior leadership positions, most recently as the Director of Commercial Integration at Caterfood Buying Group (Bidfood UK), where he managed strategic initiatives aimed at driving growth and operational excellence across multiple regional businesses.

He was also Group Commercial Manager at Loungers PLC, where he played a pivotal role leading the commercial operations team and managing purchasing, supply chain, and compliance for one of the UK's fastest-growing casual dining operators.
Prior to this Olly held various senior positions at SSP Group PLC, where he accelerated growth across airport concessions at Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter airports, which led him to roles in business development and business change, across the UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia. His proven track record of delivering results through strategic planning, operational efficiency, and stakeholder engagement makes him a valuable addition to the LED team.

As Chief Executive of LED, Olly will lead the organisation in its mission to provide exceptional leisure services for communities across East Devon and beyond. His strategic vision and commitment to enhancing community well-being align perfectly with LED's goals of promoting active lifestyles and fostering a vibrant leisure, wellbeing and healthy culture.

Olly expressed his excitement about his new role, saying; "It is a real privilege to be joining such a talented team of people at LED and to be given the opportunity to contribute to the organisation's future success. I look forward to working closely with the LED Board, the wider team, East Devon District Council, other stakeholders, our members and many other partners to further enhance the leisure facilities, outreach services and commercial operations. I want to make a positive impact on the lives and enjoyment of everyone living in and visiting East Devon and beyond".

Asked about his time with LED, Peter said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my 14 years with LED and am proud of what the trust has achieved in that time, which would not have been possible without the tremendous support I have had from my board and outstanding staff teams. I am particularly proud of our award-winning community engagement and outreach work. I know we are having a significant impact in providing a broader health and wellbeing service to the residents of East Devon. Undoubtably the greatest challenge has been steering the organisation through the COVID pandemic. This would not have been possible without the support of the Council, its officers and members, my board and management team, and particularly our customers, many of whom voluntarily continued to pay their membership subscriptions throughout the various lockdowns and closures. With LED now stable and even out-performing pre-pandemic levels of membership and attendances, I feel that the time is right to step down and let my successor, Olly Swayne, pick up the reins and continue to drive LED forward. I wish him, LED’s Board and management team and the Council all the best and look forward to supporting them as a keen customer!
Richard Purchase, Chair of the LED Board said; “We are delighted that Olly will be joining LED shortly and can help shape the future direction of the organisation whilst looking at and building on the commercial successes we have already enjoyed. Our partnership with East Devon District Council is important and Olly will have the establishing of a strong working relationship with officers and members as one of his key priorities.”

Speaking about former CEO Peter Gilpin, Richard added: “Recognising that partnership working was the key to successful leisure provision was inspired and LED was an early adopter of many new and innovative ways of providing services under Peter’s leadership. He has forged sustaining relationships with a whole range of organisations, not least our key partner, East Devon District Council. We will be forever grateful for his vision and drive. I and the whole Board wish Peter a long and happy retirement.”

Latest member news
Online classes introduced for people recently out of hospital
Online live exercise classes will soon launch in Cheshire East targeting people who have recently left hospital, are deconditioned (seen a decline in physical function due to inactivity or bedrest) and/or unable to access their local health and leisure services in-person.

Activity on referral ‘fastest growing membership’ type for Trilogy Active
Midlands based Trilogy Active who operate the NHS Activity of Referral Scheme across Northamptonshire have shared that over 880 people are staying active after being referred to the scheme by their GP.

Get fit for surgery
Each year, Edinburgh Leisure’s Active Communities programme uses the power of physical activity to support over 12,000 disadvantaged people across the city to improve their health and wellbeing.

Vitality programme grows by 40% in East Renfrewshire
East Renfrewshire residents have praised an exercise programme, aimed at supporting those with medical conditions to be active and connected, whilst increasing their fitness levels.

Worcestershire man loses almost half his body weight as part of incredible transformation
Sheldon Donavon, 32 from Malvern, who attends the Freedom Leisure centres in both Worcester and Malvern, has lost over 13 stone in body weight.

Praise for Health for Heroes
An army veteran from Barrhead has praised East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure's Health for Heroes initiative, which offers free health and wellbeing support for veterans.

Conquering diabetes with GLL
Vinod Mistry is living proof that you can manage diabetes long-term through diet and exercise - and go on to complete some of the world’s most gruelling physical challenges.

From quadruple bypass to confident gym user
David Irving knows the power of positive lifestyle change, thanks to support from Everybody Health & Leisure.

High Life Highland Introduce Dynamic Wellbeing
High Life Highland has introduced a new class to its offering in Grantown-on-Spey which is aimed at older adults who might benefit from some gentle exercise to help them manage long term health conditions or mobility problems.

Horizon Leisure’s Wellbeing Hub celebrates first birthday
Charitable leisure trust, Horizon Leisure is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first-of-its-kind Health and Wellbeing Hub based at a shopping mall in Havant.

£17M social value figure shows health & wellbeing contribution for Mytime Active
Social enterprise, Mytime Active, generated a social value in excess of £17 million for its neighbourhood economies last year.

Pendle Leisure Trust case study – Lighter and More Active
Alan was referred to the Up & Active Team six months ago via the Pendle Primary Care Network health and wellbeing coach service.

From lifting weights to benefit menopause to paying closer attention to equipment for those with impairment – Burnley's new look knows no barriers
Burnley Leisure and Culture have recently upgraded even more facilities with both St Peter’s and Padiham Leisure Centres newly refurbished gyms and cycling studios re-opening recently.

Mytime Active and The Bromley Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum join forces to Support Young Mums
Mytime Active is working in partnership with Bromley Children and Families Voluntary Sector Forum (BCFF) to deliver twice-weekly free-swimming lessons for young mums aged 15 - 24 and their babies.

Britain at the bottom of the class when it comes to school swimming
New research by GLL highlights the importance of children’s swimming lessons as more primary schools reduce mandatory lessons.

Lincs Inspire’s new Calm Space for Neurodiverse People
A new sensory room offering a quiet and calm space for neurodiverse people has opened at Cleethorpes Library.

more Community Leisure UK member news >>
Business partner news
● Charity Risk Focus
Welcome to the first edition of Charity Risk Focus — your update from Gallagher’s Charities team, helping you stay ahead in today’s challenging risk landscape. ...more
Latest industry news from leisureopportunities.co.uk
World Health Organization says physical inactivity is causing global health threat
Thirty one per cent of adults worldwide – approximately 1.8 billion people – did not meet the recommended levels of physical activity in 2022, according to the World Health Organization, with 69 per cent meeting the guidelines.
05 Jul 2024
CIMSPA launches online training and education hub
Industry body CIMSPA, which represents workers in the physical activity sector, has created an online platform to support training and career development.

04 Jul 2024
Edinburgh Leisure launches Nordic walking as part of its active ageing programme
Edinburgh Leisure is launching a six-week introduction to Nordic walking as part of its award- winning Ageing Well Project.

04 Jul 2024
Third Space is on a roll with the second of three 2024 club launches
Third Space is celebrating the launch of its 11th club in London at the historic Battersea Power Station development.

01 Jul 2024
Blackstone snaps up health club specialist, Village Hotels. Plans to grow the portfolio
Village Hotels has changed hands following a deal between the owner – an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners – and funds managed by Blackstone Real Estate in a deal thought to be in the region of £850 million (US$1.08 million).

27 Jun 2024
F45 now offering workouts on Strava
F45 Training has become the first health and fitness operator to make its functional/HIIT group workouts available on Strava, the digital community with 125 million members.

26 Jun 2024
PureGym supports ambulance service by adding defibrillators to The Circuit
PureGym has partnered with the British Heart Foundation to upload all of its defibrillators to The Circuit, which allows the ambulance service to access them in an emergency.

25 Jun 2024
Gymshark global reboot bids to own the gym community
Gymshark has launched a new global brand platform, We Do Gym, to make it clear the made-by- lifters-for-lifters apparel is aimed directly at the gym market.

22 Jun 2024
Nike and Hyperice collaborate on Paris 2024 recovery concept
Nike and recovery brand, Hyperice, have partnered to create two tech-driven recovery products – a vest and boots – ahead of Paris 2024.

more industry news >>
Regional Meetings
South West Regional Meeting
12 July 2024
Special Interest Groups
8 July 2024
Health Learning Session (England)
9 July 2024
Health Scotland
10 July 2024
Carbon Literacy
11 July 2024
Social Value
16 July 2024
18 July 2024
For more information about Special Interest Group and regional / national members meetings, please contact [email protected]
Job vacancies
Facility Manager - LSBU Active
Salary: £31,396 to £34,557, inclusive of £4,952 London Weighting
Location: London, UK
Company: London South Bank University
Read more and apply
Head of Operations
Salary: £56,107.80 - £63,165.86pa + benefits
Location: Dunfermline, UK
Company: Fife Sports and Leisure Trust Ltd
Read more and apply
Senior Leisure Officer
Salary: £41,418 - £48,474pa + local govt pension + benefits
Location: Honiton, UK
Company: East Devon District Council
Read more and apply
more job vacancies >>
Diary dates
03-05 Sep 2024
ASEAN Patio Pool Spa Expo
Bangkok, Thailand
08-10 Sep 2024
Salt Therapy Association Conference
Lake Buena Vista, United States
19-19 Sep 2024
Destination Deluxe Awards & Wellness Day 2024
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
20-22 Sep 2024
World Wellness Weekend
01-04 Oct 2024
Synergy - The Retreat Show
Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia
09-13 Oct 2024
Soul Festival
10 Oct 2024
VAC 2024
22-25 Oct 2024
24-24 Oct 2024
HCM Summit 2024
London, United Kingdom
04-07 Nov 2024
Global Wellness Summit (GWS)
St Andrews, United Kingdom
more diary dates >>
Business partners
Contact Community Leisure UK

Kirsty Cumming, Chief Executive

Tel: 020 7250 8263
[email protected]
Submit news

The Community Leisure UK ezine is published in association with leisureopportunities.co.uk

Please email news and images for consideration to [email protected]
Your subscription

This email is sent to you as a Community Leisure UK member benefit: to unsubscribe click here

To add a colleague to this mailing list click here

This e-zine is produced and distributed on behalf of Community Leisure UK by Leisure Media, publisher of Leisure Opportunities, HCM and Sports Management