Oliver Lee OBE announced as new CEO at Places Leisure
Les Mills International
Les Mills International
Les Mills International
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
Oxford City Council
£41,510 to £42,512 per annum - (pro rata for part time)
Oxford St Aldate's Chambers / Work from home (Hybrid)
Stevenage Leisure Limited
Saxon Pool, Biggleswade
New Hall School
£34,091 - £40,202pa + excellent benefits
Chelmsford, Essex
University of Leeds
£34,304 - £40,927pa
énergie fitness
Chingford, London

Oliver Lee OBE announced as new CEO at Places Leisure

Oliver Lee OBE will replace Paul McPartlan as CEO at Places Leisure in July 2022
McPartlan announced his decision to leave the social enterprise in April this year
Past roles include commando leader in the Royal Marines and crisis management for Nuffield Health
Lee was awarded an OBE in 2012 for regenerative social and economic programme in Afghanistan
Job opportunities
Withington Baths
£22,500 - £23,500
location: Withington, Manchester, United Kingdom
more jobs
My time at Places Leisure has been simply incredible, like many in the leisure industry we’ve navigated some challenging times following the nationwide pandemic and we’re back on a strong trajectory
– Paul McPartlan, CEO of Places Leisure
Credit: Places Leisure

Oliver Lee OBE will be taking the position of CEO at Places Leisure from July. He will replace Paul McPartlan, who announced in April that he would be leaving the organisation.

“I feel delighted, privileged, and humbled to be given this opportunity to join Places for People and to lead the leisure business and the 6,000-plus colleagues as we move forward,” said Lee. “The aspiration and opportunity we have to use all of the expertise in Places Leisure to develop and enrich the lives of customers in our existing and future communities, as well as helping support Places for People’s strategic growth ambitions, is particularly exciting.”

McPartlan joined Places for People in 2020 following a stint at Nuffield Health as national operations director where he was responsible for 31 Hospitals and over 300 facilities. Becoming part of the senior leadership of Places Leisure during the pandemic, he led the team during a complicated period and ends his tenure as rising energy costs have put additional pressure on the leisure sector, particularly operators with swimming pools.

McPartlan is returning to Nuffield Health in an executive role where he will oversee the implementation of a new operating model, initially focusing on the London region – integrating Aspen and the new St Bartholomew's Hospital – as part of Nuffield’s strategy "to build a healthier nation".

“My time at Places Leisure has been simply incredible, like many in the leisure industry we’ve navigated some challenging times following the nationwide pandemic and we’re back on a strong trajectory,” said McPartlan. “I am truly excited for Places Leisure’s future and delighted that Oliver will be at the helm with his wealth of experience.”

Lee spent 18 years in the Royal Marines, completing his service as commanding officer and leader of one of the UK’s three commando groups. His first ten years culminated in an MBE, and he was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his strategic work on a social and economic regeneration programme in Afghanistan.

Following military service, Lee took the role of CEO at The Challenge, a UK charity that helped 242,000 young people between 2009 and 2019 to develop their confidence and life skills. In March 2020, he was hired by Nuffield Health as crisis management director to support the not-for-profit healthcare organisation through the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Group CEO of Places for People, Greg Reed, said: “Oliver’s experience and ability – as a people leader and as a senior executive – will enable him both to take Places Leisure forward as we continue to integrate it into the Places for People enterprise organisation, and unleash its massive strategic potential, all while inspiring and enthusing our colleagues in leisure about the journey they, and we all, are on.”

Sign up for FREE ezines, news alerts & magazines

More News

1 - 15 of 43,688
23 Jun 2022
A new report by Deloitte, outlining the social and economic value of the global health and fitness industry, has been released by The Global Health ... More
23 Jun 2022
Barry’s has entered the world of retail, opening a studio in the new Flannels flagship luxury department store in Liverpool, which debuts today (23 June ... More
23 Jun 2022
The London 2012 Olympic legacy investment designed to improve physical education at primary schools has failed, according to a study. Academics at the University of ... More
23 Jun 2022
A special task force has been established to boost physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities. Part of UK Active’s inclusivity-focused Everyone Can programme, the ... More
20 Jun 2022
F45 will be launching its first studio in a hotel in Q3 2022, following a partnership agreement with Hilton Austin. The 1,236 square foot/114 square ... More
20 Jun 2022
The Jorvik Group has been named a ‘leading light’ for its digital strategy, which helped it gain an international audience of more than 3 million ... More
16 Jun 2022
Premier Global NASM, which is owned by US-based Ascend Learning, has announced it's winding up its operations in the UK. It is not clear why ... More
16 Jun 2022
David Lloyd has introduced a small-group training programme called Delta to the range of classes it offers members. The sessions are designed for six to ... More
16 Jun 2022
Post-operative heart surgery patients could begin their road to fitness recovery much earlier than previously thought. Game-changing research shows that upper-body resistance training can commence ... More
15 Jun 2022
Mike Farrar has been announced as the new chair at UK Active. His tenure will start in August 2022 when he takes over the position ... More
15 Jun 2022
Key organisations from the UK’s leisure industry are lobbying the government for financial support to help operators manage the impact of rising energy prices. A ... More
14 Jun 2022
Chester Zoo, Nothe Fort and Black Country Living Museum are among the 19 winners of this year's Visit England Awards for Excellence. Picking up the ... More
Les Mills
Les Mills
01 Jun 2022
Bernard Donoghue, director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Donoghue has been Director ... More
09 Jun 2022
Basic-Fit has opened its 600th club in France in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, in the Pays de la Loire region. The fitness chain – which is also active ... More
07 Jun 2022
According to The World Health Organization's recently-released research study, WHO European Regional Obesity Report 2022, a third of children and almost two-thirds of adults in ... More
1 - 15 of 43,688
Les Mills International
Les Mills International