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APPOINTMENTS Liz Holmes joins Virgin Active


Spa director Liz Holmes is to leave Rockliffe Hall in Darlington, UK, to become the new national health and beauty manager at Virgin Active.


Following a six-year tenure at Rockliffe Hall, Holmes will begin her new role in March 2015. She replaces Emma Williams, who will be taking up a role at The Joshua Tree hair salon and spa in Nottingham following nine years in the role.


Holmes will be responsible for the group’s 38 spas across the UK, with an initial focus on maintaining the high standards that her predecessor achieved across Virgin’s spa estate.


www.virginactive.co.uk Freedom Leisure extends management team


Not-for-profit leisure operator Freedom Leisure has extended its management team with two new appointments.


With more than 18 years’ experience in the leisure industry, Mike Worsnop joins as the business development manager while Alyson Zell, who has over 30 years of leisure industry experience, will become the aquatic business manager.


MD of Freedom Leisure, Ivan Horsfall-Turner, welcomed both, saying: “I’m really pleased to be able to add two high calibre appointments at a time when Freedom Leisure is actively looking to develop our business. Mike’s strategic role will be key to expanding our business and broadening our geographical presence while Alyson will help ensure that our swimming programme is safeguarded and developed in line with the opportunities available and current growing demand.”


www.freedom-leisure.co.uk


TRX expands EMEA team Weight training specialists TRX has boosted its EMEA team with three new appointments.


Anthony Foster is to become the sales manager UK, working with Gary Novak, the newly appointed sales executive UK. They will be joined by Louise Garth, the new sales operations manager EMEA.


Each new appointment has amassed considerable expertise within commercial sales, operations marketing and worked for a variety of equipment providers and fitness companies.


Alan Holl, senior director of TRX EMEA, said: “The UK team’s expansion matches our aspirations to aggressively grow the business further in the UK and EMEA. Anthony and Gary bring a wealth of industry knowledge and sales experience which will be key to driving our sales strategy across key accounts while reinforcing our strong relationships with distributor and commercial contacts. Louise will provide an essential support for our team with her internal sales and operations experience.”


www.trxtraining.com/uk


OCL appoints new head of facilities


David Selkirk has joined Oldham Community Leisure’s (OCL) executive management team as head of facilities.


Formerly of Parkwood Leisure and an experienced leisure manager, Selkirk brings a combination of local authority, trust and private leisure sector experience to his new role, where he will be responsible for the operational performance of the 12 facilities managed by OCL.


Selkirk said: “I believe that delivering value for money and a great customer experience is essential if you want to achieve customer retention and attract new visitors. Consistency, excellent staffing and clean, well-maintained facilities are all critical to achieving this and I will be focusing on these elements.”


Elsewhere within OCL, Claire Tomlin has been promoted to customer contact team leader. She will now oversee the team who look after all customer contact, including one dedicated phone line for bookings, emails and web bookings.


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