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jjb managing director resigns
Barry Aspinall, MD of DW Sports and
Fitness – formerly JJB Fitness Clubs –
has resigned after 15 years with JJB due
to family circumstances.
Winston Higham, formerly marketing
director of DW Sports and Fitness,
becomes CEO of the company.
Aspinall says: “My resignation comes
at an exciting time for the business
in as much as the new owner, Dave
Whelan, will be the catalyst of a new
Bailey is Matrix business manager and even greater era for the clubs. But
in saying that, I have explained to him
carole bailey
my concerns going forward – that, for
personal reasons, I cannot guarantee Aspinall leaves JJB for personal reasons
joins matrix
being able to give the same commitment
that I have in the past.” He has assumed ownership of 53 of JJB
Equipment manufacturer Matrix Whelan, the founder of JJB Sports, Sports’ 55 fi tness facilities, with Irish
Fitness Systems has appointed a new bought back the troubled company’s properties in Dundalk and Limerick
business manager to help lead the nationwide chain of fi tness clubs in a excluded from the deal. It’s hoped that
fi rm’s expansion plans. £83.4m deal that formed part of the the new venture will ensure the long-
Carole Bailey, the former European new DW Sports venture. term future of the JJB Sports company.
business manager and interim
MD of Nautilus UK, will handle
all aspects of the Matrix business
jht uk appoints interim md
including customer service, quality
and profi tability. Bailey’s 15 years’ A new interim managing director has Jason Lo, CEO and president of JHT’s
experience in fi nance, logistics and been appointed at Johnson Health Tech global business, says: “The UK is one of
sales administration at Nautilus is UK – the distributor of Horizon Fitness the most important global markets and
expected to stand her in good stead and Vision Fitness at-home fi tness forms a major part of our expansion
for pushing forward the second phase products and a subsidiary of parent plans. We’re delighted to continue to
of Matrix’s three-year expansion plan. company Johnson Health Tech (JHT), invest in our UK businesses, creating
“[Bailey’s] appointment adds more which is based in Taiwan. new opportunities for our business
depth to our senior management team Bob Whip, former president of partners and customers.”
and will assist us in managing our UK Horizon Fitness, has taken over from Johnson Health Tech is also parent
and international growth,” explains Jamie Burton, who has left to pursue company of the commercial fi tness
Jon Johnston, MD of Matrix. other career challenges. Whip will direct equipment division US-based Matrix
JHT’s retail subsidiary as part of the Fitness Systems, which has distributors
group’s worldwide expansion. worldwide, including the UK.
in b
nsa regional additions barnsley’s new manager new sales team for pulse
The National Skills Academy for Sport Leisure centre operator Barnsley Pulse Fitness has appointed three
and Active Leisure has made two Premier Leisure (BPL) has recruited a new sales managers.
new additions to its regional business new swimming development manager Steve Grapes, formerly of Life
development teams. to oversee the free swimming Fitness, and Ken Wattam, formerly
Peter Cooke joins as business initiative, in conjunction with Barnsley of Technogym UK, have taken up
development director for London, Metropolitan Borough Council. the roles of territory sales managers
after 25 years in the sector, to ensure Edward Lim, a former duty centre in Wales and the North of England
training programmes meet the needs of manager and competitive swimmer, will respectively. Meanwhile Darren
employers. Julia Whitehead will become ensure that members under the age of Murphy, a former sales executive for
business development manager for the 18 and the over-60s get the most out of O’Neills International Sportswear,
South East – a region set to launch their free swimming opportunities. will take control of Pulse clients in the
this year – and will be responsible BPL’s swimming venues include north and south of Ireland.
for the growth and development of Metrodome Leisure Complex, Hoyland, The new team is expected to push
the academy in the region, including Dearneside and Royston Leisure the expansion of Pulse forward and
establishing new training providers. Centres, and Wombell Swimming Pool. raise brand awareness in their areas.
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