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PEOPLE NEWS LEISURE LADDER
Alan Davey, chief executive of
Arts Council, has been elected
the new chair of the
CK Academy provides training and qualifi cations for the health and fi tness industry.
International Federation of Arts
Councils and Culture Agencies
It has also introduced a range of lifestyle programmes delivered through spas.
(IFACCA). Davey will take over
the post from Risto Ruohonen,
the director general of the
Finnish National Gallery. IFACCA,
an international network of
national arts funding agencies, What is your day to day role? What keeps you motivated?
aims to share knowledge, create My day to day role is promoting Knowing without a doubt we
understanding and strengthen CK Academy in the sectors we DO make a difference whether
the capacity of arts councils and work with, overseeing the best with our GP programming or
culture agencies. team of staff and developing developing newcomers to our
Premier Training International new ideas. industry and most of all
has unveiled Mark Botha as the What has been the high point working with the best team in
company's new global sales and of your career so far? the industry!
marketing director. Botha joins Deciding to go all out for what I What would you have done and the fi tness sector as well as
Premier from Leisure Connection, believe in and leaving the safety differently? in the development and
where he has worked as the of paid employment to set up Not tried to hold on to delivery of effective lifestyle
company's sales and marketing CK Academy. everything, be clearer about intervention programmes.
director since January 2006. How would you those things I do well and bring What's your advice for
Botha will be responsible for all describe yourself? on others who have the skills I up-and-coming management?
areas of sales and marketing. One Passionate, committed to our lack or don't enjoy. Go the extra mile. So often
of his main tasks will be to drive industry and solution focused. What ambitions do you have? it doesn't take much to stand
forward of the organisation's How would your critics To position us as the leader in out from the crowd, it requires
business-to-business and describe you? training and qualifi cations – thriving on responsibility,
international training division Impatient, a hard task master particularly in developing the ability to motivate and a
using the National Academy of and a perfectionist. partnership between healthcare desire to achieve.
Sports Medicine training
resources and tools.
LA fi tness is strengthening its
team with the appointment of
Karen Shotbolt as its new HR
director. Shotbolt joins as a
director on the LA fi tness What attracted you to the many directions you can go in.
operating board following seven leisure industry? And the disadvantages?
years as UK HRD at Select Service I loved feeling fi t and healthy The pay can be low, the hours
Partners, the international and wanted to learn more. I felt can be unsociable, and it is
catering and retail group. I could make a difference and sometimes hard to be taken
Working from the group's enjoy being with people. seriously when interacting with
Doncaster HQ, Shotbolt will be How did you get to this point the health sector.
responsible for more than 4,500 in your career? What's the most important
LA fi tness employees across more I believed I could make a skill to possess in your my yoga teaching skills.
than 80 gyms. difference to someone's health. business? What will your next move be?
Sara Sowden has been Over the past 20 years, I have Good people skills is key to To train and develop new
appointed as the new fi tness studied and trained hard to being able to communicate members of our team as our
manager at the new Club and Spa increase my skills and knowl- with all types of individuals business grows.
at Hoole Hall, the multi-million edge. This allowed me to with numerous barriers. What advice do you have for
pound purpose built gym and spa continually grow and develop. What are your ambitions people wanting to work in
which offi cially opens on Monday What are the advantages of career wise and personal? the leisure industry?
2 November. Sowden has joined working in the industry? To continue my development as You need to be passionate,
Hoole Hall from Old Hall Country You are given the opportunity case manager as our business enjoy working with all types of
Club in Chester, where she to make a difference to some grows and to expand in the people, and be prepared to
worked as a gym manager. one's health and there are future. To continue developing update your skills regularly.
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