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people norman basson retires

Norman Basson, founder of Premier Training International, has announced his retirement after a long and successful career working within the health and fi tness industry. Basson founded the training provider

Charles Winstanley takes position

new chair for edinburgh

Charles Winstanley, chair of NHS Lothian, has been appointed as the new chair of Edinburgh Leisure. Winstanley will take over

the position immediately and has been appointed following the departure, in June this year, of the former chair, Robert Yates. He is currently a non-executive

director at the Ministry of Defence, a member of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, and was previously panel chair of the General Medical Council. Commenting his appointment,

Winstanley says: “The value of exercise in improving general health is well known, and there may well be growing opportunities for Edinburgh Leisure to work with the NHS.”

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thurrock appoints farrant Thurrock Council has announced that it is to appoint Graham Farrant as its new chief executive. Farrant was unanimously selected by

the members’ appointment panel and his appointment was approved by a full council meeting on 30 June. He took over from the interim chief

executive Bob Coomber on 2 August. Farrant joins the council from

management consultancy pmpgenesis, which went into administration in July. Prior to that role, he was chief executive offi cer at Leisure Connection from 2004 to 2008.


new board member for tag Transforming a Generation (TAG) – the charity that specialises in training 18- to 24-year-old people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs), and then placing them in employment within the fi tness sector – has appointed Murray Butcher to the charity’s board of trustees. Butcher, who is a former director

of assessment and quality at City & Guilds, also sits on the board of the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People. Butcher will be tasked with helping to develop the TAG programme.

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grapes joins octane fi tness Former Norwich City and Cardiff City midfi elder Steve Grapes has joined the sales team at Octane Fitness UK. Grapes has been tasked with

overseeing sales in Wales and the South West of England. He joins Octane from Pulse Fitness, where he held the post of regional manager. Prior to Pulse, Grapes spent 11

years at Life Fitness, where he was regional sales manager for Wales and Southern England. Neil Campbell, Octane’s GM who was also formerly at Life Fitness, says: “I am delighted to be working with Steve again.”

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in 1992 and confi rmed his decision to retire after unveiling the company’s new £550,000 fl agship academy, which opened in Finsbury Park, London, earlier this month. Formerly a physical educationalist, sports coach and physiotherapist in the Army Physical Training Corps, Basson has also run his own physiotherapy practice, health and fi tness club and training centre. Premier Training International chief

executive Debra Stuart says: “Norman’s passion has always been about delivering on quality and making people feel special. Norman has built Premier into one of the UK’s leading health and


Basson announces his retirement

fi tness training providers and it is fi tting that his legacy is realised in the new London Academy, which will not just deliver in sports science excellence but [excellence] for our people too.”

moylan hired to train nuyuu pts “I will manage, train and mentor

nuyuu fitness, the gym chain launched by Ben Silcox and entrepreneur James Caan, has appointed Ric Moylan to develop its personal training offer. Moylan will oversee the whole of the

personal training side of the business, working with existing employees to create an “unrivalled offer”. Moylan says: “My role is to create the

same high quality of personal trainers at each and every nuyuu. The emphasis will be on customer service and giving our members what they need.

all the company’s personal trainers, as well as overseeing development of the products we deliver.” nuyuu MD Ben Silcox adds: “We want

to offer the best PT product and service in the sector and ensure it is the same progressive and innovative offer in all our gyms as we continue to grow.” nuyuu was launched in October

2009 and currently has a chain of fi ve gyms. It is looking to expand into double fi gures by the end of the year.

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