CIRCADIAN TRUST EMPLOYEES
Mark has over 30 year’s management experience within the leisure sector, starting on the ground floor as a lifeguard and fitness coach. He has significant leadership expertise having managed leisure and community centres, sports grounds and sports development teams; and has been involved in strategic level management since 1996 and has previously worked in Operations and Business Development Director roles.
Appointed as Chief Executive of Circadian Trust in 2006, he has overseen the development of the company from fledgling independent Charity to successful Social Enterprise. In 2016 he was selected as the Institute of Directors 3rd Sector Director of the Year (South West).
Mark is a passionate advocate of the power of sport and physical activity and the positive influence and effects it can have on individuals and communities. He is also a Trustee of South Gloucestershire Councils for voluntary Services, a former regional Chair and Executive Board member of the Sports and Recreation Trusts Association (Sporta) and former Chair of the National Skills Academy Regional Operations Group.
Craig has been working in the leisure industry for over 30 years, climbing his way up the ladder from work experience to Operations Director. This includes various roles at Yate, Kingswood and Bradley Stoke.
Craig manages and coordinates the operation of all company facilities, taking the lead role in delivering continual improvements to service delivery and financial performance. He is a keen sportsman and one of the country’s rare QPR fans.
Director of Buildings and Environment
Ian has an Industrial background from the Steel Industry whilst working part-time in leisure. He has worked full time in leisure since 1981 and whilst working for several Authorities he quickly moved up the ranks through various promotions. At the age of 36 Ian went to university to study Energy Management.
At Circadian Trust Ian now manages the Facilities Management support section. This is a varied role but key areas are managing building services, energy and environmental management, health and safety, ground maintenance and capital refurbishments for Circadian Trust buildings.
Director of Commercial Development
Ben has been working in the leisure and hospitality sector for over 25 years. After studying Sport and Recreation Management at the University of Birmingham, his career began as a health development specialist. He spent a number of years working for the Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, and as an examiner for the American College of Sports Medicine, before moving into the private sector in a number of senior management roles.
Ben was part of the team who set up the country’s first Healthy Living Centre in South London and has worked on many new business tenders including those for large multi-national corporates. Following his employment by another Trust as Group Brand Manager, Ben joined Circadian Trust in his current role of Director of Commercial Development.
Head of Sphere Leisure
Joanna joined Circadian Trust (then South Gloucestershire Council) in 2002 and became Head of Sphere Leisure when the trading company was formed in 2005. Joanna has over 25 years of hospitality and catering management experience, managing food and beverage operations within many sectors, from contract catering and school meals to pubs and bistros.
At Circadian Trust Joanna is directly responsible for the management of all the Soho Coffee Co. franchises based within Active Centres as well as the overall financial performance of Sphere Leisure Ltd. Over the past ten years she has lead major capital investment projects to develop our own food and beverage outlets within Active Centres. When not working She can usually be found dog walking in wellies!
Head of Marketing
Fiona studied at the University of Canterbury (where she also successfully captained the ladies rugby team). Before joining Circadian, she acquired marketing and business experience with a number of companies, including Unigate, Chapel House marketing and publishing, Autonumis engineering and Cotswold Intumescent.
In 2005, Fiona landed her ideal job combining her passion for health and fitness with her passion for marketing. She has now been with Circadian Trust for 13 years having progressed from Marketing Manager to Sales and Marketing Manager and is currently employed as Head of Marketing.
Fiona is a very strong advocate of the positive physical and mental benefits of regular exercise. Outside of work she has a keen interest in many types of physical activities including running, cycling, water sports, ball sports, and the gym. Her other talents lie in creative art; mainly in the form of graphic design, painting, drawing and a spot of sculpting.
Healthy Lifestyles Manager
Jim started his career in Health and Fitness in 1999 as a Fitness Instructor at Thornbury Leisure Centre. He soon progressed, moving into the role as Fitness Manager, managing both Thornbury and Bradley Stoke before joining the GP Referral Scheme run by South Gloucestershire Public Health and Wellbeing division.
Jim spent 12 years working in various roles on the GP Referral Scheme and formed part of the team which went onto win the prestigious APSE Award (Association of Public Service Excellence).
During 2017, Jim was appointed as Healthy Lifestyle Manager at Circadian trust to develop the “Healthy Lifestyle on Referral Scheme”. The scheme is aimed at Health Professionals enabling them to refer patients who are inactive, with a medical condition, to manage or prevent their condition through a tailored, supervised and structure physical activity programme.
Jim is also a former professional footballer playing for Walsall, Cardiff City and Forest Green Rovers; he is currently the Assistant Manager at Bath City where he made 483 appearances as a player.
Health, Safety & Compliance Manager
Since leaving University with an HND in Leisure Management, Sonja has worked in the Leisure Industry for 22 years in both the private and public sector (not including her time as a casual lifeguard). Starting out as a Lifestyle Consultant and qualifying as an Advanced Gym Instructor she then progressed into Management. Sonja had various management roles in private health club companies until 2003, also gaining the NEBOSH qualification. Shortly afterwards she joined South Gloucestershire Leisure Trust.
Sonja has always had a passion for water and health & safety – which comes from many years of swimming and surf lifesaving competitively.
Senior Lifestyles Manager
Dave has been working in the leisure industry for over 30 years, starting as a Casual Lifeguard at Thornbury in the early eighties. After spells as a Leisure Assistant and Duty Manager, Dave moved into the private sector where he held various Health Club Manager positions. He returned to South Gloucestershire in 1996 as Fitness Manager at Yate where he started the highly successful circuit class (which still runs today with over 100 people attending each session). Dave then progressed to senior Fitness Manager before moving into his current role.
At Circadian Trust, Dave is directly responsible for the management of fitness activities across the Active Fitness brand; developing and delivering quality of service for our customers and developing strategies to ensure continual improvement.
Anyone who knows Dave will be aware that he is a season ticket holder at Chelsea, and was a keen rugby player having now retired. He is also a frustrated travel agent, spending many an evening planning his annual holidays too far away destinations.
Martyn has worked in the leisure industry for 23 years in both public leisure centres and private health clubs. He has held many roles including Lifeguard, Group Exercise Instructor and various management positions, and has been a trained Tai Chi Instructor for over 14 years.
Martyn is committed to improving health and is a regular blood donor with over 115 units of blood given. He enjoys what he does, and has a real passion to help people become more active. Martyn is a big believer in improving the centres he works in, so if you have any comments, suggestions or improvements he is happy to hear them.
With over 25 years’ experience in the health and fitness sector, Rob started out as a Fitness Instructor and Group Exercise Instructor. Having managed his first gym at the age of 19 he progressed through multiple management roles with multiple providers within the private health club sector.
Rob has worked for Circadian Trust for over three years Managing Kingswood and currently Bradley Stoke. Rob believes that exercise is the miracle cure and can make a huge difference to a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.
Centre Manager for Thornbury and Yate Active Lifestyle Centres.
Leisure professional in the charity sector and enthusiastic triathlete.
Head of Aquatics
I have been working in Leisure for over 20 years. I started as a casual lifeguard, swimming teacher and Lifeguard trainer assessor, progressing to Centre Manager. I have worked as Centre Manager at Longwell Green, Yate and Thornbury and am also Head of Aquatics for the organisation.
In my spare time I enjoy mountain biking, hash running, skiing and swimming. I am passionate about inspiring people to lead an active lifestyle and helping them to make a difference.
CIRCADIAN BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Trust is overseen by a Board of Trustees drawn from across the local community, who bring a number of skills from a range of sectors to benefit the business. The Trustees ensure good governance and agree on strategic direction for the business.
Chair of Circadian Trust Board
Valerie brings extensive commercial experience from a career in a variety of functions in leading UK retailers and consumer companies including Somerfield, Debenhams, Boots, and Clarks. Valerie studied Economics at Warwick University and has a post-graduate Diploma with the Financial Times. Valerie has a deep understanding of consumer marketing, as well as experience in strategy development, business transformation, and property management.
In addition to her role as Chair of Sphere, Leisure Valerie works with a number of other organisations that strive to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities across the South West. She is an Associate Non- Executive Director for University Hospitals Plymouth and she is also a Non-Executive Director of two housing associations, Plymouth Community Homes and Selwood Housing Group.
Chair of Sphere Leisure Board
James is a commercial manager, with a focus in the health sector, with two degrees in “Sport Science” and “Cardiology Physiology” and experience working in the NHS and private healthcare sector, local government, and health & fitness.
Neil is a management consultant and part-time lecturer. He has been involved in community activities for a number of years and is a regular user of Circadian Trust leisure centres.
Roland was an Area Manager for Circadian Trust until he retired in March 2014 and brings over 30 years of operational management experience in the Leisure Industry to the Board. Whilst working for the Trust Roland held membership of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management. He joined the Leisure Trust Board in May 2018 and hopes to use his extensive experience to help inspire Active Lifestyles and importantly support the Trust through its next phases of development. An ex-player and enthusiastic follower of football, cyclist, and walker, Roland also regularly volunteers at Southmead Hospital as a Move Maker.
Peter Tuodolo lives in Thornbury with his wife and two children. He is a keen sportsman. An SRA Level 2 squash coach who coached as a volunteer for Thornbury Big Cats (Junior Squash Club) for more than 10 years. He is also a UEFA B Licensed football coach with Thornbury Town Football Club, and currently coaching and managing the under 16’s team. Peter has been working for Essilor LTD in the Logistics department for more than 10 years. Essilor is one of the biggest Lens and optical manufacturers in the world and the largest optical supplier to independent opticians. Essilor is also a leader in optical innovation. Essilor, a French spectacle lens manufacturing company, can trace its history back to 1849 when a workers’ co-operative under the name of Société des Lunetiers was established in Paris. In 1959 it launched Varilux, the world’s first varifocal lens (a lens that allows the wearer to view objects at all distances). Essilor came to Thornbury in the 1980s where it established a factory to produce Varilux for UK opticians and their clients.
Suzanna is a procurement consultant with experience in privatising public services. She lives in South Gloucestershire with her husband and two children, who all value Circadian for the opportunities it provides them and their community to participate in a wide range of activities.
Abdulhamid Junior Sheikh
Junior is CEO and co-founder of the prestigious MTM Awards, which celebrates the excellence and achievements of small, medium businesses and grass-root communities, and has become the South West’s premier Asian, Black & Ethnic Communities event engaging over 4000, with over 4500 nominees and having had over 135,000 people voting online since inception in 2012. A key focus is building bridges and creating awareness of the importance of diversity, and celebrating excellence, and achievements of our rich and diverse communities. The MT Junior joined the Board in 2019.
Nalin is a Chartered Engineer and qualified Accountant with extensive experience in railway infrastructure asset management and the industry regulatory model, gained in British Railways (1979 to 2010) and self-employed consultancy (from 2010 to date) combining engineering, finance, economic regulation, and funding. Business Advisor to Group Finance Director of Network Rail (2005 to 2010). Trustee member of Sirona Care and Health Group C.I.C and Treasurer Director of Bristol and Gloucester Gliding Club Ltd. Educated at Imperial College with interests in power flying, gliding, badminton, swimming and reading.
Peter is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development with a passion for Human Resource Management. With 21 years of retail management experience, Peter joined as a Trustee in 2021 to help shape and grow the facilities and customer experience to match the needs of the communities they serve. Peter has been a regular customer for many years, using the facilities at Longwell Green and Yate.
Stacey is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a director of HR Dept Bristol and The HR Dept Group Trust. Stacey has over 20 years of experience in HR which spans a range of industries including public, private, and charitable sectors working with organisations of all shapes and sizes.
Andrew is Head of Global Consulting at Mayo Clinic. Andrew lives in Wickwar, and before joining Mayo Clinic, worked as a management consultant in a number of different sectors ranging from the energy market to transport and infrastructure. Andrew also worked for Babcock International Group. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science and Economics degree in International Politics, a Master of Science in Project Management, and a Masters of Business Administration from Warwick Business School. He is an Instructor in Health Care Administration at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Andrew is a keen triathlete and a regular user of the Yate and Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centres.
Chris is an experienced Marketing Manager and is based in South Gloucestershire. Chris joined as a Trustee in late 2021 and is looking forward to using his expertise to help benefit Circadian Trust. An avid runner, cyclist and swimmer, Chris has completed a series of sponsored events, and he’ll definitely be using the Active Centre Leisure facilities as part of his training regime!
Councillor Simon Johnson
Simon joins Circadian Trust as a trustee having been elected to South Gloucestershire Council for the Liberal Democrat group in May 2023. Professionally he’s CEO of a national governing body for sport, and passionate about the role sport, health & fitness can have on people of all ages and backgrounds right across the Local Authority.
James is a HR Director within the Telecommunications sector majoring in Learning & Development with a strong focus on Customer Experience and Sales. Having seen his children benefit through active participation in sport (and learning to swim via the Trusts swimming school) James is keen to support the Trust’s Social Value charitable aims and objectives within the local community. He is a regular user of Circadian Trust’s Longwell Green facilities.
Lawrence is the Director of LDW Consultant Services and has over thirty years’ experience in Change Management primarily within the Financial Services having worked at Lloyds Banking Group and the Nationwide Building Society. Lawrence lives in Yate and is a regular user along with his family at the Yate Active Lifestyle Centre. He is a keen supporter of local grassroots football and was Operations Director at Yate Town Football Club (2013-2020)
Julie brings wide ranging commercial experience from a retailing career, including more than 12 years as Outlets Channel Director, with responsibility for over 70 stores covering the UK and Europe. Julie has built expertise in all aspects of customer engagement and in depth experience in, strategy development, commercial planning, and cost management. Julie is a regular Swimmer and has a particular interest in the development of health referral services that can build engagement with the benefits of adopting an active lifestyle.
Leaving school in 1984 I joined the Royal Navy as a Clearance Diver & operated in several theatres of conflict. I went onto join the Fire & Rescue service in 1991, working my way up to Station Commander in charge of Water & Technical Rescue. Since retiring from the Fire & Rescue Service I have worked as a Fire Investigation/Safety Consultant, teaching Maritime Safety, and I currently work for the Marine Society & Sea Cadets as a Training Safety Advisor.
I have always been a keen sportsman; I was a swim coach for Thornbury Severnside swimming club, and now coach open water swimming & run outdoor fitness classes which incorporates open water skills.
For my own fitness I concentrate on swimming and functional fitness.
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