About us

Hello. We're Brimhams Active. We are a community health and wellbeing company. We're wholly owned by Harrogate Borough Council.

We were formed in 2021 and we own and manage three leisure centres, five swimming pools, three fitness centres, three wellbeing hubs, a children's nursery and the amazing Turkish Baths in Harrogate.

At Brimhams Active we have a simple vision. We exist to ensure you can be healthier and more active so that you can enjoy a happier and more independent life. Whether it's a simple swim, toning up in one of our fitness centres or taking part in one of the dozens of activities on offer, we'll help you achieve whatever wellbeing goal you set yourself.

Our strategy

Company number 12979708

A healthier more active population living longer more independent and happier lives

Mark Tweedie
Managing director

Mark spent his early career as a PE teacher, moving into sports development before achieving his first chief executive role in 2011. He is a specialist in the organisational transformation to increase efficiency and profitability and in-service redesign focusing on the areas of health, education, employability and social services. Mark loves swimming, walking and cycling in the countryside. He has always participated in sports ranging from high-level competition to volunteering as team manager for his son's local football team.

Natalie McGuire
Director of business development

Natalie joins Brimhams Active as director of business development. Spending the majority of her career in the sport and leisure sector, Natalie specialises in commercial optimisation to deliver both outstanding social value and sustainable revenue generation. She has held roles in a number of leisure operators ranging from small leisure trusts, higher education institutions, national operators and more recently the National Governing Body for swimming. Natalie has operated in the Yorkshire region for the past 10 years supporting the growth of physical activity and the tourism economy. She is a passionate swimmer and still enjoys teaching her children to swim regularly.

Stuart Winslow
Operations director

Stuart has worked in the leisure industry for over 30 years, starting as a gym instructor before deciding to go down the leisure centre management path. He has worked for multiple organisations such as Everyone Active, Sandwell Leisure Trust, Warwick District Council and Loughborough University. Stuart has had many years experience of spearheading transformative change at a centre manager level and in senior positions at a strategic level. He is an advocate of the quality management model for the leisure industry known as Quest to drive service improvement. He is deeply passionate about improving health and wellbeing in communities and when time allows he puts his personal training qualification to use by supporting others to reach their fitness goals.

Our board

Councillor Stanley Lumley

Stan is Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet member with responsibility for culture, tourism and sport. He's also the ward councillor for Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale Moors. Cllr Lumley also represents his local community on North Yorkshire County Council. Stan was educated in Harrogate and Leeds with a career in mechanical engineering and facilities management and for the past 35 years working for the Ministry of Defence.

Wallace Sampson OBE

Wallace is Harrogate Borough Council's chief executive. He joined the council in 2008 and has worked in local government for over 35 years. He started with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and has also worked in Derbyshire, Huddersfield and in Bradford. Wallace is a non-executive director on the board of Harrogate District Foundation Trust Hospital. He was awarded an OBE in 2020 for services to business and the community in Yorkshire.

Trevor Watson

Trevor is director of economy, environment and housing with Harrogate Borough Council, a post he has held since joining the council in 2017. Trevor has worked in local government for over 30 years in various locations including a previous period with Harrogate council in the 1990s.

Trevor has been responsible for leisure services in a number of his posts and has overseen the creation of the LACC with a commitment to ensure that enhancement of the health and well-being of our communities sits at its heart.

Councillor Pat Marsh

Pat is the ward councillor for the Hookstone area of Harrogate. She used to chair the council committee which recommended new swimming pools in Harrogate and Nidderdale.

Pat keeps fit by walking at least miles a day and is a big fan of swimming.

Councillor Sam Gibbs

Sam is the ward councillor for the Valley Gardens area of Harrogate. He is the constituency agent for the Chancellor and Richmondshire MP, Rishi Sunak.

Sam loves participating in sport and plays rugby, cricket and squash.

Caroline Woolley

A building surveyor by profession, Caroline has over 15 years of commercial property experience. She is a passionate advocate of mentoring and improving diversity and inclusion and the first female shareholding director to take a place on Bowman Riley’s board. 

Caroline has a range of health and well-being experience and is a qualified yoga teacher. In her business, Caroline drives the leadership agenda for wellbeing in the workplace and social value. 

Steve Laird

Steve brings many years of senior leadership experience in the public, private and third sector as an operator of world-class sports, leisure and cultural facilities. He offers our board a wide range of perspectives based on his experience gained from over 25 years as a leading consultant in the leisure sector, with expertise in transformation, investment and service development - aimed at improving community health and wellbeing.

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Sports funding

If you have ideas about how to widen participation in sport, fitness or health and wellbeing activities by encouraging new members or improving facilities, we can help. We have a dedicated sports development team. It can offer advice, information or support. We can even help you access funding to pay for specific projects or activities. Take a look at our sports funding page for full details.

Career with Brimhams Active

We're always looking for people to join our awesome team of colleagues. If you share our passion for helping people achieve their health, fitness and wellbeing goals, you'll fit right in.

We offer a competitive salary, paid holidays and a range of benefits including discounted membership of all Brimhams Active facilities.

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