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 community centres, 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 sport ranging from high level competition to volunteering as team manager for his son's local football team.

Jeanette Packwood
Operations director

Jeanette has been in the leisure industry for over 30 years. She started as a lifeguard and worked her way up to her current role. Jeanette was a competitive swimmer and maintains her fitness by walking regularly and running after a very active two-year-old granddaughter. As part of the culture, tourism and sport service at Harrogate Borough Council, Jeanette has managed the Hydro, Harrogate Turkish Baths and more recently the new facility at Ripon.

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 Zoe Metcalfe


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.

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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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