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About us


Mission statement

We believe that sport and leisure facilities are an essential part of providing health and wellbeing activities for the benefit of the communities they serve. Helping operators to reduce their energy costs provides them with more revenue to invest in these activities, at the same time helping to save the planet through reduced carbon emissions.

Neil Bland, Managing Director

Neil has worked in the energy industry for over 20 years and has vast experience of energy projects in all types of retail, public sector, commercial and industrial buildings. Notable blue chip businesses he has worked directly for include the University of Manchester, Tesco, Centrica and Viridor. He has also worked as a consultant to many companies such as Sainsbury’s, Pret a Manger, Prezzo and various NHS Trusts. As well as energy reduction projects, Neil has also run an energy procurement consultancy team, data analytics teams and maintenance teams.

Neil Bland Managing Director Leisure Energy

Mike Worsnop, Strategic Director

Mike has over 20 years’ experience within the sport, leisure and cultural sectors.  He joins Leisure Energy from the Board of award winning Parkwood Leisure who are the UKactive Outstanding Organisation of the Year and the Energy Efficiency Association Partnership of the Year 2022. Before that he was at Freedom Leisure where he was instrumental in their significant growth in the public leisure sector and led the way in reducing energy consumption and reducing the carbon footprint across their portfolio.Having held senior roles in the public, third and private sectors he is particularly skilled in the outsourcing and public sector procurement of Leisure and Culture Management contracts and delivering large complex and strategic capital schemes, including decarbonisation and energy reduction. He has a track record of growing businesses, increasing revenues, delivering value for money and demonstrating real outcomes and social value for public sector partners. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and holds a Master’s Degree.


Neil Bland Managing Director Leisure Energy

Mike Ardis, Technical Director

Mike is an experienced multi disciplined engineer with over 12 years’ experience of retrofitting heat pump solutions into commercial buildings. Having previously worked with companies within the energy industry such as SHECo Group Ltd, Centrica, EDF and Rolls Royce he brings a wide knowledge of design, controls and commissioning to Leisure Energy.


Neil Bland Managing Director Leisure Energy

Georgie Hyde, Projects Director

Georgie has an engineering and energy background, having worked as a Project/Contract Manager for several companies including Avanti Gas, Orona and SCX Special Projects and being responsible for large scale bespoke installations. This has involved site management on nuclear power stations and large gas depots. Additionally, she has been involved in the production of CDM and Health & Safety documentation introducing new structures and systems.

Georgina Hyde Project Manager Leisure Energy

Graham Clarkson, Chairman

Graham has over 20 years of experience planning and delivering leisure projects for public and private sector clients and has an MBA in project management. He has outstanding skills in designing leisure schemes which drive up revenue and participation which has been repeatedly demonstrated by sharp increases to memberships after project completion.

Graham Clarkson Chairman Leisure Energy

Jamie Harris, Energy Manager

Jamie is a Chartered Energy Manager and has worked in Energy Management for 11 years. Having previously worked with RUMM, nPower Business Solutions, Bristol Water and Consort Energy Management. Jamie has experience in energy management, energy consulting, energy engineering and data analysis. He has worked with Universities, manufacturing facilities and water companies and helped identify, implement energy savings in excess of £5million. He has also, worked on feasibility studies of solar, hydro, and other renewable technologies.


Liz Burton Communications and Marketing Manager Leisure Energy

Mark Perkins, Assistant Energy Manager

As an experienced energy and quality manager having worked within both the public and private sectors at organisations including Warwick District Council and EM&I Ltd, Mark brings to the company an abundance of skills. He is an approved electrician with wide ranging experience of installing and maintaining a wide spectrum of domestic, commercial, and industrial electrical systems together with the knowledge of having managed the operation of a extensive M&E maintenance department with responsibility for all relevant disciplines.


Liz Burton Communications and Marketing Manager Leisure Energy

Ashley Davison, Project Manager

Ashley has a project management background in the construction industry, having provided remedial and renovation solutions to some of the UK’s largest housebuilders. With a wealth of experience managing construction projects from the perspective of principal contractor, Ashley brings a depth of knowledge of CDM 2015 and H&S responsibilities. An early technical career within the marine composites industry, building some of the world largest super yacht masts, bestows Ashley with a keen eye for detail and quality.

Georgina Hyde Project Manager Leisure Energy

Roy Rowland, Project Manager

Roy started his career in the gas industry as an apprentice gas engineer. Over the last 14 years he has worked his way up from installing and maintaining small to medium size domestic installations, to specialising in large commercial installations, testing and maintenance. He has managed numerous installations of varying complexity whilst providing mentoring support and guidance for apprentices. His work has seen him travel the country providing a service to the nuclear, high security and heavy industry sectors. He will now be using his vast mechanical knowledge, site experience and management techniques to deliver energy saving projects.

Georgina Hyde Project Manager Leisure Energy

Matt Jones, Assistant Project Manager

Matt brings to the company an in-depth knowledge of construction, having over 15 years site management experience which specialised in industrial refurbishment projects and contracted for companies such CBRE, Bentley Motors and Leoni Wiring. Additionally, he has worked within the music industry and is a keen cyclist, having qualified for “The worlds hardest endurance race” for 2023.


Georgina Hyde Project Manager Leisure Energy

Holly Jarvis, Assistant Project Manager

Holly has previous project experience within both an on-site construction role for a Principal Contractor and a support role a Structural and Civil Engineering company. Her duties have included ensuring day to day operations of the project were running efficiently and assisting with Principal Designer duties for CDM, finance, social media, marketing and admin.


Georgina Hyde Project Manager Leisure Energy

Liz Burton, Communications and Marketing Manager

Liz has worked within the leisure industry in a Business Development capacity for 16 years for Places for People Leisure producing high quality leisure management tenders covering both Design, Build, Operate and Maintain and Best Value contracts. The role involved extensive liaison with local authority clients, building contractors, architects and legal advisors. Additionally, within this role, Liz was responsible for the procurement of equipment for new build facilities for values of up to £1.2m per project, ensuring both on time delivery and budgets were maintained. Her previous experience includes working at Morgan Sindall within the business development team.

Liz Burton Communications and Marketing Manager Leisure Energy
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