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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

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

Georgie Hyde, Senior Project Manager

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

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

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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