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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 nearly 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

Tim Hewett, Business Development Director

Tim has a detailed knowledge of the leisure sector as a result of working in the industry for nearly 40 years. Before joining Leisure Energy, Tim was Business Development Director for 22 years at Places for People Leisure one of the country’s largest leisure management operators, where he played an instrumental part in the company’s successful and sustainable growth over his tenure. He has also sat on a number of industry boards including the RIBA panel of leisure experts, represented private leisure centre operators on the main boards of the Fitness Industry Association (now ukactive), and the Institute of Leisure & Amenity Management, now known as the Chartered Institute for the Management for Sport and Physical Activity. Leisure facilities are large consumers of energy and are therefore, large polluters and Tim is passionate about energy conservation, helping leisure operators reduce their all-important carbon emissions and energy consumption at the same time, saving them money in the process.

Tim Hewett Business Development Director Leisure Energy

Georgie Hyde, 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

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