New chairman takes on role with leisure centre operators

October 27 2017

KEEN runner and skier Ross Parker has been appointed chairman of the organisation that runs South Gloucestershire’s leisure centres, including the complex in Thornbury.

KEEN runner and skier Ross Parker has been appointed chairman of the organisation that runs South Gloucestershire’s leisure centres, including the complex in Thornbury.

A senior economist with Bristol-based Imperial brands, Mr Parker joined the Circadian Trust in 2014 and helped oversee the expansion plans for the Bradley Stoke and Longwell Green centres.

He said: “I have seen the trust make significant strides over the past three years, inspiring a range of clients to adopt a healthy lifestyle, not just through sport and activity but through a total lifestyle approach to their well-being.

“I am particularly proud of our achievements with harder-to-reach communities through initiatives such as the dementia cafe and helping people rehabilitate after significant illness.”

Mr Parker takes over from Jon Edwards, who has stepped down after 12 years in the role.

The Circadian Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that operates five leisure centre sites and one dual-use sports centre across South Gloucestershire in conjunction with the local authority.