Who’s Who

GM Active CIC is a collective of 12 leisure and community organisations from across Greater Manchester that are all part of the same movement, to get more people physically active. We are led by the Executive Board which includes a nominated Director from each of the 12 Member organisations who are featured below.

Chris Turner

Head of Business Operations & Company Secretary, GM Active

Andy King

Chief Executive (Your Trust) & Chair (GM Active), Link4Life

Why GM Active? : GM Active is an essential part of our strategy as all Leisure Trusts come under increasing pressures and collaboration is vital to thrive and survive.

Jo Cherrett

Chief Executive (Trafford Leisure) & Vice-Chair (GM Active), Trafford Leisure CIC

Why GM Active? : GM Active enables my colleagues and I to work collaboratively in an environment that is every changing and ever challenging. We can achieve so much more together for the benefit of all our people and neighbourhoods.

Rebecca Livesey

Chief Operating Officer, MCRactive

Stephen Hassall

Chief Executive, Salford Community Leisure

Why GM Active?: Being part of a community and collaborating is at the very heart of everything our organisation does. So the ability to work in partnership to improve opportunities for people within our community to be active is hugely important and vital in growing our community and our collaboration.

Jackie Veal

Head of Wellness Operations, Bury Council

Why GM Active?: I am proud to be a GM Active Board Member. Bury has the aspiration to get 75% of our population moving more by 2025 and GM Active supports this through an ethos of collaboration which in turn delivers tangible outcomes for our communities and the wider GM population.

Stuart Lockwood

Chief Executive, Oldham Community Leisure

Why GM Active?: GM Active is a tangible expression of the level of co-operation within our sector. We have a really strong collaborative ethos with everyone recognising that together we can achieve more.

Mahendra Patel

Partnership Manager, Bolton Community Leisure Trust

Why GM Active?: We’re combining forces to really impact the people of Greater Manchester on a larger scale as an organisation influencing direction to make more people more active.

Lynsey Johnson

Head of Wellbeing, Wigan Council

Michaela Pennington

CEO, Life Leisure

Why GM Active?: My drive to positively impact people’s lives through physical activity is why I’m passionate about working with GM Active. Collaborating with like-minded individuals will not only benefit the lives of those in Stockport, but those across Greater Manchester. It’s an exciting time for GM Active and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

Neil Hutchinson

Managing Director, Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust (Bolton Arena)

Why GM Active? :  Collaboration and cohesive working is how we are going to tackle the health inequalities, and wellbeing challenges of the future. GM Active is an innovative collection of organisations committed to this ethos of improving health and promoting sport , fitness and wellbeing. I look forward to achieving great things with GM Active as together we are stronger.

Eddie Flanagan

Chief Executive, Wythenshawe Forum Trust Ltd

Chris Rushton

Chief Executive, Active Tameside

Why GM Active?: There is a constant tension between localism and sustainability within our sector and I believe that GM Active has the potential to reconcile these conflicting dynamics.

Who's Involved

GM Active is made up of 12 separate leisure and cultural community organisations across Greater Manchester, making it possible for us to reach communities across the whole region.

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  • Oldham Community Leisure

  • Salford Community Leisure

  • Trafford Leisure

  • Wigan Council

  • Wythenshawe Forum Trust

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