New chief for leisure services
A new chief executive has been appointed to take over at the helm of Active Northumberland, the charitable trust that manages leisure services on behalf of Northumberland County Council.
Mark Tweedie, the former chief executive of Active Tameside in Greater Manchester, will take up the post in May.
Beginning his career as a PE lecturer then moving into sports development and later leisure service management Mark, 50, has a strong and successful senior management background.
He also has a track record of partnership working and innovation to introduce and sustain highly effective and efficient service delivery models.
Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “Active Northumberland has a team of highly qualified and professional staff who are passionate and committed to providing a valued service to the public. It also has some of the best leisure facilities in the region - and now it has a new chief executive.
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“We are working incredibly hard to provide excellent sport and leisure services across Northumberland that meet residents’ needs and are delighted to have someone of Mark’s calibre to lead the team.”
Mark said: “I know Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland are committed to a strong and long lasting partnership with a progressive vision to promote health, wellbeing and active lifestyles to all sectors of the community.
“I am really excited about the future, the challenges and the huge opportunities ahead.”
David Hall, chairman of the Active Northumberland board said: “We had a thorough, competitive and transparent recruitment process during which Mark really stood out and demonstrated that he has the skills and experience that we have been looking for to lead the Trust forward. We look forward to working with him.”