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New managing director announced at WLCT
Friday 16th January, 2015

New managing director announced at WLCT
Pete Burt

LEISURE provider WLCT has appointed a new managing director.

Pete Burt has taken the helm at the organisation, which offers a healthy lifestyle service for partners and clients, following Stuart Murray’s announcement that he is planning to retire at the end of March 2015.

Pete joined WLCT in 2004 with an impressive CV from the private sector where he’d worked for major organisations including Centrica, ScottishPower and as Managing Director of an independent electrical appliance servicing business.

Most recently, he worked as WLCT’s Executive Director of Business Development when he focused on growing and enhancing the company’s health and wellbeing services.

He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as WLCT’s new Managing Director. This is a wonderful social enterprise devoted to improving lives through health, fitness and wellbeing services, providing fully integrated and cost-effective healthy lifestyle services to a wide range of partners whose communities we serve.

“Since we became a charitable trust in 2003 we have concentrated our efforts on expanding minds through cultural offerings and shrinking waistlines, which reduces the funding provided by local authorities and public health commissioners to keep communities healthy. Our ultimate aim is to create new and healthy behaviours by showcasing the many benefits of adopting healthier lifestyles."

WLCT, with its partners, invests in facilities and uses pioneering new ways to get people active; providing local authorities, public health commissioners and other funders with cost effective solutions for their leisure, physical activity and community wellbeing needs. The company works to create the healthier communities of tomorrow, reducing long term reliance on wellbeing based medical care and the overall cost to society.

Pete takes the reigns of the organisation from Stuart, the company’s chief executive since April 2011. Under Stuart’s charge, WLCT expanded into a new contract area in Cannock Chase - building on the company’s expansion model - and is working towards securing a new Strategic Partnership with Wigan Council.

Highlights of his tenure also include the completion of the £6.1m restoration of Mesnes Park in Wigan, the re-building of Selby Leisure Centre following the devastating fire in 2011, the opening of the new leisure centre in Cannock Chase and new ‘invest to save schemes’ in Wigan including the £2.9m refurbishment of Howe Bridge Leisure Centre.

He said: “WLCT continues to invest in people and facilities, which is at the heart of this fantastic social enterprise. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at WLCT, particularly as chief executive, but felt now was the right time to take retirement.”

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Andy Wiggans, said: “No Chief Executive role is easy but the financial climate over the past four years has presented extreme challenges. Stuart has not only secured stability for WLCT but also ensured a bright future for the company, and we thank him for everything he has achieved.

“We are confident that moving forward Pete will provide excellent leadership for WLCT and ensure that the company continues to go from strength to strength.”

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