Our People

Ross Parker

Chair of Circadian Trust Board

Ross is an economist working for a FTSE100 company based in Bristol. He specialises in managing regulatory change.

Ross served on Sir John Vickers’ Independent Commission on Banking and supported Professor John Kay on his review of UK equity markets. He has also advised foreign governments from Nigeria to Kyrgyzstan.

A keen runner, rower and skier, Ross joined the Circadian Trust board in 2014, hoping to use his experience to help inspire active lifestyles.


Mark Crutchley

Chief Executive


Mark has over 25 year’s management experience within the leisure sector, starting on the ground floor as a lifeguard and fitness coach. He has substantial operations management expertise having managed leisure and community centres, sports grounds and sports development teams; and has been involved in strategic level management since 1996.

Appointed as Chief Executive of Circadian Trust (formerly South Gloucestershire Leisure) in early 2006, he has overseen the development of the company from fledgling independent Charity to successful Social Enterprise.

Mark is a passionate advocate of the power of sport and physical activity and the positive influence and effects it can have on individuals and communities. He is also an Executive Board member of the Sports and Recreation Trusts Association (Sporta), Chair of the South Gloucestershire Sports and Physical Activity Partnership and Chair of the National Skills Academy Regional Operations Group.




Craig Smart

Operations Director


Craig has now been working in the leisure industry for over 25 years, climbing his way up the ladder from work experience to Operations Director. This includes various roles at Yate, Kingswood and Bradley Stoke Leisure Centres.

He is a keen sportsman and one of the country’s rare QPR fans.

At Circadian Trust Craig manages and coordinates the operation of all company facilities and taking the lead role in delivering continual improvements to service delivery and financial performance.


Juliet Kilty

Business Support Director


Juliet has worked in the not for profit sector since graduating from Exeter University in 1986.  The first 14 years of her career were spent working for Citizens Advice, where her duties ranged from 8 years managing a CAB in Peckham to providing IT support to all CABx in London.  She specialised in Money Advice and later trained as an accountant. 

Juliet worked as a Financial Manager for Housing Associations and Voluntary Sector Support Councils before being appointed as Finance Director to South Gloucestershire Leisure just prior to the transfer to the Trust.


Ian Jones

Director of Buildings and Environment


Ian has an Industrial background from the Steel Industry whilst working part-time in leisure.  He has worked full time in leisure since 1981 and whilst working for several Authorities he quickly moved up the ranks through various promotions.  At the age of 36 Ian went to university to study Energy Management. 

At Circadian Trust Ian now manages the Facilities Management support section. This is a varied role but key areas are managing building services, energy and environmental management, health and safety, ground maintenance and capital refurbishments for Circadian Trust buildings.


Ben Beasley

Director of Commercial Development

With over 20 years experience in the leisure and hospitality sector, Ben has been a keen advocate of physical activity ever since he started winning races on his school sports days. Ben studied at the University of Birmingham before moving to London where his career began as an exercise prescription and health development specialist. He worked at Guys Hospital and as an examiner for the American College of Sports Medicine before stepping into the management ranks of the private sector. Having worked for a number of the large private sector operators and even managing a prestigious spa hotel, Ben has now settled into the Trust sector in his current role as Director of Commercial Development.



Jo Bond

Trading Services Manager

Dean Barney

Area Manager


Dean graduated in 1995 with a BA (hons) degree in Recreation Management. After some part time work as a Recreation Assistant at Patchway Sports Centre (and another part time job at a chocolate factory!) Dean gained management experience in a variety of roles in a 14 year career with South Gloucestershire Leisure.

At Circadian Trust Dean is Area Manager and has overall responsibility for all Leisure Centres.


Sonja Dalgarno

Health, Safety & Compliance Manager/Centre Manager

Since leaving University with a HND in Leisure Management. Sonja has worked in the Leisure Industry for 20 years in both the private and public sector (this does not include her time as a casual lifeguard).  Starting out as a Lifestyle Consultant and qualifying as an Advanced Gym Instructor she then progressed into Management.  Sonja had various management roles in private health club companies until 2003, also gaining the NEBOSH qualification. Shortly afterwards she joined South Gloucestershire Leisure. Sonja has always had a passion for water and health & safety - which probably comes from being surf life saving international champion.



David Smele

Head of Healthy Lifestyles


Dave has been working in the leisure industry for almost 30 years, starting as a casual Lifeguard at Thornbury in the early eighties. After spells as a leisure assistant and duty manager Dave moved into the private sector where he had various Health Club manager positions. Finally he returned to South Gloucestershire in 1996 as Fitness manager at Yate where he started the highly successful circuit class which still runs today with over 100 people attending each session. Dave then progressed to senior fitness manager before moving his current role.
Anyone who knows Dave will be aware that he is a season ticket holder at Chelsea and has been since retiring from rugby many years ago.
He is also a frustrated travel agent and spends many an evening planning his annual holidays to far away destinations.

At Circadian Trust, Dave is directly responsible for the management of all adult fitness activities across the Active Fitness Brand, tasked with developing and delivering a quality service for our customers and developing strategies to ensure the continual improvement of the Active Fitness brand.


Fiona West

Head of Marketing

Jenny Kear

Head of Customer Relations

Robert Candlin

Centre Manager

Martyn Hinam

Centre Manager

Andy Robinson

Centre Manager

Frances Snell

Centre Manager

Jill Cooksley

Head of Human Resources

Rob Wimbush



Rob is a Client Relationship Manager specialising in pensions at Scottish Widows, with 27 years experience in finance and marketing.  

He joined the Leisure Trust Board in March 2011 because he wanted to support his local community by helping the Trust deliver a quality leisure service. He does this by drawing on both his commercial experience and own perspective as a regular leisure centre user.


Katharine Morris


Phil Boobier

Chair of Sphere Board

Phil qualified as a Management Accountant in 1992 and before then had over 10 years’ experience as an electrical engineer in the shipbuilding industry.

He has worked in a range of different roles within the public sector but with a focus on investments project governance and accounting.

Phil was a keen participant in sport when younger and is now a regular user of the leisure centres.  He is also a supporter and season ticket holder at Plymouth Argyle.

Having joined the Trust in November 2013 he hopes to use his financial experience to support the Trust in continuing to deliver high quality facilities to the local community.


Patrick Van Beek

Vice Chair of Circadian Trust Board

Susan Timbrell


Derek Segger


Adrian Dawe


Adrian is a Chartered Surveyor with over 30 years experience in private practice and central government. He is currently a member of a Government Specialist Unit valuing large retail units and unique commerical properties for national taxation throughout Wales, Central England and the West Country.

Adrian joined the Board in 2006 to develop links between users; he is particularaly interested in swimming and keen to ensure that all sections of society have access to quality leisure facilities.


Peter Tuodolo


Tony Davis


Neil McKen


Peter Tuodolo


Peter Tuodolo lives in Thornbury with his wife and two children. He is a keen sportsman. An SRA Level 2 squash coach who coached as a volunteer for Thornbury Big Cats (Junior Squash Club) for more than 10 years. He is also a UEFA B Licensed football coach with Thornbury Town Football Club, and currently coaching and managing the under 16’s team.

Peter has been working for Essilor LTD in the Logistics department for more than 10 years. Essilor is one of the biggest Lens and optical manufacturers in the world and the largest optical suppliers to independent opticians. Essilor is also a leader in optical innovation.

Essilor, a French spectacle lens manufacturing company, can trace its history back to 1849 when a workers’ co-operative under the name of Société des Lunetiers was established in Paris. In the 1959 it launched Varilux, the worlds first varifocal lens (a lens that allows the wearer to view objects at all distances). Essilor came to Thornbury in the 1980's where it established a factory to produce Varilux for UK opticians and their clients.


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