THE head of leisure services at Redditch Borough Council, John Godwin, has been appointed managing director of the authority’s new ‘arm’s length’ company Rubicon Leisure.
Rubicon Leisure has been created to run the Redditch’s Palace Theatre, Forge Mill Museum, the Abbey Stadium, Pitcheroak Golf Course and a number of community centres in conjunction with the Council.
The father of two, who is married to Isobel, has worked in a variety of roles including sports coach, swimming instructor, duty manager, leisure centre manager, sports development manager and general manager of sports services before becoming head of leisure and community services at Bromsgrove District Council and more recently the head of leisure and cultural services working across Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough.
He starts his new job on February 18.
He said: “I am excited at the opportunity that the setting up of the new company brings and to further improve our services to local residents.
“I know how well-loved the services we currently provide are and I am very optimistic that we will increase the range and quality of our offer to existing and new customers to make more people more active more often.”
Rubicon Leisure was launched on December 1 and is a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) with the Council retaining ownership of the buildings.
It’s like a limited company which is owned, and has a business plan, set by the council, but that can act like a private company in certain ways.
Councillor Mike Rouse, the Council’s executive board member covering leisure on Rubicon said: “With the backdrop of local government financial pressures, we are looking to work more creatively to continue to provide great things for our residents and visitors to see and do, while balancing the books.”
For more on Rubicon Leisure visit www.rubiconleisure.co.uk.