Non-Executive Director (Voluntary), North Yorkshire
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in this exciting new role.
I am extremely proud to be leading Brimhams Active, a community health and wellbeing company which is wholly owned by North Yorkshire Council. We were formed in 2021 and we own and manage leisure centres, swimming pools and community wellbeing hubs across the wider Harrogate area, as well as a children's nursery and the renowned Turkish Baths in Harrogate.
At Brimhams Active we have a simple vision. We exist to ensure you can be healthier and more active so that you can enjoy a happier and more independent life. Whether it's a simple swim, toning up in one of our fitness centres or taking part in one of the dozens of activities on offer, we'll help you achieve whatever wellbeing goal you set yourself. We want to make sure being active is attractive, welcoming and inclusive, especially for groups of people who tend to be less active.
We offer a novel “Five Ways to Wellness” model, which aims to drive exceptional levels of participation and consequentially be financially sustainable, whilst also delivering unprecedented outcomes in relation to improved health and wellbeing. This cannot be achieved without an incredible team and substantial investment, and I am happy to report that we have both of these.
We are part way through our three year transformational journey and we are delighted with the progress to date. In September we re-opened the renamed Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre following a £13.5 million refurbishment. It now boasts a 400sqm fitness centre, a new sauna and steam room, improved reception and café, and an overhaul of the swimming facilities. Knaresborough Pool is also undergoing refurbishment and due to open in Winter 2023, the new facility will provide a six-lane 25-metre pool, activity pool with flume, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and studio, spin studio and café. Electric car charging points, bicycle storage and a large modern play area will also be available.
However, we still have more to do – which is where you come in. As a Non-Executive director of the Brimhams Active Board, you will help us to ensure that our services are designed to really make a difference at a community level, and that we are managing our investment and resources responsibly and efficiently. Increasing health and socio-economic inequalities coupled with inflation present both income and operational cost challenges. However, I know that the challenge continues to be more than matched by the scale of the opportunities we have within our grasp.
We have the benefit of a very strong Board, with a mixture of very senior leaders from the newly formed North Yorkshire Council as well as the leisure industry itself, so this provides an excellent opportunity to work at the highest strategic level to help develop our vision, make a real difference to the local communities and play a key role in our ongoing success.
We are looking for an experienced and strategic leader who will share our enthusiasm, vision and values, and who is excited by the challenge and the opportunities in equal measure. You will be driven by your desire to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities, at the same time as demonstrating commercial acumen and the ability to drive long term and sustainable successful growth.
Mark Tweedie, Managing Director - Brimhams Active
Non-Executive Director - Voluntary role
As Non-Executive Director you will not be involved in the day to day operational management of Brimhams Active, however, you should offer a perspective on e.g. corporate governance, risk management and succession planning, and other areas of Brimhams Active business as appropriate.
Brimhams Active is wholly owned by the newly formed North Yorkshire Council and aims to reinvent conventional leisure services to become a more impactful, person centred health and wellbeing service. The business now has a unique opportunity to work with more people and partners, with new skills and common objectives, thanks to the formation of the new North Yorkshire Council.
With the benefit of a 45million facility investment programme, the service offer continues to develop around a range of mind and body interventions, with a broad appeal suitable to meet a wide variety of needs synonymous with the “Five Ways to Wellness” service model. We will help people to start, stay and succeed with a healthy lifestyle so they can be their best self and manage and even reverse chronic disease.
At the same time we recognise that wellness is a growing commercial opportunity, so it makes good business sense, as well as social sense, to transform our service. Brimhams Active is on the way to creating the successful blueprint for an efficient and effective sustainable business model that delivers both exceptional outcomes at the same time as reducing the overall cost of the service.
About the role
Non-Executive Director - Voluntary role
As Non-Executive Director you will not be involved in the day to day operational management of Brimhams Active, however you should offer a perspective on e.g. corporate governance, risk management and succession planning, and other areas of Brimhams Active business as appropriate.
There will be an expectation that you will attend Board meetings four times a year. Meetings take place online with some in person in either Northallerton or Harrogate during working hours. There will also be a “Development Day” as part of your ongoing annual commitment to the role. There may be some additional work beyond this, in terms of preparation and ongoing support to the Board. Whilst the role is voluntary, travel expenses to and from these meetings will be reimbursed.
In brief the responsibilities are:
- Provide entrepreneurial leadership within a framework of prudent and effective governance
- Work with the Council to set the company vision, aims and strategic objectives
- Help develop proposals for the company strategy and business plan
- Help develop the company values and quality standards
- Ensure the necessary financial and human resource is in place to deliver strategic objectives
- Monitor the reporting of performance with appropriate levels of scrutiny towards the meeting of agreed strategic objectives
- Ensure financial controls are in place and are sufficiently robust to prevent irregularities including fraud
- Ensure systems of health and safety, safeguarding and risk management are in place, and are sufficiently robust to maintain compliance and prevent irregularities
- Determine appropriate levels of remuneration for executive directors, and have a prime role in appointing, succession planning and where necessary removing executive directors
Harrogate is a Victorian spa town and rural district that contains the medieval city of Ripon as well as the market towns of Boroughbridge, Knaresborough, Masham and Pateley Bridge.
Regularly voted as one of the best places to live in the UK, Harrogate has something for everybody, whether you are young or old. For the young people of Harrogate, we provide excellent education from primary school level through to sixth form and beyond; there with several outstanding schools across the town, as well as a college of further education. It also has its own very good hospital as well as private healthcare options.
If you enjoy being out and about, the town offers a wide variety of parks, cycle paths, and lovely walks, including the famous Stray and Valley Gardens which cost nothing to use. Further afield the Yorkshire Dales are right on the doorstep where you can enjoy mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling, or just a bracing walk across the fells.
Yorkshire prides itself on its food and drink, and Harrogate District flies this flag with pride, from its’ own gin, to the delicious local produce available across the region. The town centre provides a host of gorgeous shops and regular food markets for those who prefer to indulge in more of a retail experience and a thriving social scene with many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. If culture is more your thing, there are museums, cinemas, a theatre and a library. This is a very special place to live and work, where everybody is welcome.
Closing date: Sunday 12th November 2023
Interviews to be held on Wednesday 22nd November 2023
For an informal confidential discussion about these opportunities, don't hesitate to get in touch with Mark Tweedie via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or M. 07739 718 908
To apply please send your CV and a one page personal statement in one Microsoft Word document to Danielle.McDowell@northyorks.gov.uk Your personal statement should outline your motivation for applying and how you meet the criteria for the role.
We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, any disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief.