New leisure chief aims to have role in healthy fu­ture

Middleton Guardian - - FRONT PAGE - DA­MON WILKIN­SON

THERE’S a new man in charge of sports, leisure, arts and her­itage in Rochdale.

Andy King has been named as the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Link4Life, which runs the bor­ough’s leisure cen­tres and mu­se­ums.

He will take up the post in Septem­ber, re­plac­ing Gil­lian Bishop who is leav­ing to be­come chief ex­ec­u­tive of North West Em­ploy­ers.

Mr King is cur­rently the re­gional direc­tor of GLL and chief ex­ec­u­tive of North Coun­try Leisure.

He said: “I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be join­ing Link4Life as chief ex­ec­u­tive and wish Gil­lian well in her new role with North West Em­ploy­ers.

“I am pas­sion­ate about delivering qual­ity, af­ford­able and ac­ces­si­ble leisure and cul­tural op­por­tu­ni­ties for the whole com­mu­nity.

“I be­lieve that we have a huge part to play in bring­ing about a health­ier com­mu­nity, through de­vel­op­ing and delivering rel­e­vant, in­no­va­tive pro­grammes for all ages across all of the fa­cil­i­ties that we op­er­ate.”

“Gil­lian leaves the com­pany in a great po­si­tion and I’m look­ing for- ward to work­ing with the team and the Board, to build upon the ex­cel­lent work that has al­ready taken place.”

Roger Platt, chair of the board of trus­tees of Link4Life, said: “I am de­lighted to an­nounce that fol­low­ing a ro­bust process the post has been of­fered to Andy King.

“I am im­mensely proud of the work we do to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties in the bor­ough of Roch- dale to be ac­tive, cre­ative and healthy, and I am re­ally pleased that Andy is join­ing us to con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence.

“We look for­ward to shap­ing the next phase with him and I know the or­gan­i­sa­tion will con­tinue to thrive un­der his lead­er­ship.”

Mr Platt also paid trib­ute to de­part­ing Ms Bishop, say­ing: “I wanted to play trib­ute to the work Gil­lian has done for Link4Life and the con­tri­bu­tion that she has made to us and the wider de­vel­op­ments in the bor­ough over the last nearly four years.”

Andy King, the new chief ex­ec­u­tive of Link4Life

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