LiveArgyll was established by Argyll and Bute Council and is a company which is limited by guarantee, governed by its articles of association. This charitable company (charity number SC047545) is fully incorporated and commenced trading on 2nd October 2017.
There are a wide range of services being delivered within the Trust for the benefit of local residents and visitors:
- Leisure Facilities
- Active Schools
- Sport Development
- Community Centres
- Community Lets
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Kevin Anderson General Manager
Officers run LiveArgyll on a day to day basis and, as head of paid service, the General Manager is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organisation, acting as an ambassador for the Trust while ensuring the successful and effective delivery of all charitable and strategic objectives ensuring that the resources are deployed and managed effectively.
Kevin is a member of CIPFA ,(Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy). Kevin is a former senior finance manager and has 21 year public sector experience. Born in Falkirk, Kevin moved to Argyll and was educated at Tarbert Academy and Glasgow Caledonian University. Working for a bank during his early career provided Kevin with the opportunity to work in many of the main towns in Argyll and he attributes this and strong Argyll family connections as to the reason he has chosen to live and work in Argyll.
Pat McCann Business Operations Manager
The Business Operations Manager is responsible for providing leadership and management of all LiveArgyll facilities, ensuring the efficient and effective delivery of relevant strategies, plans and required outcomes, including the provision of a safe and efficient working environment across all service areas.
Pat is a Chartered Librarian who has worked in local government since 1985. He gained a BA Degree in Applied Social Studies in 1985 and obtained the Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies from the University of Strathclyde in 1987. Pat was born in Dumbarton and has worked in Argyll for the last 21 years therefore understands the unique challenge of delivering quality services across the authority.
Diane McMillan Business Support Manager
The Business Support Manager is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in relation to all Business Support functions for LiveArgyll, including Finance, ICT, Governance, HR, Property and Health and Safety.
Diane commenced working in the public sector in 1988 and having worked through the ranks has gained a vast knowledge of a range of support services. Diane studied through the Open University gaining a Bsc in Business Studies.
Born in Campbeltown and lived and worked all her life in Argyll, Diane has a sound understanding of the uniqueness of the area.
Nicola Hackett Business Development Manager
The Business Development Manager is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction in relation to all developmental and commercial activities across the business. They are also responsible for Active Schools, Sport Development and other key partnership programmes.
Nicola is a chartered manager and member of the Chartered Management Institute. She studied Leisure Management at Glasgow Caledonian University and moved to Argyll in 2004. Nicola has been working within the sport and leisure sector for 21 years both within Local Authorities and National Governing Bodies, of which 13 years have been at management level. Having worked in an Argyll and Bute wide role for many years Nicola has a good understanding of the area and the local communities we serve.
The Board is made up of three independent board members, three councillors and a trade union representative.
Councillors will represent Argyll and Bute Council. Mary Watt will provide the trade union contribution.
Andrew Nisbet, Chair of LiveArgyll
Andrew is a former President of Helensburgh Cricket and Rugby Football Club, where he played both cricket and rugby for the first teams. He is also a former Chair of Helensburgh Savoy and has performed in a number of their productions and with the Dorian Choir. His working life was spent in the design, management and delivery of public services, both as a senior manager for public sector organisations and as a private sector consultant working for and advising local authorities.
Mairi Coleman, Vice Chair of LiveArgyll
Mairi is a Head of HR in the Banking Industry. Originally from Lochgilphead she’s worked in Financial Services for 15 years in the UK, USA and Europe. Mairi is passionate about her home in Argyll, and looking forward to working with the Trust to improve and develop services for the communities across Argyll and its Islands.
Charles Brodie, Independent Board Member
Charles is a recently retired senior banker now returned to Scotland having spent most of his working life in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar. He has previous experience as a local government councillor prior to leaving the UK.
He is very excited about joining the new Leisure Trust where he hopes his business and financial background will add to the broad experience on the new Board of Directors and enable the entire trust team to make a great success of improving the leisure facilities across Argyll and Bute.
All of our Board Members can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colin Crichton Area Operations Manager Helensburgh & Lomond
The Area Operations Manager for Helensburgh & Lomond is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of Helensburgh Pool, Victoria Halls, Helensburgh Library, Cardross Library and Rosneath Library. They will help develop and deliver the vision, values and strategic objectives of the Trust in partnership with key stakeholders.
Colin started his career with local Government in 2005 with Glasgow City Council where he spent over 12 years working in the majority of Glasgow’s major flagship leisure venues, before moving to LiveArgyll in November 2017. Colin was also seconded to Glasgow 2014 Ltd for a period of 6 months as a Venue Operations Manager where he helped deliver the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Having studied both Business and Sport & Recreation Management, Colin has worked at all levels within the sphere of operations giving him a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of operational management and event delivery.
Although born and living in Glasgow, Colin has a great affinity for Argyll & Bute, in particular Dunoon where his parents and grandparents currently reside.
Robert Judge Area Operations Manager Kintyre & Islay
The Area Operations Manager for Kintyre & Islay is responsible for the safe and efficient operations of Aqualibrium, Campbeltown 3G Pitch, Victoria Hall, Campbeltown Library, Tarbert Library, Kintyre Community Education Centre, and the Campbeltown Museum in Kintyre, as well as Ramsay Hall and the Mobile Library on Islay. They will help develop and deliver the vision, values and strategic objectives of the Trust in partnership with key stakeholders.
Robert has 21 years of Public Sector experience, the first 10 years of which were in Finance, before moving to a career in Leisure Services in 2006, where he gained a wealth of knowledge in Operational Management as a Senior Duty Officer. During this period, Robert has combined work with study, gaining qualifications in Business, and in Health & Safety through NEBOSH.
Born and bred in Campbeltown, Robert’s previous role within the Leisure Industry, as well as his wider involvement in the Kintyre sporting community means he has a good appreciation of the wants and needs of the local communities of the area.
Lorna Whyte, Area Operations Manager Bute & Cowal
The Area Operations Manager is responsible for the safe and efficient operation of Riverside Swim and Health Centre, Rothesay Swimming Pool and the newly refurbished Queens Hall, along with Libraries and Community Education Centres in Dunoon and Rothesay. This includes the responsibility for Staff, Health and Safety, Budgets, Building Operations, Efficient and Effective Business Operations and Customer Service.
Born and bred in Argyll, Lorna started her career with Argyll and Bute District council in 1989 and has worked in various roles within Leisure Services over the past 28 years. Over this time she has gained a vast knowledge of all aspects of the business and an understanding of the needs of the local community. Lorna acheived a Leisure Management HND in 2000 which enabled her to take on the role of Leisure Services Manager, working across all facilities in Argyll and Bute. She has worked with many agents and promoters over the years and has successfully brought conferences, events and top performers to Argyll and Bute and worked alongside local groups to plan and deliver community events.
Karen MacCorquodale Area Operations Manager Oban & Lorn
Karen studied Biology at West Virginia University Institute of Technology whilst also on a football scholarship in the USA. She then began working for Argyll and Bute Council in 2012 where she started as an Active Schools Coordinator working across both primary and secondary, before taking up the Assistant Active Schools Manager post. From there she gained the Area Operations Manager job for OLI and Mid Argyll with LiveArgyll. Born and bred in Oban and the surrounding area, Karen is passionate about Argyll and Bute and enhancing leisure and library services for local users. She is currently studying a Masters degree online through Edinburgh Napier University in Business Administration.
Paul Ashworth Commercial Manager
The Commercial Manager is responsible for developing and managing the commercial activities of the LiveArgyll. They are also responsible for marketing the services delivered by LiveArgyll, as well developing health and wellbeing programmes being delivered in partnership with NHS Highland.
Paul has worked in the leisure industry for the past 25 years and during this time has held a number of development and managerial positions. Paul has a BSc Honours in Sport and Exercise Science and has a number of industry qualifications in health fitness and project management. Paul was born in Dunoon and has worked in Argyll since 2001 giving him a good understanding of the different localities that LiveArgyll serves.
Marius Huysamer Property & Projects Manager
The Property and Projects Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of property maintenance, strategic asset management planning, project management and the coordination of Health and Safety Management within LiveArgyll.
Marius joined the South African Navy in 1990 where he qualified as an operational diver and held the officer’s rank of Sub-Lieutenant before leaving the service. He then pursued a career in the Health and Fitness Industry and have worked in both private and public sectors in South Africa, England and Scotland for the last 22 years. Within this time Marius have obtained a range of operational and management qualifications within the industry and is current completing his final year of graduate studies through the Open University. Having worked as a Facilities Manager in Argyll and Bute for the past 12 years, Marius has a good understanding of the unique social, political and business environment we operate in.
Dawn Horsburgh Active Schools and Sport Manager
The Active Schools and Sport Manager is responsible for leadership and management of the Active Schools team. The Active Schools Network in partnership with sportscotland aims to offer all children and young people the opportunities and motivation to adopt active, healthy lifestyles, now and into adulthood. Additional remits include managing strategic local regional and national partnerships and leading the Sport Development service, Community Sport Hubs and the wider Health and Well Being programme in partnership with other key providers.
Dawn grew up in the Borders, Studied Physical Education in Edinburgh graduating with Honours from Herriot Watt University in 1993 then moved to the Highlands to work within Physical Education, Further Education and Active Schools. She has held management roles as Principal Teacher of PE at Kingussie High School and as Senior Lecturer at Inverness College. With over 10 years of experience within Active Schools, Dawn moved to Argyll and Bute in 2017 and will combine all these skills and knowledge to her new role in the area.
Chris Rhodes Accountant
As Accountant, Chris is responsible for producing Live Argyll’s financial statements, project support, budget monitoring and internal financial reporting.
Born in Glasgow, Chris is a member of CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy). After studying Economics with Spanish at Dundee University, Chris started his career as a Graduate Trainee at Audit Scotland, before moving on to work as an auditor in the private sector. After this he spent 5 years working as a Local Government Accountant.