CLOA Executive

The cCLOA Executive are elected representatives of cCLOA and play a leading role in the Association's work.  The Executive meet quarterly and you can submit items under 'Any Other Business' for their consideration by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  up to 3 weeks in advance of the meeting date.

Meeting dates 
Location 
Friday 29th September 17 Oxford - Rose Hill Community Centre, OX4 4HF
Friday 19th January 18  Doncaster venue tbc
Friday 20th April 18 Brighton venue tbc

You can find out more about the work of the Executive and download the minutes of meetings and the annual accounts here

You can view cCLOA's constitution pdfhere.

CLOA executive - Officers

Ian Brooke - Chair

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Head of Community Services - Oxford City Council  

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Ian is a passionate advocate for the sector and the wider outcomes that it helps to deliver. He has over 20 years cross sector leisure experience and is Head of Community Services at Oxford City Council, where he has been in post since 2008. Ian’s remit includes Sport, Leisure, Parks, Culture, Communities, Community Safety and Community Facilities. Prior to Oxford, Ian worked for two unitary councils, for private leisure operators and he has also worked in the third sector; this practical experience is supported by academic study.

In his role as Chair, Ian is keen to build on cCLOAs unique position as the sectors independent senior officer led association.  In practice, this will mean working collaboratively with key partners to ensure that every local authority has a thriving, high quality and distinctive cultural and leisure offer, developing future leaders and growing our membership.

Outside of work Ian is a keen cyclist and enjoys spending time with his young family.

 

Mark Allman - Immediate Past Chair

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Head of Sport  and Active Recreation - Leeds City Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Allman-1Born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, Mark has over 20 years' experience of working in the private and public leisure sectors including sport, events, arts development, community centres, play development and tourism. Mark is currently Head of Sport and Active Lifestyles for Leeds City Council, a post held since 2001. Most recently he has led on bringing the World Triathlon Series to Leeds, hot on the heels of the success of the Grand Depart and Tour De France. Mark has been a Trustee/Director for Skills Active and is currently a Trustee for the Leeds Rugby Foundation.

Mark has been an active member of the cCLOA Executive Committee, and previously held the position of Vice Chair, then Chair for during which he has helped forge strong relations with many of our key strategic partners. 

Debbie Kaye - Vice-Chair

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Head of Arts & Recreation - Cambridge City Council

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In recent years she has overseen a range of public sector service transformation projects involving innovation, efficiencies and partnerships. Her experience also includes major events (such as the Tour de France), community safety and emergency planning.

Debbie is an advocate for the importance of sport and cultural activity in building stronger communities, and improving health and well-being.  She will aim to use her position as VC on the Executive to support the Chair, listen and influence.

 

Polly Hamilton - Vice-Chair

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Assistant Director Culture, Sport and Tourism - Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

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Polly Hamilton

Polly is Assistant Director for Culture, Sport and Tourism at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.  Prior to this Polly led the arts, heritage and library services in Blackpool.  She is passionate about the power of creativity to transform organisational cultures, build trusted partnerships and develop imaginative and adventurous approaches to local strategic priorities.

Polly is a Fellow of the Clore Leadership Programme (supported by Arts Council of Wales), Vice-Chair of the Lancashire Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Group, and a trained coach.  She is also a regular facilitator for the Windsor Leadership Trust which brings together leaders from every sector to reflect on how they can use their influence to strengthen their organisations and benefit wider society. 

Polly has previously worked for unitary authorities in North Ayrshire in Scotland, Poole in Dorset and Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales. 

An Executive Member since 2013, Polly led the cCLOA submission for the DCMS Cultural White Paper and the Parliamentary Inquiry ‘Countries of Culture’.

Outside work, Polly enjoys spending time with her young family, reading and wild swimming.

 

Vincent Paliczka - Hon. Treasurer

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Director of Environment, Culture and Communities - Bracknell Forest Council

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Vincent Paliczka-1Vincent has worked for Bracknell Forest Borough Council since 1998 just as it was becoming a unitary authority. He is currently Director, Environment, Culture and Communities which involves a very wide ranging portfolio of services, but within which Leisure and Culture still play a prominent part.

Within Bracknell Forest, Vince is the corporate lead for climate change and the local and national use of the Council's Smartcard software, (SmartConnect) created through the previous National Smartcard Project.

Prior to this role he has worked in local authorities in Newport South Wales, and High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and also worked at The Queen's University in Belfast in a research capacity.

Vince was Chair of the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association between July 2005 – July 2007.

Iain Varah

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Chief Executive - Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure

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Iain is responsible for the initial creation of a sport and leisure trust that has managed the London Borough of Redbridge’s sports facilities since April 2007.   In May of 2011, the remainder of Redbridge’s culture and leisure services were transferred to a new and expanded trust.  Iain is the Chief Executive of this trust that currently manages libraries, sports facilities & development, parks & open spaces, arts, museums, play, outdoor education, civic halls and grounds maintenance.

Vision-Redbridge Culture & Leisure Ltd is one of the UK’s largest culture and leisure trusts, and Iain and his senior management team are currently concentrating on the business model that was part of the rationale for the Council setting up the wider trust.   Iain led Redbridge’s Olympic and Paralympic initiatives and continues the legacy work through the development of facilities and a Legacy Fund that was created through Olympic income generation. 

Chris Holliday

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Head of Leisure & Community Health - Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

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Chris HolChris Holliday_2liday has responsibility for the overall strategic leadership, planning and service delivery for a variety of service areas including Sport & Leisure, Sports & Health development, Outdoor education, Town Halls, Green Spaces, Bereavement & Registration as well as School & Civic Catering.  His main focus of work is about how to maintain and improve the health and well-being of residents. 

Chris has worked in local government for some 24 years in Staffordshire, Kent, Leicestershire and the West Midlands in district, borough, county and  metropolitan authorities. He has extensive project management experience and has delivered various capital projects including Lutterworth Sports Centre and the Julie Rose Stadium.

Chris has been a member of CLOA for several years and a member of the Executive for three.  He is a keen track and field athlete.

Emma Wiggins

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Head of Economy and Community Services - Swale Borough Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Emma Wiggins has been Head of Economy and Community Services at Swale Borough Council since October 2008. She is responsible for a wide portfolio of services including sports development, heritage, tourism, economic development, regeneration, community services, community safety and environmental response. Since November 2013 she has also taken on the responsibility of Head of Corporate Communications.

Emma started her public sector career in sport and cultural services at Sport England as a lottery case manager. She then moved into local government and worked for Croydon Council becoming Head of Strategy and Performance for Environment, Culture and Community services, and enjoyed an interim role as Divisional Director for Culture in 2008.

Emma is an alumni of the NCLF Leading Learning Programme and  a mentor for the District Councils Network Staff Development Programme.

John Wileman

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Head of Sport, Community and Leisure - Nottingham City Council

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John Wileman has over 30 years' experience of working in the local government and private sector with many different remits, including the thumb John Wilemanmanagement of 50 buildings, the development and future direction of sport and physical activity, leisure centre management, community engagement and grant funding, fine turf management and management of international events.   John has recently overseen the completion of the 10 year and £50million transformation of leisure facilities in Nottingham.

John is a Board member of Sport Nottinghamshire and also a Director of City of Football,  a charity in Nottingham to raise participation and tackle inequalities using football as the main driver.

John has a wealth of experience in sector and is passionate about sharing the learning to ensure we can develop the sector to meet the great challenges ahead.

Julie Russell

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Strategic Manager – Culture and Sport, Durham County Council

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Julie is responsible for the strategic development and delivery of a range of services including sport and leisure sites, libraries, theatres, town halls, museums, parks, festivals and a range of outreach development services.  thumb Julie Russell

Julie has worked in local government in the North East for 24 years in a range of roles at District, Unitary, City and County level.  Achievements include a number of major physical and social regeneration projects, and more recently a range of challenging, but creative projects to manage services on reduced funding. Julie is passionate about the role culture and sport can have on creating healthy, vibrant and inclusive communities.

Julie took part in the cCLOA/Sport England commissioning project and has used this experience to work with partners to establish an increasingly confident and independent Active Durham Partnership.

Matthew Partridge

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Strategic Director and Deputy Chief Executive

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Matt is a Strategic Director & Deputy Chief Executive at Stevenage Borough Council. As well as his corporate role on the Council’s Senior Management Board Matt oversees a range of services including Leisure & Culture, Environment & Licensing, Housing, Community Engagement and Customer services.

Matt's has worked in local government for over 30 years in operational and strategic roles for both London Borough's and District Councils.

His more recent achievements in the leisure and cultural sector include the successful opening of the £47m Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, the completion of a £6.5m leisure centre redevelopment project and the procurement of horticultural and leisure management contracts that saved Aylesbury Vale District Council circa £900k per annum. Matt is currently working on a project that will, subject to all the usual caveats, lead to the development of a new leisure and cultural facility offer within Stevenage linked to the town centre regeneration plans to include a Leisure Centre, Theatre and a New Towns Museum. 

Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his family, exercising and motorcycling, but not always in that order!

Nigel Lynn

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Chief Executive - Arun District Council

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Nigel LynnNigel Lynn is the Chief Executive at Arun District Council in Littlehampton, West Sussex and has been in this role since November 2011. Previously he was Deputy Chief Executive at Spelthorne Borough Council in Surrey from 2007 and a Strategic Director for Spelthorne from 2003.

His career path in the public sector includes working for Bridgend County Council, Maldon District Council, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority, the Inner London Education Authority, Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Previous responsibilities have included leisure, community services, regeneration, education, libraries, the youth service, tourism, economic development and culture. Nigel has also worked in the private sector.

External roles have included being an Advisor to the LGA Culture and Sports Board, a Peer Assessor for the CPA and Chair of the Chief Leisure and Culture Officers Association.

Rob Persey

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Executive Director Health and Adult Social Care - Brighton and Hove City Council

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Rob Persey is Executive Director Health and Adult Social Care at Brighton and Hove City Council.  Prior to this he was Assistant Director of Commissioning (Adult Social Care) for the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth.

Before moving into Adult Social Care, Rob worked across a breadth of cultural services in various organisations including Sport England, the Audit Commission and Slough Borough Council. Rob Persey

Rob has a keen interest in how different cultural activities can contribute to the delivery of statutory functions in both children’s and adult services.  There are many good examples nationally of different stakeholders working together on preventative programmes that promote both community and individual wellbeing.  In helping key partners across local government, NHS, private organisations, and the voluntary and community sectors, Rob looks forward to supporting cCLOA in the important role the cultural sector has to play as catalyst and enabler.

Sue Thiedeman

 

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Head of Culture and Visitor Economy - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sue Thiedeman is currently Head of Culture and Visitor Economy in Barnsley and also Director of STAR CIC, which was established as thumb Sue Thiedemana not for profit organisation in September 2012. Sue founded the company following the success of the London Cultural Improvement Programme, which she developed and directed between 2007 and 2011. 

Sue is passionate about supporting the culture and sport sector to meet the challenges ahead and, in particular, about promoting and embedding sector led improvement and peer to peer support to enable people and organisations to drive their own improvement and innovation.

Val Birchall

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 Arts, Culture & Tourism Programme Director - Brighton & Hove City Council

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Val Birchall

Val is the Programme Director for Arts, Culture & Tourism at Brighton and Hove City Council.  As the city’s strategic lead for these sectors, her responsibilities include the Royal Pavilion and Visit Brighton and the development of a strategic framework for arts and culture.  Previously the Assistant Director for Culture & Visitor Economy at Birmingham City Council, Val’s achievements included creating a trust for the nine museums sites, leading a shortlisted bid for UK City of Culture and establishing a cultural programme within the Local Enterprise Partnership.  She was also the Culture & Tourism lead for the West Midlands Combined Authority.  Val has worked in the national arts funding system and for cultural companies of different scales and as a festival producer.  She has been an expert city coach for the EU programme Culture for Cities and Regions and was the chair of the Eurocities network culture forum.  Originally trained as a musician, she is a trustee of a local arts centre and a foundation for youth creativity.

Beverley Thompson

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Head of Sport & Leisure - Wokingham Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beverley ThompsonBeverley has worked in Local Government for over 27 years and is currently  Head of Sport & Leisure, including sports development at Wokingham Borough Council.  She also helps with the Out of hours emergency team responding to all kinds of emergencies and issues which covers all departments of the borough council. 

Achievements include a number of physical activity projects, working very closely with Public Health which have launched a number of health related projects including designing two Long Term Condition Gyms.

Beverley has also achieved funding to redesign a tennis centre, and football foundation at two major sites across the borough and is currently working on leisure provision for the additional 4 Strategic Development Locations.  Beverley is very passionate about how the role of Physical Activity can play addressing many issues such as prevention &  social inclusion.

Carole Stewart

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Assistant Director Arts, Heritage and Libraries - Ealing Council This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carole is Assistant Director at Ealing Council with strategic responsibility for Arts, Heritage, Libraries and Adult & Community Learning. Prior to this Carole Stewartshe was Assistant Director Culture and Leisure Services for Hackney Council and Lecturer in Arts Policy and Management (MA Arts Management) at Birkbeck, London University.

Carole has over 20 years’ experience in the public sector leading arts and cultural services, with a particular interest in new business models and governance of cultural organisations.  Current projects include new management arrangements for major heritage restoration projects in Ealing, including the transfer of services to the Pitzhanger Manor Trust and Gunnersbury Estate (2026) CIC.

Carole was a previous member of the cCLOA Executive and is pleased to be returning to help advance the wider cultural agenda.