The People

The Principal of Leisure Futures is John Chapman.

John joined Leisure Futures in 2001, became a Co-Director the following year and Principal in 2010. John has worked in sports & leisure management and consultancy for various organisations spanning the public and commercial sectors since 1980. John is based in Dorset.

Leisure Futures Ltd
41 St Andrew's Road

tel 01308 420600 •

Through our well-established links with associate specialists in design and cost planning, market research, legal services, and foodservice consultancy we offer consultancy teams suited to our clients' specific needs.

Current and recent Associates for Leisure Futures' clients include:

  • Brian Pote-Hunt - a founder director of Leisure Futures and Principal of OSM Ltd a consultancy specialising in urban renewal and regeneration, market research, equalities, training and community development including through sports and leisure.
  • Len Croney - a member of the Leisure Futures team selected onto Sport England's 'Strategic Planning Framework for Sport', a former local government Chief Officer and Principal of Pengelly Consulting Ltd specialists in strategic planning of sport and recreation services including area needs assessments and playing pitch strategies.
  • Dr Fiona Grossart - also a member of the Leisure Futures team selected onto Sport England's 'Strategic Planning Framework for Sport', a specialist in the higher education sector and sports service planning. Fiona works primarily in Scotland and provides associate support to Leisure Futures assignments in the north of England.
  • Clive Whaley - a non-Executive Director of Leisure Futures, Clive has his own film company which includes within its clients Sport England and The Big Lottery. Clive was one of the Principals of Leisure Futures for many years and is highly skilled and experienced in monitoring and evaluation and researching and writing publications and guidance materials. For Leisure Futures, Clive has produced a series of DVD case studies of successful projects funded by the Big Lottery The People's Millions regional programme.
  • Robert Read - Robert is Principal of Robert Read Associates one of the leading specialist Foodservice Consultancies in the UK. Robert Read has 31 years experience in foodservice operations and consultancy. He has eleven years experience as an operator of numerous bar, restaurant, nightclub and function venues, many in leisure facilities, reaching the level of Operations Director. Since 1989, Robert has been working as an independent foodservice consultant, mainly with commercial foodservice operations, in wide variety of venues and locations, including numerous sports and leisure facilities.
  • Nick Neale - An operational manager of local authority and trust owned sports centres for the past twenty years, Nick has also been the Lead Quest Assessor in the South West Region and is an experienced consultant working on a range of operational reviews and sports centre business planning assignments for Leisure Futures and for the operational management consultancy Right Directions, currently delivering Quest and the National Benchmarking Service for Sport England.
  • Steve Crabtree - Design consultant Steve Crabtree with his own successful business, Wild Apple Design, has provided report design and layout services for several of Leisure Futures' larger assignments including a major monitoring and evaluation report for The Big Lottery.
  • Kerry McDonald - Kerry leads on business development and fundraising for StreetGames, the national partner to Sport England for the development of sport in deprived areas. Kerry is a specialist in the field of sport and regeneration, with a wide portfolio of capital projects, fund raising appeals, and capacity building programmes. He has also worked in the mainstream regeneration sector, leading the business development of a very successful regeneration company based in Birmingham.
  • Paul Kelly - Paul is a freelance consultant in the leisure and cultural sector with 20 years experience. Until 2009, Paul was a managing consultant with Tribal advising local authorities seeking to improve their leisure and recreation services and secure investment in their assets. Prior to this he worked for the 4ps, local government's project support agency, where he worked with DCMS to establish their PFI programme which has to date invested over 300m in local government sport, recreation and cultural projects.
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