Meet the Team

Sarah Watts

Chief Executive

Sarah Watts, Chief Executive of Alliance Leisure Services Ltd, has over 20 years of experience in the leisure industry, both in public and private sectors. With a Leisure Management Degree from Loughborough, Sarah co-founded Alliance Leisure Services Ltd in 1999 and since then has been integral to the growth of the Company overseeing 90 developments, with a capital value in excess of £50 million. Sarah has also enjoyed sporting success, gaining international honours in judo and a black belt at the age of 14!

Email: sarah@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07767 221254

Paul Cluett

Managing Director

Since graduating in Sports Science, Paul has spent the last twenty-five years working as a consultant in the leisure industry across public and private sectors. Prior to joining Alliance, Paul was employed by Parkwood Leisure as Managing Director and was a principal consultant with Capita before joining Quality Leisure Management in 2004 as a Director. In September 2008, he joined Alliance Leisure Services having acted for them over the previous 5 years. Paul is also a board member for CIMSPA. Paul keeps busy outside of work with his 3 children, his motorbike (in good weather) and playing pool (badly)!

Email: paul@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07787 123475

Paul Woodford

Director of Marketing and Partnership

Paul Woodford is one of the leisure sectors top consultants, proven in Brand Development, Sales & Marketing and Customer Service Excellence.  Paul is Alliance’s Director of Marketing and Partnerships and has over 22 years leisure and hospitality experience.  As an innovative and creative marketer Paul has a passion that ranges from brand development, linking brand and marketing messages to empowered driven staff and exceptional customer experiences.  As a trainer and mentor Paul is known as one of the leisure sectors most motivating and impactful trainers, initiating positive change in all he works with.

Email: paulw@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07789 998624

John Leaver

Head of Alliance Digital

With nearly 15 years of experience in the leisure industry, John heads up Alliance Digital providing marketing services to over 250 leisure centres across the UK. After graduating from Loughborough University with a BSc in Sports Science and Geography, John avoided teaching and joined the leisure industry. Previously Regional Sales Manager for JJB Fitness Clubs, John’s initial roles were in the public sector with trusts and authorities around his home town of Blackburn. He has a passion for developing the skills and knowledge of the staff and clients he works with and also enjoys continuously developing his own skills, recently in social media.  With a keen interest in technology and cars, John is also a proud Blackburn Rovers fan (but don’t hold that against him!).

Email: john@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07909 988532

James Foley

Commercial Director

James has over 15 years of management experience in the leisure industry and has directly led the project management and launch of over £50 million new leisure projects. He has previously worked as Operations Manager responsible for a large trust portfolio, and as an interim Director for the launch of a new sports stadium.  More recently, James has successfully consulted for a variety of local authorities and leisure trusts.   James is focused, determined and has a strong drive for perfection in helping to transform underperforming sites into thriving new leisure centres, and bringing better quality leisure facilities to local communities.   James admits the need to practice what he “used to” preach about fitness, but a young family at least helps to keep his fun activity levels high!

Email: james@allianceleisure.co.uk 

Telephone: 07737 086110

Julia Goddard

Senior Business Development Manager

Julia has worked in the leisure industry for over 25 years and is particularly experienced in remodelling space and maximizing the commercial opportunities of facilities, having developed over £30m of investment utilizing the Alliance model. Julia is a highly motivated, multi-faceted member of the Alliance Leisure team with a wealth of experience of business planning and supporting clients through developments.   After gaining an Honours Degree in Sport and Leisure Management at UWIC, Julia worked in the public sector for over 15 years. She has experienced a variety of leisure roles, from lifeguard to duty manager in both wet and dry facilities, to a senior role within a large leisure trust with a portfolio of 13 facilities.

Julia joined Alliance in 2002 and has delivered over £30m of investment ranging from small fitness schemes to large leisure extensions.

Email: julia@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07971 273150

Tom Fairey

Senior Business Development Manager

Tom has over 20 years of experience working in the leisure industry. Since joining  Alliance Leisure in 2011, he has overseen over £10m investment in leisure facility developments in the South East through the Alliance model.  Previously, Tom was Sales Director for GymKit UK and prior to this was senior Key Accounts Manager at Precor for 7 years where his main clients were Parkwood Leisure, DC Leisure and SLM.   It was there he learnt the importance of maximizing leisure space to generate revenue, having designed over 500 fitness areas for public leisure facilities. He has a passion for delivering outstanding customer service and innovative leisure, having started his career in operational roles with David Lloyd Leisure and Next Generation Clubs.

Email: tfairey@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07834 272992

Gillian Dunster

Partnership and Business Development Manager

Originally from Scotland but now based in Wales, Gillian graduated from SSPE in Glasgow with a BA in Sport and Communications.  She served as an apprentice fitness instructor in the Espree Club at Royal Mint Court before quickly moving into leisure management and subsequently sales and marketing with Barrett International Resorts and Reebok.  Gillian progressed to Group Sales Manager for the Viva Health Clubs and then Regional Sales Manager at Livingwell Health clubs.

Before taking a training position with Lifetime in 2010, Gillian worked in equipment sales on a national account manager basis, working with the likes of Leisure Connection and DC Leisure.  Having previously been involved with training and development of sales teams, she moved across to Lifetime Training where she set up and developed the national training programmes in sales, children’s fitness and hospitality. In 2013, Gillian joined the Alliance Leisure support division to cover the South Wales and South West England regions.  Her key role is sharing with her clients the experience she has amassed in sales, retention and marketing to ensure targets are met and surpassed.

Email: Gillian@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07789 813572

Will Gardner

Partnership and Business Development Manager

After completing his BSc Sports Science and Business Management Degree, Will joined Alliance in 2009.  Initially working as Impact Sales Manager across the country, he has progressed to Account Manager in the North West.  With a strong passion for sales and a great knowledge in every aspect of the sales process, Will’s proven track record for target attainment is something that he is most proud of. Will’s qualifications include being an NLP practitioner and ERCA High Ropes Instructor.  Outside of work Will enjoys travelling, attending the gym and playing rugby.

Email: will@allianceimpact.co.uk

Paul Hawkes

Regional Partnership Manager

Starting in leisure in 1991, Paul has developed a reputation as a leading leisure consultant across the industry. Working for both the public and private sectors, including Fitness First, Livingwell and DC Leisure, he joined Alliance in 2010 as Regional Partnership Manager. Paul has a hunger for self-development and is a qualified sports therapist, NLP practitioner, body pump and Shwinn coach. Outside of work, Paul enjoys time with his family, travelling, keeping fit, boxing and following Aston Villa.

Email: paulhawkes@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07786 968721

Tom Gardner

National Impact Manager

Initially working as an impact sales consultant, Tom consistently exceeded targets and helped to transform the services of Alliance Impact. Following his successes, Tom has progressed to managing the Impact sales team across the UK and prides himself in providing a fun, yet efficient service. As a young, enthusiastic individual Tom enjoys spending time with his friends & family, travelling to new countries, playing football and of course following his beloved Arsenal football club.

Email: tom@allianceimpact.co.uk

Telephone: 07872 573699

Paul Fava

Regional Partnership Manager

Joining Alliance in 2016 and having worked tirelessly in the leisure industry for over 25 years (whilst picking up various qualifications), Paul has earned a reputation for being a passionate, energetic, hard-working and dedicated professional.  His previous role was Regional Sales Manager at Places for People Leisure (formally DC Leisure), where he learnt a huge range of skills, as well as driving the sales teams for over 30 facilities to achieve sales and revenue targets. Giving 100% to everything he does, Paul is an outstanding trainer with a creative and humorous approach to inspiring others. Outside of work, Paul’s passion transfers to the restoration and maintenance of his classic mini, keeping fit, DJ-ing (despite being one of possibly a few that still uses vinyl!), photography, as well as travelling all over the world.

Email: pfava@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07901 517905

Ruth Doyle

Business Development Manager

Having worked for the last 20 years in the property sector Ruth has worked in many fields of the industry including account management, business development, and management.  Joining the Alliance team in 2017 Ruth has worked in both commercial and residential development alongside developers, builders, surveyors and architects, and has been instrumental in creating and maintaining strong client relationships.  With a passion for delivering excellent customer service she takes great pride in seeing a project through from initial thoughts to successful delivery.  Off duty Ruth enjoys time with her family and friends, and used to dance but now tends to practise yoga, mediation and mindfulness!

Email: Ruth@allianceleisure.co.uk

Telephone: 07770 132610