National awards for leisure centre high-achievers

PUBLISHED: 13:40 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 13:41 17 May 2016

Robert Gibbens and Charmaine Wells with Ian King, Parkwood’s general manager for Bexley (left) and regional director Pete Fair (right)

Robert Gibbens and Charmaine Wells with Ian King, Parkwood’s general manager for Bexley (left) and regional director Pete Fair (right)


The awards are designed to maximise the potential of high-performers

Two talented young managers based at leisure centres in the borough have won a national award in recognition of their achievements.

Duty managers Robert Gibbens at Crook Log Leisure Centre and Charmaine Wells at Sidcup Leisure Centre have been selected as part of a new initiative designed to identify 30 high performers and maximise their potential.

The 30 Under 30 scheme has been launched by Parkwood Community Leisure, which has 2,450 employees running 87 leisure facilities in England and Wales on behalf of 26 local authorities, including Bexley Council.

The two high-achievers joined other colleagues at a celebration lunch in Windsor hosted by regional director Pete Fair.

Miss Wells, 27, who lives in Erith with partner Kevin and daughter Eloise, told the Bexley Times: “It was quite a shock when I heard the news. I never expected it but it has made me feel really appreciated, and it was really nice to be recognised for my work.

“The reason for the award was the amount of work I put into my job.

“I do what is required and I have a lot of responsibilities, and I make sure I meet the deadlines that are set and everything is done to a good standard. I am always willing to help.

“I enjoy my job and working with people. I have a good relationship with the staff and like achieving things.

“I worked my way up from the bottom over the years. I started off as a party host at Erith Leisure Centre and then worked as a receptionist. I went on to run the children’s play schemes, and I gradually moved up to trainee junior manager and then duty manager.”

Mr Fair commented: “We believe in recruiting and retaining the best possible talent and we’re lucky to have a large group of employees, aged under 30, who have already achieved a considerable amount and have great potential.

“This new initiative is designed to recognise and celebrate rising stars such as Robert and Charmaine and we’re looking forward to helping them progress even further.”

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