Hello, we're Halo!
Halo is a registered charity and social enterprise running 21 sport and leisure centres throughout Herefordshire, Bridgend County Borough, Shropshire and Swindon on behalf of the local authorities. We often discuss our status as a social enterprise, but many of our customers are unsure of what it actually means and more importantly, how it benefits them. Being a social enterprise means Halo trades for social purposes. We are a registered charity and 'not for profit' organisation, with no shareholders.
The money we make is ploughed back into the facilities. This allows us to keep our costs low and offer outstanding value for money across Herefordshire. Basically, when our customers spend money with us, we largely reinvest this into Halo services. So users are helping to sustain leisure activities for everyone across the county to enjoy – from pre and post natal exercise classes, babies in the ‘Swim-A-Song’ sessions, specialist exercise classes for people with MS, to toddlers at Gymnastics and to Senior group exercise classes.
But that's only the start of the story…
"We are dedicated to providing the best sport and leisure choices…"
In any one day at any one Halo Centre, you will find a mix of people coming through the doors who tell our story. Sportsmen and women making their daily visit for training, often for regional or national competitions. Families coming to relax, pool gear tucked under their arm, and huge smiles on their faces; women and girls coming to exercise together, many putting on their trainers for the first time after years of thinking sport wasn't for them; working people working out at lunchtimes or after hours; older people coming to one of our bespoke exercise classes, or to find out how our team - in partnership with their GP - can help them recover from a bout of ill health and teams of young people piling in to hire bikes, play badminton, go climbing or to swim together…
All ages, backgrounds, abilities and disabilities sharing in the one magical thing that is sport and leisure.
"We plough every surplus penny we make back into the services we provide…"
They are what Halo is all about. Everything we do is designed to make sure we reach everyone across the counties where we work. In both counties we are dedicated to providing the best kind of sport and leisure choices, and the chance to enjoy them in first class facilities. We notch up millions of visits each year and, as a charity and 'not-for-profit' social enterprise we are able to plough every penny we make back into the services we provide.
We have been able to invest millions in upgrading Halo Centres. In Wales we recently opened the doors to our new Bridgend Life Centre, and have been upgrading facilities across Bridgend County. In Herefordshire we gave Hereford Leisure Pool a complete makeover and we're now working on Hereford Leisure Centre, and our facilities in Leominster and Ross-on-Wye. This commitment to excellence is reflected in our accreditation from Quest (the leisure sector's equivalent of OFSTED). All of our Centres are rated 'Highly Commended' or 'Excellent' by Quest.
"This would not be possible without you, and your commitment to your own good health…"
Of course all these developments are made possible by our proud partnership with both the Council in Herefordshire and Bridgend County Borough and our wonderful Board of Trustees. We know our continued success and growth would not be possible without their support, and the hard work and dedication of everyone on our teams across our centres. But most of all it would not be possible without you. Your commitment to yours and your family's health, happiness and wellbeing is what drives every new initiative, and every new development. So keep coming through our doors and telling us how you feel…
Our Committment to the Welsh speaking community
We do everything we can to communicate with our users who are Welsh speakers from providing our joining information, pricing, website, newsletters, timetables, annual reports, internal and external signage in both Welsh and English. Click here to see our current Welsh Language Policy. We are also working on embracing the new Welsh Language Standards relating to social media
Our Annual Reports
Our Board of Trustees
Reg Curtis- Chairman
Reg Curtis joined the Halo Board of Trustees in August 2018 after retiring to rural Herefordshire. He brings a wealth of commercial and leadership experience in parallel sectors to Halo, having worked in senior positions in the retail, catering and leisure sectors. Reg is a Non-Executive Director of NAAFI and prior to retirement held a number of senior positions including CEO of NAAFI, Managing Director at Alpha Airports Group and Commercial Director at Safeway and at WH Smith. He has also held various senior roles within Tesco including that of Deputy CEO of Tesco Hungary. Reg has also worked as an advisor and consultant to a number of customer facing organisation including Dominos, Compass and First Quench Retailing.
His interests include bowling, flying, competitive shooting, and is also a Parish Councillor.
Bryan White - Honorary Vice President
Bryan was a part of the decision making process in 2002 which lead to the creation of Herefordshire Community Leisure Trust - now Halo Leisure - and was invited to become the first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He had come to Hereford in 1973 as Head of the Department of Physical Education and Sport at the newly opened Sixth Form College which boasted the first sports hall in the county and enabled the College to become the centre for indoor community sport. In 1978 Bryan established 'Hereford City Sport Council' - which subsequently evolved into 'Herefordshire Sports Council' and more recently 'Herefordshire Sport'. This was the outcome of Bryan's commitment to community sport and gave a forum for sports clubs and organisations in the county.
Bryan's close association with community sport was called upon in representation on many county and regional bodies promoting sport and physical activity and in particular providing opportunities for children, young people and other target groups in association with statutory and non-statutory bodies, He was a a key member of the Whitecross School Board of Governors which achieved Sports College status and created a new build school, Following the success of London's bid to stage the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2005 Bryan was instrumental in establishing the 'Herefordshire Olympic/Paralympic Group' which sought to try and ensure the county took full advantage of the opportunities presented and the promise of the 'Legacy Effect'. In 2006 Bryan received the 'Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sports partnership award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Sport' and in 2009 was recognised as 'Sports Volunteer of the Year' by Herefordshire Voluntary Action.
Bryan was an Olympic Torch Bearer in 2012 and was also honoured during the Queen's Jubilee Year with the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire's Diamond Day award for 'Excellence in Sport in Herefordshire'
IN RECENT NEWS.....Bryan was awarded a British Empire Medal in New Years Honours List 2019 for services to community sport. Bryan White who has been at the helm of Halo’s Board of Trustees since it’s creation in 2002 was recognised in the New Years Honours List in recognition of his unwavering commitment to the inclusion of local people across Herefordshire in sport and physical activity. Over the years Bryan’s professional and personal life has revolved around all things active; first coming to the county as Head of PE and Sport at the then newly opened Sixth Form College in Hereford city and then going on to establish Herefordshire Sport - a much needed forum for local sports clubs. His passion for getting more people more active more often especially children and young people has seen him receive ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport’ and ‘Sport Volunteer of the Year’ awards as well as being an Olympic Torch Bearer for London Games 2012. We are just so so proud of Bryan and under his leadership we are achieving our mission of ‘Creating Healthier Communities’.
Brigadier Richard Kirby, CBE
Brigadier Kirby was born in Staffordshire in 1945 and raised in North Wales. He has been married for 47 years to Rita and has two sons and five grandchildren.
Having joined HM Forces in 1963, Richard held several posts in his 32 year service career, and also found time to study for a degree, a masters and a doctorate. Upon retirement from the Army in 1995, Richard moved to Herefordshire to become a Director of Logistics and Systems for Leominster based company E. Walters (UK). Other strings to his bow include being a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics. His interests include local and church politics, philately, shooting, gardening and being Hon. Colonel for the TAVR.
David served a two year training programme in Local Government in Cheshire, and then took up a Commercial Lawyer post with Blue Circle Group of Companies in London. David came to Hereford in 1974 to take up a partnership in the legal private practice of Cambe Corner, where he has been the senior partner for many years. In September 2008 David took retirement, but retains a consultancy role. For 10 years plus David has been coroner for the County of Herefordshire and was the Deputy coroner for many years. David's interests are sailing and in 2006 he achieved 2nd in class position in the Arc Atlantic Race. His other interests are Skiing and Golf. David has 3 sons who were educated in Hereford and all are keen sportsmen. David has always had a lifelong interest in Education and Sport, he has taught at HTC, has been on the PTA and was Governor of Aylestone School and for many years has been a Governor at RNCB.
David has for the past 15 years been the chairman of the Hope Scott House, a running hostel for housing of the homeless male persons in Hereford
Nigel is the treasurer of Halo and has been a trustee since February 2014. He is a chartered accountant who worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now pwc) before becoming the finance director of multi-national engineering businesses including Rolls-Royce Power Engineering plc and VATECH UK. He was also director of mergers and acquisitions for VATECH Transmission & Distribution gmbh. In addition to his role as a trustee of Halo he is Chairman of Hoople Ltd, a provider of back office services to the public sector, a non-executive director of Coelme SpA, an engineering company in Italy and a trustee of the VATECH Pension Scheme and Jarvis Charities.
Sports Partnership Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Alan is a professionally qualified Board Director with experience of 22 Non-Executive Board appointments over 24 years in the public, private and third sectors. One of these appointments was at National Level with the British Chambers of Commerce and five were at Regional level.
Alan is an experienced leader and manager with 40 years management experience including 16 years at CEO/Managing Director and 3 years as Managing Director of his own company.
In recent years Alan held the position of Chairman of Visit Herefordshire Ltd and prior to this he was Vice Chair of Hoople Ltd (an integrated business support service) and a Board Director of Herefordshire Primary Trust for 6 years.
Alan is passionate about sport especially rugby. In his youth he represented Merseyside at Rugby Union Under 17s, Lancashire at Rugby League Under 19s and represented Great Britain Under 20s at Rugby League. He later turned professional and played rugby for Wigan Rugby League. He also competed at County Level in the 100yds and 220 yds sprints.
Alan was awarded his OBE in 1999 for his services to Training, Enterprise and Commerce.
Amelia was a prize-winning Chartered Accountant, from Touche Ross & Co. She graduated with dual honours in Geography and Geology from Sheffield University and was awarded a Business Leadership Diploma by Ashridge Business School.Her business career included Financial Director roles of several large transport companies across the country.She served many years as Treasurer and Trustee of the local Youth charity - KPC Youth.Since retiring she has enhanced her voluntary work with roles as the Warehouse Team Leader at Bridgend County Foodbank & Treasurer for Emmaus South Wales. Her garden renovation is a major leisuretime project.
Ken has spent a lifetime in education, first as an English teacher and eventually becoming a secondary headteacher in the Forest of Dean. In 2008, Ken decided to take a slight career change becoming an Ofsted inspector. He worked as a Senior Inspector for Tribal Education for six years and has just completed a spell working as a Senior Researcher for Ofsted.
During his career, Ken has maintained a passion for sport and physical activity. His headship was in a specialist Sports College and so he is well versed in the importance of developing and sustaining fitness for life.
Ken is also a lifelong participant in a range of sports and is a self-confessed football fanatic and avid Bulls fan! He has also coached local youth football teams and is a qualified referee. During his time in education, Ken was a governor for both a primary school and an FE college. Ken has been a member and regular attendee at Hereford Leisure Centre for over 12 years.
Janet is a marketing and communications professional with over 20 years’ experience in private, pubic and third sectors. She is currently Chief Marketing Officer of the Leadership Trust, based in Weston-under-Penyard, Herefordshire. Prior to that she held lead positions at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Grant Thornton, Serco and the Department for Work & Pensions as well as running her own consultancy business for four years.
Originally from West Yorkshire, Janet moved to the area in 2012 with her family. She is a regular customer at Halo’s Ross site.
Lisa recently moved to Herefordshire with her husband; attracted by the beautiful countryside. She grew up in Wiltshire and has lived in the Bristol area for the last 25 years. Lisa is an HR consultant working with local businesses and the public sector to help create positive, productive workplaces.
Lisa has worked in a variety of HR roles over the last 20 years, including at Carillion, in local government, Ofsted and the NHS. She is passionate about health and wellbeing, both from a personal and professional perspective. She is a keen swimmer, having only recently learnt to swim by attending adult classes. Lisa graduated in Psychology from the University of Exeter. She is a qualified workplace mediator and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Lisa is a keen walker and enjoys mountain holidays in Austria. Happily settled in Herefordshire, she and her husband hope to build their own home in the not too distant future.