Hello, we're Halo!
Halo is a registered charity and social enterprise running 22 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 Gym Tots and to 55+ group exercise classes. We also share our expertise with developing operators such as the Point4 at The Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford .
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. This is our second decade in Herefordshire and our third year in Bridgend County Borough. 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. Another thing you might not know about is that we are one of only five social enterprises in the West Midlands to be awarded Flagship status and are holders of the Social Enterprise Mark in recognition of the work we do to open up leisure opportunities for local communities. Pretty good, hey?
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
Brian White - Chairman
Bryan White - Chairman
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'
Brigadier Richard Kirby, CBE
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
After a full military career, which saw active service at home and abroad, Ronnie resigned his commission to join Booz Allen and Hamilton, the international management and technology consultants. There, he took an MBA and worked his way up to Senior Director with global responsibilities. He became a Fellow of the British Institute for Facilities Management.
In 2002, he was recruited to the Main Board of Ascot Authority. He was also Chairman of the Estates Board and a member of the Racecourse Executive Board.
He played a major part in the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse and the local community, where he started a very successful youth club, which became a model for local government. On retirement in 2010, Ronnie was made a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, by the Queen.
Passionate about animal welfare, Ronnie was a Trustee of The Born Free Foundation for ten years and Chairman of Born Free USA for three years.
In addition to his work for Mane Chance, Ronnie mentors several start-up businesses on a pro-bono basis, is a Serving Brother of St. John (Ambulance), was a member of the Board of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and Secretary of the Soldiers' Charity in Herefordshire. He currently works, pro-bono, to assist a number of charities and not-for-profits with their development, In his 'spare time' he gardens and writes novels and poetry. He is currently a Trustee and of Halo; Mane Chance Sanctuary, where he chairs the Risk and Finance Sub-Committee. He is also Chairman of The Endangered Species Protection Agency.
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.
Rachel is a proven and commended senior business leader who has worked at Director level management within international blue chip sales and medical organisations; her management career spans 20+ years of successful senior management, business & product development, brand marketing and training provision within both small to medium, and blue chip enterprises.
Having founded her own training and coaching business - Business Checkmate Ltd. Rachel has a vast array of experience and success working as a business trainer and coaching partner to sales, management, SME's and educational organisations across the public and private sectors - both nationally here in the UK and internationally.
Rachel's professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, CIPD Certificate in Training Practice and CIM Advanced Certificate in Marketing.
Having qualified as a BHSAI whilst studying at University, Rachel can often be found using her spare time coaching young riders to follow their equestrian dreams.
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.