Leading sport and leisure industry training provider ICON has strengthened its senior management team with the addition of two new members and a promotion. Alex Bowman and Richard Holmden have joined the Company as Project Leads, whilst Gary Denton has been promoted to the role of Director, following three years service with ICON.
Gary Denton joined ICON in 2012 as a Regional Manager and was then promoted to Head of Operations before being offered the role of Director. He brings 15 years leisure industry experience to the role, including a number of years as Lead Regional Trainer with Lifetime Training. Gary started his career as a self-employed personal trainer and is passionate about offering young people the same sort of start that he had.
Gary says: “Part of my role is about developing our products and programmes to help sector employers retain their talent. Our sector will only flourish and remain relevant if we understand how to keep people committed to the industry and make it part of their long-term career goals. I was lucky enough to find a career that I loved, from a young age, and I am committed to helping others experience the benefits and rewards of this great sector. At ICON we’ve already made some significant changes to our programme this year, and I will continue to assess and look for further improvements to our courses.
Alex Bowman is a University of Southampton Sports Science and Sports & Exercise graduate. He joins ICON following a number of years working in the sector, primarily with Lifetime Training. Throughout his 13 year career, he has worked as a Regional Trainer, Contract Manager, Internal Verifier, Contract Fitness Manager and a Marketing Manager.
His role at ICON involves building and managing relationships with key stakeholders as well as leading, coaching and mentoring a team of service leaders and coordinators.
Alex says: “I’m delighted to be joining ICON at a time when the Company is really shaking things up across the industry. I want to be part of the team that makes real changes happen for both the learners and employers committed to raising the bar when it comes to knowledge, skills and opportunities. I’m a believer that business growth comes from effective people management and that an informed, committed workforce is key.”
Richard Holmden also joins ICON as a Project Lead following a career to date that has spanned more than 11 years. Richard began his career as a Technical Skills Tutor in health and fitness, followed by a number of senior training and management roles with Lifetime Training. He has managed large teams of regional trainers and learners.
Richard says: “I’m delighted to be joining this dynamic and collaborative team. It will be interesting to see what happens next and how changes to sector funding will affect how employers will look for collaborative partners. This is a great industry that offers young people some of the most rewarding and life-changing opportunities available.”
Julian Leybourne, CEO ICON commented on the new team at ICON: “This is a real coup for us, to attract the calibre of trainers and managers who will now become part of the future of our Company. Gary, Alex and Richard all believe passionately, as do I, that this industry is on the cusp of a real shift in the way in which people see health, fitness and leisure services and their relevance for 21st century Britain. I am confident that with our senior team in place, we’ll see some real changes and business growth in the next 5 years, both for us and the sector.”