New Chairman takes over the reins at Freedom Leisure

September 28 2016

Leading not-for-profit leisure trust Freedom Leisure, who currently operates 76 leisure facilities across England and Wales on behalf of 15 different local authority partners, have announced the appointment of a new Chairman of Trustees.

Martin Burholt is Managing Director of the international support services and construction company, Interserve, and has over 25 years’ experience within the public sector and out-sourcing industry, bringing a wealth of both strategic and operational expertise to the chairmanship of Freedom Leisure.

Martin has a degree in sports management and has been involved with many leisure facilities and contracts, including the Olympic Park and Brighton & Hove Council. 

He takes over from Alan Rustad, who has decided to step down into another board member position and will continue to support the business in the future.

Of Burholt’s appointment, previous Chairman Alan Rustad, said: “I am delighted to be handing over the reins to Martin. With his wealth of knowledge he is certainly in a position to support the ambitious plans for the business in the future. I have enjoyed my time as chairman and am pleased to remain on the board and I very much look forward to watching the business continue to expand.”

Martin Burholt says: “I am delighted to have been elected as Chairman by the board. Freedom Leisure has seen such considerable growth in the last few years; I am very much looking forward to continuing to support its aspirations in the future.”

2015/16 was a very fast-paced and exciting year for Freedom Leisure, with significant levels of expansion. The operator cemented its reputation as one of the most respected and forward-thinking leisure trusts in the UK. It commenced new partnerships in; Worcester, Malvern Hills, the Forest of Dean, Powys, Wrexham and Arun.

I am delighted to have been elected as Chairman by the board. Freedom Leisure has seen such considerable growth in the last few years; I am very much looking forward to continuing to support its aspirations in the future.

Martin Burholt