Our senior team

Belinda Steward
Managing Director

Belinda Steward

Belinda’s journey with Places Leisure began in 2024, adding a new dimension to our collective expertise.

With extensive experience and leadership acumen, Belinda has made her mark in hospitality and customer-focused service delivery organisations. Belinda’s integrity, ethical decision making, and strong values means she enjoys uniting people and believes in inspiring a service culture which puts our customers at the heart of everything we do.

Outside of work, Belinda and her husband prioritise an active and healthy lifestyle, with a passion for walking and running. Belinda also has a passion for singing and is a member of her local choir.

For Belinda, a healthy community means fostering environments where individuals can thrive physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.

Tatiana Hagan
Finance Director

Tatiana Hagan

Tatiana joined Places Leisure in January 2024. Over the last 17 years she has been working in a Public Limited Company providing a range of financial services and retail business across 270+ sites.

She brought with her a wealth of experience and expertise in finance leadership, having played pivotal roles in managing end-to-end financial activities, overseeing acquisitions, and contributing to the growth of companies.

Tatiana was born and educated in Moscow, Russia, but has lived and built her career in the UK over the last 27 years. She lives in south London with her husband Terry and twins. In her spare time, she enjoys DIY, renovation, gardening, and crafting.

For Tatiana, a healthy community means accessible, diverse, and inclusive leisure facilities and overall wellbeing for all residents.


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Business Development Director

Dan Walker

Dan has worked for Places Leisure for over 15 years and has been Business Development Director since 2019. He is particularly proud to have delivered several new leisure management contracts with his team, and prides himself on building mutually beneficial relationships with partners to achieve common goals, whilst working in a truly collaborative way. His highlights include, attending the International Business School in Barcelona, championing the Teenage Cancer Trust organisation, which is dear to his heart, and raising three children who all understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Away from work Dan is an avid football fan and is regularly charging up and down the country in search of a live motor sport event, along with keeping fit at his local leisure centre. He also enjoys fundraising, having cycled from London to Paris for ‘Against Breast Cancer’ and has recently run the Exeter half marathon for the ‘Teenage Cancer Trust’.

In addition to his Directorship at Places Leisure, Dan much enjoys being part of the Places for People Senior Leadership Team.

For Dan, a healthy community means opportunities for everyone in a truly inclusive way.

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Operations Director

Tom Goodhand

Tom began his career as a Trainee Duty Manager at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre in 1983. After a brief flirtation with accountancy, he started with Places Leisure (formally Crossland Leisure & DC Leisure) in 1988 and quickly progressed through a wide range of operational posts culminating in his current role as Operations Director. Married and the proud father of three children, together they let off steam enjoying and suffering the ups and downs of following Grimsby Town FC……the only way is up!

Tom feels lucky to work in a dynamic industry which plays such an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we are privileged to serve. He has recently joined the Places for People Senior Leadership Team.

For Tom, a healthy community means equal opportunities for all.

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People Director

Clare Garcia

Clare joined Places Leisure in 2009 as our HR Manager. Having studied Personnel Management at Plymouth University, Clare has embarked on a career following her passion for all things people. She has worked in the technology, retail and car hire sectors, enabling Clare to bring a broad range of experience to her role at Places Leisure in helping to care for, develop and grow our talent.

Married and with a young family, Clare understands all too well the pressure of juggling work and a busy home life, and is an advocate for developing support for working parents. In her spare time you will find Clare happily running around after her children (or napping).

For Clare, a healthy community means acceptance.​


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Commercial Activites Director

Jamie Brown

Jamie joined Places Leisure in 2013. He has enjoyed over 29 years in leisure having served his apprenticeship as a Lifeguard, Fitness Instructor, Aerobics Instructor, and Membership Advisor. Prior to joining Places Leisure, Jamie held roles such as Development Director and Operations Director. He started his career with Places Leisure as a Contract Manager and quickly progressed to his current role through a series of promotions. Jamie puts his success down to learning from those around him, making the most of every opportunity, and spoonful of good fortune. He is passionate about sport and physical activity and improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we proudly serve. Outside of work you will find him in the gym, walking the dog (his exercise buddy) and coaching his son’s football team.

For Jamie, a healthy community means togetherness and empowerment.

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IT Director

Keiron Butcher

Keiron joined Places Leisure in April 2023. His early career was at McDonalds in operational and support service roles. He then embarked on the next stage of his career in the leisure sector in 2010. Since then, he has worked for a breadth of leisure trusts and social enterprises. Whilst at activeNewham, Keiron led a project that brought to life the first reception-less and cashless leisure centres in the country. He has a real passion for data and encourages all around him to use it to its fullest. When he is not working, Keiron enjoys a busy home life with his partner Martin, their two dogs, and a cat. Together they enjoy swimming, gardening and walking; and can often be found in the highlands of Scotland escaping their technology-based lives.

For Keiron, a healthy community means being your authentic self.

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Risk Director

Keith Evans

Keith started his journey as a leisure assistant in 1993 whilst studying Leisure Management at college. Keith worked in several roles in both the public and private sector before becoming a General Manager in 2001. Keith started with Places Leisure (formally DC Leisure) in 2004 developing himself personally and professionally through the opportunities and pathway available moving on to become a Contract Manager, Area Manager and now Risk Director.

Keith is driven by a genuine care for others and takes pride in creating safe environments where everyone can thrive.

Away from work Keith is a keen golfer and an avid cricket and Tottenham fan: time with his young family allows him to rekindle his inner child and free spirit.

For Keith, a healthy community means providing a safe and enjoyable environment that everyone can access.

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Projects Director

Martin Anderson

Martin joined Places Leisure in June 2014 having worked as a consultant to the company for many years prior. Martin is a Chartered Surveyor with over 40 years’ experience and for the majority of that time has worked on the construction of every type of leisure centre including low-cost gyms to high end private spas and the best being those for Places Leisure. He has also worked in a wide range of other sectors from aviation, to pharmaceuticals, to hotels. This breadth of experience is invaluable in supporting the development of our leisure facilities.

Martin is an avid Fulham fan and season ticket holder. When he is not at Craven Cottage he is wrestling with a small puppy who has replaced his two grown children.

For Martin, a healthy community means expanding the experiences available to everyone.

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Head of Business Development

Damian Watts

Damian has experience spanning 30 years within the leisure industry. He joined Places Leisure in 2003 as general manager, before moving into a contract management role in 2006. In these roles, Damian took pride in developing and nurturing talented colleagues whilst ensuring the commercial success of several new build facilities. After achieving success as an operator, he made the switch into our Business Development team in 2013 and was appointed Head of Business Development in 2020. He is a married father of 3 teenagers and a keen sportsman/volunteer who has spent a decade of his spare time coaching both junior rugby and football.

For Damian, a healthy community means togetherness and positivity.