Leading Edinburgh physical activity charity appoints new Chief Executive

| Wednesday 13th March 2024 1:35pm

Leading Edinburgh physical activity charity appoints new Chief Executive

Edinburgh-based physical activity charity, Edinburgh Leisure, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive. Jen Holland will join Edinburgh Leisure on Monday, 18th March 2024, from Scottish Borders Council.  Jen is currently Director of Strategic Commissioning and Partnerships having been with Scottish Borders Council since March 2019.


She will take over from CEO, June Peebles, who retired at the end of February 2024.


A qualified accountant by professional qualification, Jen Holland joins Edinburgh Leisure with a wealth of sector experience and insight, having previously worked with various public sector and charity organisations including Fife Cultural Trust, NHS Fife, Live Borders, and Scottish Borders Council.


Scott Haldane, Chair of Edinburgh Leisure’s Board said: “June’s outstanding leadership has left an indelible mark on the business, exemplifying exceptional skills and a clear vision for individual and organisational performance.


“While everyone – staff and customers alike – was sad to see June go, she has left behind an organisation that is mature and certain of its purpose. A charity dedicated to make a positive difference by creating opportunities for everyone to get active, stay active and achieve more.


“She has nurtured a committed and enthusiastic team who will continue to work with the City of Edinburgh Council and other partners, ensuring Edinburgh Leisure continues to thrive.”


Jen Holland said, “I am delighted to be joining Edinburgh Leisure as CEO and looks forward to working with colleagues, customers, partners and local communities.  Edinburgh Leisure has an incredible track record and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Edinburgh through a huge variety of services, programmes and projects and I am very proud to be able to lead the organisation in the continuation of this work.


Edinburgh Leisure operate over 50 first class venues across the City and offer hundreds of activities for people to enjoy no matter what their age and stage.


From the iconic Royal Commonwealth Pool, the brand-new purpose-built Meadowbank Sports Centre, Victorian Swim Centres, Europe’s largest climbing arena, six golf courses, leisure centres and school facilities; all facilities are based in the heart of Edinburgh’s communities.


Edinburgh Leisure is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to be and stay active. This places them in the unique position to use their venues and expertise to harness the power of physical activity and sport to tackle inequalities and combat the effects of inactivity.


The Active Communities Team have a big role to play, working with partners and focusing on individuals and communities who need additional support to be active and enjoy improved wellbeing.


Active Communities support over 10,000 people affected by health conditions, disabilities, inequalities, and poverty to overcome barriers and tackle inequalities to improve their health and wellbeing.


The services Active Communities provide are at no or low-cost, and in her role as CEO June helped influence receipt of statutory funding to deliver this valuable work. Jen will take up this mantle as more and more people need support in Edinburgh.


Eden Scott worked with Edinburgh Leisure to support the recruitment process.



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