Iain Varah – Chief Executive
Iain as a Chief Officer in Redbridge Council was responsible for the initial creation of Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure as a Sport and Leisure trust that has managed the London Borough of Redbridge’s sports facilities since April 2007. In May of 2011, the remainder of Redbridge’s culture and leisure services were transferred to the expanded trust and in 2016 Music, Drama and Youth Centre’s were also added. Iain is the Chief Executive of Vision that now manages libraries, sports facilities and development, parks & open spaces, arts, museums, play, music service, drama centre, youth centres, civic halls and grounds maintenance.
Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure Ltd is one of the UK’s largest culture and leisure trusts with a turnover of £21m, and Iain and his senior management team are currently concentrating on driving further efficiencies and business development while maintaining and developing the benefits and social outputs of the integrated and diverse services and facilities to the local community. Iain is a past Chair of the National Leisure and Culture Officers Association and London CLOA and is currently a member of the National Executive Committee. He is a member of the Library Taskforce, the London disability Sports forum and a Fellow of CIMSPA.
Keith Newton – Director of Sport & Leisure
Keith has worked in the leisure industry for over 40 years, including 25 years’ experience as a senior manager and has a track record of success in increasing revenue through investment and reducing operational subsidies. Keith has extensive experience in managing wet and dry leisure centres, dual use facilities, outdoor arenas and golf courses. In addition to overseeing the operation of Vision’s diverse leisure facility portfolio Keith is also responsible for the Sport & Health team services which include sport and health development and the successful exercise on referral scheme for Redbridge. The Sport & Health team has also been successful in securing external funding from a range of sources to support facility development projects and community sports development programmes.
Keith flexibly retired in November 2018 and is currently working for Vision on a part time basis.
Kevin Wackett – Head of Parks & Open Spaces
Working in the leisure industry for 28 years, Kevin has vast experience in leisure, sport, events, contract monitoring and parks. As Head of Parks & Open Spaces, Kevin is responsible for all of our green space including operations, grounds maintenance, nature conservation, allotments and events. Kevin is also the corporate lead for business development and corporate marketing, as well as leading for the company on many business and change management projects.
In his spare time, Kevin is a Trustee of a charity helping those affected by spinal injuries.