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    Registered Office: Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, 1st Floor
    Chadderton Wellbeing Centre
    Burnley Street
    OL9 0JW

    Company Number: IP29372R

    Telephone: 0161 207 7000 E-mail:

    View our Video Annual Report

    Oldham Community Leisure Limited Gender Pay Report 2021

    The following information is based on 241 members of staff, including full time, part time and regular casuals and is based on a snapshot date of 5th April 2021 linked to the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 for private, voluntary and public sector employers.

    Gender Pay Reporting 2021 – Overview

    How OCL is organised

    The Chief Executive is responsible for the day to day management of OCL’s affairs, and he is accountable to the Board of Directors, who appoints, remove and fix the Chief Executive’s terms and conditions of employment.

    The Board of Directors ensures that OCL conducts its affairs in accordance with its stated purpose. It sets the policies, strategies and objectives, and then supervises the Chief Executive and his staff who are responsible for delivering them. The Board is accountable to the members through elections and the power of removal.

    In effect the registered society operates as a leisure trust which offers significant tax advantages and efficiencies which enhance capital re-investment into the facilities.

    What does OCL do?

    The company is responsible for the management, operation and development of 11 Sports Centres/Swimming Pools and Synthetic Pitches in Oldham.

    Since it was formed on 17th November 2002 OCL has operated the facilities in partnership with other agencies to improve the health, well-being, and physical activity for the people of Oldham.

    The management team have continued to work hard with partners to secure additional funding to improve the leisure stock within Oldham. From small beginnings OCL has:

    • replaced the bowling green carpet at Oldham Sports Centre,
    • refurbished the café at Oldham Sports Centre,
    • replaced the fitness equipment at all its sites,
    • replaced the synthetic pitches at Chapel Road and Royton and Crompton,
    • significantly invested in the Saddleworth complex. Saddleworth saw £2m being invested to create a 55 station fitness suite and dance studio and three small sided 3G pitches.
    • In November 2009 the Chadderton Wellbeing Centre opened including a new swimming pool, 55 station gym and dance studio.

    The annually reviewed Strategic Performance Plan (SPP) is now embedded in the culture of OCL and focuses on:

    • continuous improvement in quality service delivery,
    • the need to improve the health of Oldhamers,
    • breaking down barriers in communities,
    • offering health and physical activity to target groups in the community.

    OCL has a Mission Statement of: “a community more active more often”

    Our vision is to create an environment in which sport, active recreation and leisure are integrated into the lifestyle of all Oldham citizens, in order that community cohesion and health benefits are continually improving.

    Sport, leisure and active recreational activity will be used as an essential component in supporting and developing the infrastructure of the community and to improve the quality of life both physically and mentally. We will actively work with partner organisations in order to facilitate this development through a better understanding of the issues and a sharing of resources to achieve success.

    The values of our organisation will be based on the concept of continuous improvement. This will be achieved through the use of external quality recognition schemes including Investors in People and Quest for Facility Management (Based on the European Business Excellence Model).

    OCL will seek to provide best value in delivering services for which it is responsible. It will deliver its core themes of Health, Adult, Young People and Families, Community Cohesion, the Environment and Quality of life in a context of sustainability, accountability, flexibility and innovation.

    In order to achieve this mission, representatives of the key stakeholders in OCL, The Management Committee, the management, staff and partners have worked together meeting annually to create a Strategic Performance Plan on which the Company and its Employees can focus on.

    We are governed strategically by a board of directors who are appointed annually. They meet six times a year including the AGM which is open to shareholders to receive the annual report, the accounts and to vote the directors onto the board.

    To attend the meetings individuals are required to purchase a share. Shares are available on a non-redeemable, non-transferable preference share costing £20 and available by emailing .

    Becoming a Member

    Membership is open to anybody who is 16 or over, and who is employed by OCL (employee members) or who uses OCL facilities or has an interest in sport and leisure (community members). Admission to become a shareholder is agreed through an approval process undertaken by the Board.

    Members can attend members meetings, receive information about OCL, vote in the election of Board Members, seek nomination for serving on the Board, and take part in the other member activities which OCL provides.

    OCL is committed to a number of things, for example carrying on its business for the benefit of the community, retaining (and not distributing) its profits, respecting the rights of people and openness in the way it conducts its affairs.

    View our latest Shareholder Policy here.

    View our Equality and Diversity Statement here

    AGM Minutes of the Meeting_2021

    OCL Consolidated Accounts 31st March 2021

    Sheena McDonnell – Chair

    Sheena McDonnell

    Sheena specialises in leadership and organisational development, governance and transformation and has extensive experience in the public and charitable sectors.

    She has held senior roles in housing for the past twenty-five years including several years with the Audit Commission and has a strong understanding of regulatory and governance requirements.

    Sheena is now an independent consultant and coach focused on delivering effective leadership within organisations and for individuals. She has a keen interest in health and wellbeing and the link between physical and mental health.

    Kay Wheelton – Vice Chair

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    Kay was born, raised and educated in Oldham until she left to attend Leicester University, returning after graduation to marry and raise her two children.

    Kay’s business career was with the Co-operative Group in Manchester for over 30 years including senior management role within the Food division, as well as having worked in various marketing and buying roles throughout the management hierarchy.

    Kay also has a passion for sport and fitness, and the role it has in Oldham. Her involvement started as a primary school pupil, representing the town at swimming going on to swim for Oldham Swimming Club. As a student, her holiday job was at Oldham Stadium and after University; she played in the Oldham netball league for almost twenty years and still plays in the Oldham tennis league. As a mother, Kay has supported her children in every sport they played on Oldham’s pitches, courts and swimming pools.

    Kay also currently holds a voluntary role on the regional advisory board of the National Trust.

    Cllr. Zahid Chauhan

    Cllr. Zahid Chauhan

    Councillor Dr Zahid Chauhan is the Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Oldham Council, a GP and national health campaigner.

    He has championed the need for more support for our NHS and a reduction in health inequalities and is a passionate promoter of self-care. Dr Chauhan has advocated regular exercise and good diet as a solution to obesity, diabetes and even mental health issues including depression and isolation, in the national media.

    He has personally helped small rural and neighbourhood surgeries to stay open and remain a vital service for our communities.

    The founder of the Homeless-Friendly programme to ensure better healthcare for those with no fixed address, Dr Chauhan has served on the board of the North West Ambulance Service and is a councillor and prominent figure within the Greater Manchester Labour party.

    To learn more about Dr Chauhan’s work, visit or follow him on Twitter @ChauhanZahid

    Craig Dean

    Craig’s ultimate goal has always been a simple one. Whether during his time in Africa or closer to home, helping to bring tech education to young people by facilitating code clubs and workshops, empowering others to achieve their goals, and positively impacting his community have remained his foremost passions.

    Educated in Oldham and a Cambridge graduate, Craig travelled extensively before returning to our town and becoming the Chief Executive of Web Applications UK, a significant local employer and multi-award-winning, values-led business. The company was shaped by Craig’s ethos and passion, with a clear mission that places a positive impact at the heart of everything it does.

    Retiring in 2020 to focus on a wide range of voluntary roles, Craig continues to work tirelessly to help others, particularly in education with governance roles at a local and national level. He serves on the Board of Directors for Oasis Community Learning, a trust with over 50 academies throughout the UK, and sits on the Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board and the Hub Councils of several local Academies. His contributions to Oldham were acknowledged when he won Businessman of the Year before becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Oldham Business Awards.

    A regular user of OCLL’s facilities, Craig still lives in Chadderton and is actively engaged in youth work. Daily, he walks around the many beautiful parts of Oldham, occasionally accompanied by his wife Vivienne and Labradors Bea and Bo.

    Cllr Chris Gloster

    Chris is a Liberal Democrat Councillor for the ward of Shaw and won his Oldham Council seat for the first time in local elections in May 2015.  Chris is also Shadow Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing with responsibilities that include health devolution, public health and improvement.

    Chris is Shaw born and bred and very proud to represent all residents in the community.  He lives in Fullwood, Shaw, with his wife, Hazel, who works as an education advisor and they have two children. His son is an apprentice mechanic for OMC Ford and his daughter is a pupil at Crompton House school.

    Chris’ interest in council affairs began during his time served as community police inspector for Shaw and Royton when he worked closely alongside elected local councillors and council officers.  He has also been a school governor for 12 years and is currently serving in this capacity for Crompton House school and East Crompton St James.

    Chris’ passions in life are helping to make Shaw a great place for people to grow up, live and work, and – when he has time – motorsport.

    Nick Hewitt

    Nick is a qualified accountant with over 20 years experience across several sectors including Practice, Financial Services and Education. He is currently Regional Finance Manager for Oasis Community Learning responsible for 9 Primary and Secondary Academies across the North West.

    Born and raised in Oldham, Nick has played various sports in local leagues including football for Chadderton FC, cricket for Werneth CC and Tennis for Saddleworth. More recently he uses running, cycling and swimming to keep fit, resulting in a passion for Triathlon. He is a member and Coach at Rochdale Triathlon Club and has competed in numerous events up to Olympic distance. Also a very keen Parkrunner, Nick has completed almost 250 parkruns locally, across the UK and even a handful overseas. His love of Parkrun has resulted in him becoming Co-Event Director at his local junior parkrun in Milnrow.

    Rachel Holloway

    Rachel has worked for OMBC/OCLL for nearly 25 years. She initially delivered a variety of group exercise classes aimed mainly at the older population. She continues to deliver group sessions that are very well attended and successful, including  line-dancing groups with ages up to mid 90’s regularly attending. These sessions regularly attract over 60 dancers per class.

    This led her to develop into a specialist exercise instructor with a belief in exercise as medicine and in 2004 became one of the first level 4 qualified cardiac rehabilitation instructors in the country. Since then she has become qualified in level 4 pulmonary rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation and postural stability. She also qualified in other exercise medicine fields such as mental health and exercise referral. She continues to have a passion for all group exercise sessions, delivering BodyPump and spinning classes as well as the specialised sessions.

    Rachel is a keen cyclist and somehow manages to squeeze in walking 4 rescue dogs when the rest of us would be looking for a rest!

    Stuart Lockwood

    Stuart Lockwood is appointed as a Director ex officio as holder of the office of Chief Executive. He has worked in the industry for over 25 years in the Public, Private and Trust sectors, joining OCL initally in 2009 as Director of Operations before promotion to Chief Executive in 2011. He sits on a number of Oldham Boards and Partnerships including the Health and Wellbeing Board, Oldham Leadership Board and the Oldham Race Equality Partnership, and he is also a Director on the SPORTA Executive Board as the North West regional representative. He takes part in a variety of outdoor challenges and running events every year, as well as regularly playing football and golf.

    Colin Murray

    Colin is a partner at DWF law firm.  He has a multitude of experience working for public and private sector bodies on local government law and public procurement and hasadvised on a range of joint ventures, major PPP projects and the development of innovative new structures for long term PPPs with public sector equity investment.

    Shaun Slater

    Shaun has worked for OCLL for the last 7 years and started as a casual Leisure Attendant, during this time has worked in many roles within the company including Leisure Attendant, Swim Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor, Circuit Instructor and step-up Team Leader. Shaun currently works as a full-time Fitness Instructor and often steps up to the Team Leader role at Oldham Leisure Centre.

    Shaun also works as a Security Supervisor for Showsec International and has worked at many venues such as Manchester Arena, Manchester City and several different festivals in the last 7 years.

    Over the last 7 years Shaun has gained several qualifications through OCLL, including: GP Referral, Indoor Cycling and Swim Teacher to name a few.

    Shaun is highly motivated and always gives his best, he continually pushes to learn as much as he can to ensure he is suited to any role the company requires him to do.

    In his spare time Shaun is an avid rugby league fan and loves to take any opportunity to see his hometown rugby league club St Helens play.  Prior to working for OCLL Shaun worked in the night-time leisure industry as a Manager, traveling all over the north west before moving Oldham in 2008 to take up a position as Deputy Manager of Livingstone’s nightclub,

    Jo Smallwood

    Jo has worked for OMBC/OCLL for the past 21 years. She started as a Youth trainee, today’s Modern apprentice and has worked her way up to her current role as General Manager at Oldham Leisure Centre.

    Within this time she has worked in various different roles, these include receptionist cover, fitness instructor, swim teacher, circuit instructor, pool lifeguard, Duty Manager, Events worker, League Manager, Team Leader and General Manager. This broad background of roles and has given Jo a unique in-site both into the company as it has developed, but also an ability to relate to the frontline pressures associated with these customer facing roles.

    Jo is a dedicated individual who strives to ensure OCL continues to develop as well as all the teams within. She has a hands on pro-active approach with all of the sites and staff that she manages. Jo is a very approachable person with excellent communication skills, with staff often approaching her for advice or with ideas of their own on how OCL as a company can develop. Jo has good relations with all staff levels including higher management and existing board members.

    Jo is able to provide a vital communication link between the “rank & file” viewpoints and the Board, whilst considering the wider company strategy.

    David Whaley

    David Whaley

    David Whaley is the former Managing Editor of the Oldham Evening Chronicle, having worked in the newspaper industry for 39 years in Oldham, Lincoln and Birmingham.

    David won an O2 North-West Media Award in 2014 for his series of articles around his personal battle with throat cancer.

    Married with a son, a daughter, two step sons and three step grandchildren, David is currently working as acting Business Development Manager at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice in Royton.

    A keen golfer with administrative roles in the Oldham and District Golf Society and Oldham and District Golf Leagues, David has always supported initiatives in the borough around getting its inhabitants to be healthier and more active.

    David has previously held board positions at Mahdlo and Maggie’s.

    Minutes of Board meetings are available to Shareholders upon request. You can contact OCL or its Directors via or by writing to:

    c/o Chadderton Wellbeing Centre, Burnley Street, Chadderton, OL9 0JW.

    Page updated – November 2021

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