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Company Details


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

Company Number: IP29372R

Telephone: 0161 207 7000 E-mail: Info@ocll.co.uk

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Oldham Community Leisure Limited Gender Pay Report 2019

The following information is based on 264 members of staff, including full time, part time and regular casuals and is based on a snapshot date of 5th April 2019 linked to the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 for private, voluntary and public sector employers.

Gender Pay Reporting 2019 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 info@ocll.co.uk .

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

View our AGM 2019 Meeting Minutes Here

View our 2019 OCL Consolidated Accounts here

Nigel Harrison – Chair

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Nigel is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Yorkshire Sport Foundation, the sports charity that operates the County Sports Partnerships of West Yorkshire Sport and South Yorkshire Sport. Nigel was the first employee of West Yorkshire Sport since its inception in 2001 and has led the organisation’s growth, transition to a charitable company and alliance with South Yorkshire Sport. Over that time he has been responsible for delivering numerous national and local sports development programmes and has led the writing of various district wide and sports specific plans across the Yorkshire area. He has also led work on behalf of all England’s County Sports Partnerships.

Prior to that he held several roles with Calderdale Council including managing The Shay football ground and leading the council’s sports development team. He went to Calderdale from North Warwickshire where he managed a sports centre.

He has a BA (Hons) degree in Sport and Recreation Studies along with a Masters of Business Administration degree.

Nigel grew up in Hathershaw, attended Fitton Hill Comprehensive School and one of his first jobs was as an attendant at Oldham Sports Centre. He has lived in Royton since 2002.

He has a passion for sport regularly playing football and tennis along with recreationally running several times a week. He has completed the Oldham Half Marathon and Oldham 10k in recent years.

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 www.zahidchauhan.co.uk or follow him on Twitter @ChauhanZahid

Lesley Clegg


Lesley was one of the original Management Committee staff representatives in 2003 and with five years’ experience on the board Lesley has knowledge and commitment which proves beneficial.

As one of the original staff representatives Lesley fought hard to keep the same working conditions OCL had with Oldham Council and will continue to strive for better working environments such as new buildings and technology.

Lesley is employed as OCL’s Assistant Finance Manager dealing with the day to day running of finance. Her role is to ensure that staff and creditors are paid on time and that all income is recorded safely and accurately.

Lesley’s beliefs and commitment have not changed over the years and she believes that communication is important.

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.

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.

Sheena McDonnell

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.

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.

Tariq Rafique


Tariq is currently the Director of Oldham Race Equality Partnership. The role involves leading on race equality, community cohesion, development of strategic projects working for the betterment of the community.

Tariq has over 20 years of experience in the field of community relations and youth developmental work having started his career as a Youth Officer within Oldham.

Tariq has also been involved in community initiatives such as Governor at the Waterhead academy and member of the Abaseen Welfare Charity.

Tariq graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA Honours Degree in Social Policy.

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 info@ocll.co.uk or by writing to:

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

Page updated – April 2020

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