About us

At Vivify we believe nothing is more important than people’s health and happiness. We want to inspire people everywhere to get the most out of life, bring communities together and to help schools do more.

Unlocking the power of human connection

If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that life is better when it’s spent together. It improves mental and physical wellbeing, boosts confidence and leads to a more positive outlook in life.

That’s why we started Vivify. Our easy to use booking system makes it easy for people to find local spaces to get together, whilst also helping to provide much needed funding to schools.

Vivify is made up of a group of people who care deeply about the schools and communities they represent and are backed by long-term investors who are committed to growing the Vivify brand and improving people’s wellbeing.

Find out more about the team below.

Meet the team

  • Russell Teale

    Managing Director

    18 years experience working in the leisure industry in schools, gyms and other leisure businesses.
    Starting from grass-roots, progressing to senior executive positions in a multi-site consumer-facing environment with a purpose.

    Passionate about health and wellbeing in the community.

    Obsessed with delivering a world-class experience to venues, customers and colleagues.

    "Happiest when I’m in the lakes, up a mountain with the family!”

  • Alaine Swis

    Marketing Director

    15 years experience in driving sales across a variety of industries including gyms, hotels, property and events spaces.

    Specialise in transforming businesses through implementing a digital-first approach.

    Launched 5 new brands and 10 rebrands - including 11 new websites, 5 bespoke build booking engines, onboarding processes and apps.

    Dedicated to improving the customer journey, communicating stories and embracing technology.

    “Happiest when covered in mud hiking with my 3 doggies and hubby.”

  • Andy Mellor

    Finance Director

    25 years experience in multi-site, consumer-facing businesses. Grown those businesses sustainably with in-depth knowledge and experience of managing finances and cash flow.

    Passionate about customers and service, and how technology and innovation can produce a better experience for everyone and drive increased revenues and profits.

    Andy’s most recent role, before Vivify, was in the school lettings market increasing revenues for schools and becoming a lettings VAT expert.

    “Happiest when running up a mountain and spending time with his family (not both at the same time!)”

  • Richard Millman

    Non Exec Chairman

    Over 20 years of board level experience, and early career was spent at Guiness, The Coca-Cola Company and PC World Business.

    Currently works on a portfolio of Non- Executive roles, including as the Non Exec Chairman of The Protein Works, having spent the previous ten years focussing on the area of Private Equity backed business turnarounds in the Leisure Sector, most notably as the CEO of Leisure Connection (1Life) and the turnaround and subsequent management buyout of Total Fitness Health clubs.

    “Happiest when being active – cycling, running, boating, kayaking and hill walking – I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!”

  • Chris Rowlands

    Business Development Manager

    20 years of experience in the leisure industry working for DW Fitness and Virgin Active, owning various fitness businesses including two time National Fitness Award winning gym Fitness4All and fitness retreats throughout Europe.

    Vast experience managing the sales and operations of community lettings programmes, having lead the openings of over 120 schools across England working with national partners to local grassroots clubs and hirer groups.

    Very passionate about health, fitness and sport - especially at a grassroots level.

    "Happiest when with my family and dog at the many beaches that I’m lucky to live close to, especially with an ice cream or two!"

  • Darriel Booth

    Customer Service Executive

    I've worked in the leisure industry for over 10 years across a range of customer-facing roles.

    Before joining Vivify, I was busy managing school sites so I have a breadth of knowledge when it comes to hiring out school facilities.

    I’m passionate about ensuring our hirers and schools have the best experience and I'm always ready at the end of the phone to help, no matter the question!

    "Happiest when I'm running around after my little man and spending time with my family!"

  • Debbie Gallagher

    Head of Customer Experience

    18 years experience in the leisure industry working for David Lloyd and Virgin Active in various roles including Sales and Membership Manager and General Manager.

    Strong communicator, putting people at the forefront of everything and winning many awards.
    Managed and exceeded budgets whilst delivering the highest net growth over a 5 year period.

    “Happiest when surrounded by happy people. Christmas is my favourite time of the year and my favourite film is ELF (I have even called my puppy Buddy)”

  • Élise Tanner

    Regional Operations Manager

    Élise joins Vivify with three years' School Lettings experience. Having a degree from The University of Oxford in Arabic, Élise's love of languages translates to a warm, respectful and open demeanour.

    Combined with a prior career using data to drive improvement within healthcare organisations, Élise is adept at getting to know each School to maximise their impact. Élise is an experienced operations manager, with a methodical, efficient and meticulous approach.

    Passionate about the power of community, Élise is a volunteer for local Community Action Groups.

    "Happiest when exploring the British countryside with my family and dog!"

  • Jen Shuttleworth

    Head of People & Culture

    A decade of experience working in Operations and Sales across both Leisure and Food Retail with a passionate focus for People Development.

    Thrive in a fast-paced and evolving environment with a proven record of delivering aspirational engagement, service and financial targets.

    Developed projects in Human Resources from conception to delivery with a multi-faceted aim to recognise and enhance the employee lifecycle.

    Associate CIPD Level 5. Have completed various courses including data analytics, GDPR and training. Currently studying Mental Health awareness.

    “Happiest when drinking a rhubarb gin after a scenic walk with my husband.”

  • Leigh Edmondson

    Customer Service Advisor

    My career has always been focused on people and providing the best experience for customers. Based in Manchester, I’ve worked in a range of industries and roles across the city, from retail right through to dental nursing.

    I’m passionate about building great relationships and putting people at the heart of everything I do.

    "Happiest when exploring new places and spending time with my partner and family, or when it’s Halloween and finally time to binge-watch Tim Burton movies!"

  • Rob Aitken

    Head of School Partnerships

    A qualified teacher and academy trustee with a decade of experience supporting schools in the use of innovative technologies and services.

    Understands the priorities of schools and how that can place specific challenges on change management or technology implementation.

    Passionate about the wellbeing of students and staff and the quality of education: determined to put schools first and help to place them at the centre of their community.

    "Happiest when with my family in the park or at the beach; or miles away from them on my road-bike!"

  • Wayne Hibbert

    Customer Service Advisor

    I have worked in the sports and leisure industry for most of my career. This experience has given me a wealth of knowledge and understanding in how to provide customers and our partners with the best possible experience.

    My mission at Vivify is to ensure our hirers can get back to the activities they love.

    "I'm at my happiest when spending time with my lovely wife, doing the most upmost random outings and going to Jamaica!"

  • Amy Barwell

    Head of Operations

    Amy has over 18 years experience working within the leisure industry, of which 6 years has been within the leisure division of Europe’s biggest sports retailer at Regional Management leisure.

    She thrives on driving the highest Operational standards, alongside delivering exceptional customer service.

    Amy has managed community lettings on a local and regional level, leading a team of 7 managers to success both operationally and commercially.

    "Happiest when spending time in the sunshine with friend and family!"

  • Chris Whitehead

    School Partnerships Executive

    Over 20 years of experience working in service and sales, including 12 years helping to deliver industry leading retention sales for O2 Telefonica UK.

    Prior to Vivify I worked as a Senior Works Coordinator, ensuring effective communication, and coordination between all levels of the business, from customers and all company operations to Government Inspectors and reporting directly to the Managing Director.

    I’m passionate about delivering on promises both to customers and the business, I believe this builds trust and respect which is the cornerstone of any relationship.

    "Happiest when I’m with family and friends, it’s the simplest yet greatest feeling spending time with people you love."

  • Daisy Scullion

    Digital Marketing Executive

    Working in digital marketing over the years, I have developed a passion for creative writing and design. Throughout my working life I have always been in customer facing roles ensuring their needs are heard and their stories are told.

    I am passionate about working with people who want to make a positive impact on society and helping bring communities together.

    "Happiest when travelling to new places and eating good food, Thailand’s being my favourite for both so far! The 50p beers don’t hurt either."

  • Matty Lee

    Regional Operations Manager

    18 years with experience working with in the fitness industry. Working for companies such as LA Fitness, Sports Direct Fitness and most recently Everlast Fitness Clubs.

    Has worked all over the UK & Northern Ireland opening new sites, impacting underperforming sites and managing sites.

    Passionate about making a difference.

    "Happiest when out on the bank fishing or having a boys day with my nephew."

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