The Bannatyne Group has announced the appointment of Scott Niven as its new group fitness manager to oversee the ongoing development of its health club portfolio.
Scott’s new role comes following a eight year stint managing two highly successful Bannatyne Health Club’s in Scotland; Newcraighall, and later, Dunfermline.
The 39 year-old Leisure Management graduate began his career in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and instructor, becoming one of the first instructors in Scotland to teach the hugely popular BodyCombat. Later, he moved away from teaching and into the world of management, overseeing projects in the private, corporate and public sectors, including the construction of a £1.5m leisure and sports centre in a deprived part of Edinburgh, which is still sustained through membership and pay-as-you-play payments.
Scott also spent four years as an operations manager for Nuffield Proactive Health during which time he played a pivotal role in creating the first fully holistic fitness and wellbeing facilities, which incorporated fitness, medical, dentistry and spa operations within a corporate environment. He later went on to manage the site, picking up three Fitness Leadership and Management Excellence (FLAME) awards in a row.
His new role as group fitness manager will see Scott regularly visiting all of Bannatyne Health Clubs to ensure they meet the high standards that members have come to associate with the Bannatyne brand. The health clubs are currently undergoing significant refurbishment to update the entire estate, which represents a continued commitment to providing its members with the best equipment, facilities and technology.
Scott said: “I’m incredibly pleased to be starting in my new role as group fitness manager. I have been with the Bannatyne Group for eight years now and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and achievements of my positions.
“The Bannatyne Group is constantly looking for new opportunities to improve its offering, which is where my experience of creating a holistic approach to wellbeing, which combines nutrition, relaxation and fitness, will be of great use.
“The Group is looking to the future of the industry by incorporating the latest technology and partnering up with organisations who are leading the way within their sector, such as Technogym, MYZONE and Kinetica. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to develop best practice and creating the best possible environment for our 190,000 plus members.
“My key goals as group head of fitness are to provide our membership with best possible equipment and environments, and the advice and support that they need to realise their own fitness and lifestyle ambitions.”