Xn Leisure appoints Penny Southwood as its new Managing Director

Xn Leisure appoints Penny Southwood as its new Managing Director

Xn Leisure is delighted to welcome Penny Southwood as its new Managing Director, succeeding David Harris, who has stepped down after four years. She will be at the helm of spearheading Xn Leisure’s full-service offering and strengthening its continued presence in the leisure industry.

Penny joins with a strong background in management, having headed up large-scale teams across the UK and North America. In her most recent role as Head of Operations at The Retention People (TRP) – also under the Jonas Group umbrella – she developed valuable business strategies to improve overall performance.

Throughout an impressive leisure career spanning two decades, Penny has spent time as Partnership Manager for Halo Leisure and Group Business Development Manager for Hereford Housing Association. She gained an MBA in Business at the University of Worcester in 2014. She currently sits as a Trustee for a local Regeneration Charity in Herefordshire.

Over her professional life, she has accrued a wealth of commercial and charity experience, fronting initiatives such as the Halo Sports Foundation – a scheme funding aspiring athletes across Herefordshire and Bridgend, with former Welsh rugby union player, Rob Howley, and Paralympian, Sasha Kindred, as its patrons.

Penny’s passion for the leisure industry began in design, where she developed commercial designs for health clubs across the UK. She is a strong advocate of active lifestyles, subscribing to the ethos of exercise as ‘a remedy that would be on prescription, if it were available in pill form.’ In her spare time, Penny teaches spinning and Bodybalance.

Penny said: “Xn Leisure has a great deal to offer and I’m delighted to be leading it in its next phase of growth. We’re at a pivotal point in time for the leisure industry, which is evolving at breakneck speed and Xn Leisure remains on the front foot of this development.

“I’m hugely passionate about Xn Leisure’s full solution package on both the customer and business side. Xn Leisure’s software generates commercial data which can be used by leisure operators around the country to meet their member’s needs.”

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