About Us

a group of women in a Horizon gym

Inspiring Healthier, Happier Communities

Horizon is passionate about the link between active lifestyles and maintaining good physical and mental wellbeing and, because of this, we aim to provide facilities and activities that are accessible to all, with one simple goal: to make life better. We are committed to keeping prices low and to provide funding to encourage people to move more every day.

About Horizon Leisure Centres

Horizon is a charity that operates Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, Horizon Guildford and Horizon Wellbeing Hub. Horizon’s aim is to connect our communities with physical activity. Our facilities are dedicated to providing a wide range of sporting, leisure and wellbeing opportunities for the communities we serve. Any profitable surplus is reinvested into the facilities to maintain standards, meet customer demands and improve the customer experience.

Horizon Board Of Trustees

Meet Our Board Of Trustees

Phil Jones

Phil Jones OBE

Phil is the Chairman of Horizon. He joined the Board in 2006. He left government service with the Ministry of Defence in 2018 and is now a semi-retired security consultant. Phil and his family have a long-standing connection with Horizon, where his wife, children and now grandchildren enjoy the wide range of great facilities on offer. He is passionate about the importance of promoting understanding of the benefits of active lifestyles and enhancing Horizon’s already strong reputation for what and how it delivers in the communities it serves.

Peter Lewis

Following a long career in the Royal Navy, my retirement from full time work has given an opportunity to contribute to something that I strongly believe makes a very positive impact on health and wellbeing in the community. Horizon does exactly that and I have now been a Trustee for 4 years.

From junior sailor to helicopter aircrew to captain of warships, my varied life in the military has provided me a broad range of skills and experience that I can translate to the role of a Trustee.

Perhaps above all, I have learned that it is the people in any successful organisation that matter most of all and therefore it is a pleasure to get to know and work with excellent team at Horizon.     

My four grandchildren and Victorian house and garden keep me busy and I play squash, tennis, cycle and use the Horizon gyms regularly.  Although I have travelled the world for most of my life, there are still places on our “bucket list” that my wife and I plan to visit in the next few years..

Sara Gohl

I have been a Trustee and the Director lead for Business and Community Development since October 2021. I came onboard at a time of great change as Horizon embark on their transformation project going from good to great.

My background is in housing and property both in the social and private sectors as well as being a Compliance specialist. I am a Company Director for a local business as well as running my own Consultancy Company. My skills are diverse and compliment the already strong Board.

I am passionate about health, wellbeing and fitness. I’ve been a member of Horizon for 13 years and have been on my own personal rehabilitation and wellbeing journey within that time. I am a charity advocate, campaigner and fundraiser and when I get the time I love to travel and go on adventures.

The role of Trustee is so rewarding and I’m committed to making Horizon Leisure the best health and wellbeing provider for our community. Wellbeing is for everyone, and health and location should not discriminate. I am passionate about developing dynamic partnerships across the South to make the future even brighter and accessible to all.

To me there is nothing more rewarding than taking an active role within our community and making a real difference.

Jason Crouch

Jason is Lead Director for IT and Chairman of the Trading Company, having joined the board in 2012. Initially an Engineer but with a long career and broad experience extending to Project Management and Business Change/Transformation consultancy in Information Systems and Service Integration, In/Outsourcing and Managed IT, Telecoms & Network Services, Business & Supplier Management. He has also served on the Board of the Southern Co-op. Jason and his family have been using the Horizon Facilities for 40 years since moving to the area. He is an evangelist for continuous improvement and innovation. He is keen to extend Horizon’s reputation for service and its relationship with the community it serves.

Peter Mellor

Bob Hedley

I have been a Trustee since January 2023. Recently retired I found myself with some time on my hands and a feeling that I had experience that I could still put to good use. The Trustee role at Horizon Leisure Trust, whose objective is to promote health and wellbeing within the community, provides me with that opportunity.

 I had a wide and varied career in engineering design and management and later in project management, including living and working abroad. Later on I ran my own small company involved in building development and refurbishment and also residential lettings.

 I enjoy my active leisure with interests in travel, enjoying new cultures and cuisines, languages, hiking and motorcycling. Often all combined into the latest adventure.

 I value my Horizon gym membership and try to go every week, sometimes several times. This helps me with my fitness and keeping weight under control, but also a chance to meet with Horizon customers and employees and to hear what you all think of the organisation. If you see me around feel free to come and say Hello.

 Horizon Leisure have ambitions to grow and develop new services and facilities to broaden their reach into the local communities that we serve. This gives me the opportunity to support the Horizons management team with my project management experience in helping them to shape and deliver the projects that will deliver our new horizons.

Gillian Foster

I have been a Trustee since June 2023. Following my retirement in April I wanted to find something to give back to the community. Having been a member of the gym for the last 18 months predominately using Waterlooville, it seemed a no brainer to get involved and be part of this Charity, which works tirelessly to give opportunities to the Community and their wellbeing.

My background is very much Administration following jobs over the years for Local Council, Banks and Schools, working within the community and dealing with the public at the forefront. I have come onboard as a Trustee at a time of great change within Horizon as they prepare to embark on their transformation project, going forward giving both members and the community something great to look forward to. I hope to be able to be there for both the staff and members whilst this is happening.

I am still very much learning about the role of Trustee but I am committed to becoming involved and making Horizon Leisure the best health and wellbeing provider within our Community. Wellbeing is for there everyone.

Juliet Bowskill

I joined Horizon as a Trustee in January 2024. I came onboard after becoming a member of the Horizon Active Play scheme in September 2023, following financial difficulties when I stopped working as a trainer for an International airline to become a full time parent carer.

I previously worked in aviation for 12 years delivering a range of learning and developmental courses across the airline’s workforce, including inducting new staff to the business. I was a crew training specialist in cabin safety security and Human Factors.

I am a mother of two children who attend local schools as well as being a champion for SEND children through my own parenting experiences.

I have a burning passion to make a difference for our neurodivergent community. I am so excited and proud to be a part of Horizons already strong reputation for inclusion.

  • Phil Jones

  • Peter Lewis

  • Sara Gohl

  • Jason Crouch

  • Peter Mellor

  • Bob Hedley

  • Gillian Foster

  • Juliet Bowskill

Our Award Winning Leisure Centres

Recognised as the Gym of the Year for 5 years, as voted by the public in The News, Horizon take immense pride in our award winning facilities.

We’re accredited with the prestigious Quest Award. This is the leisure industry’s independent check on the safety and quality of the service provided. Quest is awarded following the leisure centres successfully satisfying many different criteria, all which are designed to improve operating standards and the customer experience.


Horizon Guildford

Horizon Guildford is your new premium-feel health and fitness hub for the whole family.

Located in the leafy and tranquil suburbs of Merrow, Horizon Guildford is the place to make healthy and happier lifestyle choices a priority. We offer affordable membership options, and every penny we make gets reinvested into improving our facilities and services for the community. Facilities include; the finest gym with high-end equipment, a swimming pool, a spa (sauna and steam room), and personal training.

Horizon Havant Facilities
  • A large, modern gym which opened in 2014 and has won multiple ‘Gym of the Year’ awards (2015, 2017 and 2020)
  • State-of-the-art cardiovascular exercise machines and great selection of free-weights and resistant machines
  • Staffed by trained gym instructors. Personal trainers available as optional extra
  • Toning Table Studio with power assisted Shapemaster toning tables
  • Two heated indoor swimming pools, fully equiped changing rooms, pool hoist and pool viewing area
  • Spacious studios for various group exercise activities
  • Large sports hall with multi-purpose indoor sports courts
  • The largest soft play area in the South of England!
  • On-site café serving a wide range of food and drinks
  • Supervised childcare services for parents using the facilities
Activities at Horizon Havant

Horizon Havant offers a comprehensive range of facilities that cater to all your fitness and leisure needs. Whether you’re looking to swim, hit the gym, join group classes, or play in the largest soft play area in the South of England, we have it all under one roof.

Horizon Waterlooville Facilities
  • A modern, naturally lit, 3 storey gym, winner of multiple ‘Gym of the Year’ awards (2016 and 2019)
  • Wide range of state-of-the-art equipment, including cardiovascular exercise machines, free-weights and resistant machines
  • Staffed by trained gym instructors. Personal trainers available as optional extra
  • Two heated indoor swimming pools with tiered seating area for 300 spectators
  • Spacious studios for various group exercise activities
  • On-site café serving a wide range of food and drinks
  • Supervised childcare services for parents using the facilities
Activities at Horizon Waterlooville

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, state-of-the-art amenities, and a team of dedicated professionals, we are committed to helping you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Horizon Leisure Impact Report

Discover the remarkable outcomes of our initiatives, projects, and community efforts in our latest Impact Report.

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