Retirement of Howard Broad, CEx


December 6th 2021

Horizon Leisure Centres Announcement

6th December 2021

Horizon Leisure Centres announces retirement of Howard Broad, Chief Executive


Horizon Leisure Centres would like to announce that after 24-years with the charity, 13 years as Chief Executive, Howard Broad has decided to retire.

As Chief Executive, Howard has been responsible for the growth and development of Horizon Leisure Centres, a local charity responsible for managing two award-winning leisure centres in partnership with Havant Borough Council at Havant and Waterlooville.

At his farewell event attended by Trustees, colleagues and centre-based Club representatives, Howard commented: “It has been a great honour and privilege to have worked for Horizon and I am proud to have helped establish a highly successful charity that has helped improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the local community.”

He added: “I worked as an accountant for Havant Borough Council for 19-years before being seconded to help create the charity to run the two leisure centres in 1997. It was such an exciting opportunity that I became the first employee to switch to the charity. After 43-years of public service it is the right time for me to retire and spend some quality time with my family and friends and pursue the many interests I have outside work including my 20-year reign as Chairman of Denmead Football Club. It is also the right time for a new Chief Executive to join Horizon at an exciting time of transformation and to help continue to take the charity forward. I would like to wish the Trustees and the Horizon Team good luck and much success for the future”

Horizon Chairman Phil Jones said: “Over the past 24-years, Howard has made an exceptional contribution to the success and development of Horizon Leisure Centres. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to thank him for all he has achieved in his time as Chief Executive.”

Alan Mak MP for Havant said “I wish to thank Howard for his hard work and commitment to Horizon Leisure Centres and our community. The leisure centres are a great asset to our community and they have flourished under Howard’s leadership and I know he will be missed by customers and colleagues alike”.

Prior to the global pandemic, Horizon’s usage doubled from 600K to 1.2M visitors and employment increased from under 100 to 240 to become one of the top 20 employers in the Borough of Havant. During Howard’s time at the helm, Horizon has delivered some major capital improvements to the centres providing consistent growth to benefit the local community. This meant that Horizon, unlike many other similar organisations, was able to emerge from the pandemic in the best shape possible.

Looking ahead, Horizon is now working on further expansion plans enhancing its offer to the communities it serves. It is therefore an exciting time for everyone associated with Horizon.

Recruitment for Howard’s replacement is underway. Peter Lewis, a Trustee, has taken up the position of interim Chief Executive until Howard’s successor is appointed, which is likely to be in the New Year.

From left, Horizon Chairman, Phil Jones and retiring Chief Executive, Howard Broad.