Waving goodbye to Wave Leisure managing director

The managing director of Wave Leisure, who helped set up the trust, will retire at the end of March.

Peter Crowley was previously the head of community leisure and acting director of leisure services for Lewes District Council.

This experience led Peter to the conclusion that the best future for leisure provision was a leisure trust.

Following two years of work in setting up Wave Leisure Trust, Peter had to resign from his post with the council and officially reapply for the role of managing director for Wave Leisure.

The trust was officially launched in October 2005.

He is now looking forward to sharing more of his time with his family, especially his extremely supportive and patient wife Valerie.

Peter is planning to relax on a few holidays and spend some more time participating in his other passions – swimming, table tennis and golf.

He started as a cabinet maker at the age of 15.

During his late teens, Peter volunteered in the Youth Service and was a youth leader of a youth club.

Aged 19 he took a part-time job as a pool lifeguard and swimming teacher at Cranleigh Sports Centre in Surrey to complement his strong and keen sporting interests.

Wave Leisure is responsible for running leisure centres in Lewes, Ringmer, Seaford, Peacehaven and Newhaven, on behalf of Lewes District Council.

Peter Crowley said since working at Wave Leisure amongst the achievements he was most proud of were: setting up Wave Leisure as a not for profit charitable trust; being a major employer and investor in the community, contributing towards its sustainability; saving Shakespeare Hall and continuing to provide community based programmes there; joint partnership with Saltdean Lido CIC to restore the Lido and community based initiatives such as the joint holiday programmes in each town, exercise referral programmes with local GPs, partnering with local groups such as the seniors forums, schools and small targeted groups helping the community.