The Bannatyne Group, which has its head office in Darlington, has welcomed a new member to its senior leadership team as head of fitness.

Hugh Hanley, 40, joins the Group bringing with him a wealth of experience.  He studied sports and leisure management at Dublin University and spent several years as an advanced personal trainer at both personal training studios and commercial health clubs  before joining Virgin Active, where he, over the last eight years, progressed to head of personal training and fitness.

Bannatyne health clubs pride themselves on offering members the latest in fitness trends, including partnerships with Speedflex and Hatton Boxing.

Hugh said: “I am delighted to have joined the Bannatyne Group. The management team has a very similar ethos to me, and we will be working together to provide members with an overall offering that is far more about health and wellbeing and a holistic approach than just straight forward fitness.

“The fitness sector is constantly evolving, and it is important that health clubs move with the changing landscape.

“My role is to develop our fitness, personal training and group exercise offering and work with the instructors and trainers to ensure they develop and grow to enable them to help our members achieve their fitness goals.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of visiting more than 70 health clubs and meeting the hundreds of personal trainers and instructors across the Group!”