With over 30 years’ experience within the European leisure industry, Justin has certainly had a remarkable career so far. A creative and strategic thinker, his 20 years overseeing the Leisure and Spa business at Center Parcs, created the perfect journey to join The Bannatyne Group in 2007, in order to develop the company’s new Spa business. From a standing start, he successfully launched and developed The Bannatyne Spa within the national portfolio of 72 Health Clubs. At the time of his departure there were 50 Spas and 4 Hotels.
His knowledge and understanding of all areas of the business, as well as his commitment, passion and attitude towards growth, allowed Justin, as CEO of the Group, to mastermind the overhaul of Bannatyne Health Clubs, regenerating the gym design throughout the estate into an industry leading product. Justin oversaw a successful IPO Roadshow, with a company enterprise value of £350m and a book built for a £100m transaction, only to be curtailed by Brexit. Experience in Mergers and Acquisition with the purchase of 11 health clubs with a value of over £30m
In September 2019, Justin joined the largest health club operator in the Middle East, Leejam Sports Company as its CEO. Leejam is a listed health club operator since its IPO in 2018, operating 135 premium Heath Clubs throughout Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates under the Fitness Time brand. Fitness Time, continues to evolve and enlarge its impressive footprint with an aggressive expansion program.