Who we are
Enable Leisure and Culture (company number 9487276) is a not for profit social enterprise established in October 2015 to manage leisure, sports, arts and cultural services for Wandsworth Council. We’re an organisation committed to ‘doing things differently’, putting health, wellbeing and community at the centre of everything we do.
At Enable Leisure & Culture we believe everyone can live a healthier, happier life through leisure and cultural activities. We’re an organisation currently applying for charitable status and delivering leisure and culture services on behalf of Wandsworth Council. We aim to enrich lives and strengthen communities through leisure and culture.
We’re passionate about what we do and have the experience and knowledge, to deliver innovative leisure and cultural services. We have a genuine desire and integrity to make a difference in people’s lives, through our commitment, our collaborative partnerships, our responsiveness to demand and our flexibility and all delivered at a cost with our core users in mind.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR)
Enable Leisure and Culture is committed to corporate social responsibility, addressing the ethics of our activities and business sustainability. We recognise that our organisation’s activities impact on society, the environment and the economy.
We focus on the rights and wellbeing of our employees and other workers, as well as attempting to maximise the positive impact of our activities on the community.
We already work closely with schools and community organisations in Wandsworth to encourage and support accessible and affordable sports, leisure and cultural activities, contributing the health and wellbeing of local people.
Managing Director, Paul McCue was born and raised in Wombwell, near Barnsley, Yorkshire. He went to junior school and grammar school in Yorkshire, before moving to leafy Surrey and continued his secondary school education there. At the University of Birmingham Paul achieved an honours degree in International Studies. He took post-graduate professional qualifications in training and development and in personnel management. He started work young – at 15 years and three months he was a part-time local authority lifeguard. Paul lists his outside interests as travel, rowing, photography and international relations, as well as local and military history. Paul lives with his wife and daughter in Surrey.
A recent addition to Enable, Corinne Bawn, Executive Director, Finance, was born in Essex and moved to London at 6 years old. After leaving school, she tried her hand at a wide range of careers including hairdressing, and care in the community. Corinne’s love of finance was finally discovered during a Pitman’s Book-keeping and Accounts course when she realised her need to have an answer to every question was finally going to be satisfied – much to the relief of those who knew her. She went on to study towards the Association of Accounting Technicians and to then finally become fully qualified with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Along side her studies, she benefited from gaining some solid experience at Ernst & Young LLP before moving to the SME sector to further her skills in different industries. Corinne lives with her husband and ginger tom in Surrey. Her main hobby is jogging, since 2009 Corinne has completed two marathons and countless half marathons. An avid fan of horror movies, she also likes to read a good thriller. When not scaring herself to death, she loves having long walks in the country with her husband to spot wildlife.
Ideas-man Jack Adam, Executive Director Culture, Events & Filming was born in Birkenhead and raised in Buckinghamshire and Oxford. He attended St Edward’s School, Oxford, followed by the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from 1986 to 1987. Sandhurst training covers military, practical and academic subjects, which is described as “mentally and physically demanding”. Following Sandhurst, Jack was commissioned as an Officer in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, where he served for eight years, including tours of Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Kenya. Then, in 1995, Jack joined Wandsworth, starting out as the events manager and becoming head of service in 2003. Jack’s outside interests are skiing and photography, and he lives a stone’s throw from Battersea Park with his partner.
Enable’s Head of Putney School of Art and Design Charlie Catling spent his first two years of life in Nicosia, Cyprus, before being brought up in Oxford until 1976. He was educated at St Edwards School – the same one as Jack, albeit at different times. His BA in English Literature and MA in Theatre Studies stood him in good stead for his future career: working at the Metropolitan Centre Theatre in Boston, USA, and the Almeida and Tricycle Theatres in London. Before being appointed as head of Putney School of Art and Design, Charlie led the arts team, long before the days when they were based in Battersea Park. Naturally, his interests include Greek culture, the arts and travel, as well and food and drink. Charlie’s married with three children and lives in Kent.
Needless to say, sport and leisure dominates Executive Director, Parks and Leisure, Simon Ingyon‘s education and career. Born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, Simon has a degree in Leisure Management and Recreational Studies and had since achieved a Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston University. Simon knows his councils, having worked at Mole Valley District Council and then Surrey County Council, where he established the Surrey Youth Games and Active Surrey. He joined Wandsworth in 2001. He is responsible for sports facilities, sports development and physical activity, parks, trees, allotments and bereavement services. Simon is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity and a corporate member of Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association. The king of blood donations, Simon has made 30 donations “and counting!” and, when not giving blood, the dad-of two enjoys cycling, having taken part in the London to Brighton 2014 cycle ride.
Board of trustees
Enable’s Board of Trustees were appointed on a shadow basis, which commenced operating with effect from 1 July 2015. It was formally constituted by 1 October 2015. The Board meet four times a year. Our Board members are:
Clare is a Battersea resident and a retired architect. She is chair of the Friends of Putney School of Art and Design and is the first Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Chris is a Putney resident, qualified in law, and an Olympic medal-winning rower. Chris serves on a number of other bodies, largely concerned with sport.
Clare a qualified teacher who lives in Southfields, and who is a director in the media, marketing and sales industry.
Mirella is an Executive Director in the finance industry, lives in Battersea.
Mark is a procurement professional for a local authority and lives in Kent.
Emmalina is a human resources consultant, GB representative sports woman, and lives in Shepherd’s Bush.
Chris was nominated by Enable staff to be the Board’s staff trustee, Chris is a qualified sports professional from Wandsworth.