Who we are
Enable Leisure and Culture is a not-for-profit organisation, company no. 09487276, and registered with the Charity Commission (no. 1172345). We provide leisure and cultural services for the benefit of local communities, and as an organisation, we are committed to ‘doing things differently’, putting health, wellbeing and community at the centre of everything we do.
We believe everyone can live a healthier, happier life through leisure and cultural activities. We’re passionate about what we do and have the experience and knowledge, to deliver innovative leisure and cultural services.
Our aim is to enrich lives and strengthen communities through leisure and culture.
Commitment – Innovation – Collaboration – Knowledge
We have a genuine desire and integrity to make a difference in people’s lives, through our commitment to the communities we work with, our innovative ways to develop in an ever changing environment, our collaborative partnerships, and our in-depth knowledge across all areas of our work.
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.
Ian Mitchell, Managing Director
Ian was born and raised in Bromley, south London and then moved on to spend some time in Essex, Buckinghamshire and Kent. He has worked in and around London for the last 25 years, leading several charitable organisations within the Leisure, health and cultural sector. During his career he has been fortunate to take his passion for community wellbeing and engagement over to Europe and further afield.
He joined Enable Leisure & Culture in 2018 to support the organisation to improve and enrich Wandsworth lives, something he is very passionate about and which gets him out of bed in the morning! He is passionate about the Wandsworth area and feels very privileged to be working alongside such enthusiastic and dedicated people in the borough.
Ian is a proud father of four amazing children and grandfather of two energetic boys! As you can imagine that keeps him very busy when not in the office.
Corinne Bawn, Finance Director, was born in Essex and moved to London at age 6. 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’s main hobby is jogging and since 2009 has completed two marathons and countless half marathons.
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.
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.
Wandsworth born and bred, Jo Bewley is enable’s hr director, working closely with the other directors. CIPD qualified, she is responsible for all aspects of hr, supporting the business with the help of her team. Jo is a fan of using plain English when writing and speaking, and doesn’t like jargon, which stems from her enjoyment of the English language and the early years of her career in publicity and marketing.
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 local 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 the borough, 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.
Guy is a Southfields resident and Councillor, and is the local authority representative on the Board.