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Established in September 2007, Howard Tolley - Just Solutions Leisure Consultants working in association with Sara Green - Butlin Consulting, are Wales based businesses providing a unique UK wide portfolio of experience. Their work is conducted entirely in person by the principal consultants.

In over 8 years working as self employed consultants Just Solutions and Butlin Consulting have successfully delivered over 200 consultancy service contracts.

The service they provide to their clients is independent and objective utilising a range of skills drawn from many years of pertinent experience. This has included facility development and senior management experience, visionary thinking, ideas and solutions facilitation, critical analysis, effective communications and people management. 
The consultants' expertise is underpinned by successful careers including:
  • Local Authority work at directorate level including management of 'imports' at Heathrow, London as well as Theatres, Museums, Arts, Libraries and Leisure
  • Heading up and leading public sports policy in Government and Sports Councils
  • Developing sport at a national level in Governing Bodies of Sport
  • Developing sport in a voluntary capacity within and through sports clubs
  • Creating and managing national grants programmes as well as successfully applying for grants
  • Teaching and lecturing in schools, further and higher education
  • Preparation of design briefs for the development of the Wales National Pool, Wales National Velodrome, National Indoor Athletics Centre, Sophia Gardens Indoor Cricket Centre, the Liberty Stadium (Swansea), WRU National Training Centre
  • Management of a diverse range of sports facilities including national and regional facilities in Wales and England

Howard Tolley, Company Director
  • 35 years senior public sector management experience
  • Nearly 10 years’ commercial practice
  • Leisure management roles in Suffolk, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, London and south Wales
  • Director in 4 Authorities in England and Wales - Assistant Director and Director positions in Mansfield District Council; Spelthorne Borough Council, West London and Newport Borough Council - including management experience of Leisure and the Arts; Play Services; Parks and Playing Fields; Library and Museum Services; Historic Buildings - restoration and management; Countryside and Outdoor Education; 'Imports' at Heathrow
  • Director Sports Council - specialising in facilities development
  • Manager of the Lottery fund for 10 years, which included delivery of over 400 facilities and 7 national centres

Sara Green, Business Partner
  • Over 35 year’s leisure experience: teaching and lecturing; strategic management as well as serving as a volunteer club secretary and treasurer
  • National Governing Body of Sport Officer - Amateur Swimming Association
  • Sports Facilities and Activities Manager
  • Sports Council Policy Officer and Senior Regional Manager Durham and London
  • Director at Sport Wales – responsible for setting up the Lottery Fund for Wales in 1994 and distributing over £60m in grants
  • Welsh Assembly Government Head of Sports Policy

Just Solutions Associates
Just Solutions embrace a team of highly experienced consultants with a wide variety of specialist backgrounds. Together, the company provides an unparalleled level of knowledge and experience across the cultural, leisure, health, education and research sectors in Wales and the UK.


Joanne Martin

  • Owner and Principle Consultant at My Leisure Consultant

  • Senior executive with 20 successful years, and a diverse breadth of knowledge, in the leisure industry, working across a range of sectors that included sports club management, blue chip client account management for a 5* golf resort and conference venue and more recently as the Sales, Marketing and Business Development Director for Parkwood Leisure, a private leisure business working with a range of Local Authority clients and leisure consultants. 

  • Joanne started her career as a Sports Development Manager, after which she became the Special Events Manager for the luxurious and high profile Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales 

  • Joanne joined Parkwood Leisure in 2009 as the Assistant Regional Director for the South West where she was responsible for 20 varied, leisure and culture facilities and a combined turnover of £18m.  During this time Joanne led for the commissioning of a new flagship £30m PFI leisure Centre in Bristol, working alongside design and construction teams during the build to launch the new centre.  

  • Joanne has led on multiple research projects to identify business growth opportunities (such as theatres, libraries, the education sector, dance, child care services, amongst others), to select new markets and then successfully lead change internally, to support these new business units.  This work secured management contracts for, amongst others, the Playhouse theatre in Weston-super-Mare, and the Hawth Theatre in Crawley.    

  • Joanne is able to draw on her commercial experience and understanding of the wider leisure and culture sector to offer guidance and support on:
    • sports development; events and project management; 
    • business development, outsourcing of local authority services and public procurement processes;
    • new Leisure Centre design and commissioning; 
    • composition of, and critiquing new business models for an array of new facilities and services to include best value contracts, leisure and theatre models, destination venues, and more complex Design, Build, Operate, Maintain (DBOM) proposals.
    • sales and marketing strategies using insight intelligence to drive cross platform marketing campaigns and delivery of commercial growth across a range of product and service offerings such as health and fitness, retail and swimming.  
    • stakeholder engagement and service reviews to better understand business performance, and identify areas for development and growth. 

  • Joanne has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics; is NEBOSH qualified with Distinction; holds a PRINCE2 Project Management Certificate; is a certified National Pool Plant Operator; is also studying for AAT Level 2 and 3 Accountancy qualifications.

John Lord

John Lord, Director  yellow book ltd is an economic development and regeneration professional with senior level experience as practitioner and consultant.

John played a key role in the creation of Scottish Enterprise (SE), a national development agency and was chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire before being promoted to the post of SE strategy director, where he was responsible for performance management, research and evaluation.

John led the research report study team to produce a strategy for Sheffield’s pioneering cultural quarter, and the City of Imagination report analysed Canterbury’s cultural offer and developed proposals for placemaking in the historic city.

John has also contributed a series of illustrated essays on English cities - including Bradford, published in Urban Realm magazine.

An active member of the Academy of Urbanism and an assessor for the Academy’s Great Places awards, John contributes to the University of Glasgow’s Masters Regenerating Cities programme and is a regular keynote speaker at events and conferences. He is a member of the Historic England Urban Panel and Associate of the Glasgow Urban Lab.

Specialties: Fine-grained small area analysis; extensive portfolio of economic, labour market, demographic and other research studies. Community and stakeholder engagement; strategic and operational commissions in various towns and cities. Specialist interests include the geography of the knowledge economy and creative/cultural industries.

Alan Watkin

Former Chief Officer for Libraries, Leisure and Culture until 2011 and member of the CyMAL Advisory Board; WLGA advisor on culture, sport and libraries; Board member – Sports Council of Wales; Executive Committee Member – UK Sports Museums; Wrexham F.C. Board Director; Wales Arts Review 2006 – Ministerial Review Panel.  Currently Board member: Arts Council Wales;  Welsh Books Council / English Language Panel.

Hazel Hawarden

A qualified museum professional with 30 years’ experience in the culture and heritage sector. Formerly Culture and Heritage Manager for Wrexham County Borough Council – head of the largest museums services in North East Wales.

Dr Kevin Mason

Recently retired as Director of the Bodelwyddan Castle Trust - a major tourist attraction in north Wales, managing the historic site, including 260 acres of historic parkland and the creation of reproduction First World War trenches in the park. Previously working in local authority museums in Wales and for the Council of Museums in Wales. Assessor to the Irish Heritage Council’s Museums Standards Programme and former member of the UK Museums Accreditation Committee, the Heritage Lottery Fund Wales Panel, the Museums Association Council, the Association of Independent Museums Council, and the CyMAL Advisory Board.

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