Caledonia Community Leisure Limited was incorporated on 16 December 1997.
It is a private company, limited by guarantee, recognised as having charitable status by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
In 2002, the company rebranded the leisure facilities amalgamating what was then Inverness Sports Centre, Aquadome and Queens Park to operate under the banner of “Inverness Leisure”. Caledonia Community Leisure Limited also trades as “Inverness Leisure”.
The company has 12 Directors referred to as Trustees who have the ultimate control of the company albeit that they delegate this to the General Manager and his team on a day-to-day basis.
The objects of the Company as outlined in its Memorandum and Articles of Association is to:
“Provide and assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupation for the local community and visitors to Inverness and the Highland area in the interest of social welfare. Such facilities being provided to the public at large save that special facilities may be provided for persons who by reason of youth, age, infirmity or disability may have need of special facilities through the operation of the leisure and recreational facilities that are now known as “Inverness Leisure”.
Or as we like to think of it - we’re here to provide you with a place to stay healthy and have fun no matter who you are or where you are from!
As well as being a fit and proper person to hold the position of Director of a company, all Trustees also undergo a Disclosure Scotland check to ensure they are suitable to work with a company that carries out substantial amounts of work with children and vulnerable adults.
The company has four categories of Trustee:
Community Business Trustee – these four Trustees are appointed following the placement of an advert within the facility and/or in the local press. The applicant must have owned and operated their own business or have held a senior position within a large organisation in order for them to be considered for the position. (These Trutees have full voting rights.)
Elected Member Trustees – these four Trustees are serving Highland Councillors and are appointed by their organisation. However, when acting as a Trustee, their corporate (company) responsiblities supersede their Councillor duties. (These Trustees have full voting rights.)
User Trustees – these four Trustees come from ‘users’ of Inverness Leisure. They are appointed thus: one from both wetside and dryside clubs operating from within Inverness Leisure; one from Inverness Leisure User Group and one further Trustee appointed from Inverness Area Sports Council. (These Trustees have full voting rights.)
Associate Advisors to the Board – at Inverness Leisure, members of staff are referred to as ‘Associates’. The Board of Trustees invites four Associate Advisors to serve for a period of three years. They are selected from Management/Supervisory levels, Clerical & Administration, Dryside Associates and Wetside Associates. (These Advisors are not classed as Trustees and therefore have no voting rights.)
Trustees serving terms 2011/12
Community Business Trustees: Mr James Cockburn, Mr William Jack, Mrs Ella MacRae (Company Chairperson), Mr Donald Somerville
Elected Member Trustees: Mrs Helen Carmichael, Mr Alan Duffy, Mr Jimmy Gray, Mr Hamish Wood (Company Vice-Chairperson)
User Trustees: Mr Denis Bell (Inverness Area Sports Council), Mr Angus Dick (Dryside Clubs), Mrs Anne Eames (Inverness Leisure User Group), Mr Rod Geddes (Wetside Clubs)
Associate Advisors to the Board: Mr Sandy Dryburgh (Dryside), Mr Thomas Skeoch (Management/Supervisory), Mrs Sarah Skinner (Clerical & Administration), Mr Rob Worthing (Wetside)