About us

At Vivify, we’re open to doing things differently. To doing things better.

At Vivify,

We’re open to amazing tech, when it makes human experiences better.

We’re open to breathing new life into empty spaces.

We’re open to enabling every activity and tackling loneliness.

We’re open to helping schools, colleges and community venues drive much-needed revenue.

We’re also open to working with venues of all sizes, nationwide.

In fact, we’re open to just about everything that makes life better for everyone.

Our team

We have fire in our bellies. We know our stuff.

We get out of bed each day to make a difference to local communities.

And most of all, we enjoy the ride.

It’s our people that make Vivify, Vivify.

Meet our founders

Three people with a track record of success in a wide range of ethical and respected businesses

  • Russell Teale

    Managing Director

    18 years experience working in the leisure industry in schools, gyms and other leisure businesses.
    Starting from grass-roots, progressing to senior executive positions in a multi-site consumer-facing environment with a purpose.

    Passionate about health and wellbeing in the community.

    Obsessed with delivering a world-class experience to venues, customers and colleagues.

    "Happiest when I’m in the lakes, up a mountain with the family!”

  • Alaine Swis

    Marketing Director

    15 years experience in driving sales across a variety of industries including gyms, hotels, property and events spaces.

    Specialise in transforming businesses through implementing a digital-first approach.

    Launched 5 new brands and 10 rebrands - including 11 new websites, 5 bespoke build booking engines, onboarding processes and apps.

    Dedicated to improving the customer journey, communicating stories and embracing technology.

    “Happiest when covered in mud hiking with my 3 doggies and hubby.”

  • Andy Mellor

    Finance Director

    25 years experience in multi-site, consumer-facing businesses. Grown those businesses sustainably with in-depth knowledge and experience of managing finances and cash flow.

    Passionate about customers and service, and how technology and innovation can produce a better experience for everyone and drive increased revenues and profits.

    Andy’s most recent role, before Vivify, was in the school lettings market increasing revenues for schools and becoming a lettings VAT expert.

    “Happiest when running up a mountain and spending time with his family (not both at the same time!)”

Meet the magic that makes it all happen!

These are just some of the Vivify people who have the experience and the commitment needed to keep your revenues running smoothly.

  • Richard Millman

    Non Exec Chairman

    Over 20 years of board level experience, and early career was spent at Guiness, The Coca-Cola Company and PC World Business.

    Currently works on a portfolio of Non- Executive roles, including as the Non Exec Chairman of The Protein Works, having spent the previous ten years focussing on the area of Private Equity backed business turnarounds in the Leisure Sector, most notably as the CEO of Leisure Connection (1Life) and the turnaround and subsequent management buyout of Total Fitness Health clubs.

    “Happiest when being active – cycling, running, boating, kayaking and hill walking – I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro!”

  • Jen Shuttleworth

    Head of School & Venue Partnerships

    A decade of experience working in Operations and Sales across both Leisure and Food Retail with a passionate focus for People Development.

    Thrive in a fast-paced and evolving environment with a proven record of delivering aspirational engagement, service and financial targets.

    Developed projects in Human Resources from conception to delivery with a multi-faceted aim to recognise and enhance the employee lifecycle.

    Associate CIPD Level 5. Have completed various courses including data analytics, GDPR and training. Currently studying Mental Health awareness.

    “Happiest when drinking a rhubarb gin after a scenic walk with my husband.”

  • Debbie Gallagher

    Head of Customer Experience

    18 years’ experience in the leisure industry working for David Lloyd and Virgin Active in various roles including Sales and Membership Manager and General Manager.

    Strong communicator, putting people at the forefront of everything and winning many awards.
    Managed and exceeded budgets whilst delivering the highest net growth over a 5 year period.

    “Happiest when surrounded by happy people. Christmas is my favourite time of the year and my favourite film is ELF (I have even called my puppy Buddy)”.

  • Chris Rowlands

    Business Development Manager

    20 years of experience in the leisure industry working for DW Fitness and Virgin Active, owning various fitness businesses including two time National Fitness Award winning gym Fitness4All and fitness retreats throughout Europe.

    Vast experience managing the sales and operations of community lettings programmes, having lead the openings of over 120 schools across England working with national partners to local grassroots clubs and hirer groups.

    Very passionate about health, fitness and sport - especially at a grassroots level.

    "Happiest when with my family and dog at the many beaches that I’m lucky to live close to, especially with an ice cream or two!"

Want to join our team?

We’re always looking for talented people who are up for the challenge and relish the adventure.

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