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Our directors and consultants have the skills, experience and knowledge to make a real difference for clients in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Our team is at the forefront of those continuing to investigate the social, economic and community benefits of sport and leisure provision.

We have supported clients from high level over-arching leisure strategies, through to centre feasibility studies. We have worked with clients to develop indoor and outdoor leisure facility strategies and advise on the best delivery and management options.

Mark Steward

Managing Director of Max Associates, Mark has over 19 years’ experience of public sector management and service delivery.
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Lisa Forsyth

Lisa has been working in the local authority leisure industry for 20 years; working as a consultant for the previous 10 years.
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Kirsty Winders

Kirsty has extensive experience in producing financial and written proposals for the management of leisure and cultural facilities.
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Nicky Turnbull

Nicky has a background in public relations, marketing and research, and now supports the Max Associates team.
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Richard Millard

Richard is an experienced sport and leisure management director with a public, private sector and third sector background.
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Ella Munro

Ella has a strong research background in the social sciences and experience working with non-profit and community-led initiatives.
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Sarah Gilvey

Sarah has over 10 years’ experience as a Finance Manager and manages the accounts and payroll for Max Associates.
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Team Testimonials

“The level of detail in the financial analysis was impressive. The report has been taken forward to decision-makers and is regarded as a solid piece of work upon which implementation of leisure developments may be based. Lisa and her colleagues remained flexible, approachable and highly committed to the project throughout. I would recommend Max’s services to any other council looking for delivery of similar projects.”

Michael Walker
Trafford Council

“I would highly recommend Max Associates for their technical knowledge, structured approach and more importantly, their ability to successfully engage with a wide range of stakeholders. Lisa demonstrated an excellent understanding of the political context and was able to provide a flexible approach to inspire confidence and deliver results.”

Claire Walker
Middlesbrough Council

“Following the successful completion of Southampton City Councils’ Sport and Recreation Partnerships Project, I would like to formally offer my sincere thanks to Mark and Lisa. Their support (and at times patience) was excellent and I really have enjoyed working with such a professional organisation. On behalf of Southampton City Council, thank you for al your hard work, expertise and experience you brought to the project.”

Jayne Ludden
Sport and Recreation Manager
Southampton City Council

“The quality and level of project management provided by Lisa was first class in every aspect. Lisa ensured the project progressed efficiently whilst at the same time covered all issues. Her management and organisational skills resulted in a very successful project excercise and her excellent communication skills coupled with her knowledge provided great comfort to my members when making the final decision on this major project. To summarise I have no hesitation on recommending Lisa (Max Associates) for any related project management/consultancy that she may consider.”

Harrinder Rai
Head of Communities and Neighbourhoods
Melton Borough Council

With the support, help and advice of Mark Steward, the outcome of the procurement process not only met the objectives but far exceeded them. I cannot over emphasise the difference Mark made to the eventual outcome. Having project managed a number of leisure management projects I have to say this one has been the pinnacle in my 35 year local government career and that is firmly due to Max Associates involvement. Described as a “game changer” for the council by the Financial Director in cabinet, the contract also exceeds the qualitative requirements set out in the specification.”

Martin Holland
West Oxfordshire District Council

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