Former Aquatics and Recreation Victoria (ARV) Chief Executive Officer and Belgravia Leisure’s Area Manager Grant Connors has been appointed as Belgravia Leisure’s General Manager – Programs.
Grant moves into the strategic leadership role after a successful period working alongside contract partners Moonee Valley City Council and Brimbank City Council. The partnership with Moonee Valley City Council saw the implementation of the innovative contract ‘MOVE Moonee Valley’.
During Grant’s time leading the MOVE Moonee Valley team, Belgravia Leisure successfully retendered to manage all three Moonee Valley City Council’s aquatic facilities, including launching the brand new $52m Keilor East Leisure Centre, which opened in October 2021.
Announcing the new appointment, Belgravia Leisure CEO Nick Cox stated, “Grant has been an asset to Belgravia Leisure since being appointed to the role of Area Manager for our Moonee Valley City Council contract in July of 2019. Grant’s strong leadership and ability to nurture strong relationships has helped drive our success despite the challenges of navigating a global pandemic.”
Utilising his Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership and program experience in aquatics, golf, health and wellness, Grant brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and strategic leadership to the General Manager – Programs role.
When asked about the appointment, Grant said, “It has been a privilege to watch and be a part of Belgravia Leisure’s continued growth and success, despite the challenges faced over the past couple of years. I have always thrived off leading teams and driving organisational culture. The program’s role will allow me to continue to grow professionally and expand on my passion for connecting communities to leisure.”
Nick says, “This appointment is important for Belgravia Leisure as we aim to educate and advocate on COVID-19 related impacts such as government-mandated closures and reopening procedures and the impact restrictions have on our communities and members. Learning to swim is especially important due to the mandated closures of swim schools and local pools across Australia and New Zealand. Millions of swimming lessons missed threaten to have tragic consequences for many and may create a generation of non-swimmers. This role will advocate for better outcomes for the community and organisations.”
“We’re looking forward to Grant’s continued success and passion for working with our teams and partners. Ensuring we continue to expand our program offering while enhancing the quality of existing programs and services within the community,” Nick concluded.