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General Managers appointed at three new council leisure centres

6 Aug 2019

Belfast City Council has welcomed a number of senior appointments to the GLL team in Belfast in the run up to the opening of three new council leisure centres in the city. 

GLL is the social enterprise which works in partnership with Belfast City Council to run its entire leisure operation across 14 leisure centres in the city under the ‘Better’ brand.

The three new general managers will run the Brook, Andersonstown and Lisnasharragh Leisure Centres, which will open by early 2020 as part of the second phase of the Leisure Transformation Programme.

All three of the new managers have had previous roles within GLL and Belfast City Council.

Councillor Kate Nicholl, Deputy Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, said: “The Council’s £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme is hugely significant for our city and we are thrilled that GLL has made these important appointments as it brings us one step closer to the reopening of these amazing new leisure centres.

“Our aim is to provide innovative, state-of-the-art facilities across Belfast at affordable prices for all of our citizens. Having a top-class, professional team in place to run them will be central to their success.

“The three centres at Lisnasharragh, Brook and Andersonstown will have a big impact on the city and its neighbourhoods. They will significantly improve our leisure offering, supporting many of our ambitions outlined in the Belfast Agenda, the community plan for the city.”

Regional Director of GLL in Northern Ireland, Gareth Kirk said: “GLL is hugely committed to its workforce and our people are our greatest asset.

“I am particularly pleased and excited that the three new general managers have all been with us on this journey and are all internal promotions. We have a huge pool of talent and this realises our commitment to our existing staff and our dedication to career development opportunities within the existing workforce.

“Working in partnership with Belfast City Council, and along with the key objective of the Leisure Transformation Programme, the aim is to get more people in the city more active, more often, and for them to want to use their local leisure centre. Having the best team in place will help make that aim a reality.”


  • Peter McMonagle has been appointed as General Manager at Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre. Peter joined GLL in 2011. His positions have included managerial roles and most recently was the General Manager at Ballysillan Leisure Centre. 
  • Ciaran Boyd has been appointed as General Manager at Brook Leisure Centre. Ciaran joined GLL in 2014, following ten years of service at Belfast City Council. Since joining GLL he has worked across the city and been promoted three times during this period, most recently working as Service Manager at Falls Leisure Centre. 
  • Adrian Walker has been appointed as General Manager at Andersonstown Leisure Centre. Adrian began working with Belfast City Council twelve years ago, before moving with the leisure centres to GLL management. He was appointed the General Manager of Olympia Leisure Centre when it reopened in 2017 following its development as part of Phase 1 of the Leisure Transformation Programme. 


Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre Brook Leisure Centre Andersonstown Leisure Centre