Mark Heads Up Borough's Cultural and Leisure Services

Ribble Valley Borough Council's new head of cultural and leisure services, Mark Beveridge
Ribble Valley Borough Council's new head of cultural and leisure services, Mark Beveridge
Published Thursday, 03 July 2014

The man behind the flagship £3.5million Loughborough University Stadium is Ribble Valley Borough Council's new head of cultural and leisure services.

Keen walker and cyclist Mark Beveridge, 54, was strategic manager of sports operations at the prestigious Loughborough University for four years.

During that time he oversaw the development of the university's flagship football stadium, as well as three outdoor sports areas.

Previously, as head of culture and community services at Carlisle City Council, he oversaw the £2.9 million development of the Sheepmount, Cumbria's state-of-the-art athletics and football facility.

Mark, who has a BA Sports Studies and MBA from Northumbria University, has also worked in sports and leisure services at Glasgow and South Tyneside Councils.

Ribble Valley Borough Council’s director of community services, John Heap, said: “With his extensive knowledge and experience in cultural and leisure services, Mark will be a key player in helping the council meet its challenging financial targets, while finding new ways to deliver high quality services to residents and visitors. We are delighted to welcome him into the Ribble Valley family.”

Mark added: "I am looking forward to the challenge of working with a wider remit of services and managing cultural and leisure services in such an attractive borough."

Ribble Valley Borough Council has spearheaded several significant cultural and leisure projects in recent years, including the £3.5million Clitheroe Castle Heritage Scheme and multi-award-winning Clitheroe Food Festival.