From cleaning out filters at the old Nelson Baths to managing capital projects for more than a decade, the new chief executive of the Pendle Leisure Trust can certainly claim to know the business from top to bottom.
Alison Goode took over the role following the retirement of her old boss Phil Storey at the start of the month.
And despite the many challenges the trust is already facing, she is loving her new role.
For more than a decade Alison has been the executive manager for operations and development at the trust.
And that role has primed her for the job as chief executive.
Settling in to her new role she said: “We are a great organisation to work for and we look after people.
“Our staff are our best asset and it is a great place to work because it is something different every day.
“Our staff will go the extra mile for our customers. Without customers we wouldn’t have a business.”
Having been a sports-mad youngster, Alison always dreamed of working in the leisure industry.
As a student she did seasonal work as a pool attendant at the former open air pool in Marsden Park, Nelson, and then came the chance of a full-time job as a pool attendant.
Alison, a former pupil at Parkhill, St Hilda’s and St Theodore’s Sixth Form Centre in Burnley, combined further studies with her new role and moved away from the poolside and into the office environment in the former Leisure Services department at Pendle Council.
A variety of roles involved such areas as managing the council’s playing fields and recreation areas before, after the Pendle Leisure Trust had been extablished, she took on a new role which involved the entertainments side of the business as well.
“I ended up doing exactly what I had always wanted to do,” said Alison.
“My background was in sport, but I had always been involved in the operations side of the business and the development side followed on from that.”
Since taking on her previous role, she has been heavily involved in the Blues Festival as well as all the capital projects undertaken by the trust.
Looking at the role of the trust she added: “It is all about partnership work, whether that’s the council, the college, Colne Primet Academy or our customers.
“There are some really difficult times ahead, but we can deal with them if we get the partnerships right.”
Away from work Alison is married to Tim and the couple enjoy spending time with their two daughters, Natalie and Maddie.