Our team are passionate about supporting our students to become qualified Fitness Professionals. We’re fanatic about fitness, developing those who strive for career success in the leisure sector, and shaping the leaders of the future in Health and Well-being! We’re also a nice bunch too!
So we thought we’d take you behind the scenes to meet the team.
This week, it’s…
Ben Jackson – Operations Director – “AKA Judith Chalmers”
Ben began his career as a gym instructor aged 16, at SMC Fitness in Blackburn (having completed his level 2 with Focus!!) He later became a fitness instructor and taught a range of classes for a larger club in Blackburn (which sadly closed after the owner did a bunk!) He moved to Salford to study Exercise and Health Sciences and took a part time job as a gym instructor at Holmes Place in the trendy Manchester Printworks (now Virgin Active). Following his final exam, Ben took one day off for a spot of ‘Me Time’, then joined Focus the next day! We can only assume he couldn’t wait to get started!
With the patience of a saint, Ben is a great listener and his other half tells us one of his best bits are his blue eyes… Aw!
When he’s not smoothing out operations at Focus HQ, Ben can be found (of course!) training in the gym, or out for a spot of football. When the weekend arrives, the teaching cap comes off and the party shoes go on! And he’s known to the team as Judith Chalmers owing to his penchant for regular holidays!
We asked Ben…
Interesting Fact About You…
I have represented my town, county, region and Northern Ireland at various school boy levels in football.
I can balance almost anything on my chin: snooker cues, chairs, you name it, I can probably balance it on my chin!!
(Please send in your suggestions and we’ll put that one to the test!)
What three things can you not live without?
At least one holiday per year, football and bacon.
How Would Your Friends Describe You?
I was once described by a mate as the most sensible idiot he had ever met, I’ll take that!!
Why do you love your job?
Because I have a huge passion for personal fitness and I get to talk about it every day with other people who share my passion. Also, because there is always chocolate or cake in the middle office!!