Matthew Bucknall

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"Matthew is a co-founder of Virgin Active having jointly developed the initial concept for the business in 1997. His initial role was as Group Finance Director and he was instrumental in Virgin Active’s strategic development. He became Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Matthew has over 16 years’ experience in the health club industry. Prior to joining Virgin Active he was Finance Director of the successful management buyout of LivingWell Health clubs which was sold to the Hilton Group in 1996. Prior to LivingWell, Matthew was the senior management accountant for Granada TV Rental, having previously held various senior financial positions with subsidiary companies of Mecca Leisure plc and Pleasurama Group plc. Matthew is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators." [1]


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  1. virginstarsoftheyear Hosts, organizational web page, accessed April 4, 2013.