Our Team

Working together to make an impact

We are passionate about the people we employ and the people who work alongside us.

Working with us, you are gaining a reliable partner with a strong history in the field of leisure collaborations. Our charitable status allows us to be versatile in raising money, tax efficiency and using surplus funds to deliver effective programmes tailored to your local community.

Our commitment to excellence, efficiency and innovation continues to earn us many highly-respected industry awards.


Aquaterra is a registered charity and non-profit company. Its board members are unpaid volunteers acting as Trustees for the charity and directors of the non-profit company.

Our trustees come from a variety of different backgrounds and are responsible for setting the strategic direction of Aquaterra, ensuring that it fulfils its charitable objectives and also for appointing the CEO.


Neil Best, Chairman

Neil has enjoyed an impressive career as a consultant working in physical and social regeneration for almost 20 years with local and central government, small businesses, community and voluntary organisations and charities. He has worked across London and was Programme Performance Director for the EC1 New Deal for Communities programme. Neil has a degree from the University of Liverpool where he studied Sport Sociology and he has a passionate commitment to creating equality of access to leisure facilities.


Paul St Hilaire

Paul is currently a solicitor at Capita. His experience in the insurance industry and in the past has primarily worked across commercial, corporate and information law sectors.  Paul is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and he contributes to professional publications.


Pamela Henry

Pamela Henry is a legal and business consultant focused on early and development stage companies and funds.  She is a former partner of the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP and was General Counsel of Autonomy Capital Research LLP, a multi-billion dollar emerging market hedge fund based in London through the fiscal crisis.  She started her legal career in the Chicago office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.  She is a graduate of University of Michigan Law (JD), University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School (MA) and University of Pennsylvania (BA).  She is a member of the Association of British Tennis Officials, and has been an on court official at Wimbledon, Queens and Eastbourne.



Petia Ivanova – Co CEO & Finance Director

Petia is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has worked in the charity sector for 11 years, previously for Bliss – The National Charity for the Newborn, and The London Community Foundation. She is responsible for the delivery of an effective framework of financial policies, procedures and controls to enable the charity to maximise its reserves, alongside the ongoing requirement of minimising costs and meeting the charitable objectives. In addition to her ACCA qualification, Petia holds postgraduate degree in Charity Accounting and Finance from Southbank University, a master’s degree in Economic Relationships, and an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Management from University of London.


Penny Shrubb – Co CEO & Operations Director

Penny is a graduate of the University of Portsmouth and has a post graduate Diploma in Leisure Management Studies and a Certificate in Fundraising. She has enjoyed a career in the leisure industry spanning 28 years and has proven experience in both operational and strategic elements of leisure centre management. Penny has worked with Portsmouth and Cheltenham Borough Councils who provided in-house leisure facilities. She is a committed volunteer and regularly participates in the reading scheme which Aquaterra has set up at local schools. She has been instrumental in setting up the Get Together Sessions, with Age UK, which provide local residents with opportunities to meet new people and learn new skills.


We see our employees as our greatest asset.

We aim to attract and retain high calibre committed people and offer a variety of benefits to help us do this. In addition to annual leave and access to a pension scheme, we offer a number of core and flexible benefits.