Chris Rees

Strategic Development Director

Chris started The Rees Group (parent company of both Wessex Swim School and ReesLeisure events) in 2004 with the first swimming lessons held out of Kings’ School, Winchester. Using his natural entrepreneurial drive, Chris has expanded the business so that Wessex SwimSchool now runs swimming lessons for children and adults every day of the week between 5 different pools in Winchester, Southampton, Salisbury and Bishops Waltham. Chris enjoys dabbling in different sports and started the events business, ReesLeisure, to help introduce others into the sports he appreciates. Beginning with TryTri to welcome new comers to the triathlon circuit, before scaling up to provide mass running events with the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k, and Winchester Half Marathon, the next exciting venture is in cycling, with the Southampton Sporterium. Chris’ main sporting love is sailing which has culminated in the corporate networking and team bonding event, Southampton Sailing Week.  

Chris’ key strengths are: ‘Helming’ the company (leadership skills); public speaking; creating a crazy idea and somehow bringing together key stakeholders and persuading them to fully back these ideas, (and of course he loves a good pun!)

Chris works on his health and wellbeing by running regularly with his wife and getting out on the water as much as possible.