A YOUTH centre which closed its doors two weeks ago to address safeguarding issues after its former director was convicted of possessing child abuse images has been taken over.
Team Katalyst appointed a new director yesterday and changed its name to NovaCity Ltd.
Karl Milner Haslam, a 55-year-old British consultant, was appointed director on Monday (January 29), according to Companies House.
The name change to the Mangham Road performance centre was made official last Wednesday (January 24).
Team Katalyst closed its doors on January 18 while staff worked with Rotherham Council’s safeguarding board after its former director and co-founder, Richard Codd (32), was sentenced to a 36-month community order on January 11 for possessing child abuse images and extreme pornography involving animals.
Lisa Beebe-Brown, who was appointed director in early 2017 in the wake of Codd's arrest, is still listed as a director on Companies House with more than 25 per cent control of the firm.
There has been no change to the trading address.
The Advertiser has contacted Ms Beebe-Brown for a comment.
Team Katalyst announced yesterday on its Instagram page that it had been taken over by Nova City Centre @novacitycentre and it would be opening on February 2.
An Instagram account for NovaCity was established seven days ago and this morning the account added pictures which detailed information about its Rotherham and Barnsley performance classes.
The NovaCity centre website states it is based in Rotherham but its “San Francisco facility has been designed to provide an outstanding environment for athletes of all levels and abilities”.
It adds: “Whether you’re a novice or a professional, reach your potential with NovaCity.”
Rotherham Borough Council has also been contacted for a comment.