The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) is delighted to announce the election of Andrea Bell as the new Chair and Richard Beddie as Vice Chair of the GHFA Advisory Council as it ramps up its efforts to establish the health and fitness sector as an essential service and key contributor within the healthcare continuum. Andrea and Richard take up their new positions on April 1, 2022.
Andrea Bell is the co-founder, director, and chief people officer of Inspire Brands Asia, the consortium that owns the master franchise license for Anytime Fitness Asia. Having started with Anytime Fitness as a franchisee seven years ago, Andrea is now a people-focused leader who focuses on culture and building and retaining an exceptional team.
Richard Beddie is the CEO of Exercise New Zealand and board chief of staff for the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs). Previously a multi-club owner, Richard also has extensive governance experience in global exercise and recreation bodies and a passion for collaboration to get more people physically active through exercise.
Get to Know the Rest of the GHFA Advisory Council
This group of industry veterans brings experience and passion that will assist the GHFA in its mission to advocate to the WHO, OECD, UNESCO, and other UN and international organizations, raising the credibility and recognition of the health and fitness sector as an essential service and key contributor within the healthcare continuum, and in turn, influence the agendas of national governments.
Greg Oliver was the inaugural GHFA Advisory Chair who led some excellent achievements over the past year. Greg continues as an invaluable council member. He is currently the CEO and Managing Director of APAC’s Fitness & Lifestyle Group and is the founder of Debit Success, one of ANZ’s largest membership, billing, and software services. From owning and managing multi-club gym chains and corporate health businesses to handling significant mergers and acquisitions, Greg has a fitness career spanning 40 years. Current board positions include Fitness Australia, Fitness & Lifestyle Group, and its subsidiaries.
Gigliola Aycardi is the co-founder and executive vice president of Bodytech Corporation, the second-largest gym company in Latin America and 22nd-largest in the global fitness industry. An entrepreneur by nature, active person, and a former industrial engineer, Gigliola is decorated with awards and recognitions for her leadership, perseverance, and efforts to grow and promote the fitness industry.