The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA), supported and facilitated by IHRSA but open to all, is delighted to announce its inaugural nine-member 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.
This group of industry veterans brings experience and passion that will assist the GHFA in its mission to secure a seat at the table of the World Health Organization (WHO), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and other United Nations and international organizations, establishing 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.
Get to Know the GHFA Advisory Council
Greg Oliver assumes the role of GHFA Advisory Chair. Oliver 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, Oliver 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, Aycardi is decorated with awards and recognitions for her leadership, perseverance, and efforts to grow and promote the fitness industry.
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, Beddie also has extensive governance experience in global exercise and recreation bodies and a passion for collaboration to get more people physically active through exercise.
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, Bell is now a people-focused leader who focuses on culture and building and retaining an exceptional team.