The GHFA has a leadership group that meets regularly to agree on strategy and changes and monitor progress. Kilian Fisher is the GHFA coordinator, assisted by John Holsinger with support from a number of the IHRSA Executive Team and other staff. In addition, there are several voluntary facilitators for the main subgroups. These are hugely experienced and internationally respected industry leaders who we are privileged to have:
Art Curtis, Ph.D., GHFA Research Group Facilitator, President of Curtis Club Advisors and former IHRSA Board Chair
Justin Tamsett, GHFA Facilitator, Managing Director of Active Management and REX Roundtables Chair in the U.S., Australia, and New Zealand
Greg Oliver, GHFA Long-term Strategy Group Facilitator, CEO and Managing Director of Fitness & Lifestyle Group
The GHFA’s Work So Far
Following the inaugural GHFA meeting on November 11, a series of meetings—as listed below—have taken place. The GHFA planned to have six meetings per annum, but we held nine meetings in the first six months due to the interest, engagement, and desire to have different types. These meetings include:
Discussion and agreement on the objectives and structure of the GHFA on December 3, 2020.
Two Town Hall meetings with Brent Darden, IHRSA interim CEO & president, on January 14, 2021.
Deloitte China presented the IHRSA/Deloitte report, which attracted global interest and discussion on February 24, 2021.
Paul Byrne, Harrison Co. partner and former CEO of Precor, presented his insightful industry report on March 3, 2021.
McKinsey & Company partners from Switzerland and Canada produced a special mini-report for the GHFA and IHRSA on the Future of Fitness. They presented and discussed this to the GHFA on April 27, 2021.
The GHFA has held further meetings to discuss and ensure input is given to the World Health Organization (WHO) Policy Brief of the physical activity sector, which has included our industry for the first time. We will provide more information on this when the brief is finalized and published. But, for now, a glimpse at some of our subgroups’ activities and initial outcomes:
The GHFA Research Team, facilitated by Curtis, meets regularly to explore the types of research needed and potential means to achieve desired outcomes.
The GHFA Long-term Strategic Team, facilitated by Oliver, has divided into three working groups around Efficacy, Economics, and Recognition/Credibility. The outcomes will help determine research and other tasks and activities to be undertaken.
The GHFA Short-term Goals Team, facilitated by Tamsett, has covered a range of short-term topics already producing some results—e.g., a petition to governments and a “template” letter. The team has also been constructive in standards consultation discussion, which has been input to the standards headlight team.
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