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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has confirmed new chairs to lead its national and regional management boards. The new organisation,


which launched last year, is the professional development body for the sport and physical activity sector in the United Kingdom. The national and regional


Jonathan Fekete will be based in Bangkok


Escape opens Asian office and appoints regional boss


Escape Fitness has expanded its operations by opening a new regional office to serve the Asian market. Jonathan Fekete has been appointed as


regional sales manager and will work out of the newly established Escape offices in Bangkok, Thailand. Fekete is a 15-year fitness industry


veteran and has previously worked in the US, Thailand and South Korea. Fekete studied Human Biodynamics


at UC Berkeley, in the US, where he represented the university in the decathlon for a period of four years. Fekete says: “2012 is a critical year


for Escape Fitness. With so many new positions globally, this is our chance to grow internationally, and to build our brand as the industry leader in functional equipment – the preferred partner for fitness solutions for everyone’s facility. “I have set aims to increase customer


satisfaction for the Asia Pacific region and the distributors I work with.”


CYBEX confirms Thurston as UK commercial director


CYBEX International has announced that Rob Thurston, previously CYBEX UK national sales manager, will start 2012 in his new position as commercial director for the UK and Ireland. In his role, Thurston will be responsible


for the management of all UK departments of the business, including sales, commercial and operational matters and installations. A 20-year industry veteran, Thurston


previously worked as managing director at Jordan Leisure and national fitness manager for Springhealth Leisure.


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John Searle has been a driving force in FIA efforts to have the medical benefits of exercise recognised


development boards will support CIMSPA in its bid to unify the one million industry professionals by representing their respective home nations and regions. Working within their areas to support skills


Te new board chairs will support CIMSPA’s central board of trustees


development, the board chairs will also support CIMSPA’s central board of trustees in helping to deliver the London 2012 legacy. Miles Templeman, chair of CIMSPA’s board of trustees, says: “By working together, we can


not only drive professional practice but also raise the profile of the sector as a whole. “Only by doing this can we present a truly


attractive career pathway for rising talent and ensure the development of a workforce of tomorrow.” Read more: http://lei.sr?a=u8C3y


John Searle retires as FIA medical officer


John Searle has retired from his role as the chief medical officer of the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) after two and a half years. Since his appointment in September


2009, Searle has spearheaded the industry’s healthcare sector engagement campaign. He was tasked with raising the medical community’s awareness of the role that the health and fitness sector can play in both prevention and remedial strategies. A former consultant anaesthetist and


director of intensive care at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Searle was awarded the OBE in 1998, for services to medicine and the Hospice Movement. He has also been the driving force behind the


Joint Consultative Forum, which the FIA formed with a number of Royal Medical Colleges and faculties as part of efforts to increase the number of exercise referrals from GPs. The FIA has announced that the search for Searle’s replacement is now underway.


REPs appoints two more to supervisory roles


The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) has appointed Alex Rhodes as a compliance supervisor and Greg Small as registration supervisor. Rhodes has been promoted to the role following a stint as member services officer, while Small is new to REPs.


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital A former freelance personal trainer, Rhodes


will be taking a lead role on the implementation of Active Passport. Small will be tasked with ensuring the integrity


of applicants, and that appropriate qualifications are held to join and renew with the Register.


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