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PEOPLE Rob Barker named Precor president

UK industry veteran and current Precor vice president, Rob Barker, has been named as the new Precor president. Barker joined Precor in 1995 as the UK sales

and marketing manager and has developed his experience through several positions. For the last five years, Barker has served

as vice president of EMEA & APAC, and as a member of the global Precor senior management team, where he has helped shape the company’s growth strategy. The news follows the announcement that

long-standing Precor president Paul Byrne will retire on 1 September 2013. Byrne has worked with Precor for 28

years, including 13 as president. During his reign, Precor has grown from a US$20m manufacturer of home rowing machines in the US to a US$350m supplier of home and commercial fitness experiences globally. Barker says: “I’m honoured and excited to

be asked by Paul Byrne to become the Precor president upon his retirement. It’s been my good fortune to work closely with Paul for

Barker will take over from the retiring Paul Byrne

Gillingwater and Ashley join sporta team many years and to see first-hand how Precor

sporta has expanded its head office team to further support its cultural and leisure trust members. Cate Gillingwater joins

sporta as

programme manager, supporting a Sport England Lottery-funded project to deliver a community sports participation programme in England. The aim is to increase the number of individuals aged 14 and upwards who are participating in sport once a week, as well as providing feedback on what does and does not work in the sector. Gillingwater joins sporta from Age UK, where she worked on the Big Lottery-funded

has, under his stewardship, innovated entirely new categories of fitness equipment and services like the EFX, AMT and Preva.”


Four new appointments for Right Directions

Four new members of staff have started work at Right Directions Management, which assists operators in creating environmental and health and safety management systems, as well as managing Sport England’s quality scheme Quest and ukactive’s Code of Practice. The quarter are Sue Popham, Andy

Whilde, Sian Wheeler and Kelly Joice. Popham and Whilde will take up posts

as quality and health and safety managers, while Wheeler will take up a role as a customer service manager. Joyce, who has recently graduated with a sports therapy degree, has joined the Quest team to help with administration of the quality scheme for sport and leisure. Popham brings 20 years of leisure

experience to the role, having worked across the industry for private health club operators, privately managed local authority facilities and local authority and trust-managed centres, latterly for Chase Leisure Centre and Cannock Park Golf Course.

‘Fit as a Fiddle’ programme across England. She has also worked for East Riding of Yorkshire Council in a number of roles, mainly managing Sport England and partner-funded programmes targeting inactive populations. Nathan Ashley has also joined sporta’s

head office. Ashley will take up the role of policy and projects officer, a new role that will see him working with members, collating evidence of the work they carry out to build social cohesion and tackle inactivity. He will also be involved in lobbying and public policy issues, helping to influence policies and agendas.

TRX adds Spooner to commercial team

Functional training supplier TRX has appointed Mel Spooner as UK & Ireland commercial manager and strategic accounts lead EMEA. The appointment marks an increase in momentum for TRX within the UK as the brand sets out to deliver a new, bespoke strategic plan for large multi-site customers. Spooner will be working with all major

operators and will also be responsible for driving UK TRX Education and launching the training platform, TRX TEAM TRAINING.


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Two years later - and with their third studio now buzzing - the business continues to go from strength to strength.

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