Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
John founded The Gym in 2007 and has over 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry.
John launched Dragons Health Club plc in 1991, before its flotation on AIM in 1997 and sale to Crown Sports plc in 2000.
Chief Executive Officer
Richard possesses extensive experience working for leisure and FMCG companies in the UK and internationally, including The Rank Group, Hard Rock Café International and Diageo. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand.
He has previously held the positions of Chief Financial Officer of Essenden plc (now Ten Entertainment Group plc) from 2009 to 2015 and Chief Financial Officer of Paramount Restaurants from 2003 to 2008.
Richard served as The Gym Group’s Chief Financial Officer from 2015 to 2018.
Chief Operating Officer
Ann-marie joined the Company in April 2018 as Director of People and Development and was appointed as Chief People Officer in January 2021. Ann-marie was subsequently appointed as Chief Operating Officer in February 2022.
Ann-marie has held over 15 years experience across a variety of senior Human Resources roles, particularly in the travel and retail industries. Prior to joining the Gym Group, Ann-marie was Group Human Resources Director at New Look Retailers.
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director
Emma has wide-ranging marketing experience within the FMCG and leisure sector.
Emma was the former CEO of Wagamama and previously held Marketing Director roles at Merlin Entertainments plc, Pizza Express and Unilever.
David is an experienced digital operating executive.
David was previously the Operations Director at Amazon in the UK from 1998 to 2000, the Chief Operating Officer at Lastminute.com from 2000 to 2003, the Vice President, Operations/Chief Operating Officer at eBay from 2003 to 2007 and Senior Vice President of International at Rackspace from 2010 to 2012.
Following his football career, Rio has pursued a number of interests in business, broadcasting and charity work, including #5Magazine, a lifestyle brand that spans online content and fashion. Rio is a television pundit for BT Sport as well as an author and filmmaker and works collaboratively with young people through the Rio Ferdinand Foundation. Rio is a passionate advocate for fitness, mental health and wellbeing and diversity.
Wais has gathered substantial e-commerce expertise from a number of leading online businesses. As the former CEO at Push Doctor, one of the leading digital healthcare companies in Europe, Wais worked in partnership with the NHS to connect thousands of patients each week with clinicians. Before joining Push Doctor, Wais was Director of Global Operations at Treatwell, and prior to that was International Operations Director at Just Eat.