REPs Board/Staff

The Board

Jo Clark – Chair

Jo has worked in the industry for over 20 years and has a passion for health & fitness. Over 15 years management experience in both local council and commercial recreation centres in the UK, as well as senior positions in New Zealand including GM Fitness and Training for YMCA Auckland.

Jo is currently National Commercial Manager at Child Cancer Foundation responsible for revenue generation including the fundraising and marketing strategy, business partnerships and sponsorships, grants and funding, as well as being part of the senior leadership team. She has a B.Sc.(Joint Hons) in Psychology & Physical Ed, a Certificate in Business Management, Direct Marketing and Digital Marketing and is a qualified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) practitioner.

Kris Tynan – Board Member

Kris is a free-lance trainer based in Christchurch. She has consulted and run in-house workshops and seminars to a variety of organisations including YMCA (Auckland and Christchurch), Active Canterbury Network, Manukau Leisure Services, Anytime Fitness Australia, CLM, Lifestyle Health and Fitness, Otago Poly and Southern Institute of Technology. She has also been involved in steering groups for various projects including accreditation of GRx, Guidelines for Children in Exercise Facilities, and more recently, the NZQA TROQ review for the Fitness sector. Kris has been involved in the PT Council and completed project work for REPs notably in the area of compiling resources for trainers and facilities. She is the author of “The Interactive Instructor” book published in 2010, and has developed a home exercise programme called The Super Senior Programme. She is also a member of the judging panel for the NZ Exercise Awards. Kris’s experience and knowledge of the industry both here and abroad gives her a good perspective to contribute to the continued forward growth of REPs as the exercise professionals elected representative

Norm Phillips – Board Member

Norm is a 30 year plus industry veteran having started at Les Mills in the early 80’s as an aerobics  & gym instructor. Norm has previously owned and operated his own facility in Australia for 7 years so has a wealth of knowledge about facility operations. Norm is currently the Gym Service Director and PT Manager for Les Mills Auckland City & Britomart with over seeing more than 100 trainers between both clubs.

Norm’s vision is to help both the ‘veterans’ and people looking to have a career in the fitness industry that is both professionally and financially rewarding. Norm is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience to help others achieve their goals in an industry that has helped him in so many ways.

The Team

Stephen Gacsal – Registrar

Reporting to the board is Stephen Gacsal, the Registrar of REPs, who oversees the day to day operations of the register.

Stephen has extensive management and industry experience, having previously operated businesses, and holding board and directorship positions in the exercise industry for over 20 years. Stephen in conjunction with the REPs board, is committed to the ongoing growth and development of the register.


Charlie Beagle – Projects Co-ordinator

Specialising in web support, registration of exercise facilities and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses, Project development and helps Exercise New Zealand with the running of it’s national conference FitEx.

Charlie first started in the industry in 2005 as a Sales Manager for successful facilities in Christchurch. After a short break away he came back to manage two facilities in Christchurch before coming on board with REPs in July 2008.

unnamedHannah King – Registration Co-ordinator

Hannah King started in the role of REPs Registration Coordinator in November. Hannah comes to REPs from a background in electronics and sales work. She will be using her previous experience for processing REPs registrations, answering any REPs questions and helping guide applicants through the registration process.
Hannah has lived in Christchurch for several years but is from both Te Hiku O Te Ika, the Far North District – North Island where her family still resides and the Waikato area. Has had experience as a Waka Ama Paddler is still an avid follower of the sport due to her family’s continued participation and success in the sport.

Nathan Burrows – REPs Support

Nathan works for Exercise New Zealand, but helps out at busy times with answering REPs telephone and email inquiries.
Nathan has a wealth of knowledge and experience of REPs registration having worked for Exercise New Zealand and REPs for over 10 years.