EMD UK is pleased to announce two new appointments to join the team at its Horsham Head Office.

Shelley Meyern will join the Senior Management Team as Head of Operations with effect from 16 March.  She was previously Head of Business Development at EMD UK and will hand those duties back to Jade Cation, who is returning from maternity leave.

In her new role, Shelley’s main responsibilities will be:

  • To lead all operational matters within EMD UK
  • To lead on relationships with selected external stakeholders and partners
  • To work with internal stakeholders and colleagues to ensure that Sport England KPIs are achieved.

On her appointment, Shelley said “I am delighted to be appointed Head of Operations. Having worked at EMD UK for the last 9 months I believe this is the right time for me to take on this new challenge where I can impact on engaging more individuals in group exercise but also, more broadly support EMD UK to drive forward key operational activities.”

Sue Wilkie has been appointed Head of Instructor Development with effect from 4 February.

Sue has previously held roles in a number of well-known fitness/leisure companies.  She contracted with LA Fitness to create their Primal Series and with Everyone Active for their EA Series.  She also has 25 years’ experience in teaching group exercise and, along with her sales experience, brings a passion and energy to her new role.

Sue said “It’s great to be back in fitness and I’m excited to be joining EMD UK and to be part of an organisation that is leading the way in group exercise to help drive participation across the UK in all our communities.”

CEO Marcus Kingwell said “I am delighted to welcome both Shelley and Sue to the team at EMD UK. As the national governing body for group exercise, we are committed to the education and development of the industry workforce, as well as broadening and strengthening our relationships with all stakeholders. Shelley and Sue bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from the physical activity sector and we as a team are excited to work with them towards our vision of a healthier nation through exercise.”