The Exercise Association of New Zealand Board/Staff


Stephanie Melbourne – Chair

Stephanie is an Associate of Governance New Zealand and Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. She is actively involved with the fitness industry and is the current Chair of the Exercise Association of New Zealand Inc, having been on the Board a number of years. Stephanie manages her own business, En Forme Studios in Christchurch, where she provides group fitness classes in Barre, Pilates and Dance fitness. Stephanie’s corporate background is in the law where she is an Associate at James & Wells Intellectual Property. She specialises in trademarks, marketing and consumer law and advises on Intellectual Property strategy. Stephanie also has a background in professional dance and performance and has had previous governance roles within the performing arts community.


reeceReece Zondag – Deputy Chair

Reece has been in the fitness industry for more than 30 years.  He currently works largely as a consultant to the industry with clients in New Zealand, Australia and China.  Prior to consulting, Reece was the CEO of Les Mills New Zealand for some 11 years.  Reece has operational experience ranging from being a group fitness teacher, PT, gym floor staff, management, owner operator of a small club and large gym general manager.



himanHiman Patel 

Himan has over 25 years in the industry as a Manager, Educator, Recreation Officer, and other Fitness related roles at two of New Zealand’s largest Universities (Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and University of Auckland) and is still as passionate about the industry today as he was when he started.  The vast variety of roles Himan has been involved in makes him a valuable contributor with a unique perspective to the governance board. The knowledge, skills and experience gained through his academic involvement at AUT within the School of Sport and Recreation and running three not for profit Sport and Fitness Centres across AUT, at the same time has allowed him to “walk the talk” for the industry and his School.

He has worked with Exercise New Zealand and REP’s on behalf of AUT to deliver New Zealand’s largest fitness industry conference (FitEx) since its inception. He also has a vision to help grow our industry and the conference by educating students in the value of personal and professional development.  Himan understands the challenges of running both small and large businesses in our industry, and also has experience at a strategic level, and is keen to give back to the industry.


Ish Cheyne

Ish Cheyne’s fitness career spans over 25 years, and he is currently the Head of Fitness for Les Mills New Zealand’s Senior Leadership Team. Ish has a strong skill set in change management and operational strategy and is known as a key influencer in the fitness industry. He is an accomplished communicator and keynote speaker and presents internationally in areas of Leadership, Fitness strategy, Personal Training and Sales. Ish has an innovative approach to doing things ‘outside the box’ and has developed paradigm shifts around the way Les Mills runs its fitness departments.