Meet The Team

Meet the team behind REPs UAE

Naser Al Tamimi

Naser Al Tamimi
CEO

The CEO leading the REPs UAE team holds a Masters degree in Sports Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and is one of the UAE’s most iconic athletes, carrying in his backpack over 30 years of Sports Management and Athlete expertise in an array of sports fields, with a specialisation in Basketball. In 1999 Nasser launched the first commercial Health Club in Abu Dhabi – The Abu Dhabi Health and Fitness Club, the first Club in the Middle East to introduce Les Mills pre-choreographed group fitness classes. Mr. Al Tamimi was instrumental in introducing Judo and Wrestling to UAE Schools as well as Clubs and to date is a board member of the UAE WJ Federation, International Judo Federation and on the board of the National Olympic Committee. Passionate about developing the sports sector in the UAE and in particular for children in the Emirates, Mr. Al Tamimi may be contacted at naser@repsuae.com

Catherine Hanson Farid

Catherine Hanson Farid
Director of Operations

Catherine is a UK certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer who boasts 30 years’ experience within the Fitness Industry. Before arriving to the UAE in 1995 she worked in a variety of health clubs from Golds in South Australia, Canons London and YMCA London. Along with Naser Tamimi, REPs CEO, she was instrumental in introducing the Les Mills programs to the UAE back in 1999 and together they opened the first commercial health club in the UAE – 'Abu Dhabi Health and Fitness Club'. Aside from teaching group fitness classes for a variety of clubs in Dubai and training some of the UAE Royal family, Catherine represented the UAE at World Figure bodybuilding competitions and brought home bronze, silver and gold medals. She retired from competing after the world renowned Arnold Classic Competition in March 2010. Catherine's passion also extends to writing and has had her own monthly health and fitness columns in Physique and New You Magazines. She can be reached on catherine@repsuae.com

Ben Gittus

Ben Gittus
Technical Director

Ben is the Technical Director for REPS UAE, responsible for the register levels, categories, standards and qualification systems and has been instrumental in the setup of REPs in the UAE. From the UK, Ben holds a Master degree in Sports Development and has been involved in fitness education and registers for many years. Ben has worked in the UK supporting REPs UK and has played a role in the development of the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs.) He now works in international sport and fitness consultancy through a company he runs with two colleagues from Europe–EOSE Services. Ben has run a half and full marathon in the last two years and regularly participated in indoor cycle classes at clubs in Dubai. Ben can be contacted at ben@repsuae.com

Julie

Julie
Compliance & Standards Manager

Julie is our newest member to the team and is responsible for the assessment of new members certifications, ensuring their qualifications meet REPs standards. Julie also works closely with our approved Training Providers on entry level and continuing education courses. As well as being a fully qualifed Personal Trainer and pre-choreographed Group Fitness Instructor, and actively still teaching classes, Julie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy and holds a Level Three Assessors qualification and Level Four in Quality Assurance and Internal Verification. Whilst working previously for one of the local Training Providers, Julie worked closely with international Awarding Organisations and training companies, as well as REPs UAE, in setting up qualifications and courses in the UAE. She is passionate about fitness and the industry here in UAE and very much enjoys offering support and advice to students and people starting or developing their careers in fitness. Julie can be contacted on julie@repsuae.com

Pamela

Pamela Sia
Office Coordinator

Pam is our Office Coordinator who is the most IT savvy person in the REPs office. She is the first point of contact and assists the team in various aspects from membership inquiries, administration and marketing. Pam, who is from the Philippines has been in Dubai for 8 months and holds a BS in Commerce major in Computer Science and Information System from Centro Escolar University, Manila. Pam can be contacted on info@repsuae.com

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