Gaynor Arnold is a qualified Chartered Accountant who spent 18 years working in the City. The majority of her City career was spent at Morgan Stanley working in Mergers and Acquisitions with Private Equity funds and other Financial Institutions.
Post the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers she set up a boutique Corporate Finance business called Ondra Partners with Michael Tory. She eventually left the City to pursue a career, which allowed her to find a better work life balance and to spend more time with her three children who were growing up fast.
As she got stronger and fitter she realised what a phenomenal antidote to mental stress exercise was and how much each segment of society could benefit from a stronger health and wellness ethos.
She set up TURNFIT Studio in the heart of Guildford in 2016, after 5 years of working in the fitness industry, in order to be right in the heart of the Community in Guildford, to work with businesses, schools, families, the unemployed, struggling teenagers, Cancer patients undergoing treatment or in Cancer recovery and other mental health charities.
Her focus is to bring communities together in order to enhance the general well-being of all areas of society.
Ben Evans is a writer, elite marathon runner and adventure cyclist from Guildford. He began his literary career writing stories about the London party scene, moved on to detective fiction and now writes books about running and cycling. His current book, The Road Runner, has been published to excellent reviews.
Ben started running in his early thirties, and has completed seven sub-2.45 marathons, including a PB in Boston in 2013 and third place in the Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway. He also holds the Guinness World Record for Marathon Dressed as a Dinosaur. Four years ago he quit his career in law and property, and cycled from Cairo to Cape Town. He now works at the University of Surrey.
Ben received a shock diagnosis of stage 3 Bowel Cancer in 2017. He went through extensive surgery and six months of chemotherapy. Part of his rehabilitation was through joining the TOCFit programme at Turnfit. He rebuilt his strength, returned to fitness and has since won the Guildford parkrun four times. He is now training for a sub 3 hour London Marathon.
Ben is keen to support others who are going through experiences of cancer. He runs the Topic of Cancer support group and is an active member of the TOCFit community. He wants to hear more stories of recovery and happiness, and sees fitness and exercise as an integral part of this.
Jo is an independent consultant, Interim Executive and leadership coach. She has 28 years’ experience extensive ‘blue chip’ experience in both the IT and Telecommunications Industries – IBM, Ericsson and Motorola.
As an interim executive Jo has worked in both the public and private sector and has several years’ experience working with the NHS. She has worked with a number of leadership teams and individuals to develop and sustain exceptional performance for individuals, teams and organisations. Jo is a qualified coach and is trained in personality type profiling and emotional intelligence profiling.
Nick spent his working life firstly in Banking and then in Software before retiring in 2018. As a director of a retail software company he had responsibility of delivering solutions to large international food retailers. He has considerable experience in managing large teams and demanding clients.
Nick’s real passion outside work has been in various sports. He was an accomplished cricketer playing for Egham, Marlow and Woking, a 12 handicap golfer and over the past 15 years has become a keen road cyclist competing in many local sportives as well as several multi day challenges in France, Spain, South Africa and Portugal. He also completed in the Ride London 100 for the Shooting Star Chase charity. He has regularly trained at various gyms including TurnFit and has a great interest in fitness and nutrition.