Introducing Your Regional PT Ambassadors

Your regional PT Ambassadors are all successful personal trainers and fitness professionals. They are united in their passion to build the personal training business in New Zealand with integrity and credibility which is why they undertake the unremunerated role of being a Regional Ambassador.
They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share so if you feel they can help you in any way please email them.

Jean Scott – Head Ambassador

Jean is one of Christchurch’s best known and most experienced personal trainers. She is a leading group fitness instructor at Les Mills specialising in RPM and Pump and runs her own successful personal training business from her home.

Jean was a finalist in Lifefitness’ 2013 Personal Trainers to Watch and a finalist 2012 in the NEXT women of year (NZ sports category). She also won the NZ group fitness instructor of the year in 2011 and won the special REPs award for contribution to professionalism and standards to add to her 2005 Personal Trainer of the year award.

She is also a mother which means she understands first-hand the challenges of juggling a family with the demands of a PT career. In her spare time she engages with others by doing charity and voluntary work within her local community.

“My role as a PTC Ambassador is to enhance the lives of the trainers I come into contact with by helping them to recognise opportunity, to empower them to believe in their potential and create a community where leaders share, engage and support each other. My vision for the Canterbury / Westland region of the PTC is to grow the awareness of the PTCouncil by connecting with others and encouraging like-minded professionals to inspire, learn, grow and develop from each other”.

Contact email:     Canterbury Facebook Group

Hilary Blackstock


Hilary (Hils) lives in Taranaki, New Zealand with her partner and 2 young boys and dog. She is the director and trainer at Playfit a business aimed at making movement fun.  She has also just written her first book, a wellness journal titled Project You.

She is passionate about getting people moving, in a way that makes them smile and fits their lifestyle.

Hilary studied for a Bachelor of Physical Activity in Otago before working as a group exercise instructor of small and very large groups, aqua instructor, PT and studio owner. She has been an active member of the NZ Personal Trainers Council since 2009 and has recently started speaking to small and large groups about the joys of play and movement and making wellness accessible to everyone

Smile more, move more, love more

Nikki Williams- Based in Auckland

Hello, I am Nikki.  Originally from the UK,  I have been in glorious New Zealand for 12 years and the fitness industry for 30 years.  Group Exercise was my first love and I have been personal training in West Auckland for 2 years after requalifying with Skills Active in 2015 (first PT qual was in the UK 20 years ago!).  Yes I have been around a bit and even now I have contracts at a few venues around Auckland for group exercise & PT and I love the variety it brings.   It keeps me on my toes teaching to different client bases and adapting my instruction techniques to ensure the message of health and wellbeing comes across loud and clear.

I became a PTC Ambassador because I know as a contractor/small business owner, you can spend a lot of time working IN your business.  I found the meetings, contact and networking with other local PTs, and the wider NZ community, to be very enlightening, educational, supportive and extremely helpful.  Committing to looking beyond your own client base can really grow you and your business.  Taking time to work ON your business is powerful, the PTC is one such opportunity available to us. I wanted to be a part of this process and stepping into the ambassador role means live my mission to help people live healthier and happier lives, by helping the personal trainers who make this so for many, many people!

Contact email:   Auckland Facebook Group

Emma Goldstraw- Based in Auckland

I have been in the industry for 3 years, I studied at AUT in 2015, transitioning into creating my personal training business, Emma G Total Health in 2016. I joined the industry after becoming a healthier person, my journey ignited a passion in me to help others reach their full potential. I realise that my life experiences, backed with my professional knowledge enables me to positively impact people’s lives.

I decided to join the Personal Training Council as I was looking to connect with like-minded industry people who are wanting to continually improve, connect, share knowledge and learn from one another. With the PTC I have found exactly that, I have the opportunity to meet with experienced, respected and successful health professionals who are collectively interested in improving our industry. You get to hear different perspectives from people who have a range of niches, ideas and passions. The energy that is created within the PTC is super valuable, keeps me self motivated and passionate about improving and learning more.

I am based at a personal training studio in Auckland CBD. My current studies have me looking at Functional Ageing, on completing a C.H.E.K Institute course on the different training considerations for women and looking into bowel health.

We have monthly meetings in Auckland, in different venues with different speakers. Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

Auckland Facebook Group

Abby Dutton- Based in Waikato

REP’s Registered Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor, PT Business Skills

Studio Glow – NZ Exercise Awards 2018 – Studio of the Year

Diploma of Musical Theatre, ARAD, Qualified AJDA Jazz Teacher

Growing up passionate about movement and immersed in everything dance, Abby spent all of her school years preparing and performing for exam and competition work, dreaming of an international performance career.

While travelling and adding experience to her dance CV, Abby also spent 2 years studying Personal Training via distance learning. In 2016, she then settled back home in Hamilton and with her newly acquired fitness qualifications, began combining her passions to build her business, Studio Glow.

 Abby is very enthusiastic about becoming an Ambassador for the Waikato PT Council to help support brand new PT’s and welcome them into a friendly, encouraging community. She aims to build a strong following and an environment that is exciting to experience and feel part of, allowing a warm and friendly hub of learning and connecting.

Contact email:   Waikato Facebook Group

Gary Szabo- Based in Taranaki_HUN2811

Hi, my name is Gary, I’m a qualified Personal Trainer, I run an amazing outdoor fitness company called Boot It Taranaki. Combination of the army physical training, team building and some HIIT madness. Rain or shine, you’ll find us outside. Love doing it. We cater for all age, size and fitness levels. We also run a free community session every Saturday for those who can’t afford it.
I also compete and teach martial arts, mainly Ju Jitsu and MMA (mixed martial art), I’ve been practising since 1993.
I am a PTC Ambassador because I’m really passionate about getting regular people off their couch and getting them fitter than they ever imagined. I believe if we trainers all work together, we can make a huge difference in the shape of NZ.

Contact email:   Taranaki Facebook Group

Di Lauder – Based in Queenstown

Di has worked as a PT for 11 years, predominantly out of her private home studio, but also outdoors with groups in parks. She also has 15 years experience as an Occupational Therapist specialising in mentoring allied health workers, team leading and providing stress management and effective communication skills programmes. Di moved 6 years ago from CHCH to Queenstown with her family. Di enjoys being outside in the fresh air; tramping, biking, running and skiing. She loves encouraging professional networking, and inspired by the PT industry in CHCH, has established PT network meetings in Queenstown and aims to develop a proud and strong regional network group.

“I am a PTC ambassador because I want to enhance excellence with professional service delivery to the clients and the wider health and fitness community. I aim to further develop a strong network of passionate trainers and leaders who will openly support, educate and inspire one another to grow strong industry standards and successful businesses within the Central Otago community”.

Contact email:     Queenstown Facebook Group

Jesse Laughton  – Based in Wellington

Jesse LaughtonHi there, My name is Jesse and my passion is witnessing others personal growth. I’ve been a  personal trainer for the last five years and was a finalist at last year’s Exercise Industry Awards. Moving forward I hope to inspire change and growth within the new faces of personal training.  We live in an age where information has never been more available which is great. However it also creates a problem; what should we believe, which nutritional guidelines do we get our clients to follow and should I foam roll my IT or just my TFL? For people new to the industry it can be a daunting experience, and what really helped me when I started was a mentor I could relate to, someone to guide me to success in helping others.

Being the Wellington Ambassador it is my personal mission to provide clarity within the industry. I want to help anyone who wants to grow as a coach/ leader. I want to break down barriers in order to get trainers networking more and helping each other!

I look forward to meeting as many people as possible, so don’t be afraid to say hello! Together we can change the health of our nation.

Contact Email    Wellington Facebook Group

Greg Mawson – Based in Hawkes Bay

Grego photoshoot

‘Grego’ brings a unique skill set to his personal trainer business, contracting to a gym in Napier. Out of school in ’94 he qualified as a professional chef, cooked for over six years before moving into an IT based career for over 16 years.  During this time he was involved in two IT start-ups and developed the skills required of a personal trainer out of this; sales, patience, coping under pressure and focussing on the end result.  He also enjoyed the direct contact with people and realised the value they bring to your life.  Grego led himself down an unhealthy road where he ended up at 36% body fat and potential liver damage.  After yo-yo-ing for several years, 2007 he decided to change his lifestyle and lost over 30kg’s in 26 weeks which led him to the bodybuilding stage.  He has competed well over 30 times including representing New Zealand Internationally through the INBA natural bodybuilding federation.  With this complete transformation, friends and family were asking “what’s the secret”.  He realised Personal Training was his “calling” so studied hard and qualified as a personal trainer in 2012 and never looked back.

I am a PTC Ambassador because I live by the mantra “You really can have everything in life you want, if you’ll just help enough people get what they want”.  By lifting up others you also lift yourself up.  I am passionate about helping people achieve their goals including fellow Personal trainers and those up and coming in study.  I enjoy meeting people, networking and keeping myself at the forefront of science and how the health and fitness industry is always in a constant change.

Contact email:    Hawkes Bay Facebook Group

Stefan Ryan – Based in Whangarei

My name is Stefan and I run a home studio in Whangarei.

I was born in Kaitaia and while I had a natural

attraction to sports, fitness wasn’t something that came naturally to me and over the years I put on more and more weight. When I finally realized I needed to make some big changes, I was a 147kg, alcoholic and drug addict.  I focused on getting sober first and I’m proud to say that later this year will mark 20 years clean and sober.  By my mid 30’s my interest in fitness had awoken, I had lost 64kg, completed a half marathon, two weeks after a triathlon and I knew at that point I needed to know more so I studied at AUT in 2015.

I had finally found the missing piece in my life…..purpose.

Then as I became increasingly excited about how I could use my experience to help people, I had an L4-5 disc prolapse and rupture, the resulting nerve root compression was a pain I will never forget.  Over the course of a year fighting for surgery, I was prescribed more and more pain relief and my life, my purpose that I had just discovered slipped piece by piece through my fingers and I slipped into a dark depression.

I’m happy to say, this was really the start of something amazing!   I had surgery and with the support of many people, started to fight back. Over the 2.5 years that have passed, there have been challenges all the way but what I’ve learned about myself has been a blessing.

I have learned too many lessons to keep them to myself and if I can share one thing with one person and their life is a little better because of it then nothing has been wasted.

I want to be a PT Council Ambassador because we all have unique skills and experience, if we can get together and share with each other, the bar gets raised for all of us, we all get better, we all win and so do our clients.

Contact email:    Whangarei Facebook Group