Fitness and spa business expert, Heidi Grimwood qualified as a fitness instructor in New Zealand before opening Richard Branson’s first corporate gym in London.

She hopped on her first ship at 19 years of age to sail the seven seas as a fitness instructor in the on-board spa. Working closely with beauty and massage therapists and hairdressers, it wasn’t long before she grasped a real understanding of the spa business as a whole.

From there, Heidi was promoted to a spa manager, and developed spas to ensure they were meeting and exceeding high targets, training and mentoring large teams and managing all elements of the spa business. Heidi finished the last two years at sea on the famous QE2 and went on to the Maldives to continue the opening and development of the spa at The One and Only Reethi Rah. From there she came to Ireland and managed the Aghadoe Heights Spa in Killarney and Inchydoney Lodge and Spa in Cork. Heidi’s true passion has always been training and development, so in 2013, she set up her own training and consultancy business for spas.