Meet the team behind HPC

HPC has been a highly successful company for the last 10 years with a proud and unsurpassed reputation of certifying Personal Trainers to the highest standard. What makes any business successful is the team which holds the structure together.

We are honoured to have such an outstanding group of people that are not only passionate about fitness, but who are also incredibly passionate about seeing you achieve your goals and ultimate success. Please meet the HPC family.

Edward Hayward

Head HPC Lecturer

Edward has been the Head Trainer / Assessor at HPC since 2010. His broad knowledge has led him to take on many different roles at the RTO. After realising he felt a great sense of accomplishment educating clients as a Personal Trainer; he made the shift to Trainer / Assessor and has been blessed to work in such a positive industry.

Damien Nelson

HPC Lecturer

Prior to joining HPC as a trainer and assessor, Damien’s office was high in the sky. As a senior commercial Helicopter pilot and a Grade 1 flying instructor, Damien re-focused his desire to teach enthusiastic pilots into the health and fitness world of the HPC environment, and now thrives on the ability to motivate those who walk through HPC’s doors. Damien has always lived a healthy lifestyle, merging his love of flying with a strong interest in natural medicine and body composition changes.
With an innate ability to perform the odd trick or two with a set of kettlebells, and a keen interest in stand-up paddling; Damien’s passion for living a healthy life is clear. His desire to motivate others to achieve high standards of performance is undeniable.

Lesley Atkinson

Administration Manager

After emigrating to the Gold Coast from the UK 10 years ago, Lesley found her lifestyle steadily changing in a more positive and healthy direction. Around 4 years ago she decided to take things to a whole new level and set herself the challenge of competing in a Figure contest and also completing her Cert III & IV with HPC. That year literally revolutionised Lesley’s whole life and she has never looked back. Her true passion is being able to connect with people and really make a difference – to listen to whatever obstacles they think they have, and be a part of the solution towards a better life (health and fitness related, and beyond). Lesley feels lucky enough to have recieved a job opportunity at HPC in late 2013, and has been watching and helping students change lives ever since!! She believes a passion for health and fitness is the gift that keeps on giving – we watch our students change their lives and then they leave here to teach and lead other people to do the same!!

Bex Colley

Design & Marketing

Bex is the design and marketing girl for HPC. Generally, she will be found glued to her computer, keeping the websites up to date, or designing a new marketing campaign. She is a huge design and typography enthusiast, and Apple product lover. When she isn’t at the HPC HQ you may find her at the beach with her fur child Archie the Frenchie.

Katie Kugis

Course Co-ordinator

Katie is your go-to for all of your questions about a new career in fitness! If she isn’t found behind her desk chit chatting on the phone, or touring around the centre, she will be floating around reception giggling with the admin crew. In 2013 she started following her passion for health and fitness by studying her Certificate III & IV, & Diploma of Fitness with HPC. She loved it so much that she never left!
Everyday she loves coming to work, and finds it energising to meet new people with a dream to change their own lives, as well as make a difference in the ones around them! It’s rewarding for her to watch, & be a part of, our student’s journeys from the beginning. Katie welcomed a new mini addition to our HPC family in May 2016.

Jaz Greer


When Jaz was on maternity leave, she took a leap and decided to do our evening course and complete her Cert III & IV in Fitness. Like many of our staff, she loved it so much she didn’t want to leave and in turn became a part of our admin team!

Most of the time, you will find her at reception, or running someone through an InBody scan. If you’re lucky, you might get to listen to her singing (or screeching) along to her favourite songs on R&B Fridays. She loves getting to know all of the students, watching them grow in confidence throughout the duration of their course, so that when they leave they can spread their knowledge and passion for health and fitness with those around them.

Rachel Clark


After completing her CERT III & IV at HPC 4 years ago, and working as a PT running bootcamps and private training, Rachel began working at HPC.

A Mum of 3, Rachel loves passing on her knowledge to her beautiful children about the importance of Health & Fitness.

Todd Murray

PT Manager / Personal Trainer

As HPC’s Personal Training Manager, Todd ensures that elite standards are met among the personal trainers operating from within the Yellow Gym of the centre. Closely liaising with the Director and admin staff, he ensures that things are operating smoothly and to the highest standard. After training himself for the past 12 years, Todd completed his studies at HPC 6 years ago and has since been a full time personal trainer. This enables Todd to be a valuable part of HPC’s Personal Trainer Mentoring Program, offering existing and new personal trainers his knowledge and expertise to maximise the success of their business