Third Space, a leading luxury fitness lifestyle brand, has announced the appointment of Laura Wigley as People Director. She joins Third Space’s executive team in a newly created role and will report directly to Colin Waggett, Chief Executive Officer.
Laura joins Third Space from the Dorchester Collection, a portfolio of some of the world’s leading luxury hotels in Europe and the U.S., where she most recently served as the Global Director of People Development.
Third Space, provides a unique, high-quality fitness and wellness experience from a portfolio of clubs in iconic locations around London. The company has five existing locations, with a sixth due to open in Islington in 2019. Third Space complements its premium clubs with key services including Third Space Medical, Third Space SPA, and Natural Fitness Food, its own brand of healthy and fresh, result-oriented food. The Company is uniquely positioned to capitalise on positive industry trends and a growing demand for luxury health services, and continues to expand its portfolio with strong demand from real estate developers and landlords.
Fundamental to the Third Space brand is its team of best-in-class personal trainers and dedicated employees. Third Space recently launched its own in-house REPS accredited Personal Training Academy, which trains newly qualified Personal Trainers and allows them to progress all the way to Elite Trainer at Third Space.
Colin Waggett, Chief Executive Officer of Third Space said, “At Third Space we aim to offer a truly premium experience to our community of like-minded, motivated members who see our high-performance lifestyle philosophy as a core part of their identity. Having the highest calibre of trainers and instructors is really the heart of offering such superior service proposition and with the arrival of Laura we are ever better placed to ensure that we continue to raise the industry benchmark in that regards. Additionally, Laura’s background at a leading luxury service business and iconic international brands will be an invaluable asset as we continue to expand. Laura will oversee Third Space’s learning and development opportunities for all employees, help us attract and recruit outstanding talent, as well as ensure our reward and recognition plans reflect our position as industry leaders. We are excited to welcome her to the team and look forward to her contributions.”
“I am thrilled to be joining Third Space at this critical stage of the company’s growth,” said Laura Wigley. “As fitness truly becomes a lifestyle choice, more and better talent is being attracted to work in the industry. I look forward to collaborating with the Third Space team to attract this new talent, and work with all employees to develop their carrier path and provide them with the highest quality education and experience.”
At the Dorchester Collection, Laura led the people development team, including all organizational design and talent, change management. Additionally, she was part of the leadership team for business transformation and hotel acquisitions and re-openings. Prior to this, Laura was Head of Talent for Jaguar Land Rover, where she led the development and implementation of people strategies. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.