Chief Executive Officer
Abigail is a former professional tennis player, with over 15 years experience in the sports and entertainment business.
Prior to her new position at GIYM, Abigail was formerly a Client Director at Octagon Inc. where she was recognized as one of the leading agents in the industry, managing and supporting global talent such as Anna Kournikova, Andy Murray, Martina Hingis, Laura Robson, Marion Bartoli, Grigor Dimitrov, Darren Gough, Damon Hill and Paula Radcliffe.
After 13 years in Client Management, Abigail went on to head up the European Events and Sponsorship Division for the global luxury goods brand, Maui Jim. In this capacity she was responsible for securing and managing all European commercial partnerships including the exclusive ATP official eyewear deal, in combination with managing a portfolio of 30 European sporting events and securing headline brand ambassadors.
Abigail continues to be an active tennis player and is a member of the All England Lawn Tennis Club and Committee member of the International Club of Great Britain. As a mother she understands the important role that sport can play to enhance a child’s life and is honored to continue the great legacy of ‘Give It Your Max’, a charity that has touched and continues to touch many children’s lives.
Rhys Hanger is an ex professional tennis player with over 15 years in tennis coaching, management and coach education. He is an LTA level 5 Master Performance Coach and LTA Tutor.
Prior to joining GIYM Rhys has been the Suffolk County Performance Officer, a National Coach on two occasions for the LTA, Head Coach and Manager of a High-Performance Centre, Tennis Director at The Wimbledon Club and most recently Head Coach at Virgin Active Brighton and Head of The National Performance Programme for Virgin Active known as the VA Tennis Team.
Rhys has worked with all ages and standards in his coaching career and has coached 4 players to Grand Slam Junior Level, as well as National champions and finalists.
As a tutor and coach mentor Rhys relishes the challenge of inspiring coaches to improve their on-court coaching as well as off-court programme and management skills.
As a manager Rhys thrives on building teams to deliver the best results they can and finding ways to maximise customer experience through the delivery of a 5-star service.
Rhys is very excited to be involved with GIYM and seeing the positive benefits and effects of tennis on many children’s lives.
Laura has worked in the charity sector for the last ten years, eight of these in a Fundraiser capacity. She has experience of fundraising for medical, sports and children’s charities. Her expertise lies within Trust and Foundation fundraising, however she also has a vast knowledge of events co-ordination and management, having organised small and large events, including Corporate Clay Pigeon Shoots, Gala Dinners and Open Days. She is also confident in coordinating marathon runners for the London Marathon, having done so for 5 consecutive years for a medium sized charity. She likes to get involved with the charities she works with, and has taken part in sponsored events as part of her commitment, including doing a tandem skydive!