The current Professional Standards Committee is made up of:

  • Julian Berriman, Director, United Kingdom
  • Anna Szumilewicz, Deputy Director – Standards, Poland
  • Alexis Batrakoulis, Deputy Director – EREPS, Greece
  • Dr Michael Harrison, Deputy Director - Accreditation, Ireland

Anna Szumilewicz

PhD in exercise science, Vice-dean for Education in the Faculty of Tourism and Recreation, at Gdansk University of Physical Education and Sport (AWFiS), Poland.

Since 2011 she has been actively cooperating with EuropeActive (EA). As a member of Professional Standards Committee, she has been involved in developing EA’s Standards at various EQF levels. She has been an expert in the EA’s projects on "Relevance of Sector and International Qualifications and Frameworks to the EQF" (SIQAF) and "Blueprint for Skills Cooperation and Employment in Active Leisure".

In Poland, she is a member of the Presidium of the Council for Education and Training of Physical Culture Professionals at the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism. She is an expert on education at the National Methodology-Training Centre of the Society for the Promotion of Physical Culture (KOMSz TKKF), which is one of the largest organization in Poland for Vocational Education and Training in the field of sport for all. She also cooperates with the Educational Research Institute (IBE) in Warsaw, which is an institution conducting interdisciplinary research concerning the functioning and effectiveness of the education system in Poland. For her achievements in modernizing the Polish system of educating exercise professionals Anna was awarded the Medal of the National Education Commission (2016) by the Polish Ministry of Education and the Bronze Medal for Services to Sport (2017) by the Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism.

Her research interests are bi-directional. On the one hand, she analyses the areas of knowledge, skills and competencies of exercise professionals in relation to the concept of European Qualification System. On the second hand, in the experimental studies she assess the influence of various exercise programmes on women’s health, including women in the pre- and postnatal period. Based on the results of scientific research and practical experience she has developed special training program "FemFit Mama" for women in pregnancy and postpartum, carried out in fitness clubs in Poland.

She is the author of over fifty scientific and popular-science papers in the field of women's health-related physical activity.

Alexis Batrakoulis

has been involved in the fitness industry in the past 25 years as a practitioner, educator, and subject matter expert throughout Greece and worldwide. He holds a BSc in Sport Science, an MSc in Exercise and Health, and is preparing to earn a PhD in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in Exercise and Obesity while holding numerous credentials through ACSM, NSCA, NASM, and ACE. He is the Founder and Education Director of the International Obesity Exercise Training Institute (IOETI) while he serves as a Member on several Committees and Councils for the ACSM, NSCA and EuropeActive.

He has also been the Leader of Technical Experts Group for the standards development of Weight Management Exercise Specialist qualification onto EREPS.

He received the global award of the 2018 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year and currently works as an exercise physiologist and global fitness educator teaching courses on exercise and health in 40 countries.

Dr Michael Harrison

Dr Michael Harrison is Chair of the Council of REPS Ireland and a board member of Ireland Active since 2014.  The Council establishes policy for and oversees the operation of the Irish national register of exercise professionals.  He has been part of Irish health services working groups to establish exercise referral services in Ireland and is a co-author of the 2016 National Exercise Referral Framework for Ireland. 

Michael is Head of Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Waterford Institute of Technology, a higher education institution in the South East of Ireland.  He is an exercise physiologist supervising postgraduate students to PhD level.  His research investigates the influence of exercise in chronic disease cohorts including cancer.  Other research considers exercise-related changes in circulating immune cells that have the potential to influence vascular health. 

Michael is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.