Meet the team

Working to support your fitness journey


Owner and Personal Trainer

Dan’s passion for fitness started during his time serving in the Royal Air Force, doing several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan during his years of service. From starting My Gym Space in Nottinghamshire in 2012, the gym and the membership has grown and evolved, with hundreds of men and women changing their lives and approach to their fitness by learning from Dan’s expertise and experience. His drive and commitment to changing peoples’ lives and mindsets means that Fortis continues to get great results for all its members.


In Dan’s spare time he loves spending time with his family and going on days out, and is also a bit of a secret nerd and enjoys gaming!


Owner and Nutrition Coach

Along with Dan, Emma’s passion for fitness and nutrition was at the heart of My Gym Space opening and thriving, delivering transformations for people of all different backgrounds.


Her expertise is in supporting members to understand how to correctly fuel their bodies and to make better choices with their food intake. She is the voice of constant support for our members, getting to the core of their aspirations (and fears), and ensuring that Fortis delivers a programme that can help them realistically achieve their goals.


Outside of working with the Fortis community, Emma enjoys snowboarding, spending fun, family time with their four children and then escaping into the float tank for an hours peace! 


Mike Watkinson
Head Coach

Fortis’ head coach Mike has worked in the leisure and fitness industry for ten years, spending half of that time as a personal trainer helping many people achieve their fitness goals.

Whether our members want to lose weight or build muscle, Mike’s experience, motivation techniques and expert knowledge supports every Fortis member to work towards their goals. He develops strong bonds with members, celebrating their success and pushing them to do one more rep – even when they think they can’t!

When he is not helping the Fortis crew smash their goals, you can find him spending time with his two baby boys (one human, one dog!) or gaming with the boys!


David Fletcher
Assistant Manager and Coach

Overseeing everything Fortis is our gym manager David. He has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry, working throughout the UK in a variety of different positions. Having worked from a fitness coach to club management and everything in-between, his vast knowledge benefits our members – he loves working with people to help motivate them to achieve their goals.

Away from the gym David can often be found enjoying a visit to a good coffee shop with the family for a nice piece of cheesecake! (We promise not to tell Emma about this last bit…)


Nicola Atherton
Administrative Assistant

Nicola has been with Fortis since 2019, coming on board as administrative assistant at around the same time she became a member of the gym. She supports with membership enquiries and member queries, using her own experience as a member to provide the best possible service for our Fortis community. 

When she's not working (or working out!) at Fortis, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family, out walking in the woods or at the seaside with her husband, children and two dogs.


Jo Gregg
Facilities Manager

Jo came onboard with Fortis in 2020 after making a commitment to improve her health and fitness, starting as a member during lockdown. She loved the friendly and supportive atmosphere so much she joined us as facilities manager helping to maintain the high standards of the club and supporting users of The Float Space.

Jo loves helping people and spends her spare time out and about with her family or entertaining friends. Any free time she has she loves walking, reading, baking and listening to music.