Sophie Hamer – Assistant Facilities Manager
Sophie joined the University in December 2003 as a Sports Assistant. She gained promotion to Sports Supervisor in May 2004 and continued in this role until October 2005, when she became a Duty Manager before taking on her current role in March 2012.
Her responsibilities involve looking at the long term maintenance and development of all Sports Facilities on campus, as well as dealing with staffing issues, training and health and safety in the workplace.
In addition she is a qualified National Pool Lifeguard Trainer Assessor.
Before working at Team Bath she studied for a degree in Sports Education and Leisure Management at the University of Gloucestershire.
Matthew John – Shift Manager
Matthew started working at Team Bath in July 2001 after leaving a background in retail. Since then he has worked his way up through ranks.
He has a history of playing a variety of sports, focussing mainly on rugby, representing his local area at District and County levels.
These days he enjoys keeping fit through running and weight training.
Facilities Sales Team
Catherine Evans – Facilities Sales and Development Manager
Date joined Team Bath: November 1999
Catherine is responsible for leading the Facilities Sales & Development Team which in turn supports and manages the facility needs of the University student and staff body, the requirements of our NGB partners and those of our internal departments. We also have a strong external focus; working closely with non-resident NGB’s, TeamBath Partner & Community Clubs, Schools, Organisations, etc. across the South of England and further afield, managing both ad hoc & regular bookings along with Events and Training Camp related activity.
Catherine comes from a fitness-related background and in a former lifetime she studied Sports Science at the University of Liverpool before managing a Fitness Club in Southampton.
Previously a competitive gymnast, she now keeps fit through running, Bootcamp classes and chasing around after her daughter!
Clare Pell – Facilities Sales Officer (part-time) and Team Bath Rugby Co-ordinator (part-time)
Date joined Team Bath: November 2010
Clare looks after bookings of the indoor and outdoor athletics facilities and the push-start bobsleigh/skeleton track.
Clare worked in a variety of sports development and customer service-focussed roles before joining Team Bath. In her spare time, Clare played rugby and now eats lots of chocolate!
Lynn Chapell – Facilities Sales Officer (part-time)
Date joined Team Bath: May 2011
Within the Facilities Sales Team, Lynn is responsible for the hydrotherapy and ice bath, meeting rooms and fitness classes.
Prior to having twins in March 2006, Lynn was Ticket Sales and Matchday Operations Manager for Bristol Rugby. All her spare time is now taken up getting her sports-mad twins to their various activities, which include a daily swim, triathlon training, tennis, football club and piano lessons. Packing 23 kit bags a week is quite demanding, so she thinks of it as “keeping fit by association”.
Sam Holmes – Health & Fitness Manager
Date joined Team Bath: October 2013
- Managing the gym
- Ensuring all members have a safe and enjoyable experience
- Overseeing the group exercise and personal training aspects of the business
Sam has 16 years’ experience in the fitness industry in roles such as fitness instructor & class instructor for a range of health clubs, national tutor/assessor and master trainer for one of the largest training providers in the UK, personal trainer and area manager.
His qualifications include a BSc in Sport, Fitness and Coaching, exercise referral, ante and post-natal exercise, older populations, personal training and a wide range of group exercise qualifications such as kettlebell, studio cycling and suspension training.
Alison Blackett – Heath & Fitness Instructor
Date joined Team Bath: 2002
- Designing and tailoring fitness programmes to help customers achieve their goals
- Inducting new members
- Ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the gym
Ali is an NVQ Level 3 Personal Trainer.
Her main areas of interest are pre and post-natal, core stability and sport massage therapy.
She is an established and experienced freelance massage therapist and reflexologist but her specialist area is sports massage therapy.
Chloe Williams – Personal Trainer
Helping people to achieve their goals by applying sport science knowledge and strength and conditioning experience, whilst focusing on enjoyment and motivation. Chloe can help with a wide range of training interests, from working towards sport specific goals to improving general strength, health, and aesthetics.
- Sport and Exercise Science Masters student – relevant areas studied include human physiology and responses to exercise, nutrition and metabolism, physical activity and health, the science of strength and power training and psychology of motivation
- Masters research project in high-intensity interval training (HIIT)
- Level 1 Australian strength and conditioning qualification
- A year working with athletes at the NSW Institute of Sport in Australia
- Level 2 Fitness Instructor
- Level 2 Circuits Instructor
- Spinning instructor
James Catlin – Personal Trainer and Fitness Class Instructor
Date joined Team Bath: August 2017
Former roles/experience: Having played rugby to a high standard for more than ten years, I have worked and trained with some of the top strength and conditioning coaches in the country. I studied Sports Performance at the University of Bath, graduating with 1st Class honours, and am currently completing an MRes Health and Wellbeing.
Terry Clifton – Personal Trainer
Date joined Team Bath: December 2015
- Consultations with clients including personal goal-setting, health appraisal, and exercise and daily lifestyle analysis
- Bespoke personal training and exercise programmes/routines
- Personally training and motivating clients on a one-to-one basis ensuring they achieve their goals in the Team Bath Gym environment
Terry is a highly qualified and experienced personal trainer who has a wealth of experience in the fitness industry. He says: “I take professional pride in motivating and training my clients to achieve their health and fitness goals and I treat every client as a unique individual.”
Terry’s previous roles include sport centre management, sports development officer and senior fitness instructor. He is a qualified instructor in circuit training, core stability, Boxercise, suspension training and studio cycling.
Terry is a strong advocate of continual professional development and is currently completing REPs Level 4 in Obesity and Diabetes Management.
Qualifications: BA Sports Degree, REPs Level 3 Qualifications in Personal Training, Client Lifestyle and Fitness Assessment, Nutrition and Weight Management, Advanced Gym Instructor and GP Exercise Referral.
Matt Legg – Personal Trainer
Date joined Team Bath: 2016
- Providing gym programmes and inductions.
- Ensuring the members have a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Maintaining a pleasant training environment.
Former roles/experience: Matt has more than two years experience at the University of Bath as a health and fitness instructor, including taking classes, providing programmes and delivering personal training sessions. His qualifications include HNC in Sport & Exercise Science, suspension training, personal training and circuits instructor.
Matt Smith – Personal Trainer
Date joined Team Bath: 2013
Matt’s primary role at TeamBath is personal training. He has more than ten years of experience in PT-ing and writing programmes for clients. He has a long and successful history with a wide range of clients from typical weight loss to running the Bath Half and muscle gain but he also helped his clients learn new skills like Olympic lifting, human flag and even trained clients to climb Kilimanjaro.
Matt’s second role at TeamBath is running a large number of classes with ever-increasing popularity. Matt only recently took on this role and has since been looking to implement new and different ways to challenge each class, thereby making sure to meet everyone’s fitness needs from beginners to elite athletes, allowing them to work alongside and motivate one another.
Matt has always loved sports and claims to have tried every sport there is and with success! He fondly remembers winning sports day at school and finally representing his country at javelin and roller hockey.
Matt graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Sports Performance and has since worked in the fitness industry as a gym instructor, personal trainer and class instructor.
BSc Sports Performance, Level 2 Qualification in Gym Instruction Level 3 Qualification in Personal Training, FKPro instruction, a variety of Nutritional Courses, Level 4 Qualification in Sports Massage, First Aid and most recently Ricky Hatton Boxing Academy.
Kate Sword Whitehead – Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
Date joined Team Bath: March 2018
- Working the gym floor as a fitness instructor, taking members through inductions, creating fitness programmes and making sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.
- Class instructor for a wide range of fitness classes offered at Team Bath.
- Personal trainer providing tailored programmes, exercises and advise to help you achieve your goals.
I passed my Level 2 and 3 qualifications in May 2017. I have a background in archaeology, having both an Undergraduate and Masters degree in the subject, and have worked as an archaeologist in the UK and abroad. I have always been active, both with my former job and also in my personal life, having joined CrossFit in June 2017.
My special areas of interest include functional training, increasing strength and general fitness, intuitive eating and body positivity. Most importantly I want to help my clients be happier in themselves and focus on bringing the joy back into movement.
Qualifications: Level 2 Fitness Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Emergency First Aid at Work.
Physio & Sport Science Centre Team
Gina Godridge – Practice Manager
Date joined Team Bath: 2000
- Supervises all administrative duties necessary to support the staff and activities of the Physio and Sport Science Centre
Gina worked as a dental nurse/tutor before arriving at the University of Bath. Her first introduction to life in the sports department was at the start of the Sydney Olympics.
Gina loves working with people, prides herself in wanting to help people and aims to make their experience at Team Bath a positive one.
Katy Williams – Senior Physiotherapist
Date joined Team Bath: 2010
Primary responsibilities and qualifications: Katy provides a musculoskeletal outpatients / multi-sports physiotherapy service for national governing bodies, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), elite sports training camps and focus sports, as well as private insured and non-insured patients.
She predominantly delivers on the Team Bath Tennis International High Performance Centre Programme and the University of Bath Rugby Programme. She is also contracted with the English Institute of Sport, England Rugby, England Athletics and LTA Tennis.
Katy is a MSc Sports Physiotherapy examiner, clinical placement co-ordinator and mentor, as well as a BSc Sports Science placement co-ordinator and mentor.
She has an MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is a member of the MACP, ACPSEM and AACP.
Joni Morley – Senior Physiotherapist
Date joined Team Bath: May 2015
- Team Bath Swimming
- Special interest in Hypermobility
- Running Biomechanics and Re-education
Joni qualified with a BSc honours degree from UCL in 1995 and has 23 years of clinical experience. She initially worked for 15 years at some of London’s leading NHS and private hospitals and clinics.
She has a personal background in dance and developed a specialised service for treating all kinds of performers in London, including musicians, actors, artists and dancers. She then toured the world for a few years as the sole medical practitioner for NoFit State Circus, Britain’s leading contemporary circus.
Joni has also worked for the last seven years at Bath Clinic and has extensive postoperative and rehabilitation experience. She has gained post-graduate qualifications in Pilates and Acupuncture and has a diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.
Joni has a particular interest in treating complex neck, shoulder and pelvis problems and the correction of longstanding movement dysfunctions which can resolve most rehabilitation and postural issues.
She enjoys working with hypermobility issues and is a very experienced hands-on joint and soft tissue manual therapist. She also has a special interest in the functional biomechanics of running and is able to analyse, re-educate and rehabilitate any movement and running issues.
Adam Kwasnicki – Physiotherapist
Primary responsibilities: Lead physiotherapist for the University of Bath rugby team.
Former roles/experience: Private practice in Richmond upon Thames; assistant physio with Rugby Football Union (RFU) covering the Professional Referee group and England 7s Rugby.
I have a significant background in elite sport with particular interest and experience in rugby. I am experienced with diagnosing numerous musculoskeletal conditions and rehabilitating from post operation all the way back to people’s desired goals and targets.
I really enjoy working with motivated people who want to get back to exercise and activity at whatever level they enjoy.
Gemma Prior-Reeves – Performance Support Manager
Gemma qualified from the University of Chichester with a BSC (Hons) Sports Therapy in 2006. In 2007 she travelled to Australia and worked as a massage therapist in Australia for four months at the Australian Institute of Sport based in Thredbo. On returning to the UK she worked at BMI Bath Clinic as a Physiotherapy Assistant and sports massage therapist. She has worked at Circle Bath Hospital since 2010, delivering Sports Massage to members of the public, patients that have undergone recent surgery and athletes. Separately she has worked with the British Bobsleigh team.
Following her degree Gemma has gained her Dry Needling Certificate, Taping & Strapping Certificate and attended a Myofascial Release course specifically for Headaches and Migraines. She is customer focused and tailors the treatment to the individual.
Gemma has massaged at a number of events including the annual Bath Half-Marathon, Cycle Sportives, Bath Triathlon, Ministry of Defence Sports Day and the BUCS Indoor Nationals.
Megan Beswick – Lead Sports Massage Therapist
- Lead sports massage therapist at Team Bath’s Physio and Sport Science Centre
Megan qualified from Cardiff Metropolitan University with a Bsc (Hons) in Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage in 2014. She then went on and completed her MSc in Sports Therapy at University of Gloucestershire, expanding on her clinical and sport experience as she studied part-time. Megan has experience of being lead sports therapist with a variety of football and rugby teams. Previous to her role at University of Bath, Megan was teaching in further education having specific focus on the sports massage and sports injuries modules.
Claire Allison – Sports Massage Therapist
Claire has worked in the health and fitness industry for the past 20 years. Having studied at the London School of Sports Massage, she gained a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy. She has previously worked at the Harbour Club in Chelsea and Westover House, a private doctors clinic in Wandsworth. Claire combines working at Team Bath with travelling to see private clients in London.
Fiona Lithander – Sports Nutritionist
Date joined Team Bath: February 2016
- To provide evidence-based nutrition advice on the appropriate amount, type and timing of intake of food and fluid for all athletes, sports teams and private individuals
- Specific specialist areas include training nutrition, preparation for competition (including competition day fluid and food), recovery nutrition, hydration, body size and shape, and dietary supplements
- As a qualified dietitian, Fiona can also advise athletes with diabetes, coeliac, food intolerance and allergies etc.
Fiona has 15 years’ experience working as a nutrition researcher and lecturer in universities, and as a sports nutritionist for athletes from a range of sports including triathlon, running, multi-sport, football and water polo. Her BSc, MSc and PhD all in nutrition mean that she has an excellent understanding of the impact of nutrients on optimal health and performance across training and competitive sport, and can translate the latest nutrition research into meaningful advice and recommendations for athletes.
Fiona’s PhD was in the area of fuel metabolism, that is, how the body utilises the fuels carbohydrate, protein and fat in different conditions. Fiona uses this expertise to help athletes to understand the importance of appropriate fuelling for optimal sporting performance.
For more information about the nutrition services Fiona can offer, see our Sports Nutrition page.
For a full breakdown of Fiona’s qualifications and experience, see her full biography: Fiona Lithander [PDF]
Jonathan Robinson – Applied Sport Scientist
Date joined Team Bath: June 1997
- Lab-based applied sport science support to all categories of athletes, sports and talent levels
- Catering to athletes of any level wanting to improve, monitor and fine-tune their performance (predominantly, but not exclusively, endurance and team sports athletes)
- Mentoring teachers and lecturers wanting to add practical experience to their various academic courses via educational visits to the University
Jonathan has providing sport science support to a wide variety of national governing bodies including:
UK Athletics, GB Bobsleigh, GB Bob-Skeleton, Luge, GB Modern Pentathlon, GB Triathlon, GB Swimming, GB Judo, GB Cycling, GB Rowing, GB Kayak and Canoeing, GB Volleyball, GB Beach Volleyball, GB Orienteering, England Netball, GB Rhythmic Gymnastics, GB Sailing Snowboarding, GB Tennis, and Paralympics GB’s Talent Transition Programme (across a range of summer and winter sports).
He has also worked with a number of professional sports clubs including:
Bath (rugby), Bristol City, Coventry City, QPR, Sunderland, Southampton Satellite Academy, Premier League Player Development Camps(all football) and also with various individuals in motor racing and motor-cross.
For a full breakdown of Jonathan’s qualifications and experience, see his full biography: Jonathan Robinson[PDF]
Strength & Conditioning Team
Harri Cizmic – Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach
Date joined Team Bath: September 2016
- Support to TASS, Team Bath (BUCS Super Rugby) and Team Bath Judo.
Harri has an MSc Sport Strength and Conditioning degree and is an UKSCA-accredited strength and conditioning coach.
He joins Team Bath having completed a short-term lecturing position in Strength and Conditioning Science at St Mary’s University. Prior to this he led the S&C programme at a high-performance tennis academy for over two years. Other roles have included extensive work with young athletes, the Team Bath Netball Superleague squad, Team Bath Tennis and TASS athletes.
George Studd – Strength and Conditioning Coach
Primary responsibilities: Strength and Conditioning Coach for Team Bath Netball, badminton, swimming, hockey, rugby league and BUCS athletes.
Qualifications: MSc Strength and Conditioning, BSc Sports Studies with an emphasis on strength and conditioning, FdSc Sports Performance.
Former roles/experience: Semi-professional rugby player at Otley Rugby Club and Darlington Mowden Park. George graduated from Nothumbria University with a MSc in Strength and Conditioning having gained experience working in both professional rugby and football.
Marketing, Commercial & PR Team
Our PR and Marketing is delivered via a consultancy agreement with Matchtight Ltd. Here is the Matchtight team currently servicing this contract:
Caroline Searle – Communications Consultant
Caroline is a University of Bath graduate and now manages Team Bath’s PR, marketing, website and media relations strands on a consultancy agreement through Bath-based company Matchtight Ltd, of which she is Managing Director.
She has extensive contacts and experience within the spheres of sports, event management, news, sports marketing and leisure consumer media, as well as with national single-sport and multi-sport organisations.
Neil Rose – Matchtight Press and Social media
Neil joined the Matchtight Team working on the Team Bath account from the Bath Chronicle where for seven years he was Deputy Head of Sport. Prior to that he was Sports Editor with Central Independent Newspapers in the Midlands. He is a skilled journalist and a graduate of Cardiff University.
Bryn Vaile MBE – Matchtight Director
Bryn is director of Matchtight Ltd. In 1988 Bryn won Olympic Gold in sailing’s Star class keelboat. He was awarded the MBE in 1989 for services to sport – the same year in which he was voted the Yachtsman of the Year.
A trained marketing executive who previously worked for Mobil Oil, Mondosport (sports sponsorship) and PNTA (marketing consultancy), he was a member of the British Olympic Association’s Athletes’ Committee from 1989 until 1993. He was one of the authors of the BOA Athlete Report 1993 which was widely accepted by the sports world as an authoritative basis for the future of British Sport, leading to the creation of an English Institute of Sport.
In a voluntary capacity he worked with British Bob-Skeleton Association on their performance strategy & planning as well as overall management from 2003-2012. During that time he also became President of the organisation.
Amy Woodman – Matchtight Marketing Coorindator
Amy is Matchtight’s marketing coordinator and who works on the Team Bath account. She is also a long-jumper. In 2009 she became English National Long Jump champion with victory in Sheffield. She defended the title the following year.
She studied studied Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff, before winning a two year scholarship to Ferris State University at Big Rapids, Michigan, USA where she also undertook the duties of jumps coach.
In March 2008 she won the USA National Collegiate Championships (NCCA) which were held at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Memberships and Sales Team
Miles Peyton – Sales Manager
Miles joined Team Bath in 2004 and is responsible for managing our sales teams and for commercial opportunities at the Sports Training Village.
Formerly the General Manager at a London-based private health club, he studied Sport Science at University. A keen cyclist and a passionate Arsenal fan, he is also a talented cartoonist.
Harriet Hings – Membership Sales Consultant
Harriet started working as a Membership Sales Consultant in January 2007.
She began working for Team Bath in 2004 fulfilling many different roles such as fitness instructor, receptionist and tennis coach.
Harriet’s main responsibility is selling memberships, namely the Team Bath Gym and gold package, to the public sector and students of the University.
She studied Sport and Exercise Science here at the University and enjoys most sports, her passion being tennis which she plays at county level.
Harriet would be pleased to hear from you if you are interested in keeping fit and healthy and would like information regarding our memberships, so give her a call on 01225 385374 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Training and Development Team
Sarah Jones – Programme Manager
Sarah has been working with Team Bath Training and Development since 2007 and is responsible for overseeing the delivery of marketing, the recruitment and registration of students with our awarding bodies and examinations on all our programmes.
Sarah is also a qualified Personal Trainer and Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Practitioner working with international athletes.
Jemma Plummer – Programme Lead: Technical & Operational
Jemma started as Sports Assistant in April 2004, then progressed through to a Supervisor before becoming a Duty Manager – a position she held for more than seven years. She now works with the Team Bath Training & Development team, delivering sessions in such areas as first aid and lifeguard instruction.
James Lambdon – Programme Lead (Sport Psychology and Lifestyle)
James is a chartered sport and exercise psychologist, registered within the British Psychological Society (BPS). He is responsible for the delivery of sport and exercise psychology and lifestyle support across Team Bath sports, TASS athletes and clients of the Physio and Sports Science Centre. James also teaches on the Sport and Exercise Science degree programme run by the Department of Health.
Prior to joining Team Bath, James combined a number of teaching and applied sport psychology positions at UK universities with a role as head coach of the Elite Development Programme at Chelsea Ladies Football Club.
He has extensive experience of delivering psychological support to individuals, groups and teams, from grassroots to Olympic level athletes, across a wide range of sports such as athletics, badminton, fencing, free-diving, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, motor-racing, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby, tennis and triathlon.
Tribe, Schools & Student Experience Team
Greg Sharp – Deputy Director of Sport
Greg joined Team Bath in 2002 as a sports development co-ordinator and has worked his way up to be a member of the senior management team.
In September 2013 he stepped up to become Deputy Director of Sport. This role sees him lead on the Department’s contribution to the student experience, widening participation and developing sporting pathways. He line manages five of the department’s head coaches, focusing on staff development and on building on the strong relationship with the Students’ Union.
A University of Bath Sport and Exercise Science graduate, he also has a diploma in Sports Psychology from Newcastle College.
Greg was responsible for the creation of our popular Team Bath Tribe programme and works closely with our partner organisations to develop a wealth of youth pathways through curriculum-based and other projects using both on-site and outreach delivery.
A former footballer, he was a member of the Team Bath team that reached the first round proper of the FA Cup in 2002 – becoming the first University side to reach that round for more than 120 years.
He coached the University of Bath women’s football team that won the BUCS title for the first time in 2005.
He also put together the successful bids to Sport England for funding for the Team Bath Talent Development Centre and the Active Universities programme. He worked closely with Brian Roper helping to secure eight years of funding for Team Bath Tribe projects by Roper Rhodes.
An Olympic torchbearer in the lead-up to London 2012, he acts as an advisor on education projects to the British Olympic Foundation.
Jess Clements – Sports Development Assistant Manager
Jess joined Team Bath in 2001 as a trampoline coach and moved on to become a Tribe Co-ordinator, Sports Development Coordinator and was then promoted to Sports Development Officer.
She is an ex Great Britain trampolinist having competed nationally and internationally for over 10 years. She was twice World Synchro Champion and has been involved in gymnastics and trampolining for over 20 years.
Jess graduated from Buckinghamshire University in 2002 with a degree in Leisure Management and Sports Studies.
She is now responsible for Team Bath Tribe Activities on campus; community sports links, school visits, school events and festivals and developing the ongoing relationships with local and national sports organisations.