The Team

Meet the NWUK Team

MIKE ROLLASON - Founder of Exercise Anywhere/ Sante Solutions
Mike has created a number of highly successful Leisure based businesses over a 27 year period. He combines his passions for sport and wellbeing with a love of business and his portfolio of enterprises includes:

Ski and Watersports retail outlets
Watersports centres in the UK and Greece
Health Clubs
Ski Chalets
A major Leisure park that included a waterski cable tow and attracted over a million visitors a year.
A Lesiure industry consultancy business

Mike was a Director of the Fitness Industry association (FIA)for over 10 years and is a member of the Vanguard group that represents the industry at Government level he was also involved in the creation of the register of Exercise professionals (REPs).

Mike recognises that the key to success is belief in your product and a professional approach to every aspect of your business from sales to delivery. He is committed to helping all Nordic Walking UK Instructors to reach their potential and to provide exceptional service to the public.



GILL STEWART - Marketing and Business Development

A Sports Therapist and former long distance and ultra runner, Gill has over 35 years experience in the fitness Industry. She has a passion for wellbeing and was the creator of one of the first GP referral schemes in the UK - Since then her career has involved Community physical activity promotion, Health Club management and a National membership sales role - she has a unique insight into all aspects of fitness delivery and understands how to encourage people to enjoy being active.
She still leads regular Nordic walking technique courses and delivers presentations and demo sessions all over the UK. Gill is the driving force behind the NWUK unique programmes because she believes that the way to encourage lifestyle change is to ensure classes/walks are inspirational and always provide noticeable results. Gill is the Author of The Complete guide to Nordic Walking which is being published by BLOOMSBURY press in September 2014.



MARTIN CHRISTIE - Master Trainer

Martin was one of the Founders of the original Nordic Walking trainer courses in the UK - a a qualified INWA national Coach, he developed the UK courses and personally taught over 1,000 UK Instructors including other INWA Tutors.
In 2008 he developed the improved NWUK 2 level Instructor courses in order to ensure that Nordic walking was recognised as a creditable and professional solution to wellness in the UK. In 2009 he was part of a team of Fitness Industry experts that created the CYQ accredited Nordic and Fitness Instructor course aimed at providing an entry level fitness qualification for those seeking to devlop sustainable walking programmes.



NWUK EDUCATION TEAM

NWUK TUTORS
ALL NWUK Tutors are highly qualified CYQ Tutor, Assessors and specialists in their field. They all offer the NWUK Programmes in their locality and have completed our in house Tutor training.

DENISE PAGE
Denise first qualified as a studio instructor in 1991 and her work since has taken her as far away as Singapore, where she taught the first YMCA Exercise to Music Course.
The former Head of Training & Development at YMCAfit one of the leading providers of fitness Industry training, she is a figure widely respected in the industry for her high levels of energy and motivation.
Denise is a professional presenter who combines a love of outdoor fitness with a passion for the quality of fitness Industry education standards.



JASON FEAVERS
Jason first tried Nordic Walking as part his Cardiac Rehabilitation instructor training. Jason found that Nordic Walking complemented his existing running and mountain biking training, as well as being a safe and effective method of training for clients with health conditions including heart conditions, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and many orthopaedic conditions including osteoarthritis.
Jason lectures on exercise referral and is the co-ordinator for the City of York scheme. Jason was the creator of the NWUK Wellbeing programme and has a keen interest in mindfulness.



NICOLA PARSONS
Nicky moved from 15 years in medicine to train as an exercise referral and cardiac rehabilitation specialist in 2001, in order to help patients improve their health outside the hospitals. She trained as a Nordic Walking Instructor in 2008 as she felt that, as well as being a fitness activity that could be enjoyed by everyone, Nordic Walking is an extremely effective rehab tool in a huge number of chronic medical conditions.
Nicky is also a BASI Nordic National Ski Teacher and a member of the Mountain Leader Training Association (Hill Walking Group Leader qualified).



ROBIN GARGRAVE
A leading figure in the fitness Industry, Robin is an International presenter who has been delivering fitness industry training for over 20 years.
The former Director of leading training body YMCA fit, Robin now runs a consultancy service for every aspect of Training, Education And Community Health.
He specialises in the development of courses that centre around physical activity promotion and behaviour change.



INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES

ITSIK LEVY
Itsik is the owner of innovative wellbeing company Ecogym in Israel. He attended both our Instructor training and Tutor programme and now delivers NWUK accredited Instructor training across Israel. In cooperation with Eshel - The Organisation for Planning and Development of Services for the Elderly in Israel, he has also trained 80 community instructors, who are establishing Nordic Walking groups for retirees and senior citizens in local municipalities throughout the country.
Itsik also has close links with the Parkinson’s association and sports authority of Israel.



NWUK REGIONAL PROGRAMME MANAGERS
The NWUK Programme Managers are experienced NWUK Instructors who deliver our programmes and represent us regionally by providing demonstrations and mentoring new instructors on programming and business. Many of them are also on the NWUK Tutor development programme which includes CYQ Tutor and Assessor qualifications.

HQ OFFICE/ADMIN TEAM

LISA BORROMEO- Support Admin Manager
Lisa provides endless support for all Instructors and Tutors. Her constant effeciency means Instructors get their marketing tool kits, commissions, websites and training days on time and she makes a point of contacting our delivery partners every month to offer advice.



KAYE LAY- Training Admin Manager
Kaye has a wealth of experience in dealing with Local Authorities and understands the processes and budgetry constraints. She is passionate about helping projects to develop affordable and sustainable solutions. For Individuals she provides advice on finding the correct courses offerred by our academy.



HELEN INCHBALD - Accounts Manager
Helen is the sensible, organised member of the team who strives to keep tabs on the rest of us and the fast expanding enterprise that is NW HQ!



Chloe Cooper - Marketing, Social Media and Training Support
Chloe is a marketing specialist who manages the NWUK social media accounts and offers training and support to all delivery partner Instructors. She also manages the Membership benefits and business partnerships.



Lauren Brewer - Retail Advice an Customer Support
Lauren is a health and exercise science graduate who is passionate about exercise and the great outdoors. A qualified NWUK Instructor she oversees the retail department and has extensive knowledge about all the kit and accessories supplied by NWUK. She manages the Instructors shop and drop accounts and ensures the stock and website are all up to date.



Kieron Lawlor - Data Analyst
Keen cyclist and former RNLI helm on the Brighton Lifeboat, Kieron worked for NWUK for two years in his youth and was the driving force behind the Membership benefits and newsletters. Now a successful data analyst, he remains a key part of the team – forever on hand with advice, suggestions and support. He is a sports enthusiast who really understands the importance of communication.




DAVID CHURCHILL - I.T. and SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT
David is at the forefront of our website and Freedom card scheme development. A multi skilled graphic designer and programmer, he strives to ensure that our Customers continue to experience a good service.



Shadow the Dorset office dog
Small and white - LOVES Nordic walking and delighted to be surrounded by poles all day!
We all beleive that being active outdoors is THE best way to stay healthy and get the most out of life! - Our combined experience spans 55 years of sport and activity delivery and between us we ensure we provide the best possible training and support for our Instructors.
Above all, we aim to help as many people as possible to experience how effective and enjoyable Nordic Walking can be!
The NWUK Team
We worked hard to create a worldwide qualification that we firmly believe will raise the standards of Nordic Walking delivery. Our Diploma in Exercise referral is also ground breaking and we will continue to lead the way in the standard and quality of both education and programmes.


NWUK Team