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.

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 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.

ADELE HOWLETT - Adele has literally come up through the ranks at NWUK - An instructor who developed a fantastic local group she has now completed her Tutor qualifications and inspires others to do likewise. She teaches our Diploma, Basic Strength and Conditioning and Wellbeing modules

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 Nicky but as she also a BASI Nordic National Ski Teacher and a member of the Mountain Leader Training Association she now only teaches our SKI FIT

INNES KERR - Innes is our business development Director and his role is to Propogate Purple Partnerships in order to build the brand and help our Instructors to succeed


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.

MANDY SHINTANI - URBAN POLING CANADA - NWUK works in Partnership with Mandy and her team in order to promote the use of strapless Activator walking poles and rehabilitation programmes. Mandy is an OT with a backgraound in Active Ageing and rehabilitation.


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 on time.

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!

EMMA LACEY - Emma is our Education Support assistant who also works one day a week on the PURBECK WALX Festival which we run every year near our HQ in Dorset. Emma helps our new Instructors learn how to use the systems and support them right through to their launch date

EVE BAKER - Eve Baker manages the Membership benefits and renewals. She works tirelessly to make sure our Members enjoy great discounts and get their precious Membership cards on time!

REBECCA CAVENDISH - An Admin wizard - our Rebecca manages the retail section, processessing pole orders and making sure we have the right stock at all times

DAVE COLLINS - Dave is the retail store kit man! Dave knows what is is and where it is at all times. Ask him about any pole and he will know all the technical stuff plus if its in stock.


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.

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