Later Life Training is made up of a family of people passionate about their work. From the Directors and Office Staff, to the Tutors and Assessors, we all play our bit to make LLT what it is. Scroll down to view our profiles.


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Professor Dawn Skelton

Professor Dawn Skelton

Assessor, Director, and Tutor

Dawn Skelton is an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background. She is currently Professor of Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University, in 2015 received an Honorary Doctorate for Umea University in Sweden for her work with exercise and older people and in 2016 was honoured by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy with an Hon FCSP. She was also awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - FRCP Edin. Her current research projects focus on the determinants and interventions to reduce sedentary behaviour, adapting the FaME programme for visually impaired older people and the use of the Functional Fitness MOT in outpatient musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinics to increase physical activity of older people. She specialises in research and health promotion concerning exercise and older people. Along with Susie Dinan Young, she designed and undertook the FaME (Falls Management Exercise) programme which forms the basis of the Postural Stability Instructor Training delivered by LLT. In 2004, she was co-awarded (with Susie Dinan-Young) a Certificate of Recognition from AGILE (Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People) for "Distinguished service in clinical / management / educational practice". For 8 years she was Vice-Chairman of the charity EXTEND. She is proud to be a Dementia Friend. Her interest in active ageing was nurtured at an early age, when she went for daily walks in the park with her grandfather. Being an only child, her long living grandparents were her mentors. Her passion for travel, both through work and holidays, is only rivalled by her passion to try new thrill-seeking experiences (helicopters, microlights, white water rafting, parachuting!). She loves animals, photography and Scotland! (where she now lives), anything New Zealand! and visiting her godchildren. Her mother still works for LLT and her father, who recently passed away, was the LLT administrator for 13 years! A true family business.... 
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Bob Laventure

Bob Laventure

Assessor, Director, and Tutor

A background in physical education, exercise and health promotion, for the last 25 years, Bob has worked as a consultant in physical activity and ageing. He formerly worked with the Physical Activity Programme and the ACTIVE for LIFE National Campaign at the former Health Education Authority overseeing in 1996, the first national campaign to promote physical activity with older people and the landmark Active for Later Life conference in Birmingham in 1997. From 2001 – 2016 Bob worked with BHF National Centre for Physical Activity and Health at Loughborough University UK, responsible for their leading national work on Active Ageing under the Active for Later Life Professional Resource and campaign. He has also worked with Public Health England, the Care Inspectorate (Scotland) and a large number of public, private and voluntary sector bodies in the health, sport and recreation services and local government. During that time, he has written over 50 publications, professional resources and training courses. Together with Dawn Skelton and Susie Dinan Young, Bob is a founding Director of Later Life Training and since 2003 has trained health and adult and social care professionals, physiotherapists, exercise teachers and leaders who work with older people. With Later Life Training, Bob has followed his specific interest in people living with and affected by dementia, volunteering and peer mentoring, motivation and behavior change strategies and supporting those who work with care services to increase physical activity. Together with fellow LLT Director Dawn Skelton, he is also instrumental in the implementation of the UK wide Functional Fitness MOT educational programme. Bob has also worked with national and international working groups including co-chairing the DWP (UK) Active Ageing Public Health and Active Lifestyles group and the EU HEPA Network for Ageing and Physical Activity Working Group and supporting the Profane and Profound Programmes funded by the European Community. In 2015 he chaired the EUNAAPA working group that produced The Rome Statement for the Promotion of Physical Activity in Older Persons He is an Advisory Board member to the International Council on Active Ageing and has been an advisor to over 20 physical activity and ageing research trials and national programmes, including the Age Concern Fit as a Fiddle Programme, The English Football League Extra Time programmes, the Care Inspectorate (Scotland) Care About Physical Activity programme and the Alzheimer’s Association - Age Friendly Sport and Physical Activity network. He was also a member of the Communications and Surveillance Expert Working Group, advising on the UK CMOs 2019 Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (65+). In 2012, Bob co-hosted the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing in Glasgow, Scotland and is proud to be a Past President and Lifetime honorary member of and a recipient of an AGILE (CSP Special Interest Group working with older people) Special Achievement Award. In 1996 he received the Exercise Association of England, Special Achievement Award for promoting Exercise in the Community. In 2001 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Physical Education Association of the UK. Bob's whole family loves activity, one son is a Director of Sport and rugby coach at Stamford School in Lincolnshire, the other a former professional basketball player and now personal fitness trainer in London. Bob is passionate about all things French and New Zealand (including rugby, wine and beaches), is a life-long long-distance swimmer (he swam the English Channel 1n 1969) and now an over enthusiastic grandfather and avid beach walker on the vast deserted sands of Northumberland.... 
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Dr. Susie Dinan-Young

Dr. Susie Dinan-Young

Director

Susie Dinan-Young is a Senior Clinical Exercise Practitioner and a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Free and University College School of Medicine and Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust. She previously has worked at the University of Derby on the BTec and PGCert in Osteoporosis and Falls. She has developed, supervised and delivered clinical exercise programmes in Secondary and Primary Care settings for  Departments of Physiotherapy, Old Age Psychiatry, Health Services for Older People, Cardiology, Palliative Care and Endocrinology. Her Research Fellow work for the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences focuses on exercise for the older person and involves designing educational training programmes for health and exercise professionals designing exercise protocols for research studies and implementing and evaluating outcomes in a primary care setting.  She was awarded her PhD in 2009.

She has also developed, implemented and quality assured exercise referral and recreational programmes for frailer older people in Community, Residential and nursing home settings. She is an advisor to the National Osteoporosis Society, The International Society for Physical Activity and Prevention of Osteoporosis, Falls and Fractures and The British Geriatric Society’s Special Interest Group in Health Promotion, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Dance UK’s Healthier Dancer Programme.

She is a commissioned author for the Department of Health, most recently the National Quality Assurance Framework for Exercise Referral Systems and the Exercise Evidence for Prevention of Falls and Fractures in the DoH's Prevention Package 2009, and co-author of the books ‘Strong Bones' and ‘Fitness for Seniors’. She is a co-author of the 2010 Best Practice Guidance for the Development of Exercise after Stroke Services in Community Settings from the Scottish Government.

Apart from being a director of LLT, she is also the PSI Development Co-ordinator, Internal Verifier and Senior Assessor.  She sits on the Level 4 Skills Active Standards board and liaises with the Royal College of Physicians to ensure standards of care for patients being referred to exercise.

Her background, as a dancer, with the Scottish Ballet, the founder of the Healthier Dancer programme, her BEd in Dance and Movement and Postgraduate Diploma and her collaboration with Bob Geldof on the SportAid Appeal, and her many years teaching exercise to movement to paitents, have led to an appreciation of movement and education in its widest sense. She has an undiminished and lifelong enjoyment of dance, downhill and cross country skiing, water skiing and more recently cycling. She won the Exercise England Special Achievement Award in 1990 and the Fitness Professionals Award of Excellence in 2001.

Susie is married to Prof Archie Young and lives in Edinburgh.
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David Riddell

David Riddell

Director and Office Staff

David is the Office Manager.  He has been with LLT since early 2007 and has general oversight of all the office staff and course administration.  He comes from a sports and exercise management background. His wife, Kirsteen, now also works for LLT as a part-time office assistant. [David became an LLT Director in Nov 2014]... 
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Kirsteen Riddell

Kirsteen Riddell

Office Staff

Kirsteen is David's wife and has been with LLT since early 2009!  Kirsteen works part-time in the office overseeing database input and updates and keeps a tight control over the course evaluations from the students and staff. .
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Jenny Morris

Jenny Morris

Office Staff

Jenny Morris works in the LLT office part time.  Her main input to the office is preparing all new course packs and dealing with course pack returns, tutor contracts and certificates for qualified students.  She is also a dab-hand at laminating, binding and mail-merging!  Jenny has been with LLT since late 2007. 
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Sara Paul

Sara Paul

Assessor and Tutor

Sara Paul (nee Wicebloom) is PSI/EfS/OEP PracticalTutor and Senior Assessor.  Sara previously headed up the YMCAfit Inclusive Fitness Initiative project and worked for YMCAfit as a Senior Course Director in Circuit Training, ETM, Fitness for Disabled People, Group Indoor Cycling, Gym Instruction, Studio Resistance and Walking. She also worked with Yoga Professionals.  She is a qualified Assessor (D32/33/A1) and has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science and a PGCE in Education. She is also BACR qualified. Sara worked in exercise prescription and falls prevention for 2 London boroughs from 1997-2008, including running community falls exercise service for Islington for 2 years. She has written a book - 'Training Disabled People', published 2007 and various articles about health related fitness for disabled people and older people in industry press, eg REPs Journal, FitPro. Sara is married to Suresh and has a daughter Ella.  Her interests include kayaking, walking Ronnie the dog and shopping! She also works with Suresh to support inclusive outdoor activities through Equal Adventure.... 
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Bex Townley

Bex Townley

Assessor, Director, and Tutor

Bex is a tutor and assessor for PSI/OEP/EfS and is involved with all the behind the scenes development of LLT. Bex has worked in the fitness sector for 28 years teaching clinical populations across a range of settings and actively establishing exercise services and supporting teams to deliver effective evidence based exercise in the community. Bex is one of the 5 LLT Directors, holds a range of L4 quals, Cert Ed and Assessor/IQA qualifications.... 
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Simon Hanna

Simon Hanna

Assessor and Tutor

Simon Hanna is a Clinical Exercise Specialist for Cambridgeshire Community Services (NHS) simon.hanna@nhs.net and for LLT he is a PSI/EfS/CBE/OEP Practical Tutor and Assessor. He co-developed the OEP Physiotherapy accelerated course with Vicky Johnson and is also a MMe and SLM Tutor. He is a qualified PSI, CBE and OEP, a BACR Phase IV instructor, Sports Massage & Therapy, Wright Foundation Mental Health, CYQ All Level 3 qualifications, CYQ Older Adult, CYQ Disability, has a Professional Trainer Certificate (CIEH), his PTLLs, and his assessor qualifications (D32 & 33, A1, V1). Simon is married to Neil and his hobbies include walking his 2 dogs (Dave & Shirley), playing with the Ely Early Music Group, learning to play the Lowland Pipes, and saving baby crows!... 
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Vicky Johnston

Vicky Johnston

Tutor

Vicky Johnston is a PSI Theory Tutor and co-developed the OEP Physiotherapy accelerated course with Simon Hanna. She also teaches on the Physio Approaches and PSI Update CPD days. She qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1996 and has spent the majority of her career working with older patients in community and rehabilitation settings. Vicky also has her CTLLs in Education, d Post Grad Cert in Collaborative Action Research and is a qualified PSI. She has been tutoring for LLT since 2008. Vicky’s main job is with Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and she is based in an out-patient rehabilitation unit in West Cumbria. She works with patients on an individual basis and also in groups; and sees people with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s, frailty and dementia at all stages of their journey . Vicky was also a member of the Expert Steering Committee for the ProAct65+ study which compared PSI with OEP and usual care in older people recruited from General Practices in London and Nottingham/Derby and provided advice and expertise to the study team. Vicky has recently finished her term of office as Chair of AGILE (the Professional Network for Physios working with older people), which has involved participation in many projects, initiatives and consultations on a national basis on issues relating to older people. Outside of work, Vicky has supports the Retired Greyhound Trust and has 2 retired greyhounds. Vicky is an enthusiastic (but not skilled!) trail runner and enjoys exploring the lakes, fells and trails of Cumbria.... 
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Kelsey Leverton

Kelsey Leverton

Assessor and Tutor

Kelsey Leverton has over 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry and has been tutoring and assessing for over 10 years with LLT. For LLT Kelsey delivers and assesses the Chair Based Exercise program, Exercise and Fitness After Stroke and the Otago courses and assesses on the Postural Stability Instructors course. She holds a Professional Certificate in Education (PCE) teaching qualification and is a CYQ L3 Assessor, more recently in September 2019 she completed the Quality Assurance qualification. Currently she holds a part time post as an PSI coordinator for Leicester City Council and has been conducting quality assurance visits on PSI's delivering on the Steady Steps programs across Leicestershire, plus delivering PSI sessions within the service as well. If that isn’t enough to keep her busy she has two daughters, Neave and Willow and a wonderful husband, called Bobby. They all live in Leicestershire.... 
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Jane Ward

Jane Ward

Tutor

Jane Ward has spent many years studying and teaching Tai Chi. She delivers LLT's PSI CPD day on Tai Chi. She is also qualified as a PSI and an Exercise after Stroke instructor. A former nurse, she works in Camden's exercise referral scheme.... 
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Karen Gug

Karen Gug

Assessor and Tutor

Karen is an LLT Assessor on the CBE and OEP courses, she holds a Certificate in Education and CYQ L3 Assessor qualification. Karen is a qualified instructor in EfS, PSI, OEP, CBE and Exercise to Music.  She has worked in the fitness industry for 15 years, teaching all ages (from children to older adults) and has extensive experience working with older adults and adults with learning difficulties and/or mental health issues.  Karen is currently running Falls, OEP, CBE and older adults fitness and circuit training classes in Doncaster. She has worked in conjunction with her Local Authority, Doctors Surgeries, Rotherham College, WEA and Age UK, running programmes in sports centres, residential and sheltered accommodation and in the community. In her spare time she likes to cycle and enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two sons.... 
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Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw

Assessor and Tutor

Tim is a PSI tutor and an assessor on PSI, CBE and OEP. He holds a Cert.Ed in teaching, D32/33/34 assessor qualifications and External Quality Assurance award. He also holds qualifications in CBE, OEP, L2 fitness training, Exercise to Music for Older People and Fitness assessment and exercise counselling, L3 personal trainer, first aid at work, L4 PSI, L4 Weight Management for Obesity and Diabetes and L4 Management of Lower Back Pain. He also has tutoring and assessing experience in L2 and L3 gym instructor, Personal trainer award, Fitness and lifestyle assessment, Nutrition and weight management, Exercise for the older adult, Exercise and fitness for disabled people (inclusive fitness initiative) and Core stability/posture assessment. Tim has two [grown up] children – Arran and Katie. Pets: two cats [clearly a substitute for children who have now left home!]. His interests are: cycling, weight training, poetry and coffee shops!... 
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Sheila Wilkinson

Sheila Wilkinson

Assessor and Tutor

Sheila is an LLT PSI/CBE/OEP tutor and PSI/EFS/CBE/OEP assessor. She holds an A1 assessor qualification and a Cert Ed in teaching. She also holds qualifications in Active IQ Level 4 Exercise for the management of low back pain, L4 PSI, ICE Tomahawk, CBE, Pilates, Yoga, Aqua natal Midwifery, Nordic Walking Instructor and Weight lifting! With many years of assessing experience she also teaches CBE, PSI, Pilates and works with people living with Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis and low back pain. She has published an article on exercise for breast cancer with FitPro. Sheila is proud Mum to two girls and is a keen camper, walker and reader. Sheila has been nominated to be UK trainer for Theraband Academy, starting June 2013.... 
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Janet Thomas

Janet Thomas

Tutor

Janet is a physiotherapist working part time for NHS Fife working clinically in a Day Hospital. She also works part time for Queen Margaret University with a focus on practice education.. She is a past chair of AGILE: Chartered Physiotherapists working with Older People, sits on the AGILE Scotland committee and is the UK representative to IPTOP. She has a PG Cert in Professional Education and looked at Falls risk measures as part of her MSc Physiotherapy. She is a PSI theory tutor for LLT and qualified PSI. She is co- founder of Physiotalk and is passionate about using social media to share, inform, collaborate and influence. Janet is married to Huw and has 2 ‘grown up’ children. In whatever spare time she has, she enjoys cooking and gardening and is very involved in her local church. She has recently starting running - but very slowly....... 
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Bhanu Ramaswamy

Bhanu Ramaswamy

Tutor

Bhanu Ramaswamy is an Independent Physiotherapy Consultant based in Sheffield and an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Sheffield Hallam University. Bhanu left the NHS in 2010 to follow an increasing passion for promoting the health of the older people through activity, particiarly those with long term conditions such as Parkinson’s. As part of this new career direction, Bhanu qualified as a Fitness Instructor in exercise prescription with qualifications to Level 4, and has set up a Social Enterprise business to run exercise classes for people with clinical conditions. Bhanu’s career has permitted her contribution to chapters of various books for multi-professional readership as well as publish work related to her rehabilitation role, and to her field of interest – particularly Parkinson’s, and to lecture (inter)nationally. As well as maintaining clinical practice and also her role teaching postgraduate students, Bhanu continues to be involved in both national and international strategic projects for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and is one of the representatives to the National Coalition of Active Ageing (NCAA). Her passion is to enhance activity levels in older people and for those with long term conditions and to see the advancement of practice in this field of physiotherapy and exercise prescription for a population with multiple, complex health and social care needs. Her recent proud achievements for 2012 include a nomination by members of the classes she leads to run the Olympic Torch through Sheffield earlier this year, and winning a prize at the World Congress in Active Ageing for her talk on implementing theory into practice – a presentation about using research to inform content and form of the classes she leads for people affected by Parkinson’s. In the 2016 New Years Honours List Bhanu received an OBE. Read more here.... 
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Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell

Office Staff

Louise works in the LLT Killin Office. Louise deals with all initial enquiries in the office and also helps with the day to day running of the office. Louise has a background in hotel management and customer service. She lives in Killin with her young daughter.... 
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Julia Buck

Julia Buck

Tutor

I am a strategic commissioning healthcare professional with 23 years unbroken clinical experience as a qualified neurological physiotherapist. I have worked in 12 different clinical settings and have extensive experience assessing and developing clinical, operational and management delivery in many environments across health and social care in neurological services including stroke. Since qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1989 I have completed 5 university level management and leadership qualifications. This has afforded me many skills in working across different parts of the NHS and other stakeholders including leadership, influencing, best practise implementation, project management and clinical assessment.... 
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Morag Felgate

Morag Felgate

Office Staff

Morag is a former PE teacher who wanted a career change and now deals with the day-to-day accounts and bookkeeping in the office and also helps Pete with the European portal. She lives in Killin and loves going up the mountains with her collie and her husband, Nat.... 
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Emma Cameron

Emma Cameron

Assessor and Tutor

Emma Cameron is a tutor and assessor for PSI. Emma has worked in the health and fitness industry for 27 years teaching a variety of classes from Cardiac Rehabilitation, Exercise Referral Back pain, PSI classes and Pilates. She previously worked for YMCA Fitness industry training as a course Director/Assessor/Internal Verifier. She holds a range of Level 4 qualifications and is a qualified Assessor, Internal verifier D32/33/34 and worked for YMCA awarding body as a qualified External quality Assurer. Emma still teaches PSI in the community, Tutors on the 'Understanding Dementia L2 qualification and runs a Memory club for those living with Dementia. To further support this work she is also a tutor for the Daily Sparkle which provides training for Activity Co-ordinators working with the elderly and those with Dementia. This training is an activity tool which is packed full of articles, quizzes, old news stories geared to stimulating the mind and improving memory. Emma has 2 young children Millie & Alex who keep her on her toes. When she does get free time she enjoys lifting weights in the gym!... 
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Philip Gill

Philip Gill

Assessor

Philip is a qualified PSI Instructor, he assesses CBE and OEP. He is a qualified Tutor and Assessor having been in the Fitness industry since 2003. He holds qualifications in Exercise Referral, Personal Training, Exercise to Music, First aid at work, PSI CBE, OEP to name just a few. He works in Camden north London managing the Exercise Referral, Falls and Cardiac rehab programmes. He also works within interventions to help people manage change around their lifestyle behaviours. Philip likes a good cup of coffee, enjoys travelling and cinema.... 
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Pete Campbell

Pete Campbell

Office Staff

Pete is updating all our manuals with new software - he is our go-to guy for anything computer, website or tech related. He lives in Killin with his wife Kirsty and his daughter Katie and enjoys going to the soft-play at weekends!... 
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Kathryn Lapicki

Kathryn Lapicki

Tutor

After qualifying as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2001 and completing her general rotations, Kathryn specialised in elderly medicine and has been working with older people (predominantly those who have fallen or have Parkinson’s disease) since then. Kathryn has worked within Southern Health NHS trust for the last 11 years working both on an individual basis with patients and running PSI based exercise groups. Kathryn is the newest member of the Later Life Training team, joining in March 2019 and now teaches on the PSI course.... 
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Louise Egan

Louise Egan

Tutor

Louise is a Senior Physiotherapist who works part time for South Tees NHS Foundation Trust within a community-based falls and osteoporosis service. She obtained an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2007 and has spent the majority of her career working with older people in community settings.  Louise qualified as a PSI in 2009 and is now a tutor on the PSI course.... 
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Dave Montgomery

Dave Montgomery

Tutor

Dave has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Based in Coventry and Warwickshire running a variety of classes from Cardiac rehabilitation, Chronic respiratory disease, Postural Stability, GP Referral, Exercise following Stroke, Chair based exercise and Exercise to music. He holds qualifications in Education and Training, Vocational Assessing and Internal Quality Assurance. Dave lives in Coventry with his wife Kay and the cats. A father of three grown up children and has three granddaughters.... 
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