Pilates Plus

Whichever class you choose, you’ll be taught in a small group by one of our friendly instructors. We’re all fully trained and qualified, with years of Pilates experience under our belts, and we’d love to meet you.

Kate Mawer

Kate Mawer

Kate’s owned and run Pilates Plus and The Lilley Clinic for the last ten years. She’s a fully qualified, practising physio and Pilates instructor, who teaches classes, treats patients and generally takes care of our whole team.

She trained at Oxford Brookes University and before Pilates Plus she worked at Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, where she specialised in post-orthopaedic surgery rehabilitation.

When Kate’s not here in the studio, you’ll find her looking after her two children, heading out for a run and keeping our bookings ship shape.

Victoria Diwell

Victoria Diwell

Victoria’s been a qualified Pilates instructor for over 15 years and an exercise instructor for over 20. She loves the way Pilates teaches balance, control, strength and mobility in a low-stress, inclusive way.

In fact, she says she can’t imagine doing anything else. Which might be surprising, given that she graduated with a degree in performing arts. Looking for a change, she took a role managing a gym and quickly found her love for dance was a great fit with studio classes.

Over the years, she’s taught a whole range of exercise techniques, but today she’s focused on Pilates, as well as bringing up her two boys.

Liza Grashion

Liza Grashion

Liza is a chartered physiotherapist and APPI-qualified Pilates instructor who’s been part of the Pilates Plus team for 15 years. Pilates plays a huge part in her personal fitness, enabling her to compete in triathlons and half marathons.

She has over 30 years experience in the NHS – 15 spent working as an advanced physiotherapy practitioner specialising in spines. With an underlying spinal issue of her own, due to a minor accident as a teenager, Liza has first-hand knowledge of the impact and treatments of back pain.

She has an MSc from Oxford University in the evaluation of healthcare, and firmly believes laughing uses the same deep core muscles as Pilates – something that’s apparent in her classes!

Emily Wallace

Emily Wallace

Emily’s been a Pilates instructor since 2011 and finds it a really rewarding job. She’s always been fascinated by health and wellbeing, and loves the way Pilates gets people moving, whatever age and ability they are.

After graduating with a degree in exercise and sports science from the University of Sydney, Emily saw first-hand how Pilates helped her father recover from back surgery. That motivated her to take a Diploma in Professional Pilates, and she’s never looked back.

Emily’s represented Tasmania as a runner and hockey player, and is also a certified barre attack instructor. Outside work, she enjoys being in the great outdoors, whether she’s running, swimming, waterskiing or getting stuck into a good book.

Debbie Simpson

Debbie Simpson

Debbie’s a chartered physiotherapist and APPI-qualified Pilates instructor who’s been teaching Pilates since 2004 and loves sharing her passion for exercise and fitness.

As a physio, Debbie specialises in musculoskeletal problems. As well as teaching here at Pilates Plus, she works part-time in the NHS as a first-contact physio, and part-time in private practice.

Her lifelong love of running has taken her on amazing adventures, including running seven marathons in seven days on the Wainwright cost-to-coast route, and completing the 150 mile Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert. Since 2010, she’s also worked as advisor and assistant editor on a number of books, including The Concise Book of Muscles by Chris Jarney.

Alex Jephson

Alex Jephson

Alex is a chartered physiotherapist with a long-standing love for Pilates. An expert in mat work and reformer techniques, she trained with both the APPI and Body Control Pilates (BCP), and firmly believes in sharing the benefits of good movement and posture in her classes.

Having qualified as a physio at King’s College London in 1998, Alex worked in both the NHS and private practice, specialising in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic physio, with a particular focus on occupational health and healthy backs.

After moving to sunny Bermuda and starting a family, she came back to Britain and joined us here at Pilates Plus in 2012. Alex still regularly takes courses with BCP, and is currently developing a new specialism in Pilates for equestrians.