Pilates Teachers Association Board Members
Our management and board have a wide range of skillls to ensure that the members and the public can have confidence that we have created a structure where highly skilled professionals have control over the activities of the association. The board will be responsible for all aspects of membership; publications; fees ; member services; daily operations; accounting and finance; legal contracts; staffing; management of association; liaison with other professional bodies and Government departments; resources; ethics, grievances, appeals and complaints from members of the Public. Each member of the Management team and Board of Directors is either a Pilates Teacher or a student of the Pilates Method.
Lesley McPherson - Director and Founder
Dr Faith Gardner - Chairperson of the Board of Directors
MBBS,MSc,FFSEM,MLCOM,Dip MSk Med, Dip SEM
Dr Gardner uses the Pilates method to compliment her fitness regime and regularly refers Patients to the method. She has been training and working in the specialities of Musculo-skeletal Medicine and Sport and Exercise Medicine for 20years, full time since 2001 when she qualified as an Osteopath and completed an MSc in Musculo-skeletal Medicine. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in Ireland and in the UK.Dr Gardner has worked in private practice in Kilmarnock and Glasgow since 2001 and is also the assessing doctor for the Scottish Performing Arts Clinic based in Glasgow supported by the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine.
Professor Moira Lewitt
MBChB, PhD, MMedEd, SFHEA, FRACP, FRCP
Moira Lewitt is a Professor at the University of the West of Scotland, having worked previously she in Australia as a Consultant Physician in Endocrinology, and then as a Senior Researcher and Associate Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Her research interests extend from basic to clinical science, with a particular focus on the prevention of obesity and diabetes. A Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she also has an interest in curriculum design and interprofessional learning, and has developed a model for the education of Classical Pilates teachers. She has a passion for the art of flamenco, is an experienced flamenco dancer, and uses dance movements to complement Pilates-based exercises.
LLB Hons Dip LP
Don's background in fitness and adult education is extensive. A full contact martial arts practitioner for over 20 years he credits the Pilates method for keeping arthritic hips mobile. In his capacity as training programme manager for a multinational insurance company he wrote and delivered many training courses and workshops, managed and assessed training teams and delivered sales results. During his comprehensive education he worked with teachers educated by the late Romana Kryzanowska and also with Kelly McKinnon of Corpus studios in Brussels.
BA Hons Accounting & Finance, 14 years ACMA
Laura is a testament to the healing benefits of Classical Pilates and readily admits that Pilates completely revolutionised her life.
Laura suffered for several years with chronic back pain. After taking regular lessons in Classical Pilates her back pain reduced so dramatically, she was inspired to take her Pilates to the next level. From early 2012, she practised with increased focus and was accepted to enter The Pilates Centre (TPC) Teacher Training Programme - a fully comprehensive, world-renowned training. After 950 hours of internship, Laura completed the Advanced Teacher Training Program and was further inspired by a trip to TPC, Boulder, Colorado where she studied intensively with some of the best teachers in the world.
During 2015 Laura continued her studies with Cara Reeser, a second-generation Pilates Educator and a student of first generation teacher Kathleen Stanford-Grant, to complete the “Heritage Training” in Switzerland.
She worked as a full-time Pilates Teacher in Dubai for over 3 years before relocating back to Scotland in June 2016 to set up her own studio www.turnpilates.com