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Meet The Team

Meet the team

Chris Phillips

Principal & Tutor

One of my core beliefs at The Academy concerns training standards. I believe there is a real need to further raise and develop credibility in our industry so that more clients can benefit from high professional standards. We can contribute to this by sharing our knowledge and working experiences with each other. This is the main drive behind my weekly evening groups; Supporting and Training Therapists.

I trained as a Massage and Sports Therapist in 2000 and have been developing my private practice from my home just outside Northleach in the Cotswolds ever since. In 2006 I completed my Certificate in Further Education Teaching (CFET1) and I have been teaching Sports and Remedial Massage ITEC Level 3 & 4 here at the Academy since. I have a background of working with young troubled people and their families in a therapeutic setting, both as key worker and as a manager and supervising and training staff.

Annette Stoker

Holistic Tutor

I have been involved with the Complementary Therapies Industry for over 12 years and have been teaching since 2008. I have a teaching degree in post compulsory education (Cert Ed) and am ITEC qualified in all the subjects I teach. Having worked in prestigious spas and run my own practice, I am confident that as a passionate and committed member of the team I can inspire, enthuse and provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a highly sought after therapist in your chosen field.

Yvonne Lockhart

Holistic Tutor

After completing diplomas in Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage in 1999, I spent 5 years in a managerial role working on board Carnival Cruise Lines and then as a spa trainer at a 5 star hotel in the Cotswolds. I now run my own successful practise dedicated to using only organic products and treatments and since taking up teaching in 2007, it has become my passion to give therapists the proper tools to excel in the field of holistic therapy.

I bring to the college a wealth of knowledge of working at all levels within the spa industry and excelling as a therapist, manager and trainer. I am dedicated to providing my students with the highest level of education and knowledge needed to become a confident, highly skilled professional.


Claire Rumney

Sports Massage Tutor

My journey began in the industry in 2008 when I trained in Holistic and Sports Massage Therapy. It has taken me on various paths including further training in Hydrotherm, Postural Assesment and Sports Dry Needling, building client bases along the way. I went on to do my PETLs teaching qualification in 2010 to allow me to start the journey of sharing my passion and knowledge for the industry. I have worked along side the Academy for over 10 years and now teach the L3 Sports Massage and Trigger Point Therapy. I share the Academy's enthusiasm for delivering the highest quality of training and look forward to supporting future students on this exciting journey!

Sally Lorimer

On-site Massage & First Aid Tutor

After over a decade of working in adult health and social care services I decided to change my life and train as a holistic massage therapist at The Cotswold Academy in 2013. Following their amazing training and support I went on to build a successful business offering holistic time out treatments to women and specialising in providing aromatherapy treatments for vulnerable adults in care settings including those who have a learning disability, autism and dementia.

After previously teaching within care services I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the team here at the Academy. I am totally committed to supporting students to grow and develop their massage skills in an empowering environment and have the confidence to go out and treat clients as a professionally trained and supported therapist.

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Hollie Bailey

L5 Sports Massage Tutor

Hollie Bailey completed her BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy in 2008 at London Metropolitan University and has completed an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Nottingham in 2014.

Hollie has over 10yrs experience working with various sports including rugby, ice hockey, football, ultimate frisbee and endurance events. Hollie has worked for GB junior Ultimate Frisbee for the past 6 years attending European and World Championships. In June 2014 she was selected to be part of the medical team for the Tri-Campus University of Nottingham multi-sport games held in China.

Hollie has formally worked as a full time lecturer and programme manager at Hartpury University and University of Worcester on the BSc (Hons) Sports Therapy degree. She is head of sports medicine for Dorset and Wilts County Rugby and a registered first aid tutor and certified Kinesio tape practitioner.

Janie Whittemore

Reiki Tutor

I have had the great pleasure of helping people boost their resilience, reignite their spark and rediscover their happiness for over 20 years. My testimonials from happy clients and Reiki students speak for themselves. 

I have always worked from the heart, being an intuitive therapist with compassion, integrity and many years’ experience.

My training in complementary therapies took place in London and Thailand, beginning in 1996. The Reiki training I have undergone is to master level in two schools of Reiki, Usui and Shamballa Multi-Dimensional Healing.

I have been teaching Reiki since 2005 and have supplemented my knowledge along the way with courses in Health Sciences, psychology, ILM Leadership and coaching.


Olivia Burgess

Office Manager & Enrolments Coordinator

I joined the Academy in November 2015 bringing with me over 10 years experience in customer service and content management. I love connecting with people and giving them a welcoming introduction to the College. Complementary Therapies is something I wholeheartedly believe enhance peoples lives. I have had many Reflexology and Massage treatments to aid in injury recovery and stress/imbalance. It has given me an insight into the importance of quality trained therapists and keeping standards high in this industry. When I'm not busy at the Academy, I teach yoga and am completing a part time Degree in Osteopathy. This has further enhanced my understanding of the industry and the importance of quality hand skills. Drawing from my own personal experience of Complementary Therapies, my passion and enthusiasm is in helping others achieve their goals and start their journey to a new, fulfilling career.

Hannah Benkwitz-Friar

Social Media Co-ordinator

Joining the Academy in February 2019, Hannah brings with her over 10 years experience in marketing and design most recently in the media & advertising industry.

With a passion for digital & social media, her focus at the Academy is to share the latest information, knowledge and events of the Academy whilst creating content that unlocks the vast knowledge held by our tutors.

“It’s a really exciting time to be in the complementary health & sports industry, there’s a real sense of urgency in changing how we manage our physical and emotional well being. The best part of working with the team at the Academy is that they care about and have a real drive to continue the support for our community of therapists in their journeys. I love the ethos of sharing ideas and best practice, especially around how we market ourselves and utilise social media to grow business as a therapist.”

Tamara Howard

Sports Massage Tutor

I completed both my iTEC Levels 3 & 4 in Sports & Remedial Massage Therapy at the Academy in 2018 and have gone on to do further CPD courses here to enhance my ’toolbox’ as a Therapist.  The exceptional level of training I received, as well as the ongoing support, has enabled me to build a successful business in a short space of time.

It’s an honour to be teaching a subject that I love and am so passionate about, to the high standard set by the Academy, and being part of other peoples journey into the industry.

Rhianne Groom

L5 Sports Massage Tutor

I am a Graduate Sports Therapist; I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2017 and have been working for a Sports Therapy business Star Medical since I graduated. I have also worked with a range of amateur and professional athletes, teams and companies whilst at University and since graduating. Career highlights so far have been working for the English National Ballet as a volunteer sports therapist, soft tissue therapist for England Netball and now working as a sessional therapist for Bath Rugby with the junior academy.  

Clive Greedy

First Aid Instructor

I have been a Paramedic for over 30 years. In that time I have worked for both the NHS and the private sector. I left the NHS some 10 years ago to work as a freelance training consultant working with ambulance services around the country teaching Paramedics, Helli-Meds, BaSICS GP’s and CP Medics.

I have been married for 31 years to Sara, have 2 grown up sons and live in Evesham

I now work in Gloucester as a training manager within the care sector and continue to deliver First Aid training to those who need it.

When it comes to delivering First Aid, I tend to come at it from a different angle. Instead of being the trainer who relies on PowerPoint slides and presentations, I teach based on experience (30years worth). My delivery is based on what would I, a Paramedic, like you the First Aider to do for the casualty before I arrive. Learning should be interesting, informative, accurate and above all fun. So if you like to enjoy your learning, come and