The Pilates Foundation Team
The Pilates Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors nominated and elected from within our teaching community. They represent and report to the membership in the running of the organisation and make democratic decisions regarding the issues that adhere to the mission of the Pilates Foundation while moving the organisation forward into a changing world of Pilates.
The Board meets monthly and Board Members serve for up to three years. The Board is supported by a team of Committee Members who volunteer their time and make a huge contribution to the advancement and future of our growing organisation.
We enthusiastically welcome all members to contribute to the running of the organisation. If you feel you could contribute some of your time to the PF, please contact administration to discuss projects and roles.
Rochelle is the first point of contact for the Pilates Foundation. She is fantastic and we are lucky to have her at the heart of our organisation. If you have a query, Rochelle will take care of it for you!
Rochelle, originally from South Africa, has been living in London for 13 years and has been the Pilates Foundation Administrator since July 2006.
Sara started her own business in the fitness industry in the late 1980’s where her enthusiasm and love of life was able to flourish, building up a busy, bustling business. She worked in her home town in Yorkshire before moving to Germany where she lived and worked for three years.
Throughout her career she has always strived to be the best she can by updating her qualifications regularly. After a short period in management, she was blessed with two children. Her body then started to complain and so she took a short course in Pilates. This allowed her to slow down the pace of her work, however she had a nagging feeling she was missing something about Pilates. After a chance meeting with a top Personal Trainer in London who said “the best qualification was the Pilates Foundation” she found the wonderful Scott Studio in Somerset. She retrained there in mat Pilates in 2004, becoming a comprehensive teacher in 2010. She now lives in Salisbury, Wiltshire where she runs her own busy studio and also finds time to work at Bodywise in Salisbury which she loves.
Sara would like to bring to the board her enthusiasm. She wants The Pilates Foundation to continue to work together to help and support their teachers and teacher trainers, with respect and compassion for all level of experience. Continuing to train teachers who work together and only want the best for their clients.
Conchita del Campo
Conchita started training in Pilates in 1972, and taught Pilates and Classical ballet to the dance students at the London Studio Centre for 29 years since 1984. She teaches master classes and workshops internationally and is a member of the Body Control Pilates Association education team, presenting workshops for them around the UK and at BCPA development weekends. She is also a member and an examiner for the Pilates Foundation UK.
Conchita used the Pilates Method to complement her professional dancing career with Ballet Rambert, Scottish Ballet, London City Ballet, Ballet International, Royal Opera Ballet and other companies in England and abroad. She has performed with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev and partnered Wayne Sleep. She has also danced and choreographed for many trade shows, pop videos, films, TV commercials and a West End Musical.
Conchita is a fully qualified Craniosacral therapist, and ballet teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance. She still performs and teaches Classical, Regional and Flamenco Spanish dancing, and is an international examiner for the Spanish Dance Society. She started teaching Yoga in 1975 and her other interests include Tai Chi, nutrition, walking and swimming.
Fiona injured her spine when she was seven. As a result she began her exploration of movement to help maintain strength and reduce pain. This exploration began with Yoga, dance and weight training. Fiona initially trained as a personal trainer and Sports Massage Therapist specialising in post-operative and injury rehabilitation and was lucky to get a position within a Physiotherapy unit providing mid to late stage rehabilitation under the supervision of the Physiotherapists. Fiona has now been working with bodies for close to thirty years and has an eclectic background including Gyrokinesis, Kettle-bell training, TRX, Static Trapeze and Aerial Yoga.
Although Fiona first discovered Pilates in 1991 she only trained as a Pilates mat-work instructor in 2000 with Body Control Pilates. Since then she has studied mat-work and apparatus with Kelly Kane and The Kane School of Core Integration in NYC. When Fiona Returned to the UK she completed a Bridging Qualification which has allowed her to become a full member of the Pilates Foundation. Fiona is also a graduate of the Kathy Grant Heritage Programme.
In addition to her own Edinburgh Based Pilates and Gyrokinesis instruction she works with Cameron Angus both within his Clinic/Studio as well as teaching educational workshops for clients in all aspects of Pilates and healthy functional movement through out Scotland.
Ethelinda Lashley is a fully qualified Pilates teacher and gained her qualification
through the Pilates Foundation in 2001, she is currently the director of The
Pilates Room Edinburgh.
Ethelinda is currently a dance lecturer at Edinburgh College. In 2011 she gained
her MA in Dance Theatre Practice at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts
accredited by John Moors University. Her research area was looking at the
benefits of Pilates to support Contemporary Dance Technique. She is now
embarking on a Taught Doctorate in Education with the primary focus on
Collaborative Learning, Pedagogy, Policy and Practice and life long learning.
Ethelinda has a wide range of teaching and choreographic experience in dance
and has worked with some of Scotland's prominent directors. 2015 saw her
collaborating with A Blank Canvass and Jubidi Theatre working on
'In Her Shadows' an Aerial piece based on Mental Health.
She feels very privileged to be invited to serve on the Pilates Board of
Management and will endeavour to bring her years of teaching experience in the
educational sector to support the Pilates Foundation Family.
Natasha Alpe is a comprehensive trained Pilates Foundation Pilates teacher. She graduated in December 2011 from Trinity School of Music and Dance LABAN under the tutelage of Jessica Moolenaar. Her Pilates training at LABAN had a strong emphasis on injury rehabilitation and the Thomas Myers anatomy trains. Natasha’s background in contemporary dance combined with her love of the moving body drives her passion to help people move more efficiently. “I am always inspired by the precision and power of Pilates and how it makes your body feel”.
After graduating, Natasha taught at The Pilates Sanctuary, ESPH in East Dulwich, The Osteopathic Clinic, The Light Centre Belgravia and Moorgate centres and she has covered in numerous other studios including Trevor Blount Pilates Studio. She accumulated her own private clients teaching 1:1’s and duets in their homes and was also employed by Palecek Principles to teach private clients. She currently lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire and enjoys the challenges of being Mum to 21month old Ollie.
She feels very excited by the possibility of being on the Pilates Foundation Board and looks forward to bringing all her teaching experience and organisational skills to making the Pilates Foundation stronger and support its members.
I have danced since the age of three and was introduced to Pilates by Esther Juon my dance teacher at the age of 15. She was fanatical about maintaining her student’s health after she herself broke her back when dancing.
After completing my dance training at London contemporary dance school at the place I joined Henri Oguike Dance Company. My 1:1 Pilates session each week were vital in keeping me dancing. While still dancing I started my Pilates Matwork training (with Hana Jones, Sonia Noonan and Susanne Lahusen), more with the intention of understanding my own body then teaching. Once completing my training in 2006 I loved teaching so much I gradually migrated to teaching more and more.
I moved back down to the Brighton area where I qualified as a sports massage therapist to support my Pilates work as I wanted to know more about soft tissue and releasing techniques, especially when dealing with someone who has painful and long-standing postural problems.
I now run my small fully equipped studio in Hurstpierpoint working with a great team of Osteopaths and other complementary health practitioners.
I wanted to volunteer for the Pilates foundation Board as they have supported me for the past 10 years and work tirelessly to maintain the name and standards of our profession. I want to help continue the foundations hard work as a non- profit organisation.
I have always been interested in physicality and how the body works but at school I could never see the point of competitive sport and as drama was my main thing I found myself working in Theatre in Education for some years. That morphed into comedy writing with a sideline in comedy promotion along with a music degree. So I came to Pilates quite late (in 1998) after the birth of my first child had left my body in a mess. It was chance that I began with a foundation teacher. It made a massive difference and made so much sense. After a few years and another child, and a differently trained teacher who I found very frustrating I wanted to learn more and so started to look for training. | was really disappointed with what I found. I only came across courses that seemed very limited in their ambition and curriculum so I didn’t go for it until 2004 when I found the Pilates Foundation Matwork training at The Place and that set me off on my journey as a teacher. My training continued with Hana Jones and Anne-Marie Zulkahari and I qualified as a studio teacher in 2011. I now have a small studio in North London.