Meet the team!

We are the wonderful BeeZee Bodies team! Find out a bit more about us below...

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

I wanted to be a PE teacher or a Fireman

What I studied: 

I studied Sports Science followed by an MSc in Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing and I enjoyed both!

What I do at BeeZee Bodies: 

I am in charge of the strategic direction of the company and supporting people who work here to reach their full potential

What I like about working here: 

I love getting to work with such fun and dedicated people and thinking of creative new ways to help people, both the public and my colleagues

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love, it would be: 

Hmmm, good question…. I would take the whole team to do a big challenge like Everest Base Camp as seeing people achieve big things is what I love to do!

Stuart King

CEO & Head of Distraction

What I wanted to be when I grew up:

A Vet

What I studied:

BA Sport and Physical Education

What I do at BeeZee Bodies:

Ensure all our processes and procedures are in place so that families, individuals and staff are safe and happy. Day to day running of the offices and sites and working out how to put the teams awesome ideas into practice.

What I like about working here:

Working at BZ is definitely challenging but I like to support people to do things they didn’t think they could and support them to find things they love to do.

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love, it would be: 

I would love to take the whole team to a music concert (probs Coldplay….or Rudimental)

Helen Mayhew

Chief Operations Officer & Mother Hen

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

I wanted to be an actor. I loved movies growing up and was mesmerised by all the wonderful worlds they created, I really wanted to be part of all that.

What I studied: I trained as a professional Chef, then moved into Hospitality and Business Management and later i focused on Social Enterprise and Social Impact in communities.

What I do at BeeZee Bodies: I help with resource management, business planning, strategy and business development and play a key role in the BZ Quiz Team

What I like about working here: Everybody here is so very friendly and make you feel welcome and valued , and the team have a wealth of different skills coming from a wide variety of backgrounds.

 

Alan Lugton

Business Development Manager & Organiser of Random Thoughts and Erratic Activity

What I wanted to be when I grew up:

A dancer! I trained in modern/jazz until I was 16, then took up Zumba at uni. Now I’m an instructor, so I guess it kinda came true!

What I studied:

English Language & Media at the University of Brighton. I got a degree for analysing the language used in popular magazines and Disney films!

What I do at Beezee Bodies:

Marketing, communications and brand development – basically I coordinate our blog posts, social media, emails, look after the website and the BeeZee brand!

What I like about working here:

I love that my job inspires people to join our groups and create healthier and happier lives for themselves. Also all the random dogs that are always turning up to work!

 

Rosie Crompton

Marketing Executive & Dancing Queen

What I wanted to be when I grew up:

Pop Star – I’m a child of the 80s, with icons like Madonna and Kylie all around, it was an obvious career choice!

What I studied:

I studied Economics at the University of Leicester before doing my Chartered Accountancy training.

What I do at BeeZee Bodies:

Financial Controller – faffing with spreadsheets and nagging people for receipts.

What I like about working here:

Hearing about how we make a real difference to peoples lives, as a new mum myself who needs to shift some baby weight, I’ve been able to learn a thing or two from our programme content for myself.

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love it would be:

On a round the world adventure (in first class, of course!), I love to travel and see the world and there are so many places I haven’t been to……yet!

Kirsty Martindale

Finance Controller & Girl Racer

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Marie Fenemore

Administrator & BZ Lady

What I wanted to be when I grew up:

A P.E teacher.

What I studied:

I studied Nutrition at the University of Surrey and then 10 years later completed a Masters in teaching and learning.

 What I do at BeeZee Bodies:

Take the lead on ensuring the quality of the nutritional content of the programme, mentor staff and take part in evaluating the programme especially from a qualitative perspective i.e. what people really thought.

What I like about working here:

Everybody here is so very friendly and make you feel welcome and valued , and the team have a wealth of different skills coming from a wide variety of backgrounds.

What one of the BeeZee Bodies Values describes you best?

I think it would be “Courageous” as I always try to take myself out of my comfort zone and try new things for example, I am currently training to be a pilates instructor!

Ruth Towell

Senior Dietitian & Queen Hula Hooper

Hmmm Let me think…

Lucy Roberts

Service Manager (Brighton) & Organ Donor

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

When I grew up I wanted to be a professional rugby league player

What I studied: 

I studied Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition BSc at Leeds Trinity University and I am studying Public Health MSc at University of Bedfordshire

What I do at BeeZee Bodies:

I am a Nutritionist on the Gutless programmes.

What I like about working here:

I really enjoy the team environment and being able to help others reach their goals.

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love it would be: 

Take the team to see a proper game of Rugby… Rugby League! Specifically, a St Helens V Wigan derby match.

Ben Hardman

Nutritionist (Hertfordshire) & Guardian of the North

What you wanted to be when you grew up: 

When I was younger I wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter because it always looked like they had so much fun! I am also the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge.

What I studied: 

I studied BSc Nutrition, Health and Lifestyles at Sheffield Hallam University

What I do at BeeZee Bodies: 

I am a nutritionist at BeeZee Bodies and work with families across Hertfordshire to help them lead healthier lifestyles.

What I like about working here: 

I love working here because everyone is so super friendly and you are allowed to be (almost) as crazy as you like!   

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love it would be: 

To take Ruth for a ride on the beach as we both love horses!

Charlotte Home

Nutritionist (Hertfordshire)& Fan of all things equine

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

A primary school teacher!

What I studied: 

I did my BSc in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Alberta (in Canada, wooo!). And I my MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the University of Southampton.

What I do at BeeZee Bodies: 

I’m a nutritionist on the BeeZee Families programme in Hertfordshire!

What I like about working here: 

Every day really is an adventure! I don’t always know how the day will go, but I can always count on it being lots of fun! The people I’m lucky enough to interact with every day are really amazing!

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love it would be: 

I’d take the whole team to Canada in the middle of the winter to go skiing and to show them what cold weather (-20 degrees!) actually feels like!

Charanpreet Gill

Nutritionist (Hertfordshire) & Proud Hufflepuff

What I wanted to be growing up: 

I wanted to be an NHL Ice Hockey player (and play for the Mighty Ducks)

What did I study?

BSc Nutrition, Diet & Lifestyles – Sheffield Hallam University

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies

I am a Nutritionist at BeeZee Bodies and work with families across Hertfordshire to help them lead healthier lifestyles.

Which one of the core values best describes you and why?

I would have to say “Be Passionate” as  I’m pretty passionate about what I do. I used to be overweight as a child and teenager, so I want to use my knowledge and personal experiences to help those that are in the same position I was in. I’m super happy to be in a role where I can inspire, and support people to live a healthy, active, balanced lifestyle (by balanced I mean everyone loves a bit of pizza occasionally, including myself).

Matt White

Nutritionist (Hertfordshire)

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Mel Harradine

Coordinator (Hertfordshire) & Sporty Spice

What did you want to be growing up?

I wanted to be a police officer or forensic scientist when I was growing up but when I was 18yrs old I decided to train to be a nurse.

What did you study?

I gained a Bachelor of Nursing Studies at Glasgow University, a postgraduate degree in community healthcare (practice nursing) and I am currently studying towards an MSc Applied Human Nutrition.

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies?

I am a programme co-ordinator for the BeeZee Families programme in Hertfordshire.

Which one of our core values describes you best?

I feel that the core value that resonates the most with me is “Be Real”.  It’s very important to me to develop genuine connections with families in order to help them achieve their goals.  It’s a privilege to be part of their journey and to experience the successes and challenges along the way.

Kirsten Lorrain-Smith

Hertfordshire Coordinator & Queen of Soup

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I wanted to do something to do with health and fitness and I absolutely love food – I discovered what a dietitian did and it seemed like the perfect combination!

What did you study?

BSc Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Surrey

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies?

I am a dietitian and run the BZ chat programme as well as the BZ bumps and BZ mums groups

Which one of the core values best describes you and why?

‘Be empowering’ – I love helping people realise their potential. I’m a compassionate listener and take a holistic approach when working with people. My job isn’t to tell people what they should or shouldn’t be doing, but to empower individuals to take control of their lifestyles and reach their goals.

 

Lauren Bateman

Dietitian (Brighton) & Food Lover

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

I wanted to be an animator! I loved (and still love) drawing and thought of being able to make characters that move would be super cool.

What I studied: 

I studied Biology at undergrad, then spent a couple of years working in Marketing. I soon realised my true passion was Nutrition and so went on to a Masters in Human Nutrition at the University of Surrey.

What I do at BeeZee Bodies:

 I’m a Nutritionist! I help share info about healthy living in the BeeZee Families programme.

What I like about working here: 

The people. Everyone is so kind and helpful. We have lots of fun but also work really hard at something that means a lot to all of us

Which one of the core values best describes you and why?

The one that I resonate with and aspire to the most is ‘Be real’. In a culture where everyone is striving to appear perfect I think it is actually more helpful and important to be real about strengths, weaknesses and struggles. As a practitioner, this is the way I find it best to improve. Being real also helps build true relationships with the people I work with. Changing lifestyles is complicated and asks a lot of people. The more we can encourage them to be real too, the more we are able to help that change become life long.

Ellie Rogers

Nutritionist (Brighton) & Gaming Guru

What did you want to be when you were growing up?: I wanted to be an actress. I wrote my ‘Careers Project on Leonardo DiCaprio: I thoroughly enjoyed writing the words and sticking the magazine cut-out pictures in.

What did you study?: I did a degree in International Development, and then one in Dietetics/Public Health Nutrition. I combined the two and worked abroad for a while, then returned to the UK to work on the food and nutrition scene in Brighton.

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies?: I am a Nutritionist – I deliver Tier 2 Adult Weight Management groups across the city, the next round of which includes a lot of dogs….

Which one of our core values best describes you best and why?: I’d say “Be Passionate” – I’m passionate about food and our food environment, and how they can both benefit and hinder our health and wellbeing.

Katie Sutton

Nutritionist (Brighton) & Free-thinking Folkie

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

A chef. I was Head Chef for 4 years before moving into nutrition!

What I studied:

I started with FdSc Culinary Arts and then a BSc Human Nutrition in London.

What I do at Beezee Bodies:

I’m a Nutritionist and mainly work on our Families programmes with our 5-15 year old participants.

What I like about working here:

I love inspiring families and helping them make realistic and worthwhile changes to their lives. Seeing the smiling faces of kids who are proud of what they’ve achieved each week is always a highlight. Having adorable dogs in our offices is a bonus too!

Sam Wild

Nutritionist (Brighton) & Cat Lady

What did you want to be, growing up?

I really had no idea what I wanted to be when I was growing up – it changed every week – I just knew I wanted to travel.

What are your main Interests?

I have been interested in health and fitness all my life and have dabbled in many areas of wellbeing – being a bit of a course-a-holic – jack of all trades springs to mind!  And I love being active whether it be in my garden, walking, yoga, tap dancing or ballet.

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies?

I am a Referral Co-ordinator at BeeZee Bodies which means I talk to people when they contact the office and let them know about all the different things we do.

Which one of the core values best describes you and why?

I would say the core value that best describes me is “Be Empowering”. This is something I get chance to do in abundance when helping people book on a programme or when facilitating a group and in my daily life – I get a lot of pleasure from other people’s successes as well as my own.

 

Sue Littleford

Referral Co-ordinator & Gardening Goddess

What did you want to be growing up?

I wanted to work with young people; either as a teacher or summer camp instructor.

What did you study?

I studied English Literature at Cambridge University, and worked as a teacher for 13 years before becoming an expedition leader and workshop facilitator for a range of children’s services.

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies?

I coordinate the BeeZee Families programme; speaking to families, helping to design and deliver the programme, and organising the activities.

Which one of our core values describes you best?

The BZ value which most speaks to me is ‘Be Courageous’. I was fortunate to have parents who instilled this value by always challenging us to do brave and exciting things; climbing mountains, swimming in wild seas, travelling solo far and wide. The word ‘encourage’ literally means ‘to give heart’, and this is the motivation behind all my work with young people; to empower them to face the world with confidence and courage.

Julia Gillick

Families Co-ordinator & Comedy Connoisseur

What did you want to be when you were growing up?:

A Nurse – I always loved taking care of people but soon realised that there were a lot of things about the job I couldn’t handle (blood and needles eek)

What did you study ?

I completed my undergrad in Dietetics at the University of Arizona and then went onto get my MSc in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Chester.

What do you do at BeeZee Bodies

Administrator – I take in referrals and get people booked onto our programmes!

Which one of the core values best describes you and why?

“Be passionate” – I am extremely passionate about helping people to build a connection with their food and environment through fun & community!

Ashleigh Comber

Administrator & Resident Yankee

What I wanted to be when I grew up: 

Really really tall…………

What I studied: 

How to create and play really fun games! (Studied Sports and leisure  along side sports management & Coaching!)

What I do at BeeZee Bodies: 

I am a coordinator  for the BeeZee Families programmes where I  specialise in the over seeing of games and sports on programmes to ensure they are super fun and active. 

What I like about working here: 

The thought of being able to help with making real positive change in people lives is the most rewarding and enjoyable part of working at BeeZee Bodies! Plus we play so many games and have so many laughs!

If I could take one of my colleagues to do something I love, it would be: I would take Helen to an Arsenal match so she can witness the best team in London play football 😉

Alex Digby

Coordinator (Gloucestershire) & Top DJ

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