Meet the YBFIT Training Team

Claire Baker Director of YBFIT Training

Claire Baker - Director of YBFIT Training

Claire has worked with YBFIT Training since 2009 as a senior tutor and assessor and has also provided admin support in the office. With this experience and familiarity with the YBFIT Training brand and its clientele, when the opportunity for ownership came up she thought ‘Why not?’ And why not indeed! She became part owner in August 2012 and took sole ownership/directorship in April 2013. Who better to lead YBFIT Training into the future than someone who has not only worked with the YBFIT Training brand but also developed a love, loyalty and understanding of it?! You can read more about Claire here…

Vaso Karanikis Personal Training Certification Administrator

Vaso Karanikis - Training Administrator

Vaso works at the YBFIT office in Leatherhead, helping out with all the admin tasks for our personal training certification courses and invigilating theory tests. Her background is a mixture of admin and fitness and she also works part-time for the NHS. She came to work for YBFIT after completing her Group Exercise personal trainer course with us and holds other fitness industry qualifications such as weightlifting coach. Her passion is going to the gym and her involvement with a martial arts club where she is the Assistant Chief Instructor. In her (not so) spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and getting out for walks and coffees!

Linda Salt-Berrymen Personal Training Certification Tutor Assessor Internal Quality Assurer YBFIT Training

Linda Salt-Berrymen – Tutor / Assessor / Internal Quality Assurer

Linda teaches the Level 3 Pilates, Level 3 Pre/Post Natal, Level 3 Older Adults qualifications and also the Tutoring, Assessing and Internal Quality Assurance qualifications.

Linda has enjoyed working in the fitness industry for over 30 years, she continues to work as an educator, assessor and quality assurer, motivating all she meets to keep standards in the industry high and enjoy the benefits of movement. Linda’s hobbies include Belly Dancing and Tai Chi and reading, her favourite colour is purple and number one food is toast! At the moment she is keeping fit by looking after her beautiful grandson.

Personal training certification Tutor / Assessor / Internal Quality Assurer Tim Shaw

Tim Shaw – Tutor / Assessor / Internal Quality Assurer

Tim delivers and assesses on our gym instructing and Personal Training courses. He also gets involved in our Internal quality assurance activities in these and the Older Adults, Exercise Referral and Low Back Pain qualifications

Tim Shaw has over 25 years’ in the Health and Fitness Industry as a Quality Assurance and Course Development specialist. He has worked with leading awarding bodies and fitness training companies, specialising in course development and quality assurance for specialist exercise qualifications.Tim is passionate about improving knowledge and skills for exercise professionals to develop their careers; as a quality assurer he ensures best practices are followed in developing learner resources, tutor skills and learner-centred training.

Personal training certification Tutor / Assessor / Internal Quality Assurer Marie-Claire Stanmore

Marie-Claire Stanmore - Tutor / Assessor / Internal Quality Assurer

Marie-Claire teaches the Level 3 Yoga Teacher Training, Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates and the Pre and Post Natal Exercise qualification

She has spent over 20 years in the fitness industry and has owned 2 Pilates and Yoga Studios, written 2 books and spent over 10 years training others to teach. She now works full time as a teaching quality advisor for a further education college, whilst still juggling a few classes, private lessons and courses. Alongside teaching, she is a YBFIT Training and freelance Assessor and Internal Quality Advisor.

Along with Claire Baker, she creates and provides downloadable content for CPD via the YBFitCPD website and Facebook group, designed to offer fitness professionals access to learning opportunities wherever they are, and whenever they choose.

Marie-Claire used to be a competitive Latin and ballroom dancer and runner, but these days you’re more likely to find her climbing bouldering walls with her teenage son and husband and walking her two Jack Russells.

Personal training certification Tutor / Assessor Claire Stone

Claire Stone - Tutor/Assessor

Claire delivers and assesses the group Training and and the water based exercise qualifications.

She is a full time fitness trainer and have trained to teach a selection of classes and deliver these at several health clubs in Surrey. She has been in the fitness industry for over 30 years now and is still enjoying teaching up to 19 classes a week, ranging from free style cardio classes, Les Mills Body Pump and Body Balance, as well as teaching in some old peoples homes.

The recent lockdowns have given her the opportunity to express her real passion of freestyle fitness classes, which has proved more popular than anticipated, introducing lots of people to enjoy this experience.

Claire enjoys a big social life and manages to have have a balanced fitness/social life. She is also partial to holiday or two!

“I LOVE my job and have met some great people through being in the fitness industry working for YBFIT Training and helping people achieve their goals is also something I really enjoy.”

Gym instructing and Personal Training qualifications Tutor / Assessor Deborah Beard

Deborah Beard - Tutor/Assessor

Deborah delivers and assesses on our Gym instructing and Personal Training qualifications

Deborah has worked in the fitness industry since May 2003 as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Her favourite classes to teach are spinning and yoga. She continues to work as a tutor, assessor and internal quality assurer within the world of fitness. Deborah is training as a psychodynamic counsellor and one day hopes to set up a private practise to unite the balance between mind and body. She loves going to the gym, Indian food and is a self-confessed coffee addict!

Paul Lissenburg tutor / assessor for qualifications in the fitness industry

Paul Lissenburg - Tutor/Assessor

Paul covers a broad spectrum of our qualifications and teaches and assesses on our Gym Instructor, Personal Training and First Aid courses.

What next?

Would you like to find out more about a career in the fitness training industry? Do you want to train to be a PT? Have a look at our Fitness Instructor Course Catalogue, have a look at our Special Offers, or simply get in touch and we’ll answer any questions:

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