Meet the Physiotherapy Clinic Team


Simon Evans

Clinical Lead and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s Cricket

BSc. (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation, MSc. Physiotherapy

Simon is a fully qualified chartered physiotherapist based in Solihull, with an MSc. in Physiotherapy from the University of Southampton. He is also a Level 4 Elite Trainer.

Over recent years, Simon has worked as a physiotherapist in various hospitals throughout England, tending to those of all ages and ailments. Simon has worked in numerous departments including Outpatients, Neurology, Respiratory, Orthopaedic and Intensive Care; effectively aiding patients recovery/rehabilitation process and gaining substantial knowledge in working together with differing clientele to achieve their individual goals.

In addition, Simon has worked closely with various professional sports clubs, such as Harlequins RFC and Wimbledon AFC. He has also worked at the Loughborough European Athletic events, assessing and treating sports injuries.

Simon has a natural ability to adapt to his surroundings and this has led to his ability to give consistent effective treatment with the interests of his clients being the paramount focus.

Simon is the Clinical Lead and Lead Physiotherapist for Loughborough University Men’s Cricket.

Charlie Akiens

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Charlie is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, sports masseuse and acupuncturist, qualifying in 2004 from Southampton with a BSc in Physiotherapy. She completed her MSc in Sports Medicine in August 2018. Charlie is currently a consultant physiotherapist to Basketball England and British Athletics.

She has worked for many years in the NHS, British military, private sports injury practices, GP surgeries and private hospitals.

She has a wealth of experience across many sporting disciplines, including rugby, volleyball, American football, sitting volleyball, hockey and football. This has involved travelling abroad to provide support.

She has worked as a volunteer physiotherapist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and was lead physiotherapist for hockey at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Charlie has also been Team GB HQ physiotherapist for the European Youth Winter Olympic Festival in Austria and Lichtenstein in 2015.

Charlie is a qualified triathlon coach, scuba diver and mountain climber, she has trekked up Mt Kilimanjaro and Machu Pichu as well as travelling around the world with her backpack.

Charlie joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in March 2018.

Michael Challis

Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Hockey and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

BSc. Physiotherapy, MSc. Sport & Exercise Medicine, MACPSEM (Silver)

Mike graduated with his Physiotherapy degree from Keele University in 2011. He started his career working for his local Rugby club whilst completing various rotations in the NHS at Southampton General Hospital.

Mike continued his work as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist seeing private and NHS patients whilst honing his career and experience in Sport. He has gained a wide range of experience in multi-sport from fencing and badminton to judo and netball. He has worked with teams across a diverse array of age groups and in particular has gained considerable experience in the sport of Hockey starting his work with Reading Hockey Club but quickly transitioning to working with England Hockey and their national age group programme and elite development squads. Mike has supplemented this working with British Gymnastics and at national and international Multi-Sport events such as the School Games and World Athletics Championships.

Mike has almost completed his Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Cardiff Metropolitan University, he focused his research dissertation in the injuries sustained by male and female hockey players. He is currently working towards his membership with the MACP and Gold Level accreditation with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sport and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM). He also has ambitions to pursue further research and education as well as one-day work at the Olympics.

Mike loves learning and reading but is very energetic and active in his spare time enjoying anything associated with health and fitness but with a passion for weight training.

Clare Lickess

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Following graduation from university as a chartered physiotherapist in 2000, Clare completed core rotations around the university hospitals in Birmingham. This gave her essential experience in many disciplines; including respiratory care, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, trauma and outpatients.

In 2002, Clare decided to pursue her interest in sports, and secured a specialist post in the management of musculoskeletal injuries. Her key responsibilities included the efficient assessment, triaging and rehabilitation of patients with acute, chronic and overuse injuries, assisting them back to high level of function and sport. This was coordinated through close team work with doctors, nursing staff, strength and conditioning coaches and occupational health nurses.

In addition to the above, Clare has also pursued further post graduate qualifications including a diploma in injection therapy, a post graduate certificate in musculoskeletal studies, and she has also become a sports massage practitioner.

Clare has completed her accreditation within the Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Sports Medicine and has achieved her silver award. Clare continues to work towards achieving her gold.

Clare joined the Physiotherapy Clinic here at Loughborough University in February 2015, further developing her skills in the management of sporting injuries in a multi-sport environment.

Matthew Mcdonald-Liggins

Lead Physiotherapist for Cycling, Squash & Swimming and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy

Matthew is a chartered physiotherapist who qualified in 2015 from Coventry University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. He is a member of the Health and Care professions council as well as the Acupuncture Association of Chartered physiotherapists.

Matthew has a wide range of experience in the NHS and started his career working in a variety of settings including outpatients, orthopaedics, respiratory, elderly medicine and intensive care. Following the completion of his acute rotations Matthew made the decision to specialise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and worked as a senior physiotherapist in the NHS prior to joining the clinic.

Matthew has a keen interest in strength and conditioning and has also worked in a wide variety of sporting settings over recent years, so is able to adapt his experience and skills to clients from all walks of life.

Matthew joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in November 2018 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Cycling, Squash and Swimming.

Sports Massage Therapists

Steve Capewell

Sports Massage Therapist

BTEC Level 5 Sports & Remedial Deep Tissue Massage

Steve completed his BTEC Level 5 Sports & Remedial Deep Tissue Massage at the Gaia Centre in Loughborough in 2010. He has worked with a variety of clients, including professional sports people and the general public. He has massaged at several events, including marathons and triathlons. Steve is a keen distance runner and has also qualified as a coach in running fitness at Loughborough University.

Amy Smith

Sports Massage Therapist

OLY and ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage

Amy completed her ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Sports Massage with Sports Performance Services in 2015. She has since worked with athletes in a variety of sports, with both able bodied and para athletes, and in a clinic situation with the general public. After graduating from Loughborough University in 2009 with a BSc Hons in Sport & Exercise Science, she continued with her own swimming career up until 2014, giving her an understanding of the effect soft tissue therapy has on training and daily life.

Amy competed for the Great British swimming team in the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Steve Avil

Steve Avil


BSc (Hons), D.Pod.M, Cert. Ed., Post Grad. Diploma In Sports Medicine, FC.Pod.Med, M.Ch.S, HPC Registered.

Steve has 25 years in education and 30 years experience in the assessment and management of sporting injuries, specialising in biomechanics, gait analysis and orthotic management of the foot and lower limb.

Alongside his work within the clinic, Steve also provides specialist podiatry care for the English Institute of Sport and works in private practices and NHS clinics in Northampton and Leicester. Steve has significant and broad experience of treating athletes from a variety of sports, from recreational to elite level.

Apart from lecturing in Sports Medicine and Applied Biomechanics, at the University of Northampton, he has provided keynote lectures in North America, Australia and Ukraine and at many CPD events in the UK for over 25 years on sports medicine, biomechanics, sports injuries and their management.

Clinic Staff

Mel Bell

Clinic Manager

Mel has worked here at the Physiotherapy Clinic since 2013, providing day to day management of the clinic.

Rachel Arkless

Administration Assistant

Rachel has worked here at the Physiotherapy Clinic since 2014, providing administration support to the clinicians and Clinic Manager.

Julie Pears

Administration Assistant

Julie has worked here in the Physiotherapy Clinic since 2016, providing administration support to the clinicians and Clinic Manager.