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.

Alex Peace

Clinical Lead for Performance Sport and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc. Sport & Exercise Medicine

Alex qualified in 2002 from Brunel University, London and has a wide range of experience working in both public and private sectors. Alex worked for many years in a variety of areas within the NHS, before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Following many happy years in the NHS, she is now Clinical Lead here in the clinic, combining this with a full clinical caseload in addition to running two private practices of her own.

Alex has previously worked with the Amateur Swimming Association on the England Talent Program, and for various football and rugby squads throughout her career. Alex combined her passion for sport and physiotherapy by completing an MSc. in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University in 2011.

Alex uses a ‘hands-on’ physiotherapy approach with a focus on rehabilitation to deliver an effective treatment program, often using techniques such as acupuncture, massage and taping.

Charlie Akiens

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


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 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s & Women’s Swimming.

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.

Kerry Glendon

Lead TASS & Triathlon Physiotherapist

BSc. Physiotherapy, MSc. Manual Therapy

Kerry graduated from Keele University in 2007 with a BSc. in Physiotherapy. She has since completed her Masters in Manual Therapy at the University of Nottingham and gained membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Charted Physiotherapists (MACP) in 2012.

Kerry completed her Acupuncture Foundation course in 2008 and has since used acupuncture in her practice. She has completed an array of courses in movement dysfunctions, pitchside trauma, sports injuries, massage, taping and manipulation to name just a few.

Kerry worked for Perform & the Football Association (FA) at St. Georges Park National Football Centre for three years, where she was also the physiotherapist for the Women’s U19 squad. Whilst working with the Women’s U19 squad, she was fortunate enough to support the athletes during the World Cup in Israel.

Kerry has been the Lead Physiotherapist with Loughborough Students RFC, who have been competing in National League One since 2015.

She has a wealth of experience having worked in a NHS setting for six years gaining experience and expertise in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. She has a clinical interest in shoulder and spinal conditions, which she focused on during her Master’s dissertation. She is currently a PhD candidate researching concussion recovery and methods of improving recovery.

Ed Holden

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Lead Physiotherapist for Men’s Rugby & Netball

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy

Ed graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2015 with a BSc in Physiotherapy and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Following the completion of his degree he immediately began a role as an academy physiotherapist at Birmingham City Football Club, working predominantly with the U9-U16 squads. During his time in this role he learnt and developed skills within the field of assessing, diagnosing and rehabilitating young and aspiring athletes.

After a year in his role at Birmingham City, Ed made the move to South Wales where he joined the first team medical set up at Ospreys Rugby Club. It was here that he developed his rehabilitation and in particular his pitch side management skills. In this role Ed was tasked with working within an elite environment and the pressures that resulted from this. He worked on a daily basis with full international and Lions players, helping with their daily maintenance treatments, match day preparation and long term management plans.

He has a particular interest in a variety of rehabilitation methods, injury reduction techniques and aims to make his physiotherapy sessions as sports specific and functional as possible.

Ed joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in May 2018 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for both Men’s Rugby and Netball.

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.

Sam MacGregor

Lead Physiotherapist for Badminton and Basketball

BSc. Physiotherapy, MSc, Sports & Exercise Medicine

Sam qualified in physiotherapy from the University of Huddersfield in 2008 and went to work in the NHS in Leeds & Nottingham working across a range of specialities.

In 2010 he moved to work at Derby County Football Club working in the academy, mainly with players aged 9 to 23. Whilst there he headed up the Academy Sports Science & Medicine Department overseeing all aspects of medical and S&C support.

Sam completed his Master's Degree in Sports & Exercise Medicine at the University of Nottingham in 2013. Alongside this he completed a module in lower limb manual therapy at the University of Birmingham in 2016 and has also completed courses in Acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Sam joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in May 2019 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for both Badminton and Basketball.

Harvey Maguire

Lead Physiotherapist for Athletics and Men's Football

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc. Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Harvey is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as well as the Health Care Professionals Council and Associaton of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (Bronze level). He graduated with a degree in BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2011, completing his Masters Degree in Advancing Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2016.

Harvey began his career working in professional football at Wolverhampton Wanderers as an Academy Physiotherapist for 2 seasons, from here he undertook a position with Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme working with athletes across a range of sporting backgrounds, including British Ski and Snowboard and England Table Tennis. From here he began a role at St George’s Park, The National Football Centre where he worked with the Professional Footballers Association Residential Rehabilitation scheme as well as a role with The FA Mens Development teams. Harvey began a role with Athletics New Zealand in 2017 supporting their athletes prior to the 2017 Athletics World Championships in London.

Currently Harvey works as a Physiotherapist for British Athletics at Diamond League events, the Sub 2 hour marathon project, British Universities Sport, Athletics New Zealand and England Athletics.

Harvey joined Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in October 2017 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for Athletics and Men’s Football.

Matthew Mcdonald-Liggins

Lead Physiotherapist for Cycling & Squash 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 and Squash.

Jessie Meaney

Lead Physiotherapist Women's Cricket and Women's Rugby

BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc. Sport and Exercise Medicine

Jessie qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2013 and has since gained a varied experience in both public and private sectors. After completing core rotations in the NHS alongside private and sports roles she decided to move full time to sport and completed MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2018 at Queen Marys University London. Her research investigated the effect of repeated scrummaging and other rugby specific tasks on muscular fatigue.

She has a diploma in Sports Massage and utilises this with other manual therapy alongside progressive rehabilitation programmes.

Jessie joined the Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in September 2018 and is the Lead Physiotherapist for both Women’s Cricket and Women’s Rugby.

Sports Massage Therapists

Kayleigh Robinson

Sports Rehabilitation Therapist

Bio to follow

Kelly Bramhald

Sports Massage Therapist

VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy

Kelly graduated from Loughborough University with a Sports Science degree in 2016 and combined her studies with her Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy qualification, completed in 2014.

For over 5 years, Kelly has since provided sports massage to a range of different people, from members of the public to Paralypmic & Olympic medallists.

Kelly has also worked with the Lawn Tennis Association, Leicester Tigers junior teams and is also a qualified UKSCA Strength & Conditioning coach.

As an athlete, Kelly has been a National standard javelin thrower for over a decade and has used her sporting experiences and shoulder surgery rehab to provide a greater level of understanding with the broad range of cliebts she works with.

Kelly joined the Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic in September 2018 and is the Sports Massage Therapist for the Loughborough University Athletics Club.

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.

Gemma Lord

Sports Massage Therapist

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy

Gemma has been working as a Soft Tissue Therapist for over 11 years, and has been part of the team here at Loughborough University Physiotherapy Clinic for 7 years.

Qualifying in Sports Therapy initially at Loughborough College, she has expanded her skill set over the years to include acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, taping and is also a Level 3 Mat Based Pilates Instructor.

She has worked with a broad range of clients from elite to private and now works extensively with our Performance Sport Squad here at Loughborough. One of her career highlights was working with the New Zealand Rugby Team during their stay here for the World Cup.

Gemma offers a holistic, multi-faceted approach to her treatment, incorporating a range of techniques to enable the best outcome for the client.

She is currently completing mindfulness and yoga teacher training.

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.