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The Team

Ioanna Karelia

Founder and Managing Director

Ioanna is a King’s College London and Imperial College London graduate. She is a keen angel investor in tech, transportation and fitness and wellness start ups. Ioanna got involved in sports at a young age and played volleyball for 15 years, a sport she loved but couldn’t play anymore due to a chronic knee injury. She is currently competing in powerlifting. Ioanna wanted to make strength and conditioning training, that traditionally has been accessible to elite athletes only, accessible to athletes of all levels and individuals of all backgrounds as well as create a community of like minded people through science driven performance coaching. She envisioned building the best sports performance facility. As a result, Performance Ground was born in a mission to empower athletes of all levels to unlock their body’s best performance.

Stuart Webster

General Manager

Stuart has been coaching, mentoring and educating for a little over twelve years at various training facilities and institutions at home and overseas. Starting out at University as a football coach and personal trainer, he naturally progressed from practitioner to roles educating and mentoring coaches and fitness professionals. Stuart specialises in short and long-term athletic development and education where, his most recent coaching roles have been within professional football, youth development and the UK Special Forces. Stuart currently works with athletes from a variety of disciplines including golf, tennis, athletics, rowing, hockey, triathlon and Ironman as well as tutoring and mentoring aspiring trainers through national fitness organisations. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Sport & Exercise Science and a Masters in Strength & Conditioning, Stuart is also a UKSCA-accredited coach and a certified corrective exercise specialist. Stuart spends his spare time with his family exploring new places and when he can’t be abroad he dedicates his time to mastering gymnastics, perpetually prepping for the next snowboarding trip or catching up on current industry research.

Adam Barker

Senior Performance Coach

Adam has been a passionate sports fan playing many sports such as football, golf and snooker. This passion for sport and fitness led him to a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science where, he graduated with first-class honours. Adam has experience in working with a range of athletes such as the Benecos Mavericks Netball team, county/regional golfers and Arsenal women’s football. He is striving towards completing his UKSCA assessment to become a fully accredited S&C coach.

Stefan Winder

Performance Coach

Stefan has played sport at both national and international level. He has a BSc (Hons) in Sport Science and an MSc in Strength and Performance Coaching. He is constantly consuming new knowledge and learning from his peers, and he has experience working in the elite sport environment, including an internship with RFU Championship side Bedford Blues RFC. Stefan is specifically interested in the physiological adaptations that can occur when the human body is pushed outside of its comfort zone and the subsequent performance improvements that can be made with effective exercise prescription, load allocation and periodisation principles.<br /> Most of the work he does is within the gym environment but he also provides sound guidance on nutrition, sleep and stress management which, are key to fulfilling an inclusive level of fitness.

Rick Miller

Clinical & Sports Dietitian

Rick is a clinical and sports performance dietitian with further training as a Functional Medicine practitioner. He combines both integrative medicine and orthodox Dietetics to provide a comprehensive, holistic approach to his clinical and sports nutrition treatment. After graduating from the University of St Andrews in Human Biology, Rick obtained his Masters in Sport and Exercise Nutrition from Loughborough University and completed further published work in mouth-rinsing carbohydrates and running performance. After a working as an elite sports nutritionist, Rick qualified as a registered Dietitian from Leeds Beckett University and spent several years in the National Health Service rotating through various specialities such as: orthopaedic and general surgery, gastroenterology, diabetes, paediatrics and obesity management - including bariatric surgery. Alongside his NHS post, Rick upheld his passion as a sports performance dietitian, supporting athletes up to Olympic standard and continues to do so today. Rick is passionate about education and is a sought-after senior lecturer in Dietetics and Nutrition at various Universities including: Loughborough University, Hull-York Medical School, London Metropolitan University and Kings College University. Rick can help with the nutritional support of all major clinical conditions but specialises in orthopaedic recovery and bone health, elite sports performance nutrition, aesthetic sports and body sculpting. His expertise also covers digestive health and gastroenterology conditions, food allergy and intolerance, men's health and women’s health.

Jemma Oliver

Octopus Clinic, Chartered Physiotherapist

Jemma is a passionate and enthusiastic physiotherapist who qualified from Sheffield Hallam in 2007 following a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She specialises in sports injuries and lower limb rehabilitation and combines skills and experience from elite sport to everyday injuries and problems in clinic. Jemma has a passion for functional movement and believes that communication, self-belief and global conditioning have a strong part to play in alleviating pain, solving long standing issues and providing lasting relief from pain and helping prevent reoccurring issues. Her rehabilitation background started with work at RAF Cranwell where she worked with the Officer Cadet Training programme. Following this she completed an MSc in Sport Injury Management and continues to apply these principles to everyday clients and amateur athletes in clinic. Along with private clinic physiotherapy, Jemma also currently works for England and British Athletics and Wales Hockey. Over the last 10 years she has worked with numerous sports, elite teams and events, including GB Volleyball, GB Bobsleigh, professional cycling and basketball. Jemma was part of the medical team for London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games, and Team Physiotherapist for Athletics at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Out of work she enjoys ‘running’ (gentle jogging) with gym work and loves exploring old parts of London and hidden gems within the city. She travels home to visit her northern family and 3 year old nephew often and loves visiting her friends in Australia and New York whenever she can.</p> <p>

Hilary Wilson

Octopus Clinic, Chartered Physiotherapist

Active people often make the best physiotherapists, and Hilary is more than qualified in this regard. By continually pushing her body to the limit she has plenty of empathy with others that do likewise. After qualifying as a physiotherapist in New Zealand in 2005, Hilary has built over 11 years’ experience working in private and NHS community services in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. She has completed many postgraduate qualifications, including acupuncture and acute sports trauma. Throughout her career she has volunteered in Guatemala and Nepal, and worked as a Team Physiotherapist for numerous Rugby and Australian Rules Football teams, including the British Teams. Hilary’s focus is unwaveringly on the needs of her clients especially those that will not take no for an answer. This has been put to use not only in supporting some of New Zealand’s best multi-sport endurance athletes to reach their goals but also in helping more sedentary, desk-based persons in discomfort. Across the spectrum, Hilary recognises where bodies have been pushed beyond the “limit” of what they can withstand and she is skilled in guiding them back to being pain free and performing well. Keeping active for Hilary means being an avid runner and playing Aussie Rules Football. She runs in all ways from shorter darts to marathons in Lisbon and Paris, and is very proud to be picked to represent both Great Britain and Scotland for Aussie Rules Football. Long term pursuits include high altitude trekking, scuba diving, surfing and snowboarding. For the calmer moments she enjoys yoga and cooking up a superbly chewy pavlova, lolly cake and other Kiwi delicacies.</p> <p>

Mark Leyland

Octopus Clinic, Chartered Physiotherapist

Marks background is in sports science and strength and conditioning before qualifying as a Physiotherapist. Mark has worked for many sports teams, including Chelsea FC, along with previous NHS and private practice work.</p> <p>In 2010 Mark undertook a training mentorship in the USA with the Gray Institute, this provided in depth training on functional biomechanics and treatment strategies. Mark now teaches around the world to fellow therapists on functional movement, treatment and rehabilitation.</p> <p>Mark loves to spend time with his wife, 2 amazing children and dog doing activities such as paddle boarding, mountain biking, walking etc. Marks hobbies include playing guitar, basketball, golf, riding all bikes and reading about astrophysics.</p> <p>Marks passion is understand movement to help patients get back to pain free activity as soon as possible. Everyone is an individual and needs to treated that way. This creates a very personalised treatment and rehabilitation program specific to the individuals needs.</p> <p>Mark has worked with many athletes from a variety of different sports including Rugby, Cricket, Ice hockey, BMX, Netball as well as treating many stunt performers.</p> <p>

Nicole Oh

Octopus Clinic, Chartered Physiotherapist

Nicole is a Sydney-trained Physiotherapist, who has lived and worked in London for over 13 years. In this time she has worked in a wide variety of settings in the NHS, GP clinics, private practice, and private hospitals, treating musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. Her interest has always been in sports injuries, biomechanical analysis, and rehabilitation. She has completed post-graduate training in acupuncture and clinical Pilates, as well as attending numerous sports medicine conferences.</p> <p>Nicole set up her own business at the beginning of 2012 called Peloton Physiotherapy, specialising in the treatment of cyclists and triathletes. In this time she has treated a whole range of cyclists, from recreational riders and commuters, to professional triathletes. Her overall aim is the same across the board: to minimise the time clients need to spend ``off bike``, as well as arming them with management strategies to prevent future injuries and enable them to become more efficient and effective cyclists.</p> <p>Nicole herself is a competitive road racer, competing in elite level events for Les Filles Racing Team, a women's team she co-founded and manages. Her background is Triathlon, having qualified and competed in the 2009 70.3 World Championships (half-ironman distance), and completing an Ironman in 2011.