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Our Scientific Advisory Board

Our multi-disciplinary board advise on & guide our work

Board Members

Dr Lou Atkinson

Dr Lou Atkinson

Lecturer in Psychology

Member of the Applied Health Research Group, Aston University

Certified Pre & Postnatal

exercise instructor

International Master Trainer & Fitness Presenter

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Emma Brockwell

Emma Brockwell

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Professional advisor for

Canterbury Christ Church University Perinatal Physical Activity

Research Group

Co-authored the first ‘Returning to Running Postnatal Guidelines’

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Grainne Donnelly

Gráinne Donnelly

Advanced Physiotherapist

 Team Lead for Pelvic Health

Physiotherapy Services

Western Health & Social Care Trust,

N. Ireland

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Pip Davies

Midwifery Sister

Midwifery Sister, Speaker & Publisher
Founder of the 'Midwife Pip Podcast'

Antenatal Educator
Co-Author of Published Research


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    Mr Michael Dooley

    Mr Michael Dooley

    Consultant Gynaecologist

    Fellow of the Royal College of

    Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.

    Medical Director of

    Poundbury Fertility at

    King Edward VII’s Hospital


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      Dr Kirsty Elliott-Sale

      Prof. Kirsty Elliott-Sale

      Professor Female Physiology

      Postgraduate Research Tutor,  School of Science & Technology,
      Head of Musculoskeletal Physiology Research Group,
      SHAPE Research Centre
      Manchester Metropolitan University

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        Dr Stephanie Hanley

        Postdoctoral Research Assistant

         Postdoctoral Research Assistant  & Clinical Trails Coordinator,
        University of Nottingham
        Maternal Health including 
        barriers to activity & healthy eating  during & following pregnancy.  Development of lifestyle interventions in postpartum


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          Dr Amal Hassan

          Dr Amal Hassan

          Sport & Exercise Registrar

          Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health
          University College Healthcare
          NHS Trust
          Co-founder of Umi Health Ltd


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            Chloe Hillyar

            Researcher & Professional Dancer

            International Dancing Experience
            Founded AWA DANCE
            (Advancing Women's Aspirations
            with Dance)
            Founded Research Project - 
            The Pregnant Dancer
            Studying for PhD - Queens University Belfast


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              Dr Medbh Hillyard

              PhD Researcher

              Ulster University - School of Nursing
              Physical Activity Intervention 
              for Women with Gestational Diabetes
              Research included in the 2020 Director of Public Health report
              for Northern Ireland


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              Kelly Massey

              Former Olympic Athlete

              Former International Athlete
              for GB & Northern Ireland
              Olympic, World & Commonwealth
              Lecturer - School of Sports & Exercise Sciences
              Liverpool John Moores University
              Completing Doctoral degree in Elite Athlete Mothers


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              Dr Ellinor Olander

              Dr Ellinor Olander

              Lecturer in Maternal & Child Health

              Research Group Lead -
              Public Health, Social Diversity & Inequalities in
              Maternal & Child Health
              Centre for Maternal &
              Child Health Research
              City, University of London


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              Sarah Rand

              Sarah Rand

              Research & Academic Physiotherapist

              Senior Teaching Fellow
              Postgraduate Physiotherapy Programme
              UCL Great Ormond Street
              Institute of Child Health London. Qualified Pilates &
              Pre & Post Natal Exercise Trainer


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                Dr Claire-Marie Roberts

                Dr Claire-Marie Roberts

                Chartered Psychologist

                 Chartered Scientist,
                BASES Accredited Sport Scientist. Premier League &
                Visiting Research Fellow,
                UEW Bristol


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                  Dr Dane Vishnubala

                  Dr Dane Vishnubala

                  Consultant Sport & Exercise Medicine

                  Academic Phase 2 Lead
                  MB BS Medicine programme at 
                  Hull York Medical School.
                  Clinical Lead MSc in Sport & Exercise Medicine,
                  University of Leeds.
                  Member of the
                  CMO Physical Activity communications expert team


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                    Danielle Schoenaker

                    Research Fellow

                    Research Fellow
                    School of Primary Care, Population Sciences & Medical Education
                    University of Southampton


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                    Dr Kathryn Hesketh

                    Senior Research Associate

                    Behavioural Epidemiologist &
                    Senior Research Associate
                    MRC Epidemiology Unit
                    University of Cambridge


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                    Lucy McCrudden

                    Lucy McCrudden


                    Founder, Dance Mama
                    Dance Specialist & 
                    Advocate Ambassador,
                    Parents in Performing
                    Arts Campaign
                    20+ years experience in dance participation & learning leadership


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