Sally Allbrighton

Sally Allbrighton graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Manchester in 2000, going on to gain a Masters degree at Keele University in Neuromusculoskeletal Healthcare in 2007.

Sally has clinical experience in a wide number of areas, having worked in some of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, two of which have the largest trauma units in the North West. The diversity of experience at these hospitals provided an excellent educational opportunity, but also fuelled a love of getting research and education into practice. Sally became a member of a research steering group whilst working in the NHS and completed her Masters thesis on the effective dissemination and implementation of evidence in practice, receiving an external commendation for the work. This became the basis for going into teaching.

Sally is now a self-employed Associate in a Private Practice in North Staffordshire, taking responsibility for leading the persistent pain service. She has an interest in persistent pain and also runs her own pain education company, allowing small groups of people to come together to share their pain experiences and finding a way to move forward by helping them to understand pain a little better. Sally also provides free talks to local community patient groups, local charities and professional Wellbeing groups.

She currently teaches Mobilisation of the Neuro-immune System and explain pain across the UK and Europe and has presented at UK conferences.

Sally leads a busy life with two young sons and has a love of yoga, meditation and cricket.

Linda Arksey

Linda has been a lecturer for NCORE since 2015, a Tai Chi Master and founder of the International Tai Chi Alliance (ITCA), an organisation dedicated to improving the quality of training of Tai Chi and Qigong for Health Care professionals. The UK representative of the International Medical Tai Chi and Qigong Association (iMTQA), Linda has taught Tai Chi and Qigong for over 35 years worldwide. An award winner of HRH The Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care 2017 using Tai Chi, currently Linda is collaborating with the Hanfei International Tai Chi Centre in Ningbo, China which has a prestigious Tai Chi heritage and links to Nottingham University.

Linda spent her early career following her dream of becoming an Olympic Ice Dancer. In parallel to this and to fund the Ice Dance training Linda pursued a career within Dentistry, before becoming more interested in Complementary Health. Currently Linda runs a busy Clinical Practice and at weekends teaches Tai Chi and Qigong.
Linda now dedicates and shares her knowledge of Tai Chi and Qigong for the benefit of others

Sue Armstrong
Grad Dip Phys
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist
Works in NHS, Private Practice and Post Graduate teaching
Advanced Bobath Tutor, qualified as BBTA Tutor in 2007
HCPC (PH37574) and CSP Member (46617)

I teach all levels of BBTA courses extensively across the UK (currently increasing internationally). BBTA is an organisation of Tutors in the UK specialising in teaching neurological post graduate courses in the UK and overseas.

Neurological rehabilitation has always been a focus in my career, since 2007 I have been a Clinical Director at Indigo Rehab Physiotherapy, a specialist private practice focused on rehabilitation of neurological clients.

Since 2009 I have been a Clinical Lead (8a) Physiotherapist, this role is a Health Board wide and focused on complex clinical caseload, teaching and service development within Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (Line manager:

Indigo rehab Physiotherapy Practice
Studio B,
Treowen House,
LLanover Business Centre,

Telephone: 07775777808 or 01873880884
Twitter: @indigorehab

Carolyn Cleveland
Founder and Managing Director of C&C Empathy Training
BSc (Hons) Cert Counselling
Specialism in Loss and bereavement

Carolyn has a background in psychology, counselling, and conceived C&C Empathy Training from her direct experience of patient safety issues, compassionate communication failure, the inquest system and the NHS complaints process.

Carolyn experienced the loss of a child and found many of these systems did not grasp her emotional experience, motivations or needs, following this tragic loss both. This was apparent individually and culturally, feeding into staff behaviour and negatively impacting on outcomes and wellbeing for her and staff involved.

Carolyn is passionate about promoting long term change through training and development by humanising processes and empowering staff to support themselves, colleagues, patients and loved ones, all done in a friendly and supportive learning environment using her unique LEED Communications Programme® and her BE HUMAN Model.

Carolyn has been public speaking on emotions and empathy in real life situations since 2006, reaching diverse audiences, creating further insight into some of the more complex emotional needs of the people in the process and in vulnerable positions, as well as staff personal emotional responses.

At the core of Carolyn’s work, is her thought provoking experience and personal journey, told with honesty and candour, valuing support and promotion of emotional awareness for staff to aid wellbeing. This is joined together with her academic study, analysis and personality, and her belief that understanding the ‘why’ something needs doing, rather than just ‘what’. This enables long term positive change and development, both individually and culturally. Carolyn works with multiple trusts, the Ministry of Justice, NHS England and the coronial system.

Andrew Cuff
Consultant Physiotherapist

Andrew works as a Consultant Physiotherapist and is the youngest ever in the UK to be bestowed with this title. This role involves a clinical caseload in both the Wakefield Musculoskeletal (MSK) Service and the North Kirklees Integrated MSK and Pain Service for Connect Health alongside providing leadership to nine MSK, Pain and Rheumatology services within the North of England.

Alongside this clinical role, Andrew is an active researcher studying for a PhD at Keele University and has published numerous articles in the Musculoskeletal domain and is a proud author for the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group.

Andrew has presented his research at both national and international scientific meetings and conferences. Previously a Research Physiotherapist at the University of Warwick, Andrew has both taught and examined on the Orthopaedic component of the Medicine degree.

Andrew sits on the board of the European Society of Shoulder & Elbow Rehabilitation (EUSSER) and is Chair of South West Yorkshire Advanced Physiotherapy Practice Network.

Ben Davies

An experienced NOI instructor in the UK, Ben has taught Explain Pain, Mobilisation of the Neuroimmune System and Graded Motor Imagery courses in the Uk & Europe since 2008. His background as a physiotherapist involves primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. The majority of Ben’s experience is with people who have complex, persistent pain presentations. Currently Ben works in primary care for Virgincare (Bath and Northeast Somerset, UK) as professional lead for physiotherapy and clinical specialist physiotherapist in pain management.

Ben’s PhD at the University of the West of England was in painful diabetic neuropathy, exploring whether this group of people could benefit from the pain management approaches which are relatively common in the MSK pain world, but not in the diabetic world.

You can find Ben on twitter (@ben_davies42)

Martin Evans
Specialist in Communications – supporting you to tell your unique story.

Martin has over 35 years’ experience of leadership, communications, marketing, PR and dealing with the media, in the public sector and latterly with his own company, TandemComms. As a communication and marketing specialist, he has worked regionally to internationally, with TV, radio, and social media, planning and delivering on many campaigns. Martin is an experienced, highly sought-after trainer, running courses from the board to the shop floor, in presentation skills, storytelling for business, media skills, communications strategy development and crisis communications. He is passionate about helping people and organisations tell their unique story in business and whilst personally supporting a Kenyan charity (as a trustee) and other UK third sector organisations.

Martin says:
‘What motivates me is working to family values of loyalty and doing the right thing, being professional and making a positive difference to organisations but doing all that, with a touch of humour and fun’

Ian Gatt
Head of Performance Services & Lead Physiotherapist - GB Boxing

Ian has been a sport physiotherapist for over 20 years, with considerable time spent managing the sports science & medical services for the Great Britain Boxing programme. He has attended all major events supporting elite athletes on their path to success through Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016, and current Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycles.

Ian is an Upper Limb Injury Specialist with the prestigious English Institute of Sport (EIS) providing an advisory role to Olympic and Paralympic sports. Further, he provides private specialist consultations on Upper Limb MSK injuries in the UK and Overseas.

Ian has a passion for teaching regular National and International workshops, webinars, and at conferences on diverse topics linked to Upper Limb sport injuries. He is a visiting Lecturer at University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University London (QMUL). Further, he is a published author on research papers and is currently a PhD candidate in Upper Limb Biomechanics at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU).

You can follow Ian on social media; Twitter (@iangattphysio), Instagram (iangattgattman) and Linkedin (

Jo Gibson

Jo Gibson is a Clinical Physiotherapy Specialist working at the Liverpool Upper Limb Unit at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and a Consultant in private practice.

She has worked as a Shoulder Specialist since 1995 and lectures Nationally and Internationally about assessment and rehabilitation of the shoulder complex.

Jo has co-developed Masters modules with Liverpool University for the diagnosis and treatment of upper limb pathology and has co-authored national guidelines for the management of different shoulder pathologies.

She has presented original research at many National and International conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and written several book chapters.

Dr Marie-Elaine Grant
Ireland’s Olympic Team Lead Physiotherapist from 1990 – 2010
Graduate of UCD ( University College Dublin)
Specialist Member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists
Member of the Medical and Scientific Commission of the International Olympic Committee since her appointment in 2010

Dr. Marie-Elaine Grant (PT, PhD) a graduate of University College Dublin she specialises in sports and exercise physiotherapy, rehabilitation and clinical research. In her clinical practice she treats and rehabilitates a wide range of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Over her career she has worked extensively with athletes from youth development through to high performance. She has a keen interest in implementing injury prevention strategies and has undertaken published research projects on the importance of the role of sports physiotherapy. She has been the lead physiotherapist for Ireland’s National Olympic team for 5 Summer and 2 Winter Olympic Games. Since her appointment to the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission she has advised on plans and preparations in addition to monitoring physiotherapy services on behalf of the IOC for 2 Summer and 2 Winter Olympic Games, she is currently involved in preparations for Tokyo 2021.

She continues to remain actively involved in the education and training of undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapists. She regularly contributes to conferences and advises on programs for ongoing professional development for students and her peers. Marie-Elaine continues to participate in clinical research. She has several peer reviewed publications and is regularly invited to present at international conferences.

In September 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University College Dublin in recognition of her contribution to Physiotherapy.

Marie-Elaine is a strong advocate of the enormous value of on-going learning and the importance of excellence, competence and accuracy with clinical application of physiotherapy and greatly enjoys imparting the extensive learning she has gained over her career to colleagues and students through her workshops, writing and teaching.

Dr Stephanie Griffiths
Consultant Physiotherapist MSK and Rehab Lead

Stephanie presently works as a musculoskeletal Consultant Physiotherapist in West London, where she leads a large multidisciplinary team. Her clinical and research interests are within the field of upper limb dysfunction. She completed her doctorate in 2013 where she investigated conversion rates and the referral criteria for rotator cuff pathology. As well as leading the MSK team, she leads the rehab team and works as an advanced practitioner having completed a certificate in musculoskeletal ultrasound and independent prescribing practice.

After gaining a teaching fellowship with the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine in 1995 and a postgraduate Certificate in Education she has also held various teaching roles. She was a lecturer at Birmingham University lecturing in pain mechanisms on the manipulative therapy route of the MSc in Advancing Practice as well as on their extended scope practice module. She is an Accredited Tutor with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist teaching both foundation and continuous professional development courses. More recently she has taught injection therapy update courses and has recently developed a dedicated training course for physiotherapists to undertake caudal epidural injection therapy.

Lucy Gwynne

Lucy’s current role is Physiotherapy Lead for Neurorehabilitation at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust.

With over 30 years of experience she has noted how rehabilitation has developed from the early days of movement science, when therapists began to take a more active part in research, to now, with the floodgates of evidence opening ever wider.

She has been lucky enough to work with some of the great and good amongst physiotherapy advancement including Professors Carr and Shepherd. In 2013 she was honoured to be invited to Denmark by Professors Shumway-Cook and Woollacott. They were retiring from the lecture circuit and ran a ‘Teach the teachers’ course for selected people. This offered Lucy and her colleague Michelle a unique insight and exclusive material.

She has more recently linked with Dr Johnson from Bournemouth with the aim to further expand the pool of teachers.

She has completed Masters Level in Movement science, Teaching and learning for Physiotherapists and Innovations in Physiotherapy and was guest lecturer on the movement science course at Nottingham.

Dynamic Training Ltd was set up in 2005 with Michelle in response to a request to teach, what was then, the Motor relearning programme. Extensive updating and incorporating new evidence ensures therapy advancement is at the centre of any current teaching.

Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee

Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee practiced as a clinical speech language pathologist for 15 years before the frustration of never knowing ‘the answers’ led her to an academic career. She is now Founder and Director of the University of Canterbury Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research and Professor in the Department of Psychology, Speech and Hearing in Christchurch, New Zealand. She still hasn’t found ‘the answers’ but is trying, with research interests focusing on the complexities of behaviorally-driven neural adaptation and biomechanical change leading to swallowing recovery following neurological injury. In her 20-year academic career, Dr Huckabee has co-authored three books, one in its 3rd edition, 15 book chapters and has published 85 peer reviewed scientific papers.

A recent research programme resulted in a regional reduction in pneumonia rates from 27 to 10%, with a subsequent savings in health care costs for the health system of over $1.4 million in one year. For this research, she was awarded one of the top research medals from the University of Canterbury – The Innovation Medal, was a finalist for the NZ Women of Influence Award in Science and Innovation and nominated for New Zealander of the Year in the Innovation category. She recently received a Braveheart Award, in recognition of her contribution to her local community

She is well known as a clinical teacher and is an invited speaker by health systems worldwide to provide clinical training, particularly in rehabilitation practices.