Meet the Team

Yvonne Shuttleworth - Owner

Most of my previous career history was office based until 2006 when I took the plunge to open my own business, firstly as a 'The Little Gym' franchise and then in 2010 re-branding as Balance & Beam Gymnastics.  We now have over 500 children attending on a weekly basis so literally thousands have come through the doors since we opened and it's a real privilege to have been part of their lives.

I have various High School qualifications including A levels, Child Psychology, Childcare Learning & Development Level 3, including the importance of play along with Business Management courses & a Business Mentor/Coach to back me up and of course a love of gymnastics and getting little people into a physical environment from a very early age.

I have a wonderful husband, who is an avid road cyclist, 3 grown up children, Elliott, owner of Boom Battlebar,  Jordan, owner of Capacity Functional Fitness in Eccleshall, Holly, a Junior Litigation Executive and CILEX at a Solicitors in Manchester and a gorgeous little grand daughter, Bella, 4 who has been coming to classes here since she was 4 months old.  

I love being physically active and being 'functionally fit' courtesy of Capacity FF,  running, road biking and the odd triathlon when I get chance.

Pam Green - Marketing

My Name is Pam & I’ve been here since March 2014.


it’s been amazing to see the business grow so much in this time and I feel very proud to have been part of this growth. I have worked in marketing for most of my working life and marketing Balance & Beam has been amazing. Seeing so many children enrol into our programme and develop in both

confidence and ability is a real privilege. I’ve also met some lovely parents along the way.

I enjoy fitness & sport so joining Balance & Beam has been great fun. I enjoy going to the gym which I do regularly with my lovely husband Phil. I also love walking & we try and go for a walk every evening. We have 2 grown up

children and I also have a beautiful little granddaughter, Violet Dolly who is so much fun to be around and I love to spoil her.

Charlotte Cartwright - Head Gymnastics Coach


Hi, I’m Charlotte & I am 22 years old.  I’m an ex gymnast who represented City of Stoke’s gymnastics squad in the West Midlands regional competitions for 9 years.

I have worked at Balance & Beam for 6 years and I absolutely love being a member of the team as it is great to see all the children enjoying themselves and having fun.  I have recently started working full time here and have completed my Level 1 Award in coaching Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

Working at Balance & Beam is extremely rewarding & enables me to use my gymnastics experience when teaching children and help them to develop different skills as well as giving them encouragement to try new things.

Lauren Gorton

Lauren Gorton - Head of Parties & Events 

Hi, my name is Lauren!  I started working for the amazing Balance & Beam team in September 2016 and I’ve loved every minute of it! I’ve always known I wanted to work with children and being a big kid myself, this job seemed like the perfect fit!

It’s been wonderful to see so many little people (and maybe even not-so-little people) grow, learn and develop through gymnastics over the years, I started coaching when I was 17 and have also hosted lots of our wonderful Balance & Beam birthday parties (if I do say so myself!)

I look forward to meeting many more little people as we welcome you to our Balance & Beam family! 

Bekah Challinor

Rebekah Challinor - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

Hi, my name is Bekah and I am 16 years old. I have been a gymnast and dancer for the entirety of my life and I attended classes at Balance & Beam until I was 9. Afterwards, I continued to attend gymnastics classes and won medals in competitions. I've just started my first year of college, studying law, criminology and dance. I hope to go to university where I will study criminology further.

I really enjoy working at Balance & Beam because I can watch Young gymnasts progress their skills and it allows me to use my experience of gymnastics to help children to have an enjoyable and fun time in the gym 

Abbie Johnson - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor 

Abbie Johnson

Hi, my name is Abbie and I’m 17 years old. I have taken part in competitive gymnastics since I was 7 years old, representing Uttoxeter Gymnastics Club and also Staffordshire in county competitions.

I am currently studying my A-Levels at college and I’m hoping to go to University to become a qualified PE teacher in the future.

Gymnastics is my passion and I have loved watching and competing in it for many years. Working at Balance & Beam has only made my love for the sport grow stronger as I am helping to teach and inspire many young gymnasts whilst also having lots of fun.

Niamh Boyle - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

Niamh Boyle

Hi, I’m Niamh and I’m 16 years old. I am currently a Team England AA Cheerleader with Momentum Cheer and will be representing our country in the ICU worlds in Florida. Despite being a cheerleader I have always had a background in gymnastics and dance my whole life.

I’m a student at Stoke on Trent sixth form college and have loved starting to fit Balance & Beam into my schedule! Working here is so much fun and it’s such a welcoming and friendly environment.

I’m aiming to be a physiotherapist when I’m older, so hopefully the opportunity to work here will be really helpful to me in the future. 

Jo Walley - Child Development & Gymnastics Instructor

Hi, I’m Jo and I’m an ex-gymnast who represented Blythe Sports Acro in regional and national level acrobatics competitions.

Jo Walley

It’s been quite a few years since I did gymnastics, but I always do a cartwheel whenever I’m on the beach and I love to keep fit and active - I run 5k most days and do other physical activities when I can.

I’m a life coach who helps people figure out what they’d like more of in their life and what they can do to enjoy their life even more. I love to work with people to help them shine.

I’m a qualified gymnastics coach who helps people learn new skills and build confidence, all whilst having fun!

Libbie Gorton - Party Host

Hi, my name is Libbie and I started working here when I was 14 years old. I have been a part of the lovely Balance & Beam team since 2021 and I've enjoyed every moment of it!


If you have a party here at the gym then you’ll most probably see me then !

I have loved gymnastics since I was 4 years old and I started off my journey right here at Balance & Beam.

Now I am a member of North Staffordshire's Tumbling Squad.

In my spare time and when I’m not at school I like to listen to music and do arts and crafts.

When I leave school I'd like to carry on working full-time in gymnastics

Beth Wells - Social Media & Digital Trainee

Hi, my name is Beth, I’m 21 years old and I’m in charge of the social media accounts and digital marketing a the gym.

Whilst I don't have a gymnastics background like our fantastic instructors, I’ve always enjoyed sports and PE since I was young and love getting to watch all the classes that take place here.

I have A-Levels in Business, Sociology, and Media, as well as a certificate of higher education for Media, Communications & Creative Practice which I studied briefly at Keele University. 

I also enjoy digital illustration and graphic design which I like to practice in my free time.

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