Meet the Balance & Beam Team

Guiding and inspiring children to flourish in health & happiness

Championing the fantastic skills and unique personalities of our children

The Balance & Beam Team is incredible, combining many individual and unique talents. Together, we have a common goal to provide physical fitness and positive mental wellbeing programmes to nurture happier, healthier children.

Yvonne Shuttleworth

Founder and Owner

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: I’m way too old for these now but still have an amazing handstand! 

Go-to way to relax: Cycling to a fab café with my hubby.

Nickname: Vonni

Favourite positive quote: “If you’re going to be there, be there fully.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: In the garden catching rays.

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? All of it!

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? “I love you as much as my mummy and daddy.”

If you could teach anybody in the world a B&B lesson, who would it be and why? Moira and David from Schitt’s Creek – say no more!

Most of my career was office based until 2006, when I took the plunge to open my business. I launched as a 'The Little Gym' franchise owner and re-branded the business as Balance & Beam Gymnastics in 2010.  We currently have over 700 children attending weekly classes and the numbers are growing. It's a real privilege to be part of every child’s life who has bounced through our doors!

Unsurprisingly, I love gymnastics and helping little ones to cartwheel into a physical and happy environment from an early age. My loves are also backed up by numerous professional qualifications in Child Psychology, Childcare Learning & Development Level 3 and Business Management.

My wonderful husband is an avid road cyclist and I’m super proud of my three wonderful grown-up children, who have all ventured into hugely rewarding careers. Elliott is the founder of Boom Battlebar and Putt Putt Noodle. Jordan is an ex-marine, cross fit champ and World Record Holder for rowing across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Hawaii in 30 days. Holly is a Litigation Executive and CILEX at a solicitor firm in Manchester. I’m also over the moon that my three little grandchildren all attend classes at Balance & Beam – now I can see them even more often 👏

I love being physically active, running, road biking, cross fit and teaching. I've even completed the odd triathlon! I enjoy holidaying and experiencing city breaks and am fortunate enough to spend lots of quality time with my family.

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Pam Green

Head of Marketing

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Not got a Scooby Doo! 

Go-to way to relax: Spending time with my family.

Nickname: Pammi

Favourite positive quote: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough!”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: At the gym or in a coffee shop.

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? Seeing little people having fun and the great team.

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? Noah telling me that “Stinky crisps are for the gym!”

If you could teach anybody in the world a B&B lesson, who would it be and why? Michael Jackson because he had self-worth and image issues. Our Programmes teach positivity, which I think he could have benefitted from. He would probably show us some of his dance moves that would have been great to see on our red mat!

I’ve worked at Balance & Beam since March 2014 and love it! It’s been amazing to see the business develop and I feel very proud to have been part of this growth. Marketing has been a lifelong career and supporting Balance & Beam with their sales and marketing has been thoroughly enjoyable. Seeing so many children enrol on our Programmes and develop confidence and ability is a real privilege – I’ve also met some lovely parents.

I enjoy fitness and sport and attend the gym regularly with my lovely husband, Phil. I also appreciate walking and aim to sneak one in every evening. We have two grown-up children and a beautiful little granddaughter, Violet Dolly, who is so much fun to be around and I probably spoil her too much!

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Charlotte Cartwright

Programme Manager & Senior Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Round-off flick tuck back.

Go-to way to relax: Drinking a cup of tea in front of the TV watching Netflix.

Nickname: Charl

Favourite positive quote: “Money will come and go but memories will last forever.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: Socialising with my friends and spending time with my family.

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? I am really enjoying my role as the Programme Manager. I love teaching fun classes and using my gymnastics skills to help develop the children. I also love how close we are as a team and the friendships we’ve built. 

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? During our ‘healthy me’ week, I asked one child what their favourite vegetable was and they replied with “Sausage.”

I’m an ex-gymnast who represented the City of Stoke-on-Trent’s gymnastics squad in the West Midlands regional competitions for nine years.

I’m now in my mid-twenties and have worked at Balance & Beam since 2015. I absolutely love being a team member, as it’s great to see the children enjoying themselves and having fun. I have my Level 1 Award in Coaching Women’s Artistic Gymnastics and recently completed a New Manager fast track qualification.

My role is extremely rewarding and enables me to use my gymnastics experience when teaching children. I can help them develop different skills and encourage them to try new things.

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Lauren Gorton

Head of Parties & Senior Coach 

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: The worm!

Go to way to relax: Enjoying a cold drink and watching East TV on Netflix. 

Nickname: Lou 

Favourite positive quote: “Results or excuses. You can’t have both.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: At the gym. 

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? Knowing that I am making a difference. to the lives of so many young people and having so much fun whilst doing it. 

What is the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said to you? “You’re my most favouritest person ever.” 

If you could teach anyone a B&B lesson, who would it be & why? Peter Kay, because he’s Peter Kay!

I started working for the amazing Balance & Beam team in September 2016 and loved every minute. 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 ones (and maybe not-so-little) grow, learn and develop through gymnastics over the years. I started gymnastics coaching when I was 17 and have hosted many 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.

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Juliette Watkins

Shift Supervisor & Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Backbend or the splits 

Go to way to relax: On the sofa in front of the tv with my cats

Nickname: Jules

Favourite positive quote: Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever! 

When you’re not at work, you can be found:  At the gym or drinking coffee 

What you love about working at Balance & Beam? Being able to make a difference and seeing the children have so much fun whilst learning life skills

If you could teach anyone a gymnastics lesson, who would it be & why? Hugh Jackman, I just love him, is there anything the man can’t do? !  

Rebekah Challinor

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Cartwheel flick

Go to way to relax: Chilling at home with a cuppa. 

Nickname: Bekah

Favourite positive quote: The only time I set the bar low is for limbo

When you’re not at work, you can be found: Socialising with my friends or at Uni in Chester where I live

What you love about working at Balance & Beam? I love seeing the children’s confidence grow every week, making friends and most of all having fun!

If you could teach anyone a gymnastics lesson, who would it be & why? My dad, it would be so funny! 

Harriet Colley

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Round-off back handspring.

Go-to way to relax: Sitting in my garden in the sun.

Nickname: H

Favourite positive quote: “Shoot for the moon because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: With family and friends.

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? My work colleagues and the fun I have.

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? I was asked if I was Charlotte’s mum!

If you could teach anybody in the world a B&B lesson, who would it be and why? Violet Beauregarde because she’s flexible, acrobatic and motivated in sports.

Isabella Lacey

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics move: Round off flick, tuck back

Go to way to relax: Listening to music/ reading a book

Nickname: Izzy Wizzy

Favourite positive quote: Kindness is something you can’t give away. It always comes back.- George Solsky

When you’re not at work, you can be found: With my friends and family or at the gym

What do you love about balance & Beam: The lovely staff and seeing the big smiles on children’s faces

What is the most memorable thing a child has ever said/done: Being called ‘bog’ every week by the lovely Bella

Lucy Parkes

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Back walkover. 

Go-to way to relax: Taking my dog on a long walk.

Nickname: Luce

Favourite positive quote: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Winnie The Pooh.

When you’re not at work, you can be found: Spending time with friends and family and looking after my niece and nephew.

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? Seeing each child’s personality and confidence grow.

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? “You’re the funniest person I’ve ever met.”

Libbie Gorton

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Round-off back-tuck or aerial.

Go-to way to relax: Listening to music.

Nickname: Libs

Favourite positive quote: “Hakuna Matata.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: Doing anything creative; art, theatre, writing etc.

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? I love that we create a safe environment for every child where they can make new friends and grow in confidence – you can see young people become more and more comfortable in the gym each week.

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? “No, you won’t squish it, you have a flat bum.”

If you could teach anybody in the world a B&B lesson, who would it be and why? Kevin Hart because he is always full of energy and would be willing to look a bit silly in the different activities. 

Lorenna Rowley

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Back walkover.

Go-to way to relax: Watching movies with popcorn.

Nickname: Ren

Favourite positive quote: “It’s cool to be kind.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: On my trampoline!

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? Someone's always making me laugh and everyone is super kind.

If you could teach anybody in the world a B&B lesson, who would it be and why? Taylor Swift because she is very funny and would really enjoy a B&B lesson.

Macy Whalley

Assistant Coach

Favourite gymnastics or aerobics move: Back tuck. 

Go-to way to relax: Dancing or art. 

Nickname: Mac or Mace 

Favourite positive quote: “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy coffee and that’s the same thing.”

When you’re not at work, you can be found: Dancing or revising.  

What do you love about working at Balance & Beam? Seeing the children achieve the skills they are working on. 

What’s the most memorable thing a B&B child has ever said/done? “Why have you got sparkly teeth?” 

If you could teach anybody in the world a B&B lesson, who would it be and why? My friends as I think they would really enjoy the bells and singing of songs and that they want to learn how to do a back flip.