has been working in the Sports & Fitness Industry for over twenty years, teaching Athletics, Netball, Swimming and Self Defense / Kick Aerobics.  She spent ten years working abroad as a Skydiving Instructor and as a United States Parachute Association Freefall Instructor Examiner. Back in the UK, she took qualifications as an RSA Fitness Instructor, Circuits Instructor and Powerplate Trainer. She holds a diploma in Sports Psychology. In the 1990’s, she was introduced to Pilates, became an immediate devotee and went on to train with the Body Control Pilates Association in 2000. In 2009, Lauren qualified as a Nutritionist and later completed the famous Juice Academy course in Northants with Jason Vale 

Lauren spent 15 years as the Director of Stratford Pilates Centre® which she opened after qualifying in 2000. She is a dedicated Pilates teacher who has built up a reputation over the years with Doctors, Osteopaths and other Clinical Practitioners recommending her to their patients as part of their rehabilitation. Lauren has taught Pilates at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and taught Pilates to talented young athletes selected through Stratford on Avon Athletics Club, before she moved to Devon in 2015

Lauren is a Master Teacher, Level 4 Movement and Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor (low back pain) who can guide you through your Pilates journey, whether classes, equipment or matwork tuition, specialist workshops or relaxing with us whilst on  holiday here in North Devon


Qualifications: Body Control Pilates Matwork Certified in 2000 (Level 3)

  • Body Control Pilates Master (Advanced) Matwork Teacher Certification, with honours
  • Body Control Pilates Reformer Certification
  • Body Control Pilates Cadillac Certification, with honours
  • Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor (Low Back Pain)
  • Body Control Pilates Back4Good Practitioner Certification
  • Level 4 Movement & Adaptations
  • Pilates Pregnancy & Exercise
  • Qualified in Pilates Level 3 for the Older Person
  • Body Control Pilates Level 3 in Bone Health (Osteoporosis)
  • Body Control Pilates and Scoliosis
  • Pilates for Hypermobility and related conditions
  • Body Control Pilates for Golfers
  • Body Control Pilates Performance (for Sport)
  • Body Control Pilates: Understanding Cancer
  • Body Control Pilates: Mental Health Foundation
  • BCPA Supervising Teacher for Devon
  • Movement & Strength for Menopause: Burrell Education
  • Menopause Awareness for Pilates Teachers: Dinah Siman
  • 3rd Age Woman Menopause Transition Online Certification: Burrell Education
  • Menopause Movement Professional Development Training Programme (Founding Member)


graduated Brunel University in 2015 with a Sport Science BSc Second Class (2:1) Degree  and a desire to work in the Pilates and Outdoor industries. She has since qualified as a Gym Instructor (Active IQ, Reps Level 2) and has a Diploma in Nutrition (Level 5 Detox Specialist). She has a background in Psychology and over the last few years she has become an expert on high ropes, teacher of archery and is a rock-climbing instructor. Jess uses Pilates to help with her climbing and surfing and is a qualified Pilates Instructor with BCPA running the Pilates Health Project. She is currently training on Studio Equipment. Jess works independently of Taw Valley Pilates as well as running the private Matwork and Bespoke Workshop programmes and covering group classes. Jess is also the director of our Day Retreats.


  • Body Control Pilates Matwork Certified in 2018 (Level 3)
  • Body Control Pilates Reformer Certification
  • Detox Specialist in 2016 (Level 5 Diploma)
  • Gym Level 2 in 2016
  • Climbing Wall Instructor in 2017