Meet The Team

Meet the team

Committed to your child’s development, and committed to happy learning, our team’s all-round expertise is unparalleled in the region

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Gareth & Vicki

Hello to all of our GUST customers and their families!  We are Gareth & Vicki, the founders and Directors of GUST Swim School.

 

We have 2 children, Arthur and Eadie and 3 members of our family currently work within the GUST team with us.

 

GUST began 15 years ago teaching from a hotel pool and the magic number of 4 in a group was born from there.  We opened our own bespoke Centre of Excellence here in Stone in 2015 and expanded building an additional teaching pool in 2018.

 

Our feet don’t touch the ground. The swim school moves at a fast pace, keeping up to date with all the changes the swimming world has to throw at us, latest innovations, implementing all new ideas with customers and staff at the forefront.

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Lucy

Hi, I’m Lucy – your Captain.  I have been a qualified swimming instructor for 13 years and have worked at GUST for 9 of those!

 

I live in Newcastle with my husband, 2 children and crazy chocolate Labrador!

 

At the age of 11, I was a County Champion in Martial Arts. At 15, I was ranked a Staff Sargent within the Army Cadet Force and went on to complete my Gold D of E at the age of 18.

 

We are a super active family – I have a driven personality, super passionate, ambitious and love being apart of my GUST family!

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Mike

Hi, I’m Mike. I have been a swimming teacher for 5 1/2 years and been in the leisure industry for 20 years.

 

I have lived in Stoke-on-Trent all my life and I’m a proper Stokie duck. I have served in the British Armed Forces not just in this country but in numerous countries around the world.

 

People ask me why I love my job. My reason why is for my amazing wife Clare and my four amazing children Harry, Lillie, Emily and Daisy And also our amazing GUST family I work with some fantastic people I love them to bits.

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Gemma

Hi, I’m Gemma.  I am blessed with four beautiful children Lucy, Millicent, Gracie & Levison.

 

I qualified as a swimming teacher whilst serving in the Armed Forces in 2011.

 

I started in the Leisure Industry in 2012 working in many roles Lifeguard Trainer Assessor, Duty Manager, Swimming Teacher, Aqua Aerobic instructor, fitness class & Gym instructor. But my passion lies with teaching children how to swim. It is so important and so rewarding.

 

I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your children’s learning to swim journey.

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Von

Hi, I’m Yvonne and I am the proud mother of 4 children and nan to 6!

 

Since having my children, I have worked in different professions with children of all ages, from pre-school to university age. I am now a very proud member of the GUST team.

 

For the last 25 years, I have developed and managed a children’s charter standard football club in Newcastle! I am very passionate about the best sports education for little ones. You will see me at the Centre of Excellence as a Supervisor on hand to help with any queries you may have.

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Holly

Hi, I’m Holly.  I have worked at GUST for 4 years. I am a qualified swimming teacher, but most of my skills are utilised in our very busy office.

 

I love to travel, and I enjoy lots of quality time with my family! I have a younger sister, who is my best friend and a very special, super cute, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Lily.

 

I am super passionate about all little people and them having the best start to their swimming journey.

 

Never hesitate to seek me out for any help required.

 

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Jeanene

Hi, I’m Jeanene and I have been a qualified swimming instructor for 17 years.

 

When I was younger, I was a Shropshire County competitive swimmer, participated in open water & long-distance swimming and ladies water polo, and I am a former West Midlands Synchronised Swimming Champion.  I still love the water!  I have been involved in the coaching of competitive swimming for 7 years and was head coach of a competitive swimming club for 3 years.

 

I am passionate about teaching swimming and find it so rewarding to see children develop in self-confidence and ability.

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Harry

Hi I’m Harry.  I have been working at GUST for 2 years. I am a qualified swimming instructor and I also work as a Lesiure Attendant.

 

Recently, I have taken on the role of GUST Pool Party Organiser and have also used my Lifeguard skills assisting in the Swim Fun Holiday Club.

 

I live in Stone, with my two younger brothers and my mum and dad.
I am currently at Newcastle Under Lyme College studying Sports. When not at college and work, I am out playing football or Cricket!

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Anna

Hi, I’m Anna and I have been a Level 2 qualified swimming instructor for 2 ½ years and have worked in Leisure for nearly 22 years!

 

I am originally from sunny Hereford but now live in Hanley with my husband, 2 stepchildren and our big baby American Bull Dog Bruno!

 

When I was younger, I was a County Champion in the Shot-putt Hammer Throw!

 

I am a jack of All GUST trades and currently work in the water, on reception, as a supervisor and in the office.

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Georgia

Hi, I’m Georgia.  I started swimming with GUST as a baby moving up through the awards scheme and then over to competitive swimming.

 

I recently returned to GUST as a volunteer as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Silver award and have now started  my training to become a fully qualified swimming teacher which is a dream come true.

 

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and would love my own Hedwig and Dobby but for now I have a beautiful black lab called Harlyn who we named after our favourite beach in Cornwall and my little brother Oliver who is currently learning to swim at GUST and loving his swimming journey.

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Leanne

Hi I’m Leanne. I live in Weston Coyney with my two children, dog Casper and two rabbits.

 

I worked in the renewable energy industry for 14 years then trained as a geography teacher before joining the swimming world.

 

I am a qualified swimming instructor and lifeguard and I have taught many sessions for GUST.  I have also worked in the office with the team however you’ll mainly seen me as a Leisure Supervisor and covering lessons for the team.

 

Ian

Hi I’m Ian.   I am quite new to the GUST team but I am loving every second and have settled in so well with the team here at HQ.

 

I have been a qualified lifeguard for 12 months. I have also been apart of Scout for 12 years, starting at the age of 5 in Beavers and progressing through Cub, Scouts and now as a Young Leader!

 

I live at home and I have a dog called Stan and a Cat called Poppy – I also have two sisters, Courtney who is 15 years and Esme who is only 10 weeks old!

 

You’ll see me working as Leisure Attendant and also supporting the team with birthday parties & holiday clubs so give me a shout if require any assistance.

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Louise

Hi, I’m Louise. Having spent a large part of my career in the legal field, I decided to return to my first love – swimming! I swam competitively from the age of 9 until going to University and went on to become County Champion at 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke several times, with regional qualifying times for all distances.

 

I have been teaching/coaching at Newport and District Swimming Club voluntarily for the last 3-4 years and have loved assisting the swimmers to learn to swim the strokes legally, going on to gain County Championship entry times, with some soon to achieve Regional Qualifying times.

 

I joined GUST in November 2018 and am thoroughly enjoying being part of the team! As well as being an instructor, I am also a Supervisor and Fire Marshall, only the office to impose myself upon now! When not at work, I live in Newport with my 13-year-old daughter who loves swimming and my husband who does not!

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Kea

Hi, I’m Kea. I live at home currently with my mum, her partner Craig, older sister Kelsey and younger brother Ruan.

 

I absolutely suffer with the ‘middle child syndrome’ – I am completely methodical, love my routines, makeup and am super-hot on cleanliness!  That said, I have a good sense of humour and love spending time with my friends.  I am studying to be a Police Officer and will be moving to Coventry in September to study at the University to pursue this.

 

I love working for the team at GUST, I have made some life long friends and will be back for casual shifts around my studying!  Please feel free to give me a shout!

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Hi, I’m Trev.  I’m the father-in-law of the business and regular maintenance man around the place.

 

My grandchildren are my world and I’m a very proud Father and Grandfather.

 

I live in Tittensor where I am a proud member of the local community and heavily involved with the Staffordshire’s Best Kept Village.  You may see me regularly on the A34 ensuring the plants are watered and surrounding areas kept to the highest standards, this of which is mirrored at GUST Centre of Excellence.  I was heavily involved with the build of the COE and the new additional pool and I loved every minute so if you do notice anything that requires attention, I’m your man!

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Rob

Hi, I’m Rob, known as the ‘older Rob’ and I’ve been part of the GUST team with my sister and brother-in-law since the very beginning.

 

I live with my family in Stoke on Trent and we have 2 dogs.  I love the outdoors, walking and attending regular gigs for my love of music.  I have enjoyed teaching the children to swim over the years and it’s been honour to see that some of the children I taught as beginners all those years ago are now instructors for GUST themselves.

 

I am often the subject of a laugh in the office for my lack of personal organisation skills, I’ve been engaged for 23 years but still haven’t got round to organising a wedding however,  I’m always on time for lessons and thoroughly prepared to give the best possible service to our customers and their children.

Phoebe

Hi, I’m Phoebe and I have worked at GUST for 2 and half years.  I started on reception just doing a few hours and now I’m a fully-fledged Supervisor!

 

I am originally from Surrey (you can probably tell as I haven’t lost my accent!) I now live in Market Drayton with my mum, dad, older brother and my super cute dog Frank!

 

I am quite a thorough and methodical person and take lots of pride in my work. I love to make new friends, socialise and zipping around in my new car!

 

Give me a shout for anything and everything you may need whilst enjoying your GUST experience.

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Hi, I’m Lucy. I’m a Level 2 qualified swimming teacher and you will also see me working on reception.

 

I’m currently studying Geography at the University of Liverpool, so I’m mainly seen doing cover during the holidays when I return home.

 

I’m a competitive swimmer, having swam for the county on many occasions for Freestyle and Backstroke and also achieved regionally qualifying times. I’m also a cyclist, having raced in Europe in international races on the road and in the velodrome.

 

Outside of the water, I enjoy spending time with my family, Pixie the dog and our 2 new poodle puppy twins Penny and Tilly, who actually look more like teddy bears and nothing like twins

Evie

Hi, I’m Evie.  I am a Level 2 qualified swimming instructor and I have been teaching my own classes since I was only 17!

 

I have lived around the Stone area my whole life and I live at home with my mum, dad and older sister.  I have a passion for music and drama, and I love performing. I have also recently passed my grade 7 musical theatre with a merit which was a huge achievement so you may hear me singing in the pool!

 

You will also see me on reception working as a Leisure Assistant and I’m happy to help with anything that’s thrown my way.

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Woody

Hi, Woody here – not to be confused with Mike (we often get mixed up!).  My real name is actually Rob and my nickname was given to me when the staff at GUST thought I was a ‘Woody Harrelson’

 

I have been a qualified swimming teacher for over a year now and have been reaping the benefits ever since. Working at GUST has helped me to rediscover my passion for helping children – something that grew during my time at Stafford Apex Swimming Club. I also work as as a Leisure Supervisor alongside my main instructing role at the Centre so I’m on hand to help with any queries you may have.

 

I currently live in Basford but can often be seen playing cricket for the mighty Swans at Barlaston CC.

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Elaine

Hi I’m Elaine.  I have been coaching since I was just 15 years old!

 

I love all things sport, I played County Cricket until my early 20’s and County Rounders through High School.

 

I enjoy Skiing and going to watch International Rugby. My number one love is Bon Jovi, closely followed by my Husband (but don’t tell him!)

 

I have been a PE teacher for the last 12 years and I find it such a rewarding job. I am now very lucky enough to be apart of the GUST team, and I absolutely love teaching swimming.

 

Many of you may see me during the Summer Holidays & Half Term running the Swim Fun Holiday Club!

Anne

Hi I’m Anne.  I won the Victrix Ludorum for swimming and diving at school however, I decided to become a swimming teacher rather than continuing with a swimming career myself.

 

I joined the fantastic GUST team in January 2019.  However, I started my swim teaching career, way back in 2003 and have been swim teaching at the Stone and District Swimming Club, on a voluntary basis, ever since.

 

I have three grown up children, Louise, David and Charles. I taught them all to swim and dive, and to have a very healthy respect for the water.

 

I live in a small village, near Stone, with my husband, Andrew, and our lovely Whippet/Bedlington dog, called Mia.

Molly

Hi I’m Molly.  I have been a qualified swimming instructor for 4 years. I have previously taught in Grammar Schools, Leisure Centres and now I am apart of the GUST team! I am also fully qualified in Aqua Aerobics.

 

In my spare time I enjoy travelling abroad, walking mountains (like Snowdon!) and taking my 2 Pomeranian dogs for a walk!

 

I became a swimming instructor as I love working with children and making sure they are having the most fun and brilliant instruction during their swimming journey.

I also work as a Leisure Attendant, so you may also see me working around the Centre on hand to help should you require any assistance.

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Arthur

Hi I’m Arthur and I’m the youngest member of the GUST team.

 

I’ve been swimming at GUST now since I was very small and I’m working towards my Level 8.  My Uncle Rob teaches me to swim in the Lagoon and I really enjoy swimming.  I actually have webbed toes which I’m sure makes me swim faster!

 

I’m a Stoke City fan, have a love of football and play for Stafford Rangers Juniors.  I love helping my family at GUST, the holiday clubs are the best and I especially love challenging the staff to a game of pool during their break.

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Lauren

Hi, I’m Lauren.  I’ve worked for GUST and been a qualified swimming teacher for just over a year, currently teaching on weekends at the COE and Chesterton High School.

 

I learned to swim with GUST when I was little and have loved swimming ever since!

 

I live in Newcastle with my parents and my adorable cocker spaniel Kia who is absolutely crazy!

 

I’m still at college studying an extended diploma in Sport and Exercise Science which is super interesting!

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Jenny

Hi, I’m Jenny.  My ambition was always to be a teacher and I am excited to be a part of the GUST team teaching children to swim especially as I have a love for swimming myself.

 

I’ve been a paramedic for the past 17 years and have worked in a children’s nursery for 4 years.  I am married to a paramedic, Matt and we have 2 children Molly & Rosie.  I love animals and we have 14 pets including guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, fish, a dog called Melody and a horse called Foxy.

 

I am very family orientated and so fit well into the team at GUST.  I love spending time with my children and Cornwall is my favourite place to be, swimming in the sea.

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Josh

Hi I’m Josh.  I’m a Leisure Attendant here at GUST and you’ll usually see me on the front reception desk or busy cleaning around the place on hand if you have any queries.

 

I live in Stone with my mum, dad, brother and beautiful dog Bessie.

 

I learnt to swim with Gareth when I was younger and have now found a position within the business working with those that taught me to swim all those years ago.  I’m always willing to help and lend a hand in any way I can and love the ‘fun’ element within the business and the lessons.

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Jackie

Hi I’m Jackie.  I have been at GUST since 2014.  I have been a qualified Level 2 swimming teacher since 1994 (yes I’m that old!) and have taught in lots of different settings, all ages, including adults.  I am now a casual teacher, fill-in in for holiday cover but I did previously teach at Chesterton Sports College.

 

I have a busy full-time career that can be stressful and teaching swimming is as much a hobby as work for me as I love it.  I love seeing confidence growing and seeing people do things that they thought they couldn’t; be it jumping in, fetching the sinkers or swimming a big set of lengths!  I was a club swimmer myself as a child and I can’t imagine not being able to swim or not enjoying being in the water and that’s what drew me to teaching swimming.

 

I’m not an original Stokie having lived all round the country, as far as Newcastle upon Tyne and Cornwall and everywhere in between over the years but Staffordshire is where I class as home and keep gravitating back to; so it’s great to be part of a local family run business.

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