Introducing our team
Joanne Cobbe- Founder and Principal Tutor for JPilates
JPilates was set up by one of the Pilates industry's leading educators Joanne Cobbe.
"Teaching Pilates is incredibly rewarding, fulfilling and inspiring. When a client tells you that they no longer suffer after living with constant back pain, or when a client leaves your sessions with a greater sense of well-being, motivation and positivity or where you observe that your classes provide essential social interaction for an elderly or post-natal participant, you know you have the best job in the world!"
Joanne has both worked and taught in the fitness industry for over 17 years and was the Principal Tutor with the Pilates Institute. She works as a consultant for other fitness and Pilates training companies and has presented for the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and around the world.
Joanne passionately believes in striking a balance between honouring the original repertoire and teaching a creative and evolved approach.
Mark Leyland MCSP FAFS - Tutor
Mark is a Sports Physiotherapist and Nike Golf Performance Specialist at Momentum Physio. He also works as a physiotherapist at Chelsea FC and is an established Lecturer.
Mark has worked in the fitness/rehabilitation industry for over 10 years. Mark runs his own physiotherapy clinic in Surrey and works with many professional athletes. A graduate of the Gray Institute in the USA, Mark utilises a functional approach to his Physio work and teaching.
Kate Loeffen- Tutor
Kate has over 20 years teaching experience. Originally trained as a dancer, then as a teacher, she has both performed and taught throughout London. Kate retrained as a Pilates instructor in 2003, a natural progression from dance, and has enjoyed combining her extensive understanding of the moving body with the discipline and technique of Pilates. Kate now runs a small Pilates studio in North London, enjoying an ever increasing client base and delivers residential and day retreats throughout the year.
Sarah Tandy- Assessor
Sarah is a fully comprehensive Pilates instructor who has completed all her training through JPilates. Sarah teaches classes and private clients in Leicestershire and absolutely loves her job!
Yolande Green -Internal Verifier
Yolande Green has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and has developed many fitness programmes during that time. She has worked closely within the physiotherapy department of Portland Hospital, training physios in Pilates and exercise for post natal care.
Yolande is also one of the original founding teachers at the Pilates Institute, but most well known for her expertise in Pregnancy Pilates and is a published author including “Pilates for Pregnancy”, “Pilates the Complete Body System” and “Weights for Women”.
Claire Toone - Business Development Consultant
Claire made the career change to work in the Pilates industry pursuing her true passion of helping people lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.
Before working in the Pilates industry Claire worked at Christian Dior in Sales and Education in London and FBI Fashion College in Sydney, overseeing all marketing, advertising and PR for the college.
Claire is a qualified Pilates and Yoga Instructor and teaches all over London. She has also taught in Paris, Brazil and Zurich.
Currently Claire is based in New York and is completing her studies in Nutrition.