Executive Management

Wayne Llewellyn : CEO and Clinical Director

Wayne Llewellyn

CEO and Clinical Director

Wayne applied himself to the Private Physiotherapy market after qualifying in 1989 with a second degree in Physiotherapy following the completion of an earlier Sport Science degree at Brighton Polytechnic in 1984.
He studied Physiotherapy at Guys Hospital Medical School where his close association with Medical students many of whom are now established Doctors, Physicians and Surgeons with their own practices has proved both useful and valuable to Premier Health & Sport Therapy Limited in their pursuit of best practice.
Following a short spell of private practice in Brighton he moved back to the City in 1991 to work in fitness centre based clinics both privately and in the corporate sector. Over the next 7 years he developed his knowledge and skills of Clinical Physiotherapy and Corporate Healthcare and founded Premier with Raph in 1997 they founded Premier Health & Sport Therapy Limited.
Just prior to setting up Premier he was delighted when an Orthopaedic Consultant colleague referred Emma Bunton, ‘Baby Spice’, to him for assistance in the recovery of an injury during the making of the ‘Spice Movie’. This culminated in the title of “Physio Spice” being bestowed upon him for his 15 minutes of fame.
Waynes’ understanding of the Health and Fitness industry within business has helped develop a team of Physiotherapists for the NHS, Private practice and Occupational health over the past 17 years.

 

Wendy Lawrence : Chairperson

Wendy Lawrence

Chairperson

Wendy, the CEO of Totally Health, has an NHS career which spans some 20+ years. She has a wealth of experience having previously worked for BUPA Health Dialog, leading the Client Delivery Team on a range of projects, from complex FESC deliveries through to individual PCT (Primary Care Trust) specific contracts across the UK.
Previously Wendy ran her own company, working closely with numerous NHS and social care organisations across England, Wales and Scotland supporting delivery of many complex change agendas.
During Wendy’s NHS career, she was Chief Executive of three large Primary Care Trusts with a combined budget of £460m, here she successfully ran and delivered 100% within budget and target deliveries.
Wendy led a number of projects on behalf of the Strategic Health Authority including the establishment of new commissioning models for ambulance services and NHS Direct, as well as contributions to national projects including Reforms of Urgent Care Provision and Taking Healthcare to the Patient.

 

Raphael Leal : Chief Financial Officer

Raphael Leal

Chief Financial Officer

Raphael managed and developed the largest in-house Health and Fitness centre for the Royal mail in central London for 3 years following the completion of a Mathematics and Sports Science degree in 1991. Raphael studied at Christ Church College, Canterbury a choice of subjects the ultimately was the perfect combination for business in the Health and Fitness sector.

Post qualification and prior to co-founding Premier he worked for a corporate fitness company where he liaised closely with Wayne Llewellyn (the in-house Physiotherapist) in setting up the on-site Physiotherapy service.
They quickly realised the important link between Physical fitness and Physiotherapy / Rehabilitation for the improvement of both Corporate and Individual health and welfare. This culminated in developing systems to refer injured employees immediately to Physiotherapy with the result of rapid return to work and significant reductions in loss of productivity.

The following 3 years were spent developing accounts and administrative systems before he and Wayne founded Premier in May 1997.

 

Don Baladasan : Group Financial Director

Don Baladasan

Group Financial Director

Don is a qualified accountant having trained at The Financial Times. Don has extensive experience of fund raising for private and public companies and steering finance functions through transitional phases of a company’s lifecycle. Don has extensive experience of M&A, disposal and IPO transactions. Don is founder of Mataxis which provides interim and part time finance director resources to SMEs and start ups across several business sectors. Sector experience includes healthcare, fund management, property, technology and telecoms.  Prior to starting Mataxis, Don was Head of Accounting Development at Stemcor (UK’s 3rd largest privately owned company) Don was a senior strategic adviser to the Board and was tasked with evaluating the next generation finance system for the entire Group. Don has enjoyed other senior financial roles at Burson Marsteller;  BUPA and Financial Times Group. Don initially studied Medicine at Guys and St Thomas’ hospital before completing a BSc in Economics at CASS.

 

Emma Elstead : Director of Operations

Emma Elstead

Director of Operations

Following qualification in 1998 from Leeds Metropolitan University Emma completed her rotations in the NHS before specialising in Musculoskeletal outpatients. She continued to expand her skills by joining Premier and working in the Private Sector in a gym setting, she also worked with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. Emma has a wide range of Assessment and Treatment skills including; Muscle Energy techniques, Acupuncture, Functional Fascial Taping (FFT™) and Manual Therapy techniques, specialising in Sacro-Iliac joint dysfunctions. In her current role as Head of Operations in the Senior Management Team, Emma strives to ensure Premier Therapy deliver an exceptional standard of patient care and experience in a variety of settings including NHS, Private Health, Occupational Health and Offender Healthcare, nationwide.