Senior 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.


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.


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.


Clare Heath : Head of Operations and Clinical Governance Lead

Clare Heath

Head of Operations and Clinical Governance Lead

Clare qualified in 2000 and started her career working in the NHS where she quickly specialised in the field of musculoskeletal medicine. After leaving the NHS she worked in football for a 5 years, developing a solid understanding and experience of sports physiotherapy. Clare has worked for Premier since 2005 starting as a senior physiotherapist. Since 2007 she has been part of the senior management team and now manages the operations and clinical practice of London and the South East, she is involved in private care and NHS care. Clare has a special interest in Pilates and functional stability/rehabilitation she is a qualified Pilates instructor as well as a senior physiotherapist and so combines her competent manual therapy clinical skills with specialised individual rehabilitation.


Emma Cooper : Regional Manager and Senior Physiotherapist

Emma Cooper

Regional Manager and Senior Physiotherapist

Emma qualified in 2009 from Manchester Metropolitan University, she spent two years working within the NHS before starting at a private firm and specializing in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Emma is an experienced manual therapist, some of the techniques she uses includes spinal mobilisations, soft tissue massage, myofascial release and trigger point massage to name but a few. Emma is also competent in exercise prescription and is a qualified acupuncturist and disability assessor.


Nick Beale : Regional Manager and Head of Sports Physiotherapy

Nick Beale

Regional Manager and Head of Sports Physiotherapy

Nick is a highly skilled physiotherapist having developed his practice with the Ministry of Defence and sports for many years. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University and later gained an MSc in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy from Cardiff University, furthermore he is an accredited member of the Association of Charted Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine (ACPSEM). Nick has worked with multiple Olympians and other elite athletes through junior and senior programmes, such as, Great Britain Hockey, GB Judo, British Bobsleigh, England Athletic and England Badminton. Whilst also at major sporting events traveling with the GB team to the Summer World University Games 2017 in Taipei, World University Karate Championships 2016 in Portugal, also he has worked at the World Half Marathon Championships 2016 in Cardiff, European Games 2015 in Baku, Olympic Games 2012 in London, as well as a number of UK School Games and University (BUCS) National Finals. Currently he is Lead Physiotherapist for Oxford University Blues Rugby Teams and has worked in rugby in the local counties and with the Wooden Spoon Marauders at international 7s tournaments. With his wealth of experience, you would be hard pushed to find a sport he hasn't had involvement in. This has led to expert skills in movement analysis, injury prevention and rehabilitation of any individual, tailoring care to their requirements and aiming for a robust recovery to limit recurrence whilst maximising their performance in any task.


Marilia Pires : Regional Manager and Senior Therapist

Marilia Pires

Regional Manager and Senior Therapist

I qualified from Sheffield Hallam University with an Msc in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I have experience in a wide range of hospital physiotherapy departments, including intensive care, acute trauma and neurosurgery units. I enjoy working with all individuals and a broad range of injuries. However working with musculo-skeletal conditions and sports injuries have always been my main focus. I always strive to achieve the therapeutic goals set up together with my clients through personalised functional and specific rehabilitation and exercise prescription and by combining treatment methods. In treating patients I use a variety of techniques including joint mobilization, soft tissue release, kinesio-taping , advice and education.


Russell Burwood : Regional Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

Russell Burwood

Regional Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

Prior to gaining his physiotherapy qualifications Russell worked as a personal trainer for over six years working with high level athletes and actors. He lived in America coaching football for over four years before returning and working at Chelsea F.C which also included coaching a disability football team.  Since graduating as a physiotherapy Russell was worked with a wide variety of patients where he also carried out the shoulder rehabilitation class on a weekly basis, he has keen interests in wide variety of activities including football, basketball, badminton and scuba diving.