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 : Operations Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

Clare Heath

Operations Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

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.

 

Justin Leal : Head of IT

Justin Leal

Head of IT