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.

 

Clare Heath : Head of Operations

Clare Heath

Head of Operations

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 five, 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 across the UK.  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.