Meet the team

Established in 2011, Mind body and pole is a small business built from word of mouth and lots of hard work. Our classes are inclusive and innovative, welcoming students from all walks of life. Our aim is to prove that fitness really can be fun! MBP has been certified as an Approved Pole Dance School by the Pole Dance Community. This represents the highest level of professionalism and teaching quality within the pole fitness industry.
We are also an Approved Studio with the Pole Safe Federation.


Leanne Timms
Owner & Instructor

Leanne started pole in 2006 and was instantly hooked, despite not being a natural! She is a qualified Exercise to Music Instructor and a 3 Star Approved Instructor with the Pole Dance Community. She is also qualified in Aerial Hoop, Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology, Stretching and Flexibility and Anatomical and Functional Shoulders. As an Instructor, Leanne loves to make her classes fun and get to know each student. She has an eye for detail and can adapt moves to suit each individual. Her greatest passion is pole flow, which she adores choreographing and teaching.

Leanne does not come from a gymnastic or dance background and  has never stepped foot in a gym! She has worked extremely hard to increase her strength and flexibility; making her proof that anyone can join our classes! 

Alongside Mind body and pole, Leanne had a 12 year career as a Kitchen Designer and now spends her time being Mummy to her two young children. 


Sheena Walker
Aerial Hoop Instructor

After seeing Cirque Du Soleil, Sheena knew she had to try Aerial Hoop! She attended her first class with us in 2015 and fell in love with it! Sheena had absolutely no strength or fitness level when she first started and could barely get into the hoop. Now she enjoys trying out new moves and combos and hanging around upside down for fun! Sheena is fully insured and First Aid trained and is qualified as an Aerial Hoop Instructor - Skills Active endorsed. As an Instructor; Sheena is always smiling - her love of Aerial Hoop is obvious and her classes ooze positivity. Sheena works the usual 9-5 job in Project Management which she does enjoy. In her spare time she can be found in large fields and motor circuits; in her element surrounded by hundreds of classic cars! 


Emily Walke
Pole Instructor

Emily first started Pole in her final year of uni in 2012 when her friend suggested it and she instantly got the bug! Despite many failed gym memberships over the years; pole kept pulling her back in for more! Emily attended classes in London before moving out of the city to get married. She started classes at MBP in 2017 after her husband bought her vouchers for Christmas; Leanne hasn't been able to get her out of the Studio since! Emily is a 3 Star Approved Instructor and a 4 Star Graded Dancer with the Pole Dance Community. Her energetic personality makes her a fun Instructor; she'll work you hard but will keep you smiling through the pain!  Emily works full time in insurance as a Pricing Manager and in her spare time she loves to have a project on the go. Whether it be home improvement, crocheting baby blankets or baking cakes; Emily loves to be busy! 


Ellie Hanrahan
Pole Instructor

Ellie first started pole classes in 2012 and instantly fell in love with it. In 2017 she joined classes at our Studio. Ellie felt welcome, made lots of friends and progressed amazingly, making her the perfect fit to join the team as an Instructor. Ellie is a 3 Star Approved Instructor and a Level 4 Graded Dancer with the Pole Dance Community.  Ellie also regularly attends Aerial Hoop classes and loves working on tricks that require flexibility - she will give anything a go! Ellie’s bubbly nature will make you feel at ease and at home in the Studio whilst you work together on your goals. In Ellie’s spare time she enjoys being with her husband and two daughters, building Lego and doing the splits everywhere she goes!


Jo Mardles
Pole Instructor

Jo started pole in 2016 after a friend suggested it and was hooked right from the start. After years of never sticking to the gym or other fitness classes; nothing made her feel proud of herself like pole did. Jo’s moto is ‘strong mind, strong body’ as pole makes her feel physically and mentally good! Jo is a 3 Star Approved Instructor and a Level 4 Graded Dancer with the Pole Dance Community. She has a huge passion for people which shines through in her fun and positive classes; Jo wants to ensure your time at the Studio is the best part of your week! Jo works a 9-5 job in accounts and in her spare time she likes to hang out on her pole at home, create videos of weddings/birthdays/events, decorating and making personalised frames. Anything creative and she is all over it! 


Beccy Scholes
Aerial Hoop Instructor

Beccy first came to an aerial hoop class in 2017 here at Mind body and pole and instantly fell in love with it. Beccy is a qualified Exercise to Music and Aerial Hoop Instructor. She has a passion to teach and loves watching students progress and strive. She believes anyone with a positive determined attitude will come to her hoop class and never look back! Beccy has a national diploma in professional dance and currently works as a Choreographer and dancer in the entertainment industry. Her creativity, positivity and passion is contagious! Beccy also teaches various mat based classes, including her infamous Legs, Bums & Tums! 

When Beccy isn't in a hoop or dance studio, she loves spending time practicing yoga, cooking new yummy recipes and spending time with family and friends.