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Meet The Team

Ellie Buck

Founder & Coach

I have been coaching and developing people for most of my adult life in one way or another and in 2015 my passion for coaching and a love of CrossFit collided when we opened our doors.

Leila Johns

Founder & Coach

As far as I can remember I have always been interested in exercise and have played a whole host of team sports…hockey, football, rugby as well as tennis, squash and athletics.

Amy Shaw

Founder & Coach

I started CrossFit in May 2012 and coaching at Valesco CrossFit since the day we opened our doors and have never looked back 

James Iles


I’m originally from Pembrokeshire and have now lived in Bath for almost 12 years. When I’m not training or coaching at Valesco, I’m either working for Apple where I look after the Operations in our Bristol store

Viki Nunn


Hi I’m Viki and I’m the newest recruit to the Valesco coaching team. I started Crossfit in 2015 when I moved to Bristol and wanted to try something completely different.

Lucie Peters

Sports Massage Therapist

I am a level 5 clinical and remedial sports massage therapist who graduated from the Oxford school of sports massage.

Jenna Freeman


After taking part in the Valesco Coaching Internship, I am one of the latest additions to the coaching team and I love it! I have a  background in fitness, having worked previously as a personal trainer in a regular environment. 

Emma Leigh


I started CrossFit in 2012 when I was living in New Zealand. A friend persuaded me to go on a taster session to something I’d never heard of, but from that very first session I knew I was hooked!

Leanne Yardley

Yoga Teacher

I am a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher with a wealth of experience training clients and guiding students of differing ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Kat Ogden


My passion for sport and health and has largely defined my life to date; whether it has been competing as a pole vaulter or teaching PE in schools.

Stewart Jeenes


I’m a coach at Valesco and I started my Crossfit journey towards the end of 2017. I am really passionate about my training and Crossfit is the best and most complete sport I’ve ever done. I love it. 

Meg Harrison


I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2015 and started coaching in 2019. I first trained at a gym near London and it only took me one session to fall in love with the sport. It’s the first ‘hobby’ I’ve ever been truly passionate about.

Ella Rothwell


I’m a new addition to the coaching team here at Valesco having just completed the coaching Internship (July 2021)! My CrossFit journey started in 2018 when I was living and working in London as a musician.

Joe Walker


My passion for sport and fitness really started when I joined the Army at the age of 18. Over the last 25 years I’ve competed at Regimental and Army level in running, swimming (including a relay Channel crossing), Ironman and double Ironman distance triathlon and more recently Army CrossFit.


Gym dog 

I love people so being the gym dog is the best job ever! I also love sleeping, eating chalk and watching over all the lovely Valesco members when they are in class.  

Valesco goes ONLINE!

Now, more than ever, is the time to move! So we are taking Valesco online to enable our current community and anyone wanting to join us to do just that. In a fun and inclusive environment, we bring you the very best of our training methodologies and community...ONLINE!