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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 joined the Vaelsco team in 2019. I started Crossfit in 2015 when I moved to Bristol and wanted to try something completely different.

Lucie Peters

Sports Rehabilitator

I am a Graduate Sports Rehabilitator graduating with an MSc from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

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. 

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.

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.

Gemma Rowland


I’m a Strength and Conditioning Coach, who specialise in Youth Physical Development and I’m super excited to join Team Valesco to deliver Valesco Kids and Teens Fitness.

Harley and Finn

Gym dogs

We love being Gym dogs as we get loads of fuss and attention from all the amazing Valesco members. Our favourite things are laps, scratches, cuddles and attacking wallballs when no one is looking!


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.