Meet The Team


My name is Sue Jackson and I own Balance. I set it up to provide a small personal training environment for people to train in their local area. The gym has grown into a fabulous community and we are always happy to meet more people…

…who would like to train in beautiful surrounding with small classes and personal attention.

I live just outside Bath, in the village of Timsbury. I have been a dedicated sportswoman all my life and have always had an interest in fitness. I have played lacrosse, netball, volleyball, tennis and squash for various teams over the years and am a keen golfer and walker having two exercise hungry dogs.

I have attended many gyms over the years mostly in Bath but decided to complete my Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training exams; so that I could pass on my passion for fitness to others basing my gym in the village to provide a service to people outside of the city. The Gym has really grown over the last 3 years and we have wonderful clients and staff to run this fantastic space in fabulous surroundings. We hope you can come and join us soon.

I personally train and run both boxercise and Skifit/HIIT classes as well as others when instructors are away.


Oba Noakes  trains and works here as my number 2, she  is a level 2, 3 and 4 personal trainer as well as a kettlercise and TRX instructor. She is also a fully qualified sports massage therapist and an all round sports enthusiast.

Originally from South Africa this has been her home now for over 10 years. She is a busy Mum and understands the work life balance. She is a patient and caring trainer who works you hard but makes it fun.


Nicky Whitaker is a level 3 Personal Trainer, she believes in making exercise both challenging & fun. She is a busy wife and mother and knows how important it is to find time for health & fitness as we get older…

… She believes in pushing her clients out of their comfort zones whilst setting realistic goals and giving lots of encouragement in order to inspire confidence and get the results my clients want. Nicky teaches 2 stretch and core classes 3.30 -5.45 and a Circuit class at 6pm on a Thursday.


Kara Herbert is our resident Yoga teacher She has been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher since graduating in 2002 with a 2:1 BA Hons in Creative Arts and dance and visual arts. Alongside her dance career, Kara has been practising yoga for over 14 years…

… and teaching in various studios and schools ever since. Kara aims for a relaxed and fun atmosphere in her classes as well as challenging and embracing the needs of each individual.

Kara teaches on a Monday 8.15 and 9.30am and also on a Tuesday 6.10pm and 7.15pm as well as some Saturdays, she also runs yoga retreat days in the Summer here at Balance.


Mirella Lamarina also teaches yoga here on a Wednesday lunchtime. When Mirella found yoga in 2007 she started discovering herself in a new way, she was amazed by the many different aspect that a yoga session included

Her passion for the discipline has taken her and deepened her understanding and her first Ashtanga and Hatha yoga training in India in 2013 cemented that passion. The classes she teaches can be energetic and fast as well as slow and calm. In both cases you’ll go home feeling refreshed, stronger and surely calmer. Mirella teaches on a Wednesday at 1.30pm and some Saturdays at 9.30am


Ruth Timm’s aim is that students of all levels leave feeling physically challenged but also relaxed, recalibrated and completely confident in their abilities. Mindfulness is at the heart of every yoga class Ruth teaches and every Thai yoga massage treatment she gives.

Ruth’s teacher training is with The British Wheel of Yoga – a 500 hour, level 4 diploma and one of the most comprehensive and rigorous courses available. Ruth continues to be a passionate student of yoga – she loves to learn new skills and feed her inspiration so that her teaching always feels fresh.

Ruth teaches on a Thursday at 9.30am and also covers other classes.


Anna Beament trained as a fitness instructor and personal trainer in 1996. She qualified as a Pilates teacher with the Pilates Institute in London in 2007. Her interest in remedial clients sparked the need to understand more about anatomy and physiology.

She subsequently continued her training with Suzanne Scott in Castle Cary as a Foundation teacher in 2010/2011. She believes that the awareness and fitness you develop from Pilates enables you to treat your body with the respect it deserves in everyday life. Anna takes great pride in her work and obtains pleasure from helping individuals to correct and strengthen their bodies.


Mairi Connelly is a fully qualified Pilates instructor and personal trainer and studied at the Pilates institute in London. She has been teaching one-to-one and group sessions for over 12 years.

The classes are held in an informal, friendly and welcoming environment. Mairi teaches Pilates at Balance on a Monday evening at 6.30pm


Katy is a trained Salsa teacher and is currently teaching a Salsasize class here at Balance. This is for people who would like to work out with a difference and not in a conventional gym weights way…

…you will still burn calories, have fun and learn a new skills.