Meet the Team

British Nordic Walking was founded in 2008. We are a Community Interest Company, (a not-for-profit organisation) and have a passionate team of Nordic Walking National Trainers who between them deliver our various courses.

Catherine Hughes
National Trainer for England
Based in Nottingham
Whether teaching Nordic Walking or working with her personal trainer clients, Catherine loves seeing people fulfilling their potential and enjoying the great outdoors.  Catherine said, “I never tire of hearing people’s Nordic Walking stories, of how they’ve lost weight or are sleeping better or just feel they have a new lease of life”.  Catherine was short-listed for the Community Coach of the Year Award in the Nottinghamshire Sports Review of the Year 2007 for her work in introducing Nordic Walking to the community and to the Robin Hood Half Marathon.

Karen Ingram
National Trainer for Wales
Based in Cardiff
Karen has a love for all things outdoors especially Nordic Walking. Qualified as an INWA Nordic Walking Coach, she brings her background in movement and pilates to her teaching. Karen is a member of the Body Control Pilates Association & Peak Pilates and is a Brown Belt NIA teacher. Karen says; "There is something magical about training outdoors, even in the Welsh rain! We always seem to end up laughing and being in the countryside is the perfect energiser". She teaches from her Cowbridge studio and presents workshops across the UK and internationally.

Joy Teo
National Trainer for Ireland
Based in Dublin
Joy is a Chartered Physiotherapist in Dublin specialising in rehabilitation. She has taught Nordic Walking since 2005 and is an INWA National Coach. As well as delivering instructor courses, Joy works with groups and individuals to share her passion for Nordic Walking and its uses in rehabilitation.



Arlene Bowmaker
National Trainer for Scotland
Based in Falkirk
During almost twenty years of clinical practise as a physiotherapist, Arlene’s special areas of interest include soft tissue massage, clinical Pilates, and hydrotherapy.  Arlene is our Nordic walking Coach for Scotland and runs regular courses from her centre in Falkirk.



Tatiana Novaes
National Trainer
Based in London
Having been in the fitness business for the past 12 years, Tatiana has a passion for teaching and helping people to achieve their goals keeps getting stronger. A Pilates teacher, Nordic walking Coach and choreographer, Tatiana is an expert in the moving body. She is based from her studio in London and teaches internationally.


Steve Ellis
National Coach
Based in Malmesbury
Steve combines his passions and experience for fitness and the outdoors in delivering Nordic Walking, Personal Training and ‘Mountain/Hill Days’ for those who look to ‘get fit & stay fit‘ in the great outdoors. Steve is an International Mountain Leader and has trekked all over the world with his poles. He is happiest "on the hill” Nordic Walking with his group and sharing the great outdoors.


British Nordic Walking CIC Board 

  1. Bradley Blake
  2. Tina Boddington
  3. Catherine Hughes