Our Staff

Pete Smith, Director, Chartered Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer

Pete’s interest in fitness started when he was in the Army. During this time he took part in the Cyprus Mountain Marathon, cross country and downhill mountain biking.  On leaving the Army he helped set up the Brecon Multisport Club before co-founding aspire fitness.  Pete has been training clients since 2003, and specialises in exercise as medicine, rehabilitation, and improving function in the general population.  He completed his Physiotherapy degree in 2011 and since then combines his knowledge of injury with exercise. Pete’s interests include weight training and specifically Olympic weightlifting and road cycling.

Joe Timmins, Director, Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapist

Joe's previous sports include Rugby for Colstons School in Bristol and American Football at university. His current training interests are based around endurance training for ultra-distance.  He has competed in Tough Guy, the Great London Swim, Hellrunner, 70 Wild Miles, numerous sprint triathlons, the Big Woody ultra-distance Triathlon, the Montane 50 mile Ultra-marathon and the Montane 100 mile Ultra, the 100 mile Ultra Tour of the Lake District.  His other interests include surfing (he has surfed in Portugal, Peru, Fuertaventura and Ireland), hill walking and rock climbing.


Ben Morris, Director, Personal Trainer, Sports Scientist and Sports Therapist

Ben is a sports science graduate. He has previously played both rugby union and rugby league at professional a level.  On retiring from playing rugby Ben has focused on his fitness and conditioning to train himself for Ultra-distance marathons. He has completed a multitude of the hardest ultra-marathons in Britain including four 100 mile mountain races, and the iconic Dragons Back Race. He is working towards taking ever higher finishing places at these events. Ben and his wife have also taken part in several multisport adventure races.  His other interests include sports conditioning, surfing, hillwalking, mountain and rock climbing.  He is also a qualified and experienced Mountain Leader, a Single Pitch rock climbing instructor.

Mark 'George' Drew, Gym Manager, Senior Personal Trainer and Sports Therapist

George’s interest in fitness also started in the Army.  After his army career he re-trained as a personal trainer and started working as a manager for Total Fitness in Lincoln, he joined aspire fitness in 2007.  Since joining aspire fitness George has trained a wide variety of clients with wide ranging goals and regularly see’s 80-100 appointments a week. Georges own interest mainly lies in long course triathlon. He has competed in 70 Wild Miles, Hellrunner, the Snowdon marathon, numerous sprint triathlons, many middle distance triathlons, Welsh Etape in North Wales and the Tenby Ironman.  

Liam Chambers, Nantgarw Gym Manager, Personal trainer, group exercise specialist

Liam has worked in the fitness industry for the last fifteen years with a breadth of experience both internationally and here at home. Along the way has worked extensively with a wide selection of the general public but has specialised in the fitness and strength training of both amateur and professional boxers. Liam has a variety of personal fitness and health interests in particular have competed in a variety of normal and ultra-distance running races.  

Emma Brydon, Personal Trainer

Emma joined our team in 2011 after being a long-term aspire fitness client. She went on to complete her own Personal Training qualifications and with a combination of real-world experience as a client herself has a great understanding for the worries and needs of her personal training clients and groups alike. Emma’s personal interests include cardiovascular fitness and strength training which she balances with being a busy mum.

Charmaine Jones , BSc, Personal Trainer 

A life-long exerciser, Charmaine has used fitness and exercise to keep on top of a busy family life with five children and a full-on career as a midwife, all whilst staying in shape herself. Noticing a gap in the care provided for mums by our NHS Charmaine embarked on a journey to try to work out what those mums needed. That journey started by helping one of her close friends to overcome some barriers to exercise and then, get into exercise at aspire fitness. Along the way, she has qualified to become a trainer herself and has sought to combine the clinical knowledge and skills of a midwife with the practical exercise skills of a personal trainer. Charmaine has learned Olympic style weightlifting, regularly strength trains herself and has run an ultra-distance marathon too.
Being an experienced midwife Charmaine is excellent at addressing the sorts of intimate problems that most trainers would be uncomfortable talking about, and you can guarantee that with her level of experience and knowledge that your fitness and female health will be in the best hands.

Hywel Williams, BSc Sports conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage  

Hywel is a Cardiff Metropolitan University graduate in Sport Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage with an interest in combining knowledge from all three areas to benefit his clients. During his studies he underwent placements with Welsh Rugby Union School Hub Programme, Ospreys U18’s and Youth Physical Development Centre at National Indoor Athlete’s Centre, giving him a strong foundation in Youth Training.  He additionally has experience working with the general population through the Cardiff Met University Sport Massage Clinic, NHS Lifestyle Programme, National Exercise Referral and ‘Calon Lan’ Programmes. He achieved accreditation in Sports Massage in September 2017, with his sights now on applying for a master’s degree in Rehabilitation.  His sporting interests mainly included Rugby, Boxing and Olympic Weightlifting.

Alexis ‘Flex’ Nugent, Personal trainer, sports massage therapist

Alexis has been with us since 2007 when we opened our first gym in Canton. She had previously been an aspire fitness client  but loved us so much that she completed all her gym qualifications and came to work for us. Since then she has trained a wide variety of clients and gained a wealth of experience and knowledge.

She has always had a keen interest in sport playing lacrosse to a high level and generally enjoys the outdoors; hiking, rock climbing, running,  skiing or just appreciating  the view.  Her interests also include weight and strength training. 

Jo Ward, Personal Trainer

Jo has worked in the leisure industry for over 12 years as a Trainer Assessor and Level 2 Aquatics Instructor. Her experience with aspire fitness started in 2008, since then she has found a passion for weight and strength training. Subsequently Jo completed her gym qualifications and has been working for aspire fitness since early 2014. Her interests include weight training, hill walking, road cycling and swimming.