UK - Franchise Manager
Has been a crucial part of the Aquababies team, starting as the PA for Julie-ann in 2009, she then purchased her own franchise in Surrey in 2012 which she sold to become the UK Franchise manager in 2017.
Rachael is now the UK Franchise Manager who’s role is to support our International Franchisees.
Sally joined the UK Aquababies head office in 2008 in a business development role, working on diverse projects including program accreditation submissions, operational improvements and franchising. Having run her own Aquababies franchise for 8 years she has valuable hands-on experience of delivering Aquababies.
As PR Manager at McCann-Erickson Europe Sally worked with colleagues throughout the network to devise and implement a bespoke PR toolkit. She founded a content management company, advising brands how to monetise their digital assets (clients included National Geographic and Motorola). She worked on the first ever live interactive TV music program and was a music promoter (including Elbow, Brand New Heavies, Reef, Hugh Cornwall). Sally’s varied career in the private and public sectors (senior government researcher briefing ministers and stakeholders) gives her a broad insight into how to make good business.
UK - STA Taecher
Veronique Pyper has over 20 years of unrivalled experience in early-age swimming,working as the teacher for sixteen years including the role of teacher trainer with AquaBabies Global. Veronique worked alongside Julie-Ann James, widely credited in the UK as the creator of the pioneering programme using new techniques for teaching babies and toddlers to swim and is the leader of AquaBabies Global. Veronique has been priviledged to teach the babies and toddlers of Sarah Alexander, Kirsty Allsop, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Denise Lewis, Ben Fogle, Hamish Hamilton, Robert Mackintosh and Jane Collins. As well as passing on her knowledge and new techniques to scores of aspiring baby swimming instructors, Veronique the Teachers ’Teacher’ puts into everyday practice what she advocates. Her unique experience and reputation as a popular and respected teacher in her own right spread by word-of mouth. Veronique is a fully-qualified baby swimming teacher and a long standing member of the Swimming Teachers Association.
I have been an international aquatic consultant for over 10 years now,
Education wise I have a Foundation Degree in Professional Studies Adult Learning and Development, a BA Hons in Professional Studies Learning and Development and a Cert Ed in Post Compulsory Education all with the University of Brighton. Currently I am in the final few months of a Higher Education Diploma in Paramedic Practice at Sheffield Hallam University – due to graduate Feb 2019 – with my ambulance placements with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). I have also been a Community First Responder (CFR) with South East Coast Ambulance (SECAMB) service for 4 years now. I recently became a CFR Tutor with SECAMB.
STA Currently I am also finishing my Lead External Quality Assurers (EQA) qualification. I am an Internal Quality Assurer (IQA) for multiple companies and organisations internationally. I also have my IGC NEBOSH health and safety. This is key to driving up health and safety both in the UK and and internationally.
Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) I am the Regional Life Saving Officer (RLSO) for the South East/East of the UK, and have been for over 10 years. I was tasked in 2006 by SLSGB to set up a new lifesaving club in Brighton. Here we developed a team of volunteers, and re-opened Brighton Surf Life Saving Club (BSLSC) which was one of the first 3 original Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC) in the UK. BSLSC closed in the late 70s, primarily because they never set up a junior side. This was one thing we addressed, and now BSLSC is a successful thriving club.
I am a train the educator (train the trainer) for SLSGB, RLSS and STA, in pool lifeguarding, beach lifeguarding, swim teaching – including baby and pre school – and first aid. I work with many big companies and schools around the world, including SRACO/ARAMCO, The Emirates Palace Hotel Abu Dhabi, Intercontinental Hotels, and Aquababies Global.
My vision is the create the best aquatic professionals in the world, helping people to enjoy the water and to prevent drowning internationally.
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UK & Italy - STA Teacher
I started swimming at 5 years old and since then swimming has been my passion. At 16 I started teaching to toddlers and I became assistant coach and I was training kids for competition from 6 to 9 years old. I was also teaching disable children. I then moved to the UK and move away from swimming and swimming-pool, however when I had my daughter I reconnected with the swimming pool and my passion.
I started going to lesson with my 3 months old and the bonding and emotion that we experienced in the pool made me decide to study and became a baby a pre-school teacher, my tutor was Julie-Ann.I also trained into the DreamBirth practise to specialise in using imagery and dreaming for parents children bonding in the water, as well as for conception pregnancy and labour This is giving me extra skills for emotional supports to the family. After that I got the baby and pre-school diploma and then I became an STA tutor.
Orkun has years experience with careers and interests in many different sports. After studying MBA in college, he started to explore extraordinary projects on sports management. He has been the manager of Aquababies Turkey since 2017 After meeting with with Julie Ann in 2015, he bought and set up the Aquababies Antalya Franchise. His success in a short time with the support and experience of Aquababies has made him even more motivated. This motivation allowed the business to grow, the team has received all the latest knowledge and skill set in training and teaching which has allowed new programs to be offered to parents.
Princess and Jack Chen
Taiwan & China
4 years ago, I got to know baby swimming because of my first child. Then I felt in love of teaching babies and parents in the water. Seeing them swim happily together made me decide to have this job as lifetime career. I always said that I am lucky to have a job I love and motivates me ongoing upgrade, but people said it’s my destiny of the love children mind. I can’t wait to share all my knowledge and joy with you.
Jillian Prawiro is our Franchisee for Aquababies Indonesia, currently operating in Jakarta, and in (soon to be opened) Bali. Jillian loves everything about Aquababies, after having first discovered our classes in London, by attending with her son, Alexander, when he was just a few months old. Since then, Jillian has devoted her time to raise awareness about Aquababies, its tried-and-tested pedagogical style, and the tremendous impacts baby swimming can have on a child. Her passion for anything related to babies and their development comes from her training as an early childhood educator, a part-time job she took on for five years, while she was completing her studies in Economics, Finance, and Marketing at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. Before her journey with Aquababies Indonesia, Jillian worked as a Chief Marketing Officer for one of Indonesia’s largest chain of autodetailing centres. After a successful career growing a brand across the country, Jillian now helps to grow Aquababies Indonesia, and hopes to make it the country’s number one brand and choice for baby swimming.
Besides Aquababies, Jillian also enjoys trying out new foods, and travelling.