Founding Members of IPTA

Below are the seven Founding Members of IPTA. With links through to their profiles:

Allison Swan
Anoushka Boone
Brigid McCarthy
Jock Scott
Mike Perry
Rachel Rafiefar
Suzanne Scott



Allison Swan

Allison began her Pilates journey attending matwork classes in the late ’80s She was inspired to change career and trained to be a teacher at Pilates off the Square. As a founder member and chair of the Pilates Foundation she served on many committees involved in shaping the future of Pilates teacher training in the UK.

She taught her first classes at the Royal Free Hospital Recreation Club and it was through this environment that she began to adapt and develop her group classes for the less able client. She regularly lectures on Pilates for the Older Adult and rehabilitative breast cancer exercise.

Her love of matwork led her to teaching training, where she offers an in depth yet accessible course giving students the time and support needed to develop into confident teachers.

Allison’s great passion is creating community, and through her Pilates Instructor Networking events and IPTA she hopes to encourage an inclusive environment to share knowledge and experience.

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Anoushka Boone

Anoushka was an early-adopter of Pilates in the UK and has been teaching since the late 1980’s. Her training took her to the United States where she had experience of working with Pilates ‘elders’ Romana Kryzanowska, and Eve Gentry, one might say the yin and yang of approaches to Pilates. Eve had a particularly strong influence on Anoushka’s Pilates teaching.

She has a love of Eastern health and movement traditions and has practised Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga, as well as Feldenkrais, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS®. Her highly intuitive approach to teaching Pilates is born of a deep understanding of movement developed through these different disciplines.

Anoushka’s true passion, which was also the common bond that united the founders and led to the creation of IPTA, is for teacher training, which she has been delivering since 2004, in both mat and apparatus based Pilates. Her training is grounded in a traditional approach to Pilates but allows her students to explore and develop their own teaching style. Thus her training encourages the diversity that she appreciates in IPTA.

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Brigid McCarthy

Brigid discovered Pilates through dance training at London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) and trained through an apprenticeship with Jane Paris.

She has always considered Pilates in terms of supporting a movement system, whether that be dance, sport or functional movement and has since gone on to train in Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis®, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Scaravelli Yoga & Bach Flower Remedies.

She set up her first training in Scotland in 1998 to create an education programme for Pilates matwork and equipment teachers, and continues to try and hone her training on every delivery, working hard to encourage a learning environment which is based on personal discovery.

Brigid values being part of a wider, community particularly if that community is made up of people you respect and admire, which is exactly what IPTA is.

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Jock Scott

Jock is quite friendly and a keen supporter of Yeovil Town. He does not teach Pilates, but has been involved in all the other activities of the Scott Studio in Somerset, since Suzanne Scott opened it in 1996.

Alongside the other Founding Members, he has served on various national boards and committees concerned with the development of professional practice and training for Pilates teachers and promoting awareness of the Method.

Jock is increasingly interested in nurturing the links Suzanne has made with academic and professional institutions, to create opportunities for learning and research in the field of movement and to encourage other IPTA members to do the same.

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Mike Perry

Mike is particularly interested in an evolutionary approach to human health which, from an exercise perspective, is in keeping with Joseph Pilates’ interest in observing the movement of both animals and human babies.

While his primary teaching focus is in Pilates, embracing a traditional approach to the method, he draws heavily on research and continuing education in a broader spectrum of movement, including gymnastics, weightlifting and the work of, amongst others, Ido Portal, EvolveMovePlay and Kelly Starrett.

Mike qualified as a Pilates teacher in 2003 and is also a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, CrossFit Mobility Trainer, and ‘Movement Intelligence’ coach.
The founders of IPTA also represent a broad range of interests, experience and approaches to Pilates which is what makes him value the association.

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Rachel Rafiefar

Rachel qualified in Pilates with Alan Herdman in 1991, and was a Founding member of the Pilates Foundation. During her time there she served as a Board member as well as on the Examination and Teacher Training Committees.

Rachel is renowned for her innovative and creative teaching approach. She specialises in Women’s Health, Antenatal Education and Spiritual IQ and works in both the UK and abroad.

Through the integration of her training in Eastern and Western systems of the Healing Arts and body work she offers students and teachers a unique view on physical, emotional and spiritual health

For Rachel joining IPTA is about the freedom to work authentically with Pilates practitioners worldwide who express and deliver Pilates individually as well as in a community.

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Suzanne Scott

Suzanne rehabilitated from injury with Pilates after her dance training and went on to study the method with Alan Herdman and Moira Stott, becoming a founder member of the Pilates Foundation.

Having taught Pilates and led a successful teacher training programme in Somerset for over 20 years, she is now pursuing research interests in anatomy and physiology, and works with athletes during their recovery post injury and to improve performance.

For Suzanne, IPTA represents a model of good practice, based on collaboration, peer support and the commitment to share knowledge within a community of independent practitioners.

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