Meet Our North West Midlands, South Cheshire and Wrexham Team
Kim Pinnington - Franchise Owner
Kim is the team's boss having taken over the South Cheshire franchise from the previous owner in late 2017. Kim is a qualified accountant but always wanted to run her own business so after 11 years of working at a well known bank decided to take the plunge and take on the franchise when the opportunity arose - she has never looked back since!
Never one to sit still, she took on her second franchise area covering Walsall in 2019. Kim has been super successful in running the combined franchise, she was named Puddle Ducks Franchisee of the Year 2020 and was a finalist in both the British Franchise Awards and Empowering Women into Franchising Awards in 2020 also.
Kim is mum to Megan & Harry (named before the Royals!) and lives just outside of our area near Chester with husband Steve and the family pets... Hattie the cat, Blizzard the gecko and newest edition Taco the tortoise!
Sarah - Office Manager
Sarah has been part of our office team for a number of years and has a wealth of Puddle Ducks knowledge. Not only does she know what our customers expect from Puddle Ducks but she has most, if not all, of the answers to queries from customers and staff! Sarah keeps us all in order and is our Agony Aunt! Sarah is friendly, kind and when she is not on the phone or answering emails she makes a good brew too. Outside of work you will find her having fun with her family and leading her own Brownies group.
Alex - Customer Care Assistant & Baby & Preschool Teacher in Wrexham
Alex joined our office team a few years ago and after some time decided to begin her teacher training journey also to become our Wrexham baby & preschool teacher. When Alex is not helping you with queries or teaching at the pool she is looking after her young son. The office team all enjoy a biscuit or two, especially Alex!
Jess - Senior Teacher for Baby Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher in Stoke area
When Jess was seven years old she was incredibly nervous in water but with perseverance she learned to swim and has never looked back reaching competition level for COSACSS and during her time at the University of East Anglia. Jess now enjoys getting the chance to nurture a lifelong love for swimming the same as hers. In 2013 Jess had her daughter and at 5 weeks old Matilda was in our Floaties class! This is when Jess decided that she would love to be a teacher for Puddle Ducks and we are glad she did! Jess spends most of her free time (is there such a thing with children?) looking after her 2 little ones. A board game geek? Yes, Jess is!
Kirsty - Senior Teacher for Baby Pre-school and Swim Academy in Stoke on Trent and Newport area
Kirsty has always had a love for swimming and always wanted to work with children helping them to learn and grow. Being a customer with her eldest son since he was 5 weeks old she saw a job advert and jumped at the opportunity to put 2 passions together. She hasn’t looked back since.
Kirsty loves to see children grow in confidence and achieve all milestones, even the mini ones which are most definitely still worth celebrating. She loves getting to know the children and their grown ups and is a very open book about being a mum to 2 boys.
In her spare time when not running around after the boys, she enjoys a good coffee, cake and natter.
Ryan - Baby Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher in Crewe and Stoke on Trent area
Ryan is the sporty one! He not only teaches all programs we have at Puddle Ducks but spends his spare time in the gym, playing football or walking his dog. Ryan loves the reward he gets from teaching children and thinks that the support from customers and the team is second to none. The children, parents and teachers all love Ryan's classes!!
Gemma - Baby Pre-school and Swim Academy Teacher in Shropshire area
Gemma is our chatterbox! Gemma has spent many years swimming with her 2 children so it was only natural for her to join us as a teacher. Gemma is a bubbly, fun person who loves teaching children, seeing them progress and grow into wonderful swimmers! Not only does she teach but Gemma will often be seen at one of our events. Gemma is very active and goes walking, cycling and visiting new places with her family.
Billie-Jay - Baby & Pre-school & Swim Academy Teacher in Walsall
Billie is our youngest teacher having joined us a few years ago as a Swim Academy teacher when she was only 17. Billie is a fantastic and much loved teacher. She has now moved on to train in our Baby & Preschool programme also. Billie is also a super talented artist and regularly produces fantastic pieces of art and wall murals and is also an established makeup artist - is there no end to this girl's talents??!
Sarah - Baby & Preschool & Swim Academy Teacher in Shrewsbury
Often seen with a cup of tea in her hand, climbing a big hill with her young family.
Aside from helping children learn to swim, Sarah's favourite things are (in no particular order):
Live music, being outdoors, a good gin or strong tea (depending on the time of day!), a funny meme and her friends and family.
Her favourite Disney film is Robin Hood (which she thinks is very under rated).
Jenny - Swim Academy Teacher in Shropshire
Jenny was previously a primary school teaching assistant and really enjoyed working with children finding it so rewarding to see the difference she could make to their progress. She has also always enjoyed swimming and after helping with the school's swimming lessons, and absolutely loving the experience of helping children gain confidence in the water, she decided to combine the two!
When she's not teaching, she enjoys walking her dog, going to the gym and catching up with friends and family, whilst eating her way through slices of cake and chocolate biscuits! She is the real life cookie monster!
Georgia - Swim Academy Teacher in Walsall
Georgia has grown up around a swimming pool and it has always played a large part of her life. Whilst at university she used her swimming skills to be part of the Water polo squad, they played at the highest level and won the league. She has continued to swim as a hobby after leaving university and loves to now work with the children at our Swim Academy lessons and pass on her passion of swimming to them.
Away from the pool during the week, Georgia is a speech and language therapist at a specialist autism & trauma school supporting children age 7-19.
Laura - Baby & Preschool Teacher in Walsall
Having worked in education settings for many years Laura jumped at the chance to become a Puddle Ducks teacher to continue her passion for helping children learn and progress. Laura thinks it's great to see the children enjoying themselves each week in the water and seeing the progress they make.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her children and doing a variety of different craft activities.
Hollie - Baby & Preschool & Swim Academy Teacher in Stoke & Crewe
Hollie has always loved bringing her daughter along to classes and sharing that special bonding time together so jumped at the chance to join our team when the opportunity arose. Now she gets to watch as others have that time too and enjoys watching her swimmers grow & improve each week. She loves turning something that may have be quite daunting for some swimmers into an enjoyable experience and ensuring they have lots of fun in the pool!
When she's not teaching at the pool, Hollie enjoys kayaking with her partner, children and dogs!
Jeanette - Baby & Preschool Teacher in Winsford
Tina - Poolside Assistant, Shropshire
Waiting to greet you at Newport Junior School!
Sally - Poolside Assistant, Shropshire
Waiting to greet you at Newport Junior School!
Izzy - Poolside assistant, Walsall
Waiting to greet you at Queen Mary's Grammar School!
Nora - Poolside Assistant, Walsall
Waiting to greet you at Aldridge School and Queen Mary's Grammar School!
Emily - Poolside Assistant, Stoke-on-Trent
Waiting to greet you at the Quality Hotel!
Leonie - Poolside Assistant, Stoke-on-Trent
Waiting to greet you at the Quality Hotel & Knypersley School!
Callum - Poolside Assistant, Oswestry
Waiting to greet you at Oswestry School!
Grace - Poolside Assistant, Crewe
Waiting to greet you at Springfield School!