Meet the Team

Our friendly office team are here to help

Chris Rees

Founder of Wessex Swim School

Chris launched Wessex’s first swimming lessons 15 years ago with a couple of teachers and a handful of swimmers. Since then, Wessex continues to expand each year. Chris believes in offering high quality swimming lessons and is passionate about making swimming available to everyone. Chris is still a fully qualified swimming teacher and you can often catch him on poolside sharing his love of teaching.

Denise Sayers

Swim School Manager

With over 26 years of teaching experience, Denise has been part of the Wessex team since the beginning. Denise looks after over 50 teachers and 900 pupils and makes sure lessons are always running smoothly. As well as being part of the office team, Denise supervises our Sunday session at Kings School.

Charlotte Underwood

Assistant Swim School Manager

Charlotte has been part of the Wessex team since 2016 and is a qualified swimming teacher. Charlotte has many years of customer service experience and is there to ensure your swimmers are having fun and productive swimming lessons.

Jen Lawrance

Schools Co-ordinator

Jen started as a swimming teacher for Wessex over 8 years ago. Jen went onto Supervising at our Southampton sessions and joined the office team in 2012. As well as looking after our new and existing swimmers, Jen also manages our school bookings offering swimming lessons to many Hampshire and Wiltshire schools for the past 5 years.

Gilly Footer

Course Co-ordinator

Gilly started teaching for Wessex over 6 years ago before joining the office team in 2015. Gilly Supervises our weeknight and Saturday sessions at Kings School and also teachers at our adult sessions. As well as looking after our existing teachers, Gilly runs our STA Courses to help expand our ever growing Wessex team.

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