Executive Officers & Admin

Our team are all committed members who volunteer their time and expertise to promote Friends of Yoga and it’s aims.

 Executive Officers

The Executive Officers are Friends of Yoga members who are elected to office at the Biennial General Meetings, usually held in September.

The next Biennial General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 19th September, 2020.  Due to the uncertainty surrounding the easement of lockdown and travel restrictions, this year’s meeting will be be held virtually. More details to follow. If you have any comments please contact secretary.fryog@gmail.com

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Could this be you?



 We are looking for a New Chairman. Do you have the skills and commitment needed for this important role?

Here is a summary of the activities required within the Chair role
• Provides leadership, direction and support to members of the Executive Committee and understands role of each member.
• Objectively and impartially Chairs twice yearly Executive Committee meetings and monitors that any decisions and actions agreed are implemented.
• Chairs Biennial General Meeting
• Co-ordinates the Executive Committee to ensure that current and new, internal and external policies, procedures and regulations are in place for the effective management of Friends of Yoga
• Recruits new Executive Committee members


To find out more please contact our secretary Christine Clist 

01730 894281 secretary.fryog@gmail.com



Christine Clist

Christine Clist


Chris has been FRYOG’s Secretary since 2008 and a member for 16 years.
Chris has been interested in yoga and attended classes on and off for over 40 years, originally just from a physical prospective but since training as a teacher in 2002 her yoga has taken a more holistic approach.
Why did Chris become a Teacher? Her husband and some of her friends knew how much she believed in the benefits of yoga and that she enjoyed it so much that they would often say why don’t you take up teaching. So when a FRYOG training course presented itself fairly locally it was an opportunity not to be missed.
A short while after qualification in 2004 Chris covered classes for another yoga teacher during her maternity leave and has continued with that class and others since then.

01730 894281 secretary.fryog@gmail.com

Lesley Hilton

Lesley Hilton


Helen Sutcliffe

Helen Sutcliffe

Director of Education


Helen has been practising Yoga since she was a teenager and qualified with FRYOG in 1979. She runs weekly classes and workshops, including CPD days in Derbyshire and is an assessor and tutor trainer for FRYOG. Her teaching expresses her firm belief that Yoga is beneficial for all and should be accessible to everyone. Because of her long experience and involvement with Yoga her style is eclectic but with roots firmly in the traditional. Among Helen’s specialisms are Tantra and Ayurvedic Yoga.

Helen is also a complimentary therapist running her own practice ‘Serenity Yoga and Therapies’ in Matlock offering a range of therapies, one to one Yoga and Counselling. Please contact Helen for further information including details of future Diploma Courses and Yearly Retreats in Lancashire and France.

Mob: 07967169365
email: serenitymatlock@gmail.com
web: www.serenityyogaandtherapies.co.uk


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Could this be you?

Diploma Board Officer


We have a vacancy for the role of Diploma Board Officer. If you have some spare time to support Friends of Yoga we would love to hear from you!

Please contact Christine Clist in the first instance for a job description and an application form.




Tasha Wellstead

Tasha Wellstead


Tasha has been practicing Yoga since 2012 and felt an instant connection to the practice. She completed her FRYOG Foundation course in 2018 and studied for her 200hrs RYT qualification under Victoria Bedford. 

With a strong background in business, software and computing, Tasha plans to specialise in child and teen yoga, empowering the next generation with Yoga to help them navigate the pressures of the digital age.

Off the mat, Tasha lives on a small farm with her husband and two children, she enjoys reading about, anything nature related and making memories with her family.



Zoe English (née Smart)

Zoe English (née Smart)

Public Relations and Events

 Zoe completed a BWY foundation course in 2008, and immediately discovered a passion for yoga and its benefits. With a new found appreciation for how yoga can address and support modern day life, there was no hesitation to her training with Friends of Yoga to become a teacher and spread the word!

In 2010, Zoe completed her 200-hour teacher training with Amanda Coulson and has gone on to enthusiastically teach her students the mind body connection. She qualified as a Yoga Therapist with Real Yoga in 2019 so as well as teaching group classes, also provides therapeutic yoga practice to individuals living with a medical condition.

Now living in West Sussex, she has two whippet-cross rescue dogs that are adored by her and her husband, and who enjoy being walked on the beach near their home every day.



Membership Officer   Rachel Sutcliffe   membership.fryog@gmail.com

Newsletter Editor    Tasha Wellstead marketing.fryog@gmail.com

Website Officer  Jo Standen   websiteofficer.fryog@gmail.com

Child Protection Officer  Pattie Sandham  patricia.sandham@btinternet.com

Public Relations Officer and Events Co-ordinator Zoe English   pr.fryog@gmail.com

BCYT Representative  Patricia Cronin   patricia@theyogaroot.com

CNHC Verification  Patricia Cronin  patricia@theyogaroot.com  

Area Officers

Scotland: Vacancy

North  Helen Sutcliffe  07967169365   helenmsutcliffe@gmail.com

Midlands  Amanda Green   01494 446232   amandajaynegreenhug@gmail.com

West  Miranda Shaw   07958 708 719   miranda_shaw@hotmail.com

East  Michelle Busuttil  01508 518790   yogawithmichelle@gmail.com

London   Aimee Newton   07968 160657   training.fryog@gmail.com

South East  Tamasine Hoad  07989 646675   tamasinehoad@yahoo.co.uk

South West (North)  Kamna Sarna (Kay)   07961 214 596   kay@lovethebeat.co.uk

South West (West)  This post is vacant! Could you fill it?

South West (South)  Amy Davies (Nee Billings)  07403297914  Amy.yoga@hotmail.com

South  Victoria James   07917 448344   contact@victoriajamesyoga.com

Overseas  Cornelia Walker   07779379082   cu4yoga@yahoo.co.uk

Areas by County

North: Cheshire, Cumbria, Derbyshire, Durham, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Eire, N. Ireland, Tyne & Wear, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire

Midlands: Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire

West: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Wales

East: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Rutland, Suffolk

South East: Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Middlesex

South West (North): Avon, Berkshire, Wiltshire

South West (West): Cornwall, Devon, Somerset

South West (South): Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight

South: Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex