Our Staff

Ruth Noonan

Ruth is the owner and lead teacher at Cockermouth Pilates Studio, which she opened in September with the support and assistance of her husband Dave. 

Ruth has a degree in Sport Science and a Post Graduate degree in teaching. She has been teaching Pilates since 2002, and specialises in Pilates for back care, pregnancy and rehabilitation. 

In her spare time Ruth enjoys cycling and walking (or running) with her lovely dog King.  She is Mum to 4 boys all of whom now tower over her!


Helen Jackson

Helen teaches here at the studio and has been practising Pilates for over 15 years. She has been teaching Pilates now for 5 years and has additional qualifications to teach pre and post natal Pilates. 

Helen enjoys being outdoors – cycling, running and walking (currently ‘doing the Wainwrights’), creates beautiful art pieces in her glass studio and is a mum to two teenagers.


Harriet Chappell

Harriet has been attending a weekly Pilates class with Ruth since she moved to Cumbria in 2008, she still enjoys her weekly lesson to zone out and focus on her own personal practise. Harriet got the Pilates bug in 2005 after having her first child, qualified as a Pilates teacher in 2010 and has been teaching in the studio since. 

When Harriet isn’t teaching or looking after her two children she enjoys walking, running, cycling, tennis, baking/cooking and is a big film lover!


Miriam Leonard

Miriam has been practising Pilates for 4 years and is qualified to teach Pilates and Barre. She  enjoys working to help people benefit from and find their love of Pilates. 

Miriam has a level 3 Diploma is Sports Development and Fitness Coaching and plans to study more Pilates based courses.

In her spare time she loves to run or walk on the fells, cycle and swim in the lakes.


Helen Foy

Helen is our receptionist.  She keeps us organised and sane.  She is usually the one to answer e-mails and phone calls.  Helen is a vital part of our team.  

Helen is mum to four so doesn’t get much spare time!