Lesley McCormack

Lesley is the beating heart of HOOP UK and has been working over the past couple of years to bring awareness to the issues that surround weight problems and obesity.

Her passion was ignited when she looked for much needed help for her youngest daughter Allie, who was struggling with her weight. Lesley was appalled at the lack of support for Allie and for herself as a parent.

Allie is now enjoying a healthy lifestyle at a normal weight. Lesley wants other parents and children to benefit from the resources and facilities that she was eventually able to secure for Allie.

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Jill Tipping

Jill is supporting Lesley on her mission by bringing business strategy and advice to the company. Jill is also a Director of Xposure Limited which works with companies to enhance their place in the market through strategically placed Social Media platforms and brand positioning.

Jill has experience in setting up charitable ventures and is also bringing financial expertise to the team.

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Nicola Veasey – Assistant to the Directors

Nicola, wife of our ambassador Lee, is an Infant School Teacher in Derbyshire. She has struggled with her weight all of her life, and is currently on her own weight loss journey. She is passionate about helping others, particularly the next generation. As the right hand woman on the admin front, Nicola will help with the paperwork involved with HOOP UK and manage administration duties involved to support Lesley and Jill.




Lynne Potter – Head of Support

Lynne is disabled, has issues with obesity and needed both knee and hip replacements. For surgeons to consider operating she was told her BMI needed to be reduced. For Lynne this meant finding a way to lose 7 stone whilst confined to a wheelchair and her bed. Having the support of Dr Chris and Charlie Walduck, she began to see a way forward and 9 months ago was introduced to Lesley and to HOOP UK. She became an instant hit with us all.

Lynne has now lost 7 ½ stone. She has had 1 knee replaced has begun walking short distances and even climbing stairs. She is our inspiration and we are proud that she agreed to become our Head of Support!


HOOP UK is delighted to announce the people behind the scenes who have offered their time and support in helping HOOP UK on the road towards its objectives. Thank you to all of them!


Jessie Patron


Jessie Pavelka

Texas born Jessie has been seen on our screens in the UK presenting Sky TV Obese: A Year to Save my Life. Series 2 was be screened in 2013.

Jessie is keen to support HOOP UK as his passion is to encourage and educate individuals in order for them to lose weight and lead healthy and happy lives.

HOOP UK is thrilled that Jessie has not only agreed to become our Patron but that he has been able to get involved at the early stage, increasing awareness and fund raising opportunities.



Dr Chris Steele MBE

Dr Chris is the resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning programme, having originally appeared on the very first show 24 years ago.  He has now retired as a GP, but is doing lots of writing and loves educating people about medical matters.  Qualifying as a doctor in 1968 he worked as a GP in South Manchester and became an international expert in smoking cessation and nicotine addiction.

HOOP UK is proud to have him as their Patron.




Lee Veasey

In 2010 Lee weighed over 34 stone. His life was in danger. He was lucky enough to be accepted on to the Sky TV programme, Obese: A Year to Save my Life. It was there that he met the amazing Jessie Pavelka and personal trainer Claire, who coached him throughout 12 months and taught him how to lose weight, keep fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, losing 13.5 stone.

Lee is a Founder of HOOP UK and works as an ambassador promoting well being and supporting others along their own personal journeys.





Charlie Walduck

Charlie has battled with his weight and depression all his life.  In 2003 his weight was in excess of 50 stones and, fearing for his life, a work colleague wrote to ITV’s This Morning programme. With the help of Dr Chris Steele MBE, Charlie lost over 35 stones without medication or surgery.  He lost 20 stones in one year – a UK record and This Morning had its biggest viewer response in its entire history.

Charlie continues to battle his weight and openly admits he still has spells of overeating – it was his honesty on screen that made him such a hit with viewers.  Charlie has travelled the world telling his story and has appeared on numerous TV programmes.  Charlie is a published author, radio presenter and writer.

Charlie is delighted to be involved with HOOP UK and hopes to use his experience to help others.

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Sarah Le Brocq

Sarah appeared on the Sky Living TV programme, Fat: The Fight of my Life in 2013. It was there that she met Jessie Pavelka and personal trainer Valentine Rawat, who mentored Sarah and helped her to completely change her life. Sarah lost 8 and a half stones on the programme and went from a life of no exercise to amazingly completing an Olympic Triathlon as part of her journey. Sarah has inspired so many people already through her programme and would like to use her experiences to help others on similar journeys.

Sarah is delighted to be involved with HOOP UK.




Louise Foster Spanner  

Louise Foster-Spanner

Louise works as a deputy head in a small primary school in Redcar. She believes passionately that education is one of the key elements when fighting the battle against obesity . Louise is journeying along the path of losing weight herself and understands the problems. She finds it is about making informed and educated choices.

In HOOP UK Louise has a group of people who are willing to share and learn from each other’s knowledge. As a wife and mum she knows the pressures of juggling a career and household, whilst also cooking healthy nutritious meals is not always easy and she has looked to HOOP UK for ideas and support and found them in abundance



Chris Hillary

Chris owns Fitness Frenzi and holds Zumba® Fitness classes throughout Kent.

He has struggled with weight issues himself throughout his life and so undertands the physical and emotional issues that people can be faced with. Many of his members have found his classes not only great for wellbeing, but also for building self esteem and confidence.

Chris is passionate about health and is looking forward to supporting HOOP UK personally as well as through his business.

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Carol Bowen Ball BSc (Hons)

Carol is an established food writer with over 90 books published. A seasoned journalist, she was a former cookery editor of ‘Homes & Gardens’ magazine; a winner of the ‘Cookery Book of the Year Award’; and now sought-after pundit on all things relating to food and weight-loss surgery across the media (radio, magazines and TV).

Carol had weight-loss surgery about 3 years ago and as a consequence wrote the UK’s Ist and 2nd bariatric cookery books (‘Return to Slender’ and ‘Return to Slender…Second Helpings’). She also now advises those considering, or who have had, surgery on her bariatric cookery website.

Carol is a member of BOSPA, the National Obesity Forum, Wlsinfo.org.uk and the Guild of Food Writers.

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Professor Paul Gately

Founder and driver of MoreLife, Paul’s mission is to raise awareness and inspire action that tackles the global problem of obesity. As an expert in physical activity and nutrition, Paul has the professional credibility to understand the complex needs of obesity; but it is his personal commitment to families and individuals that make him inspirational.


Paul has contributed to the International Obesity Task Force / World Health Organisation’s report on childhood obesity, and continues to be a consultant to many government agencies, health organisations and corporations throughout the UK and internationally.


HOOP Social Media Angels

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