Meet the Team

SUP Improvers

Kate Ingham – Director

Kate first tried her hand at SUP in the serene landscape of Nelson lakes, New Zealand. A few hikes and long distance bike rides later and she returned to the UK and co-founded SUP Bristol, convinced the sport was the perfect way to introduce more people to the outdoors.

When not on a board, Kate loves open water swimming and riding bikes. Kate was the first female captain of her university canoe club and was the WSA’s first female SUP Instructor Trainer.

Trained and experienced in youth work, adult education and volunteer management, Kate is passionate about creating and facilitating accessible and enjoyable adventures and opportunities for others to develop.


Tim Trew – Director

Tim’s watersports career began at aged 8, followed by competitive freestyle kayaking in which he competed for Great Britain as a junior. He has since paddled on four continents, taken part in numerous remote whitewater expeditions and worked in marketing for leading paddling manufacturer Palm Equipment.

Tim discovered stand up paddleboarding in 2011 whist paddling in New Zealand, and in 2014 co-founded SUP Bristol, with partner Kate, to bring the outdoors to the city. His passion and depth of experience have led him to become one of the UK’s most experienced and qualified SUP coach trainers. He consults for WSA and has delivered WSA and BC training for centres all over the UK and Ireland, as far afield as Thailand and China.

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Alice Snook - Assistant Manager (Full time)

Alice first started playing canoe polo in 2008 and instantly became hooked on watersports. She tried SUP in 2011 on the beaches in Spain and started teaching paddleboarding in 2017 whilst completing a degree in Outdoor Education. She is passionate about getting people on the water and introducing people to the outdoors, as well as helping clients progress further and hone their skills. She is a WSA Adventure Guide.

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Katy Layton – Senior Instructor (Full time)

Katy joined a SUP Bristol session in 2019 and instantly fell in love with the sport. After becoming a member and paddling in Bristol harbour up to 3 times a week for a year she wanted to do more and share her passion for paddleboarding and the outdoors.  She joined the the team for the 2021 and for 2023 joins us full time. She is a WSA SUP Instructor and is currently working towards her WSA Adventure Guide assessment. 

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Bee – Instructor

Growing up in Mumbles it’s hardly surprising that Bee got into paddling from a young age, competing in SUP surf and racing. She’s worked with us in university holidays since 2017 and we’re delighted to welcome her back this summer to put her History MA to good use –  chatting history of Bristol’s historic harbour, as well as leading our SUP Fundamentals courses. She’s a WSA Adventure Guide. 

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Josh – Freelance Instructor

Josh joined us in 2020 having worked in outdoor education for several years. After a couple of summers with us he’s moved on to year round employment in the outdoors. He’s not far away though so still joins us on the water from time to time. He’s a WSA Adventure Guide.  

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Nick – Freelance Instructor

Nick took up paddleboarding at the tender age of 56 having seen groups gliding past his house shortly after SUP Bristol was born. He was our first trainee instructor, completing his WSA Instructor qualification back in 2015 and is now not only our oldest instructor but our longest running. He’s also a valued mentor and good friend.

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Lexy – Freelance Instructor

Lexy first fell in love with SUP off the coast of Singapore whilst living in Asia. Lexy eventually returned home to Bristol in 2017, where she was introduced to SUP Bristol. After joining as a member, she quickly trained as an instructor. Off the water, Lexy advocates for wellbeing and believes strongly that being around water is good for everyone’s mental health. Lexy is a WSA Adventure SUP Guide.