Our PGA Professional Coaching Team
Derek Simpson | Senior PGA Coach
Derek turned professional in 1986 and found his true passion for teaching at Gosforth Park Golfing Complex, Northumberland, before moving to The Belfry, prior to the Ryder Cup in 1993.
Since joining The Belfry, has worked with and observed many of the best international golfers and premier coaches in the world, including Butch Harman (coach to Tiger Woods), David Leadbetter (coach to Nick Faldo) and Pete Cowan (coach to European Ryder Cup Team) to name just a few.
Chris Ryan | Senior PGA Coach
As a Senior Coach Chris has conducted well over 10,000 lessons, he has a drive to learn and continually improve, this attitude has seen him attend events such as the world coaching conference in Florida, the European conference as well as multiple UK conferences.
- Warwickshire County Coach
- Today’s Golfer Top 50 Coach
- Today’s Golfer Equipment Guru
- Chris Ryan Golf YouTube Channel
Ben Frost | Senior PGA Coach
Whether it's as easy as fixing a shank or as precise as a scratch golfer wanting to hit one more green in regulation, Ben has always relished the chance to help golfers achieve their goals with every lesson he gives.
The variety of golfers Ben has taught over the years has convinced him that at any level of golf, there is no single ideal golf swing. Depending on age, flexibility and strength or physical health Ben believes that with a little fine tuning, we can all employ our own natural and unique swings to send the ball where we want it to go consistently and efficiently.
Phillip Akers | Senior PGA Coach
In addition to being a Senior Coach at The Academy Phillip runs the The Belfry Junior Programme.
He is experienced in coaching all levels of player from professionals on the EuroPro Tour to complete beginners. Phillip measures, tweaks and tests his clients performance using his own Trackman radar system and through V1 Video analysis.
He is a specialist in development and graduated with a B.A (Hons) from the University of Birmingham. The course gave him access to some of the greatest minds in sports science, psychology, fitness and coaching which helps him to take a holistic approach to his pupils development.
nicky lawrenson | senior pga coach
With over 15 years of coaching experience Nicky welcomes golfers of all ages and abilities and bases her coaching philosophy on a holistic approach, with a passion to develop each individuals golfing needs in an enjoyable, relaxed and simplified manner.
Having gained her PGA Diploma attaining 3rd position within Great Britain & Ireland in the Titleist PGA Trainee of the year awards, Nicky went on to further her coaching career as Senior Instructor at the Emirates Golf Club, Dubai, working for world renowned tour coach Peter Cowen. This was followed by her appointment as Academy Director at Roda Golf and Beach Resort, Spain.
Seeking to gain the best possible results for her students, Nicky throughout her career has also pursued her passion within the field of performance mindset and is a certified NLP Master Practitioner. Nicky is also a certified TPI Level 3 Golf Fitness Instructor and has been awarded PGA Fellow status.
Available every Sunday and Monday at The Belfry, Nicky offers one to one coaching, golf schools, retreats, seminars and workshops.