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.


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

Phil is one of only 7 certified TPI Level 3 Junior Coaches in the U.K and is a specialist in development. 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 statistics, Trackman radar and high speed video analysis to make sure you achieve your goals. 

He graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Applied Golf Management Studies which is the PGA's flagship degree at the University of Birmingham. The course gave him access to some of the greatest minds in golf, whilst his previous position at The Nike Golf Academy working alongside European Tour swing coaches, psychologists and P.T's has led to him taking a holistic approach to 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.