APMA and Your Innovators

The APMA is a non for profit organisation where all profits are returned directly to the members of the APMA to further advancement of needs of the Pilates industry and it's members in Australia.

Welcome your Council Members!

President: Melanie Trapman

Member Since 2008 | Level 4 | L2 Course Provider |

Coming from a fitness background, Melanie embraced the Pilates method, recognising that she craved more education and knowledge around healthy, functional movement. Melanie is an energetic problem solver who believes in fostering a positive and inclusive culture amongst APMA members. Endeavouring to create a powerful force to benefit all. Stand for them, listen to them, support them and commit to progress. 

"The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier”. J.H.P

Treasurer APMA:  Sherrie Aprilovic   

Member Since 2014 | Level 2 |

Sherrie is passionate about teaching Pilates to a wide range of clientele from those with musculoskeletal issues or pathologies through to athletes and weekend warriors.
She loves to design her client's Pilates programs with a specific goal in mind even if, that goal is just being able to bend over put on socks!
Her goal is to improve the quality of everyday life for each individual so that the environment demands (no matter how big or small) on the musculoskeletal system is managed with grace and ease.

"Change happened through movement and movement heals". - J.H.P 


Secretary APMA: Zoe Ryan-Ferdowsian

Member Since 2007 | Level 4 |

Zoe has a background in all things movement, turning her hand (and body) to everything from martial arts, athletics and dance to strength training, stretch therapy and yoga. After graduating with a Bachelor of Human Movement & Exercise Science, Zoe taught Pilates before founding Camberwell Pilates 11 years ago with the aim to share her love for movement with others. As a mother of three children, Zoe aspires to live life with balance and gets a great deal of joy in helping others to do the same.

"Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.” - J.H.P


Vice President & Education Chair APMA: Wendy Larsen 

Member Since 2015 | Level 3 | 

Wendy is passionate about her Students reaching their individual goals. She develops programs that allow for each individual to intuitively seek what their body needs, whilst providing results in a safe space using contemporary rehabilitation/clinical approaches, underpinned by the Joseph Pilates Method.
Wendy is driven to share her love of education within the Pilates Industry.” 

"The mind when housed in a healthy body, possess a glorious sense of power" J.H.P


Council Member: Jodie Brown

Member Since 2017 | Level 4 |

Jodie studied Pilates as an apprentice in a London studio 20yrs ago and became a fully certified teacher in 2001. She believes Pilates is a beautifully simple and intelligent way to retrain the body’s movement patterning and finds the more she learn’s about human movement, the more her appreciation of the original Pilates work deepens. Jodie is passionate about the importance of varied and enriching ongoing education experiences to help gain insight and maintain a fresh perspective. 

"Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all vital benefits" J.H.P 


Council Member: Nell Hoess

Member Since 2002 | Level 4 |

“Movement is my medicine”. Nell has a passion for movement and thrives on sharing that passion with others.mShe is Pilates and Yoga Instructor with a BA Hons in Contemporary Dance from London Contemporary Dance School. Her career in Pilates started in 2001, first training at Vass & Shaw Pilates and continued with Pilates International in 2006. Nell founded Fluid Form Pilates in 2002 and sold the business after 10 years to focus on her calling towards Yoga. She has successfully completed 4 Yoga Teacher Trainings: Body Mind Life (2011), Baptiste Power Yoga (2013), Forrest Yoga Level 1 (2015), Forrest Yoga Level 2 (2019). She is also a Certified Workplace Trainer and Assessor (2010). Some of Nell’s interests include Somatic Psychology, movement and mental health and embodied anatomy. She currently lives in Redfern, Sydney, with her two daughters, husband and 17 year old Staffy.

“Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” J.H.P 


 Administrator: Joanne Worsfield

 Since 2006 | Goddess of Getting Stuff Done |

In 2019, Jo's administraion role changed from a humble 3 hours a day to fulltime position. Her delightlful voice is the one you hear on the other end of the phone when you are met with an obstacle or wish to find out more information for up coming events. Jo's passion for the APMA has her supporting you as the memeber in all aspects from membership, workshop co-ordination, accounting, RTO administration & liaison for our Education & Training just to name a few. 

"You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist". I.G


APMA Sub-Committee Members

APMA Workplace Health and Safety

Vrinda Fernando


APMA Advocacy

Advocacy Sub-Committee email advocacy@australianpilates.asn.au

Jean Wu (Chair)

Anita Delbridge-Goswell

Wendy Turner

Annie Smith

Lizzi Webb

Natalie Murray

APMA Marketing 

Marketing Sub-Committee email marketing@australianpilates.asn.au

Jemima North

Nathalie Doudkina


APMA Education Sub-Committee

Wendy Larsen (Chair) - email education@australianpilates.asn.au

Charissa Fermelis

Megan Williams

Jodie Brown

Francesca Dudley

Geri Taylor


APMA Conference Sub-committee

Wendy Larsen

Nathalie Doudkina

Jemima North

Joanne Worsfield