Paul Laslett


Howdy, I’m Paul - I guess I am Mr Brightside! I set up BrightsidePT with the goal of creating a community of people with similar ethics and goals. I wanted to create a safe, friendly and fun environment for those who have struggled to see progress and who have been scared off of the mainstream gyms! I used to be a full time 800m athlete which was a fun and varied life. I also studied biomechanics at university and am a very social being! 

I love seeing all our clients change their lives. It is truly is a lot of fun to be involved with. One of my goals was to create an atmosphere in all our studios that was inviting and gave you as the client a positive energy. I get very excited very quickly with new ideas of how we can help our clients. I truly love the business and everyone who comes through the door is part of our special community. 

My biggest weakness is Haribo. Even writing the word makes me want to head down to the local shop and grab several bags!

Alex Yates

HQ Studio Manager

I'm Alex the HQ Studio Manager and Trainer. I initially moved to Southampton to study at university and received a degree in Sport and Nutrition Science. I joined BrightsidePT in the early days and have helped to build the business into what it is today.

I focus on strength and conditioning and nutrition to make sure our clients get the most out of their journey with us. I love seeing clients achieve their goals and this really motivates me to continue to learn.

My biggest weakness is probably my love for socialising (the odd beer here and there) and a cheeky cheesecake.  

Mat Jones

Group Training Manager - HQ 

Hi I'm Mat, I'm one of the trainers at Brightside. I moved down to Southampton from North Wales 5 years ago and have been here at Brightside ever since.

I've been working as a personal trainer for 20 years and still enjoy it now as much as I did back then. My favourite things in the world are my wife and two daughters, I also like to play squash and follow rugby in my down time, also hitting the gym whenever possible.

I have OCD so I like things to be perfect and my pet hates are my wife always being right!

Eliza Thomson

Novotel Studio Manager

Managing the Novotel Studio is a pleasure. The perfect environment for clients to exercise in a private space and have some “me time”.

We work hard, we challenge ourselves, we laugh and I give clients a space to vent as we put the world to right! It’s not just the 1 hour of exercise. The support and friendship built in and outside the gym I hope helps them in many ways.

I have been a Personal Trainer for 9 years (8 years with Brightside) and also have a BSc & MSc in Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning.

No-one is perfect, everyone is on their own journey, which is exciting whatever level you begin at. The greatest joy from my job is watching my clients evolve and grow physically and mentally and myself learning from them too.

I look forward to meeting you :) 



Jack Goddard

Whiteley Studio Manager

I became a Personal Trainer because I have always been passionate about sport, health and fitness. It became apparent to me that there are a lot of people that I could help with finding an enjoyable way to keep fit and healthy. So that's what I decided to do! When I'm not training our clients and helping them achieve their goals I like to socialise with friends, travel and explore new places, I have recently taken up boxing to keep me motivated and focused with my own training. 

Last but not least I also love eating pizza, which is my weakness! But hey everything is ok in moderation.

Marie Droniou-Bordry

Hi, I'm Marie, proud to be part of the training team at BrightsidePT. I train clients at HQ, Novotel and occasionally Whiteley. 

I absolutely LOVE my job and wake up every day with a spring in my step, knowing I'm going to make a difference! 

I'm also a very keen runner: if you start talking about running with me, I can get carried away! I also enjoy strength and conditioning but equally love all the variety of goals my clients have. I take pride in helping and supporting them all.

I'm a very active mum and wife who loves food (almost as much as running!) with a shameless weakness for cakes (especially the ones I bake) and chocolate (I need my daily fix).

Looking forward to meeting you!

Heather Douglas

Hi I’m Heather and I work at the Whiteley studio. My career as a Personal Trainer began in 2000 and I’ve never looked back! 

Health and fitness has always been a passion of mine, starting with swimming and the 100m sprint then rowing. Rowing then became my main focus for 14 years. Now as a mum I use any spare time, space and equipment to complete imaginative workouts at home.

I’m very friendly and approachable and enjoys building long term relationships with her clients. I specialise in core stability training which improves posture, balance, muscle tone, flexibility and injury recovery. Clients can expect to see and feel results within a few weeks and I’ll keep your motivation high during and after your sessions. 

Max Leigh

Hi, I’m Max, a confident and enthusiastic Personal Trainer that will push you to reach your goals, whilst being a friendly face to have a chat with. 

I have a BSC degree Sport and Exercise Science as well as a Masters degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition, meaning i posses the knowledge and experience needed to optimise you experience here with Brightside.

With experience amongst many varying clients with different goals, I can help you to achieve any desired ambition. Whether this is toning up , losing large quantities of weight or running your next marathon.

I am really passionate about sport and fitness and try my hand at any sport; from table tennis to football, always looking for the next challenge to keep me motivated.


Molly The Dog, Mascott 2011-2023

Brightside wouldn't be quite so bright without Molly. She is a ray of sunshine to all that visit the main studio. 

Her main duties are sleeping, sniffing, drinking water and the occasional walk! Her weaknesses include stealing biscuits from children.




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