The Pillar advisor team

Meet the team Sep 17, 2021

Here at Pillar, we're developing a go-to pocket companion for all things training.

Our core team is made up of keen cyclists, rowers and triathletes. We're working behind the scenes to make Pillar the ultimate training partner, whether it's for performance analysis, training plans, nutrition or recovery.

Working with us is a group of world-class sports scientists, nutrition experts and pro cyclists. They're helping shape the training principles behind Pillar, and working with us to make the app your equivalent of a pro athlete's support team.

Dr David Bailey

With more than 15 years experience in elite sports as a coach, scientist and director of performance, David has worked in support of world class athletes including multiple Olympic and World Champions. He is currently Head of Performance at Team Bahrain Victorious.

David has a background in world leading sports science research combined with an intimate understanding of the performance demands for elite sporting success. He has a highly unique skillset in advising endurance athletes to achieve the performance goals.

Listen to David on the Physical Performance Show.

Dr Nicky Keay

Nicky is a highly decorated endocrinologist, an honorary lecturer in medicine at University College London and research fellow in the department of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Durham University.

Nicky conducts clinical research in sports endocrinology. She is a member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine and is a speaker on dance endocrinology for National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. She is working with Pillar to inform the science behind the training.

Folly Nicky on Twitter or read more on her website.

Prof. Graeme Close

Graeme is a professor of Human Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University. He combines his academic research with nutrition and physiology consultancy to some of the worlds leading sporting organisations, including Pillar!

Graeme is currently the expert nutrition consultant to England Rugby, the Head of Performance Nutrition to The European Tour Golf and European Ryder Cup Team and consults to several Premier League Football clubs and players. Graeme is currently the Deputy Chair of the Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr) and is a fellow of both The European College of Sport Science and The British Association Of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Follow Graeme on Twitter or read more on his website.


Rachel Neylan

Rachel is a professional road cyclist and Olympian currently competing on the Women’s World Tour racing circuit. An enthusiastic lifelong learner, curious and passionate around the art and science of human performance.

She forged her own path from a practicing physiotherapist to World Championship Silver medallist road cyclist in just 5 years.

While still racing professionally on the world stage in Europe, Rachel has begun advising Pillar in sports technology and high performance sport.

Follow Rachel on Twitter or on Instagram.


Prof. James Morton

James is a Professor of Exercise Metabolism. He is an expert in the fields of exercise metabolism, exercise physiology and sports nutrition, and he's written numerous books and chapters on these topics.

From 2010 to 2015, James was the performance nutritionist to Liverpool FC and was also the Head of Nutrition and Physical Performance Lead for Team Sky between 2015 and 2019. He led the nutrition strategy for the multiple Tour de France victories from 2015 to 2018. He also advises the Premier League in a performance mentoring role.

He is now working behind the scenes with Pillar to create an unparalleled pocket nutrition solution. (Coming soon!)

Follow James on Twitter or watch him in action on GCN


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Welcome to Pillar! We’re a small UK-based team (full of real athletes) who are developing an app dedicated to all areas of cycling training. Whatever pains you can think of related to your training, we want to solve them. Pillar is still at an early stage. The first feature we’ve built is an adap…

Pillar is a smart and dynamic training companion, which creates you a personalised training plan based on your fitness, your goals & your availability.

With cutting edge sports science at its core, Pillar takes a holistic approach to your endurance training, rest, and rehabilitation.

Find us on the app store today.

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Matilda Donnachie

Passionate rower, cyclist and all-round sports nerd.