On-Ice Coaches

Dawn Peckett

Dawn is a NISA level 4 Performance and BITA Master Coach, winning the Young Coach of the Year award in 2004. She has over 30 years of coaching experience and has been the head figure skating coach at iceSheffield for 7 years. She is on the NISA (National Ice Skating Association) coaching board and also an A1 technical specialist.

She has had competitors competing internationally for the past 20 years from novice to senior level, taking individuals right from beginner stages to international medalists in many countries around the world, including Finland, Detroit, Vienna, Morano and Slovenia. Her skaters have also competed at the Junior World Championships and the 2012 European Championships.

In addition to having pupils compete in the Youth Olympics she was also the leader for the British Olympic Association skating team at the youth Olympics in Australia and Poland.

She has taught skating camps alongside Alexi Urmanov, Vera Vandecaveye, Annie Shelter, Kathy Kasey, Janet Champion and the late Peter Kollen. For the past 4 years she has also been delivering Field Move Seminars for other coaches.  

Off-Ice Coach

Kelly Buddery

Kelly performed in her first professional ice show in France in 1993 as part of the chorus. She then quickly progressed to head girl, principal skater, company manager and show director, travelling all over the world with many different ice show productions. In 1999 she also moved into the choreography side of the business and has choreographed over 25 professional ice show productions, which have been enjoyed by audiences worldwide.

Kelly is now based in the UK at iceSheffield where she specialises in performance, choreography and off ice training. She has been the resident off ice coach since the venue opened in 2003, working with skaters from beginner to international level. She is off ice coach to current British Champions in Free skating, Pairs and Ice Dance, working on all aspects of off-ice training such as flexibility, strength, stamina & fitness.

She has over 15 years coaching experience both on the ice and in the fitness industry. A NISA level 2 coach and REPS level 3 Personal Trainer with qualifications in many areas including advanced flexibility, core strength, sport strength and conditioning and nutrition.

Kelly works as the off-ice coach for NISA development camps & BITA skating schools. Previous camps have included the Olympic Champion Alexi Urmanov skating school, World and European coach Vera Vandecaveye skate camp, West Scotland Skating Academy and Hanretty skate camps.

Despite her busy schedule Kelly still manages to perform herself in ice shows on a part timebasis. She continues to work as a professional choreographer alongside her role at iceSheffield, and auditions and recruits skaters for various production companies.

Former Coaches

Kelly Hemingway

Kelly is a former British & Olympic squad member who was awarded a British Olympic Passport for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. Kelly is a gold standard figure skater with many years of competitive experience in national and international competitions. Kelly played the principle ladies role in a stage works production and has carried out promotional work with Disney on Ice. She is currently an NCCP Level 3 qualified coach.  

Neil Chillcott

Neil has been coaching for nearly sixteen years and for the last decade was the Head Dance coach at the NIC, making it the most successful Ice Dance rink in the UK, having amassed many British Champions. Neil has had the opportunity to work with skaters at every level from Skate UK up to the Olympics, with experience in all aspects of Ice Dance from choreography to season planning. Neil is an NCCP Level 4 Coach.   

Andrew Smykowski

Andrew is a NISA Level 2 Performance Coach and coaches all levels of skater from beginners through to international competitors. He won the BITA Young Coach of the Year award in 2011.

In his skating career Andrew was a member of the Great Britain squad and competed internationally winning numerous medals.  

Peter Morrissey

Peter Morrissey is a BITA Master graded ice skating coach and holds the NISA National Level 4 Coaching License. With 40 years of coaching experience at all levels including National and International, Peter enjoys working with all levels of skaters.
Peter has coached in France, Switzerland and the UK and has guest coached in other countries. Selected by the British Olympic Association to team lead and coach at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, he has also been a coach and team leader at many international Competitions and Championships.
Peter worked at iceSheffield for 8 years as the ice sports development manager; prior to working at iceSheffield Peter worked for the National Ice Skating Association as the General Secretary and National Technical Director.
Elected to numerous committees and board positions Peter is currently the Secretary and Finance Officer to the British Ice Teachers Association. Winner of the Joyce Taylor Award for Service to Coaching in 1997, Peter has also written two books on ice-skating, Figure Skating School and The Young Figure Skater, published by Dorling Kindersley.