About ABC

Active Baby Company was formed in December 2006 by Denise and Julien.

Denise Wesson

Denise and her family

Denise has always had a passion for sport, coupled with an outgoing personality and a caring nature. Denise decided after she was made redundant from years in an office job that she should go back to her sporting roots and do something she loves!

Having a young son (Nathanael) and daughter (Abbigael), who both love swimming and massage, spurred her on.

Denise’s most recent achievement was to be 2nd in the world to complete and pass the new STA Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby & Pre-school.  She is now currently studying Rhythmic Movement. “Rhythmic Movement Training is a movement based, primitive (infant or neo-natal) reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges for children and adults.” https://rhythmicmovement.org/

Her qualifications include:


  • NPLQ (lifeguard including use of a spinal board and qualified to a depth of 3m)
  • STA Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching – Baby & Pre-school
  • STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching – Baby & Pre-School
  • STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching – Special Needs
  • STA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Swimming – Award
  • Touch Learn/GICM Baby Massage Teacher
  • National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
  • Birthlight Infant Aquatics Foundation & Diploma
  • BA Hons Degree Sports Science
  • NVQ Customer Service
  • Enhanced CRB Criminal Records Bureau Checked

She is an able mum and wife and loves spending time with her family,  which is the driver of the business – for her to be able to spend more time with her family rather than in an office! Working for herself seemed the only way to achieve this long term goal!

An active community member, having served on the local parish council when it first formed, and also a long standing school governor, she likes being involved with people and the community.

Julien, the quieter one of the couple (but not that quiet!), is Northampton born and bred, has an IT background so is the “Technical One”!! He also loves spending time as a family and regularly takes Nate and Abbi swimming and we hope that one day soon he will be able to re-train and take an active teaching role in the business too!

Becs "Social" McNeill

Denise and her family

Keeps the machine working in the background providing much needed office support. Although you may not actually meet her you will more than likely come into contact via telephone and email. As CEO of a young family with a passion for getting things done Becs also runs her own Social Media business making Social Media Matter and provides Intelligent Sales Support for companies across the UK. Becs is an invaluable member of the team.

Rachel Denton

Denise and her family

Rachel’s two children, Joshua and Olivia, both swam with ABC, and she always enjoyed participating in their swimming lessons. When redundancy beckoned from a job she loved, she retrained as a Baby and Pre-School swimming teacher, and joined ABC in 2011.

When out of the pool, Rachel spends lots of time trying to think of silly rhymes to put into swimming songs (you can usually spot the ones that are hers)!

Rachel teaches at Daventry Court Hotel and Billing Aquadrome in Northampton.


National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)

STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching – Baby & Pre-School

Enhanced CRB Criminal Records Bureau Checked

Maria Rix

Denise and her family

Not your stereotypical Accountant, Maria is a social butterfly, and having left the corporate world to raise her family,  can now be found playing a pivotal role in local community groups;  She spent 7 years as a school governor, and now helps to run a local village toddler group.   She is a brilliant Mum to Haydn and Lucie, both of whom have been taught or are being taught to swim by Active Baby Company.

She is our ‘Girl Friday’ and helps with remote support, chasing up finance issues, keeping you all informed and entertained on facebook and twitter, and generally keeping me out of trouble.

When she is out of the office, she runs her own business teaching preschoolers to cook!  yum yum