I was born and bred in Middlesbrough, and although I took my skills to London for 10 years, the pull of the North East was strong, so I returned in 1989.
Over the last 30 years I have enjoyed a varied and interesting career which has given me vast experience in many different sectors including private, public and education. Along with this I am a self-starter and have worked hard to continuously educate myself to degree level, being open to new opportunities and have up-skilled to meet these new prospects.
I have yearned to work for myself for some time so I decided this was an opportune time to make this happen. I was already doing some delivery of PTTLS (Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector) and was able to develop this.
I am a committed and enthusiastic user of Linkedin since its inception, where I have built up a strong and effective network and I must say I am a dedicated and focused member of Linkedin. So my business idea of a Freelance Trainer was ‘born’. This was a natural progression route for me having been a trainer for more than 10 years.
A strong multitasker and an experienced business adviser working with with SMEs and larger organisations, across both the public and private sector, including Further and Higher Education. I am also Governor at Stockton Riverside College, a role that I have held for three years. I also became a Chair on the 2020 (technology) sub-committee more than a year ago.
In addition to running my own business, I also help to support other business owners through my work with Colleagues On Tap, where I am the monthly Middlesbrough host at Teesside University. You can find more details at www.colleaguesontap.com.
Experience and Qualifications
Some of the areas I have worked and am experienced in are as follows:-
BT trained receptionist.
Post graduate Management Diploma
Certificate of Education
Prince 2 (Project Management)
UCPD Business Management
Working for various organisations across the region and am accredited through many awarding bodies such as HABC, SQA, Edexcel, ILM and NCFE, includes working remotely as I was a Functional Skills Coordinator for a company based in Brighton providing Functional Skills support which included the composition of Schemes of Work, lesson plans and all resources.
Other skills include full understanding of the recruitment process from receipt of applications to employment and sustainability beyond including progression.
Delivery Areas (Face-To-Face & Online)
Functional Skills L1 and L2
Lean Organisation management techniques
L3 Award in Education and Training
L4 Certificate in Education and Training
Most areas of management specifically Project Management, Time Management, Leadership and Team building skills