CEO & Founder / Head of Operations & Strategy
I bring a wealth of knowledge having been involved in Lifelong learning since 1995 through the Trade Unions , I Have a Trade Union & construction background .
Worked in Warehousing for 9yrs , where i first got involved in Trade Unions & Lifelong learning , Becoming a Site convenor and Union learning rep. Seconded by Usdaw to roll out a National Lifelong learning project in partnership with Sainsburys in all of their Distribution sites. Responsible for training and developing Learning reps . Left Sainsburys in 2004 and went onto become a Full time Trade Union official for USDAW (Union of Shop Distribution & Allied Workers) . Developing my knowledge of Employment Law as well as representation at Employment tribunals . In 2007 turned my knowledge to Consumer law , passing my foundation degree to become an advisor for Trading standards . 2009 - 2016 , Went back into the education & Trade union sector , working under the TUC banner (Trade Union Congress) for Unionlearn as a Senior Union Support Officer , helping Trade Unions and their learning agenda for members , funded through the Unionlearning fund . Founded GSP in 2011 , in 2015, seconded to successfully manage a CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) project to get unemployed construction workers back into work. Aug 2016 - July 2017 Worked under the Milestone PLC & Foundation Banner as Head of Operations, Training & Development , leading on the project
Divert- A youth intervention scheme in partnership with the MET police. 2017 took over full time position at the Head of the GSP.
Director / Head of Training & Developement
I have over 35 years’ experience in Development, Delivery and Training in the Educational, Construction and Fitness sectors. Initially coming from the background of running a family owed Construction Company that was involved in multi-faceted deliberations that included new build and renovation of properties, both Domestic and Commercial. Moved into the Fitness Industry in the 1990s running my own gym that specialised in Personal Training for both the general public as well as those clients with special needs. After relocating to the S.W. of England, I was engaged with running two workshops in Exmouth and Honiton delivering Construction training and life skills for young people (16-18) in the area who were disengaged from mainstream education. Funding brought this vey successful project to a close in 2001 and I was then employed by the CITB as a Training Advisor and OSAT Co-ordinator. I was party to the development of the OSAT programme that is this in existence today. A move to London in 2005, saw me obtaining a position at Hackney Community College. My remit was to train unemployed construction personnel, both Tradesmen and Management, to attain Assessor status in their Occupational sector. This proved to be a “ground breaker” with over 100 individuals coming through the course with positive outcomes. Again, funding issues brought the courses to a closure and I then became a Freelance Consultant helping Training providers, throughout London, either set up or acting as an Assessor or Verifier for same. I also delivered many other qualifications during this period including the original PTLLS course. My present position with the GSP allows me to “bring to the table” my previous experiences, within many sectors, that can compliment all that we are delivering, both now and intend to deliver, in the future. My involvement with the Trade Unions has also seen me take up the role of a Union Learning rep.
Trainer & Assessor
I completed nearly 35 years with the J Sainsbury Group incorporating J Sainsbury (24 years) and Homebase (11 years), reaching the level of Senior Managent before leaving the post in May 2008.I attained multiple awards during this period with the emphasis on Mangement and Personal Life skills that included IAG.
I then joined Carshalton College in May 2008 and moved into the Education and Training sector acheving qualifications in Assessing Vocational achievent, L 4 Education and Training Award amongst others that has enabled me to deliberate over my present profile as a Vocational Trainer and Assessor.
Director of New Business
Director of New Business – Andrea Hill
Andrea Hill has over 10 years’ experience in the work based learning sector, she started her career in learner recruitment, this included providing careers advice and guidance for young people who were interested in apprenticeships in various sectors such as Railway engineering, Construction and Retail to name a few, before moving on to pre-employment training, traineeships, SSW, AEB, planning and delivery, building partnerships with LEVY paying employers, providing training needs analysis and training solutions, both on a fully funded and commercial basis. Andrea has also set up training arms for several recruitment agencies to enable them to train their temporary work force prior to starting assignments with employers such as Boots Distribution and Amazon.
Project Manager / Employer Engagement Officer
I have over 5 years’ experience in business development & sales. I have always had a passion for sales, youth work and personal development. This drive and ambition has lead me to manage and be involved in projects like The World Architecture Festival and being a lead candidate engager for Lee Hetch Harrison.In October 2019 I decided to start Thinkeur. Thinkeur is a platform for young people to gain entrepreneurial skills through Networking, Workshops and Mentoring, unfortunately I found myself in a difficult position along with many other during this Pandemic , thrust onto the Unemployment ladder , claiming Universal Credit in August 2021. This being my low point was also to become my high point . Through my work coach , An exciting opportunity arose , first of its Kind , A pathway and career opportunity as a Data Cable installer. I passed all the training and was offered a formal contract , during this journey , we had a briefing from Stuart Barber (CEO) of the GreenSkills Partnership , who gave us an overview and his vision of his company. The GSP team showed us tremendous support all the way through the training program ,even thou the Data Cable installer contract was an unbelievable opportunity , my own vison and beliefs had me drawn towards wanting to be part of the GreenSkills Partnership Team. I believe I have the drive and ambition to succeed . I spoke to Stuart a few times , then thankfully he set up an interview with me and offered me a position as the Project Coordinator and now I finally have found a job which I can create real change and develop a long-term career and help grow the GSP to touch and benefit more people just like myself and those that I trained with.