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.
Director / Project Manager
I have over 14yrs experience wiithin the Medical world and can bring a wealth of managerial experince to the table. I have I0yrs working in a top West End private practice where my duties included becoming the Practice Manager, running the business finances, record keeping, staff training and development. I was also responsible for bringing the practice up to the Standards set by the Medical Bodies - CQC, where our results were exemplary. I am very forward thinking and pay attention to detail. I strive to succeed and excel in everything I do and am looking forward to helping take the GSP to the next level.
Associate Director for Horticulture and Green Endeavours
A Graduate Phytologist with international experience in soil science, conservation, horticulture, landscaping, and urban greening. Having managed both small and large projects in these fields in a variety of environments using natural resources in the most efficient manner. I have completed a MRES Bioscience (part time) in manufactured substrates.
Also working in the commercial and domestic landscape and horticulture in the UK for the last 30 years gaining valuable experience in variables of practical issues surrounding this field. My passion is for new technologies and in particular, substrates in horticultural projects to produce a light weight growing medium with water saving characteristics along with perfect air/water ratio for optimum development of plants.
I have designed and built living walls which opens a whole new horizon in vertical landscaping and indoor farming. This is very important in our high-density cities where we are still trying to create amenities and improve the environment. Roof gardens are also possible with light weight substrates being used.
I have also consulted on landscape projects in the UAE, South Africa, China, Poland, and the USA. The onus being on researching and prescribing new technologies and methods to improve landscape methodology.
B. Sc. Forestry (Silviculure): Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
MRES Bioscience: University of Nottingham.
My role within The Green Skills Partnership CIC will allow me
to bring to the table, my extensive experience in green issues and agendas in multiple environments. My experience will be particularly pertinent to the Green Ambassador role that the GSP have developed and gained regulated (NVQ) status for as this deals with both trade and the environmental issues associated with such.
Associate Director for Inclusion within Wider Society
A result driven, self-motivated, and resourceful trainer, assessor, IQA, and EQA with proven managerial experience that has been delivered over in variables of settings in the UK as well as internationally. Co-author of the LIST programme that was designed to respond to the Home Office Vulnerable persons resettlement scheme (VPRS) providing language and integration skills training (LIST), enabling participants to function, participate, and thrive in local communities. A promoter, and deliverer of multiple training programmes that range from entry level functional skills and ESOL through to occupational skills deliberations in construction and management at level 1 to level 7 in context. I have experience of the delivery of such in environments that include FE colleges, LA s, private training providers, and the Home Office.
My role within the Green Skills Partnership will be multi-faceted in profile that will include delivery of courses, assessing same, and quality assurance were pertinent. I am keen to develop the profile of the GSP to enable them to be a market leader in all they deliberate over.