Meet the Team
Director of Training
I started my career in Education and Training in 1992, working with the Training and Enterprise Council who later became the Learning and Skills Council, looking after the performance, quality and delivery of a number of local Training Providers.
In 2001 I became the General Manager for a Manufacturing Training Provider, providing training solutions for the local manufacturing such as the caravan Industry.
In 2003 I moved to the GTA to become the Quality and Contracts Manager, managing the external delivery, government contracts and quality processes for the organisation. In 2009 I became the Director of Training, responsible for overseeing all the GTAs activities. 2017 will be my 15th Year with the GTA.
I started off my career at a small independent garage out at Withernsea were I gained valuable experience of working in the motor trade and completed my Apprenticeship as a Light Vehicle Technician.
Once qualified I moved to T C Harrison a main Austin Rover dealership in Hull carrying out the service and repair of light vehicles. After several years on my tools I moved onto the reception area dealing with customers face to face and providing technical support to customers and the rest of the reception team, I also spent some time as Service Manager at a new branch in York that had opened. I moved back to Hull and into the workshop as works controller looking after a team of technicians and making sure customer deadlines were adhered to.
After 9 years I then moved to Audi / VW again as a works controller looking after the day to day running of the workshop I then moved to Welptons, a Rover dealership as a senior technician and MOT tester. In 2003 I then joined the GTA as an assessor working my way up the ranks as an Internal Verifier to now being the Training Manager, looking after the day to day running of the organisation, recruitment of learners and employers as well as making sure our quality assurance meets the rigours of the Awarding Bodies.
Large Goods Vehicle Tutor
I trained as HGV mechanic serving a 4 year apprenticeship for a Fleet Haulier. I then progressed onto another fleet haulier working nights maintaining a fleet of 40 trucks and 120 trailers before moving to an IVECO dealer for 2 years.
I had 14 years as a retained firefighter in Lincolnshire reaching the highest rank attainable by retained personnel.
My teaching career started working part time, for Lincoln College, working across 3 sites owned by the group, before securing a full time position and taking up a post at Gainsborough College, running the sites Motor Vehicle Provision of Full time learners.
I went on to teach apprentices at Lincoln and was the Lead for all Internal Verification for all 3 sites. I had 18 months working for a Lincolnshire based specialised haulage company managing there workshop and carrying out diagnostic repairs before securing my place here at the GTA in July 2016.
Work Based Assessor
I started out as an apprentice light vehicle technician with Armstrong Massey in Driffield aged 16 working on Austin Rover and Land Rover Vehicles.
After 3 years I progressed to become an apprentice with Jaguar with Armstrong Massey in Beverley in preparation to Jaguar moving to be a stand alone franchise dealership of The Jaguar Centre in Hull. After attaining my full apprenticeship qualification I progressed to vehicle technician, workshop foreman, assistant service manager and finally service manager. Throughout this time I attended various dealership technical and service advisor courses and steered what had now become Hatfield's Jaguar to 2nd place nationally in the 2005 Jaguar aftersales dealer of the year award.
In 2006 I moved to the Saab dealership in Hessle as service manager again attending training courses and winning regional service centre awards. Later this became Infiniti Centre Hull, which after one year of trading became European Infiniti Centre of the Year for Sales and Aftersales performance.
In 2016 I was given the opportunity to work for the GTA as a work based assessor and have enjoyed the career change immensely.
Lead Taxi BTEC Tutor
Driver Trainer of the Year 2019
I have been teaching since 2005 when I passed the relevant DVSA standards to become an Approved Driving Instructor, my current grade is ‘A’, which is the highest grade for a Driving Instructor. I have had many contracts including the Local Authority assessing work based driving standards and giving advice on how their workforce can save lives out on the road and budgets for fuel and maintenance. In 2011 I started delivering courses for Safer Roads Humber such as Speed Awareness and National Driver Alertness Course. In 2013 I started contracting for the GTA as a Lead Tutor, delivering the level 2 Introduction into the Role of the Professional Taxi and Private Hire Driver, I also invigilate Maths and English assessments and the local knowledge test. My latest achievement is being the first solo driver trainer to win the Driver Trainer of the Year Award by the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving (IMTD).
I started an apprenticeship with the GTA in 1991 working at a local independent garage that specialised in fault finding and rolling road tuning. After completing my advanced apprenticeship and wanting to further my career in the motor trade I moved to a local dealership. Here I gained further training and experience completing numerous dealership training courses enhancing my diagnostic skills I also became an MOT tester and workshop supervisor. I started work for the
GTA in June 2003 as an assessor helping and supporting various young people to gain qualifications in the motor industry. In 2010 the opportunity arose and I became the Lead Vocational Tutor overseeing the curriculum development within the organisation. To take on this role I had to complete a level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Life Long Sector and graduated in march 2012. I am continually updating my knowledge and
understanding, recently passing the IMI Level 2 Award
in MOT Testing.
Functional Skills Tutor
I am the new Functional Skills Tutor at GTA which is quite a new role for me.
For the last 14 years I worked as a trainer for the Probation Service training Probation Officers in the bespoke IT systems used and other IT applications. I was made redundant in December 2017 and decided to take a side step into Functional Skills tutoring, as many years ago as a student I taught English abroad and really enjoyed this. I am finding this new role both challenging and rewarding and it keeps my brain active and on the ball!
I have a Business Studies Degree and am hoping to gain more achievements in teaching awards.