Meet the Training Now team

We’re a great team of talented training professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we’d love to share it with you. Get in touch with us today to talk about your training needs.

Scott Jones

Operations Director

I’m an experienced qualified assessor, lead verifier and careers, advice and guidance practitioner.

I have more than 11 years’ experience in the education and training sector, starting with a higher education lecturing role before becoming a centre manager for adult education.

I also have extensive experience of functional skills and ICT delivery, and apprenticeship management.

Laura Lawson from Training Now

Laura Lawson

Welfare and Support Manager

I’m Training Now’s Welfare and Support Manager, head of compliance, safeguarding & Prevent lead.

Training is vital for recruitment and retention of staff, job satisfaction, career progression and development.

My training specialisms are health and social care, learning disabilities, mental health, safeguarding and dementia.

I’ve worked in the health and social care industry for more than 20 years. I spent 15 years as a care and support worker, plus two years as a health and social care trainer and three years as a training manager, before moving into business development.

I hold a B.A. hons in theatre and art in a community context, NVQ3 learning and development, PTTLS level 4, and assistant practitioner in health and social care level 5 diploma.

Luke Hall

Compliance Officer

It’s my role to make sure that Training Now complies with the EFSA’s funding requirements.

My main specialism is functional skills and careers guidance. I am a qualified functional skills tutor and hold a level 3 qualification in advice and guidance and the PTTLS level 4 qualification.

Previously I’ve worked as a functional skills maths, English and IT tutor and have managed an adult learning centre. I have also been an information, advice and guidance practitioner working closely with disadvantaged candidates.

Daniela Bardell

Teaching and Learning Coach

I teach and support apprentices in their workplace and remotely during their course. My training specialisms are learning disabilities, autism and medication.

My background is working with people with learning disabilities, art and teaching.

Training gives people an opportunity to find out how good they can be, find out more about themselves and increase their confidence. Everybody needs  updating their skills to keep up with any changes.

Sara Kirk

Teaching and Learning Coach

I have worked in the health and social care industry for more than 30 years. I spent 15 years as a military healthcare assistant and since leaving the service I have been working as a health and social care assessor and internal verifier for both private training providers and in a further education college.

My training specialisms are clinical, dementia and autism. 

I hold NQV Level 2 and 3 in Care, D32/33 Assessors Award, V1 Internal Verifiers Award, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong learning sector (PTLLS) and Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS).

I believe that training plays an important role in developing people’s skills and knowledge and it is essential to keep people motivated. It’s good for maintaining and improving morale, and can also lead to increased job satisfaction. 

Gina Haines

Teaching and Learning Coach/IV

I work to individually tailor the learning for the apprentice, helping learners to gain qualifications that can change their life and give confidence in their work. I deliver health and social care, business administration and functional skills training.

I am very interested in dementia, mental health and learning disabilities. My background has been in domiciliary care and working in nursing homes with people who live with autism and mental health issues.

I went into training and teaching because I am passionate about raising standards in care. I enjoy helping people achieve their potential and breaking down the barriers that some people have towards learning.

Roy Langstaffe

Teaching and Learning Coach

I have a passion helping learners gain the knowledge needed to make a difference to the lives of those that they support. Not only that, I enjoy assisting learners gain self-confidence and qualifications that can make a real change to their personal development.

I deliver health and social care and functional skills training, as well as life skills! I will always attempt to make the learning journey enjoyable and interesting.

I have a wide range of experience working in care, including community work, nursing homes, dementia and learning disabilities. To me it’s important to work as a team with learners and their employers.

I have life experiences in other professions, as well as care and training. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing, writing music and time with my family.

Lorraine Pidgley

Teaching and Learning Coach

I have worked in Health and Social Care for 10 years and have been a deputy manager for a nursing, residential and dementia care home. I started in the industry as a cleaner and with hard work I have climbed the ladder.  

I get joy from seeing the care sector succeed, with care workers growing and developing, all the way up to becoming a manager. I really enjoy supporting managers to achieve their Level 5. 

I hold a Level 5 Leadership and Management for Health and Social Care, Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement, Level 4 Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice and also Level 2 in Information, Advice and Guidance.

Jo-Anne Mackay

Delivery Manager

I deliver selection and assessment training and a wide range of short courses. I also support apprentices through their health and social care qualifications.

I specialise in training people in dementia, medication, breakaway and moving and positioning.

I have experience in delivering care, training health and social care, teaching English as a foreign language abroad for 11 years and teaching skills in the hospitality industry.

I have certificates in all aspects of care, Cert Royal Institute of Public Health & Hygiene, cert Tesol, level 3 PTTLS, level 4 certificate in education.

Francesca Mari from Training Now

Francesca Mari

Trainee Teaching and Learning Coach

I have more than 15 years’ experience in Recruitment, HR and Customer Service. I studied at Bournemouth University and previously worked for English Heritage where I achieved a Higher National Diploma BSC in Archaeology.

I have completed a number of qualifications, including Certificate of Personnel Practice in 2004 and BTEC Level 3 in Management in 2007.

I am Italian, and am fluent in English, French and Spanish.

I have recently re-discovered my passion for self-awareness and I wish to eventually specialise in Equality and Diversity training.

I love to maximise the inherent potential of individuals, in a way that is supportive and enhances the natural leadership that lives in people. I am  currently studying for my NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement.

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