Meet the team

To ensure we are able to deliver great apprenticeships – working alongside some of the UK’s best businesses – as well as providing a variety of business solutions, we have brought together a team which brings with it a wealth of experience and creativity across a number of key areas.

* = Board member

# = Member of the executive team

The Executive team and Board

 

Sally Dicketts : Non-executive director *

Sally Dicketts

Non-executive director *

Sally Dicketts has spent her whole working life in education. The first eight years were spent in schools, holding the posts of Head of Business Studies, Head of Careers and Head of Fifth Form.

Subsequently, she has worked continuously in the further education sector, spending four years at Hackney College and then joining Milton Keynes College as Director of Curriculum and Learning Strategies. Sally progressed to become Director of Marketing and Development and then Principal and Chief Executive of the College between 1996 and 2003.

In October 2003 she became Principal of Oxford and Cherwell Valley College and in 2013 Chief Executive of Activate Learning.

Sally is a member of the City & Guilds Learning and Assessment Policy Committee. She is a Board Member of ACM and AoC. She chairs the Communications Gateway Practitioners Panel and the Women’s Leadership Network, is a member of the Oxfordshire Management Club, All Souls group and is a leading thinker for the National Education Trust. She sits on the Oxfordshire Business First, Oxford & Cherwell Strategic Partnerships and 14-19 Strategic Partnership.

Mark Eighteen : Commercial Director #

Mark Eighteen

Commercial Director #

Mark Eighteen joined us in 2015 as Commercial Director to drive apprenticeships and training solutions in the Thames Valley and London.

Mark has worked in learning and development for 15 years. Prior to Activate Apprenticeships, he managed the south region at Key Training providing apprenticeships. In 2010, Key Training placed less than 200 apprentices but by 2014, they were placing 1,000 young people into apprenticeships per year.

In addition, Mark also ran WWP (the commercial division of Key), delivering a variety of IT and leadership and management training solutions to the corporate market.

Pablo Lloyd : Chief Executive Officer * #

Pablo Lloyd

Chief Executive Officer * #

Pablo is our co-founder and Chief Executive since January 2014, having created our vision and plans as an adviser to the Activate Learning group.

He saw the opportunity to create a new kind of training provider, combining the the best of Activate Learning’s educational pedigree with exceptional flexibility for business, clients and learners.

Pablo has previously specialised in leading successful transformations, including two start-ups and a merger. He was a founding director of learndirect, where - over 12 years - he helped transform the government idea of accessible and rigorous online learning into the UK’s largest training company, which is now in private ownership.

He is also a non-executive director at Ixion Holdings and Deputy Chair at WorldSkills UK - the national flagship for excellence in apprenticeships and vocational careers.

He is a Cambridge University graduate and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Rory Maw : Chairman *

Rory Maw

Chairman *

Rory joined our Board as Chairman in May 2015. He has been a Bursar at Magdalen College since March 2014. He previously was a Partner and CFO of Bridges Ventures, a private equity firm specialising in social impact investment, and an investment banker at Schroders and Morgan Stanley.

Rory graduated in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant. For eight years to 2013, he was a non-executive director of Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, latterly as Vice-Chairman, and chaired the hospital’s Finance and Investment Committee.

Rory continues to serve as a Trustee and a member of the Investment Committee of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity, which manages an endowment of over £500m and supports innovative healthcare in South East London. Until March 2014, Rory was also Chairman of TEG Group, an AIM-listed environmental technology company.

Fiona Stilwell : Chief Operating Officer #

Fiona Stilwell

Chief Operating Officer #

Fiona leads the planning and delivery of work-based training across Activate Apprenticeships, utilising the complex funding requirements to deliver apprenticeship programmes, alongside seeking alternative bespoke employer-led training schemes.

Fiona has spent over 15 years within the work-based learning arena, working in a variety of operational roles, most recently as Head of Operations within Babcock International. Her experience includes managing delivery within a variety of employment sectors where she has utilised resources to bid for, win and deliver innovative projects.

Examples include Future Jobs fund, bespoke training for external businesses and delivery to the unemployed, demonstrating experience in engaging national, local, private and public sector businesses.

Malcolm Wicks : Governor *

Malcolm Wicks

Governor *

Malcolm has worked as a consultant in business and marketing strategy since 2001. His range of clients across multiple industries includes: Tesco, HP, 3663, LINPAC, Dennis Fire Engines, Zambian Ministry of Health, Telindus, Pierhouse and Corgi. His main area of expertise is helping companies focus on what's important to their customers and implementing joined up marketing plans that support the organisation's business objectives.

Prior to his consulting work, Malcolm had over 20 years of hands-on marketing and business experience. His final full-time role was Director of Enterprise Marketing EMEA at Compaq. Prior to that, he held UK, European and worldwide roles with DEC, some of which were based in Switzerland and the USA.

His one page plan methodology has been widely used to help organisations create, communicate and implement their plans.

Malcolm has always been a strong supporter of education. It started with supporting Young Enterprise at DEC in the 1980s, continuing when he was vice chairman of the Berkshire branch of the Institute of Directors (IoD) where he helped Reading University create their Entrepreneurship programme. He also arranged for Reading students to attend IoD events for the first time and do joint events with the University.

After completing a small marketing project at ATG Training, Malcolm joined the Board as Vice Chairman and also did a spell as interim CEO. He joined Activate Learning as a Governor in July 2016.

Malcolm’s vision is joined up education, where all stakeholders work together through every stage of a student's education.


Our staff

 

Narinder Bhular : Vocational Trainer Assessor - IT and DYA

Narinder Bhular

Vocational Trainer Assessor - IT and DYA

Stephen Bicknell : Assessor

Stephen Bicknell

Assessor

Jackie Bijkerk : Interim Business Development Manager

Jackie Bijkerk

Interim Business Development Manager

Chris Brown : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Associate Assessor

Chris Brown

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Associate Assessor

Jacqui Cash : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hair

Jacqui Cash

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hair

Keith Chamberlaine : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Freelance

Keith Chamberlaine

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Freelance

Ashley Church : Business Relations Manager

Ashley Church

Business Relations Manager

Mike Craig : Head of Key Accounts

Mike Craig

Head of Key Accounts

David Cronshaw : Vocational Training Assessor - Construction IQA

David Cronshaw

Vocational Training Assessor - Construction IQA

Mark Cummings : Assessor

Mark Cummings

Assessor

Mandy D’Souza : Customer Support Administrator

Mandy D’Souza

Customer Support Administrator

Alison Doyle : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hair

Alison Doyle

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hair

Leonie Duffy : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Business

Leonie Duffy

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Business

Darren Drinkwater : Vocational training assessor - Engineering

Darren Drinkwater

Vocational training assessor - Engineering

Jules Farrand : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hospitality

Jules Farrand

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hospitality

Chris Gara : Prolead Project Manager

Chris Gara

Prolead Project Manager

Deborah Govier : Quality Manager

Deborah Govier

Quality Manager

Steph Graham : PA to the Executive team

Steph Graham

PA to the Executive team

Michael Greeney : Professional training manager

Michael Greeney

Professional training manager

Julia Gowers : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Care

Julia Gowers

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Care

Carolynn Holifield : Operations Support Team Leader

Carolynn Holifield

Operations Support Team Leader

Peter Homoki : Assessor

Peter Homoki

Assessor

Farrah Hussain : Recruitment Coordinator

Farrah Hussain

Recruitment Coordinator

Jenny Hyam : Recruitment Coordinator

Jenny Hyam

Recruitment Coordinator

Ann Jackson : Operations Support Co-Ordinator

Ann Jackson

Operations Support Co-Ordinator

Bridget Johnson : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Health and Safety, Rep IQA

Bridget Johnson

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Health and Safety, Rep IQA

Dave Johnson : Assessor

Dave Johnson

Assessor

Dean Jordan : Vocational Trainer Assessor

Dean Jordan

Vocational Trainer Assessor

Greg Kemp : Business Development Consultant

Greg Kemp

Business Development Consultant

Ciera Kent : Recruitment Coordinator

Ciera Kent

Recruitment Coordinator

Sam King : Operations Support Co-ordinator

Sam King

Operations Support Co-ordinator

Sonia King : Operations Support Co-ordinator

Sonia King

Operations Support Co-ordinator

Tim Leverett : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Motor Vehicle

Tim Leverett

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Motor Vehicle

Martin Lewis : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Business

Martin Lewis

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Business

Jonathan Little : Project Co-ordinator

Jonathan Little

Project Co-ordinator

Dermott Loudon : Vocational Trainer

Dermott Loudon

Vocational Trainer

Anna Martin : Customer Support Administrator

Anna Martin

Customer Support Administrator

Alex Morrison : Data and Funding Manager

Alex Morrison

Data and Funding Manager

Doug Mullinger : Professional Training Manager

Doug Mullinger

Professional Training Manager

Aidan Murphy : Senior Operations Support Co-ordinator

Aidan Murphy

Senior Operations Support Co-ordinator

Sally Murray : Quality Assurance Manager

Sally Murray

Quality Assurance Manager

William Nicholson : Vocational Training Assessor

William Nicholson

Vocational Training Assessor

Dan Nightingale : Carpentry IQA

Dan Nightingale

Carpentry IQA

George Orr : Assessor

George Orr

Assessor

Klaidi Osmani : Operations Support Co-Ordinator (Apprentice)

Klaidi Osmani

Operations Support Co-Ordinator (Apprentice)

Gemma Page : Assessor

Gemma Page

Assessor

Sharron Pain : Data and Funding Assistant

Sharron Pain

Data and Funding Assistant

Tracey Parker : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Safeguarding

Tracey Parker

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Safeguarding

Jamie Parmenter : Professional Training Contracts Manager

Jamie Parmenter

Professional Training Contracts Manager

Helen Payne : Programme Manager

Helen Payne

Programme Manager

Andrew Portsmouth : HNC Tutor

Andrew Portsmouth

HNC Tutor

Martin Pope : Assessor

Martin Pope

Assessor

Kevin Potter : HNC Tutor

Kevin Potter

HNC Tutor

Omar Richardson : Operations Support Co-ordinator

Omar Richardson

Operations Support Co-ordinator

Julie Rossington : Client manager

Julie Rossington

Client manager

Sandra Shepherd-Loxton : Client Relationship Co-ordinator

Sandra Shepherd-Loxton

Client Relationship Co-ordinator

John Simpson : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hospitality

John Simpson

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Hospitality

Paul Smith : Business development consultant

Paul Smith

Business development consultant

Stephen Smyth : Client Manager

Stephen Smyth

Client Manager

Morag Sullivan : Customer Support Change Manager

Morag Sullivan

Customer Support Change Manager

Matt Tate : Functional Skills Specialist

Matt Tate

Functional Skills Specialist

Chris Thomas : Vocational Trainer

Chris Thomas

Vocational Trainer

Paul Timms : Assessor

Paul Timms

Assessor

Chris Tinkham : Assessor

Chris Tinkham

Assessor

Charles Todd : HNC Tutor

Charles Todd

HNC Tutor

Colin Tregonning : Vocational Trainer Assessor - Motor Vehicle

Colin Tregonning

Vocational Trainer Assessor - Motor Vehicle

Pat Tucker : Vocational Trainer Assessor IQA

Pat Tucker

Vocational Trainer Assessor IQA

Casey Wade : Customer Support Coordinator

Casey Wade

Customer Support Coordinator

Richard Waite : Asessor

Richard Waite

Asessor

Steve White : Head of Business School

Steve White

Head of Business School

Pete Winspear : Assessor

Pete Winspear

Assessor

Rafal Witczak : Expert Practitioner

Rafal Witczak

Expert Practitioner