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

Our board and executive team

 

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.

Pablo Lloyd : Chief Executive * #

Pablo Lloyd

Chief Executive * #

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.

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.

Julia von Klonowski : Non-executive director *

Julia von Klonowski

Non-executive director *

Julia works as the Oracle Director of Education for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her role is to concentrate on Ministries of Education and K-12 (Kindergarten to 19).

She has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and has spent the last 15 years concentrating on the effective use of technology in education. She spent the first 15 years of her working life in South Africa, where she ran her own business with over 100 employees delivering IT solutions into the business market.

Julia returned to this country in 2001 when she joined Sun Microsystems as a senior Project Manager. Her first project was delivering the first global e-learning solution. Her experience stretches from programming, software support, large project delivery and consultancy. Her passion is education, particularly for children who are disadvantaged either by poverty, special needs, gender or family situation. The majority of her time is spent advising Ministries of Education on how to use technology to improve education and skills. The advancement and equality of women is also a passion and she believes that education is a key to allowing women to be where they "want" to be rather than where they "have" to be.

Julia is married to a South African and has two grown-up children. Among her interests are reading, gardening, travelling and meeting people.

She sits in various advisory boards and spends as much time as possible mentoring and up-skilling students on interviewing skills and e-safety.

Fiona Stilwell : Director of Operations #

Fiona Stilwell

Director of Operations #

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.

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.


Our staff

 

Tom Callnon : Business development consultant

Tom Callnon

Business development consultant

Jacqui Cash : Vocational training assessor - Hairdressing

Jacqui Cash

Vocational training assessor - Hairdressing

Mike Craig : Head of key accounts

Mike Craig

Head of key accounts

David Cronshaw : Assessor - Painting, decorating and general maintenance

David Cronshaw

Assessor - Painting, decorating and general maintenance

Farida Dean : Training consultant

Farida Dean

Training consultant

Alison Doyle : Assessor - Hairdressing and Barbering

Alison Doyle

Assessor - Hairdressing and Barbering

Darren Drinkwater : Vocational training assessor - Engineering

Darren Drinkwater

Vocational training assessor - Engineering

Leonie Duffy : Assessor - Business administration

Leonie Duffy

Assessor - Business administration

Jules Farrand : Assessor - Catering

Jules Farrand

Assessor - Catering

Vanessa Field : Assessor - Catering

Vanessa Field

Assessor - Catering

Richard Galley : Training consultant

Richard Galley

Training consultant

Sandra Goddard : Training consultant

Sandra Goddard

Training consultant

Julia Gowers : Assessor - Childcare

Julia Gowers

Assessor - Childcare

Steph Graham : Client manager and PA

Steph Graham

Client manager and PA

Michael Greeney : Professional training manager

Michael Greeney

Professional training manager

Caroline Holifield : Client relationship co-ordinator

Caroline Holifield

Client relationship co-ordinator

Bridget Johnson : Assessor - Customer services, business admin and cleaning

Bridget Johnson

Assessor - Customer services, business admin and cleaning

Linda Keighley : Business co-ordinator

Linda Keighley

Business co-ordinator

Ciera Kent : Administrator

Ciera Kent

Administrator

Sam King : Business co-ordinator

Sam King

Business co-ordinator

Sonia King : Business co-ordinator

Sonia King

Business co-ordinator

Sally Lakin : Administation leader

Sally Lakin

Administation leader

Tim Leverett : Assessor - Motor vehicle

Tim Leverett

Assessor - Motor vehicle

Martin Lewis : Assessor - Management

Martin Lewis

Assessor - Management

Jonathan Little : Project co-ordinator

Jonathan Little

Project co-ordinator

John Lyons : Assessor - Management

John Lyons

Assessor - Management

Patrick McAllister : Training consultant

Patrick McAllister

Training consultant

Aidan Murphy : Administrator

Aidan Murphy

Administrator

Sally Murray : Quality assurance manager

Sally Murray

Quality assurance manager

Andy Offland : Catering

Andy Offland

Catering

Tracey Parker : Assessor - Childcare

Tracey Parker

Assessor - Childcare

Jamie Parmenter : Business co-ordinator

Jamie Parmenter

Business co-ordinator

Helen Payne : Business development manager

Helen Payne

Business development manager

Omar Richardson : Business co-ordinator

Omar Richardson

Business co-ordinator

Michelle Rosenberg : Training consultant

Michelle Rosenberg

Training consultant

Kate Sheasby : Assessor - Business administration

Kate Sheasby

Assessor - Business administration

Sandra Shephard-Loxton : Client relationship co-ordinator

Sandra Shephard-Loxton

Client relationship co-ordinator

John Simpson : Assessor - Catering

John Simpson

Assessor - Catering

Vitalija Skarbaliute Da Silva : Professional training contracts manager

Vitalija Skarbaliute Da Silva

Professional training contracts manager

Paul Smith : Business development consultant

Paul Smith

Business development consultant

Keith Stopforth : Training consultant

Keith Stopforth

Training consultant

Matt Tate : Assessor - Food manufacturing

Matt Tate

Assessor - Food manufacturing

Shaun Topham : Training consultant

Shaun Topham

Training consultant

Steve Torjussen : Training consultant

Steve Torjussen

Training consultant

Colin Tregonning : Assessor - Motor vehicle

Colin Tregonning

Assessor - Motor vehicle

Pat Tucker : Vocational trainer

Pat Tucker

Vocational trainer

Rafal Witczak : Professional training manager

Rafal Witczak

Professional training manager