Mel Disley

Mel Disley

Mel has been in the training and development industry for the past 20 years, working both for and with a variety of industries and organisation across public, private and third sectors. Much of this time has been spent in leadership roles and, having moved into freelance consultancy in 2008, Mel has been delivering training, coaching & mentoring, and assessment across a wide range of leadership and management areas.

She is passionate about both leadership and wellbeing and, realising a strong connection between the two, combines various skills, attitudes, and mindset in her training and coaching work to help people embark upon and continue along a lifelong journey of progress and development.

Key Experience:

  • Leadership support and coaching provided across the spectrum of team leaders, lower, middle, and senior management.
  • Coaching team leaders, middle and senior management through periods of change and uncertainty to shift focus, pursue positive paths and achieve desired outcomes.
  • ILM training delivery and assessment for over 12 years.
  • Leadership and wellbeing programmes and projects internationally via different collaborations & partnerships.
  • Design, development, and delivery of a series of leadership training and development interventions.
  • Assessment across many qualifications and awarding bodies, predominantly for OCR, C&G and ILM Levels 3-7 leadership and coaching & mentoring qualifications

Qualifications / Accreditations:

  • Member of the Institute for Leadership and Management (ILM)
  • Member of the EMCC
  • NLP Practitioner (INLPTA)
  • BA, MA

Andrew Critchley

Andrew Critchley

Andrew started his career in the manufacturing sector, firstly ceramics and then thermoplastics before moving into IT and telecoms.  In 1998 he got an opportunity to join a small project management consultancy firm where he became a member of the APM and has been working in the consultancy and training field ever since.

Andrew has a conversational style of training and specialises in the project management and risk management qualifications offered by the APM which he has been delivering for almost 25 years and in 2015 he became a PMQ exam marker and quality reviewer.  Over the years the consultancy and training assignments have included numerous business sectors, ranging from automotive to pharmaceutical research and have taken him all over the world.

Outside work Andrew is an avid scuba diver and takes every opportunity to jump off a boat with his camera.  He has a long bucket list of dives but for every one that gets ticked off another two or three get added.  Last achieved was Museo Atlántico, Lanzarote and next up is Silfra, Iceland.

Jack Roberts

Jack Roberts

An experienced and qualified teacher of a wide range of business-related subjects with over 25 years’ experience of both project implementation and business-as-usual in industry settings including large organisations and small and micro businesses. Over 15 years’ teaching, training and course-development experience in project management, procurement and marketing subjects for the Oxford Professional Education Group, plus Postgraduate and Undergraduate business programmes at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School, and small business training for local Chambers of Commerce.

David Atkinson

David Atkinson

David Atkinson is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management with over 30 years’ experience working in project management.  Since 1996 he has specialised in developing and delivering project management training, also offering consultancy across a range of project and programme-related topics including APM PMQ and PRINCE2.  He works in both the public and private sectors across all industry divisions.

David is enthusiastic about the delivery process and believes that training is about “making a difference”; not just acquiring knowledge.  He enjoys bringing the subject matter to life and making learning relevant to each delegate’s personal circumstances.

Outside work David is passionate about woodturning and horses.  He drives his horse in a 2-wheeled trap.  He also plays the piano accordion and takes lessons with an internationally-renowned accordionist over Skype!

Simon Dove

Simon DoveSimon Dove is a highly effective and experienced project management training consultant with a passion for passing on knowledge and helping people to improve their effectiveness at work. He specialises in the qualifications offered by the Association for Project Management (APM). Simon has been delivering APM PMQ (formerly APMP) courses since gaining the qualification in 1999, and APM PFQ (formerly Introductory Certificate) courses since the launch in 2004. He notably assisted with the development of these courses.

Simon is an assessor and a facilitator for the APM Practitioner Qualification (PQ). He currently holds positions on two APM committees: he is a member of the Examination Technical Assurance Group (ETAG) for both PQ and PPQ (Project Professional Qualification). He is a full member of APM.

Simon found himself working in project management when he started his career in IT for a high street bank. He then moved into training and consultancy in project management, now focussing purely on professional development educational training.

In his spare time he likes to walk with his wife and Jack Russell terrier, and is occasionally joined by his grown up children. Once a year he is also joined by a group of friends (ex-colleagues) who have been reuniting for the last 20 years. He regularly attends live music and theatre productions. Simon is a season ticket holder at Watford Football Club and enjoys attending matches with his daughter.

Andy White

Andy White

Andy started his working career in an IT environment for a major bank before taking the decision to move into training delivery.

He has worked in the professional training environment for over 20 years and has delivered training events that range IBM software and people skills. Andy has also been involved in workshop facilitation, training analysis and courseware design and creation.

Andy is currently an independent training consultant who specialises in the delivery of project management courses; specifically, those involving qualifications from the Association of Project Management (APM), Prince2, and Agile training. He was a reviewer for the 2017 release of Prince2.

In his spare time Andy enjoys walking (not just around a classroom), and is a fan of science fiction. Therefore the song “Walking On The Moon” by The Police, could well be a favourite of his.

Rob Wood

Rob Wood

Rob worked as a control systems sales engineer for 5 years after completing an apprenticeship in Industrial Measurement and Control, having covered electrical and electronic engineering as part of his studies. He then moved into the IT sector as a field support specialist with Kalamazoo Computer Group, also undertaking a part-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies at UCE followed by a Marketing Diploma alongside his employment.

Having become increasingly interested in the effects of changing technology, Rob then opted to undertake a PhD qualification in Organisational Psychology. His thesis was supervised by two Psychologists and a Management Theorist who were excellent in their guidance.

Rob then left Kalamazoo and joined PM Professional Learning, teaching and developing Project Management training (APM, PMI, PRINCE2 and bespoke) across a wide range of industrial, commercial and civil service organisations. He became a Principal Consultant and Practice Manager.

After 9 years, Rob branched out into self-employment and has since operated for 8 years under Robert Wood Management Training Ltd.

Rob is addicted to running, enjoys cycling, and reading quality literature in his spare time.

He also uses DIY wherever possible and of course spends time “coping” with his wife, two daughters and grand-children!

David Sarsfield

David Sarsfield

David began his career working with a traditional manufacturing organisation; advancing from the factory floor into the planning department before moving into the design office. From here, he developed further knowledge in relation to modern manufacturing (particularly within the fields of quality management and planning) as he moved to work within the defence industry.

Having been offered a chance to acquire new skills in other areas, David then began working with a software company whose main product was a project planning system; within this role he provided support, product development and training for predominantly in-house projects based across the UK and Europe.

This role provided David with a firm grounding in the training side of project management, and hence he naturally moved into a consultancy-based role as his career progressed; providing training initially on project management software before offering global training in a mainstream consultancy role.

As a Member of The Association for Project Management (MAPM), David has managed and delivered consultancy and training to a wide range of organisations including the United Nations, construction and engineering companies, and a number of blue-chip FMCG organisations across the globe. David is also a marker and assessor for a number of APM-based qualifications.

Outside of work David’s main love, apart from his family, is cooking, music and books. In an attempt to maintain his engineering skills, he is also attempting to build a model railway to P4 standards. If you w