DIRECTOR OF SERVICES
Qualifications: DTLLS, Trinity Cert (TESOL)
Experience: Garry Connor has over 20 years’ experience in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Recently, he worked on developing guidance for supporting learners with learning difficulties and disabilities to access education and vocational training in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies. He has also supported a number of user groups on important issues, such as the campaign for the implementation of the ‘Fairer Charging’ Guidance working at all levels; including with local authorities and MP’s.
Garry was instrumental in the unprecedented success of a national disability inclusion project where he devised and delivered training to partners as diverse as the Tate Galleries, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Scouting Association. He has also managed supported living programmes for disabled people and developed a number of community involvement initiatives with disabled people.
Steve Iddon is a highly experienced and motivated adult education specialist, with significant operations & project management experience. He has a proven track record of managing teams successfully in occupations as diverse as magazine publishing, construction, and workplace education. From this, he has an extensive range of experience including: project management; quality compliance; health, safety and risk assessment; data management and reporting to stakeholders; learning & development; marketing; people management; performance management; and contract management.
Steve completed his BA (Hons) degree as a mature student, so understands that challenges of juggling adult education with work and life pressures. As a qualified Careers Advisor, Tutor, vocational assessor and IQA, he is committed and passionate about personal, team and organisational development and performance through learning, coaching, and mentoring.
Dip. Social WorkCity & Guilds 325/3
Safeguarding Level 2
Kenny has 30 years experience working with children and adults and their families.
As an experienced trainer Kenny has worked delivering on both a national and local level. He brings a wealth of specialist knowledge uses his previous experiences to shape his delivery.
In his current role Kenny is the lead trainer delivering safeguarding training in Oxfordshire on behalf of the county council. In addition to this he is responsible for the delivery of the Big lottery funded Building Better Opportunities project in Northampton. The main focus of this project is to engage those people who are furthest away from employment.
Kenny is a highly motivated, knowledgeable and approachable person who is able to make people feel comfortable and engaged when working in a 1:1 or group session
He also has experience of running high profile campaigns against planned service cuts to disadvantaged and vulnerable people.
Qualifications: CertED CMgr MCMI; Degree of Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education; Level 5 Executive Diploma in Business Management; APM Project Management Qualification; L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills; L2 Certificate in Understanding Young Peoples Mental Health; L3 Diploma in Counselling (currently completing)
Experience: Rebecca has recently been working with employers, developing their delivery teams, building training programmes and curriculums which meet the needs of the business and heading up Apprenticeship Centres, with responsibility for successful audits from Ofsted and ESFA. She is a self-driven and professional education specialist who confidently manages projects, and embraces opportunities presented by working with varied and diverse businesses.
She is also a strong, and supportive manager, who leads by example in driving high standards. Rebecca enjoys meeting people and developing excellent professional relationships. With excellent communication skills, she enjoys supporting the companies and individuals she works with to challenge the norm and explore new opportunities. Rebecca has a passion for staff development and training, and with strong management experience, this is an area in which she successfully thrives.
• BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth
• Level 3 Award in Education and Training
• Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce Diploma
• Level 2 Safeguarding and Prevent
Simmone has 15 years of experience working with children, young people and their families in her local community and in educational settings. Her focus has been on enhancing their lived experiences and developing strategies to assist their continued development and wellness.
As a trainer, she uses her previous experience, qualifications and transferable skills to deliver high quality training on equality, disability and safeguarding across the UK she also delivers and leads an ESF funded project specifically designed to build the confidence and competence of unemployed adults who have additional health needs.
Simmone has used her experience to influence current policy and culture and worked most notably with Universities UK as they launched their ‘Go International: Stand Out’ speaking internationally on their behalf.
Hayley is our new Project Administrator. She spends her time looking after the centre and the team, ensuring our customers feel welcome and our partners are supported efficiently. She is highly driven and organised and uses these qualities to ensure the centre runs smoothly.
Hayley has experience working within banking in a supervisory role and has gained a wealth of knowledge in administration roles from working in a variety of office settings, including construction, exhibitions and now education.
BEng Software Engineering from Sheffield University
Mark has over 9 years experience in the computing industry, providing IT support for front-line staff, and writing bespoke software for the public sector and oil industry. Mark has a broad knowledge of the use of IT in the workplace. Part of Mark’s role is to support people who attend our courses to develop and improve their computing and office skills.
Mark suffered from anxiety and depression; which affects his ability to work, and after completing the ‘Breaking Down The Barriers’ course, Mark now is a passionate peer supporter; helping people with difficulties similar to his own to prepare for a return to work, and in developing their skills for the modern workplace.
IT Support. Business Administration. Computing Skills.
MUSIC THERAPIST AND EMPLOYMENT COACH
Lynn completed her BA in Music at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in 1999 and then her Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy in 2004. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and is a member of the British Association for Music Therapy. As an Allied Health Professional, she has worked extensively in child and adult learning disability and mental health for over 15 years, offering group and individual music therapy sessions. She has a special interest in helping people who due to illness or disability, have difficulties with speaking.
She also assists various projects as an Employment Coach, supporting customers with focused job searching, interview skills, CV writing and other support needs.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Qualifications: HND in Housing Studies, HND in Business and Management, Train the Trainer OCN, PTLLS
Experience: Melissa’s areas of specialism are: Community Engagement, Equality & Diversity, and Cultural Awareness
Melissa has worked with a range of clients across sectors, equipping them with the skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, related to social regeneration. Prior to becoming a specialised trainer and consultant in 2010, Melissa was a Director of a Youth Engagement company, which provided specialist youth engagement service delivery to a range of clients, across sectors. Melissa is an active Board Member of Herefordshire Housing and Nehemiah UCHA.
Melissa designs, delivers and facilitates bespoke training courses for organizations in line with their operational and strategic outcomes to meet both local needs and national priorities. Melissa also has a range of pre designed training courses, with topics including Equality & Diversity, Cultural Awareness, Community Engagement.
Melissa is a seasoned and passionate trainer with a strong interest in Social Regeneration. Melissa has over 12 years professional experience within the Social Housing Sector, where she has developed a specific skill set in Community Engagement. She is a dynamic Trainer and Consultant and able to deliver strategically and operationally within her field.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT
Qualifications: CTLLS, Equality and diversity NCFE 3 City and guilds 7301 and 7302, Diploma in Ceramics and textiles
Experience: Cheryl Patrick has over 30 years’ experience of working in the field of disability. Originally having an arts based teaching background, her career in disability equality, inclusive practice and communication skills has led to her working on and managing a variety of projects for the voluntary, private and statutory sector. Cheryl has worked with such organisations as LOCOG, BBC, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Museums Libraries and Archives Service, Football Association, Tate Galleries, The London Ambulance Service, London Transport London Symphony Orchestra, Prison Service and Jobcentre Plus , delivering and designing training and eLearning packages for staff and management. Cheryl has worked closely with Garry Connor for numerous years and together they have established a well respected training partnership. A highly motivating professional with a long standing interest in the management of children and people with learning disabilities. Cheryl’s key quality is her boundless enthusiasm which inspires those around her to strive for excellence.
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma – Professional Development – University of Exeter, Post Graduate certificate Leadership – MARJON, PTTLS level 4, CIEH Food Safety for Supervisors and Tutors – level 3 – Chartered Institute of Environmental Health , NVQ Business Administration level 4, Coaching and Mentoring, NVQ Advice and Guidance level 3, B Arts 1st Honors Degree – Languages Teaching
Experience: I have over 11 years’ experience of teaching, managing projects and services, training and developing staff, and leading teams, reviewing and improving services and business development within the learning sector, Local Authority and corporate world.
Suitability for this Commission : Experience of delivering training in Inclusion, Disability Awareness, Positive Behaviour Management, Equality and Diversity, Food Hygiene level 1 and 2. All training can be delivered either in English or Portuguese to suit employer’s need.
Worked for Local Educational Authority (LEA), National Strategies (Dcsf) and The Learning Curve. Previous training has been delivered to customers Nokia, Vivo, amber Translations and Capita.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT, LCGI
Qualifications: Diploma in Spanish (Santiago University, Spain), NVQ Level 3 Group and Foster Care, NVQ Level 4 Group and Foster Care, NVQ Level 4 Training and Development (HRD Pathway), NVQ Assessor/Verifier, City & Guild’s Award Holder in Caring Services, City & Guild’s National Medal for Excellence for NVQ Assessment 2001
Experience: Sandra is an extremely experienced teacher, trainer and NVQ assessor with a multitude of transferable skills. She has taught English and Spanish both in the UK and Spain. In her long career she has had senior positions in children’s services. Her many roles have included, senior worker with ‘looked after’ children and Training and Development Manager for Ingleside Childrens’ Homes Ltd. Sandra has been an NVQ assessor and tutor in childcare for several years in a wide variety of settings. She is expert in developing Quality Assurance policies and procedures as well as monitoring their effectiveness.Most notably she has been responsible for co-ordinating the development and awarding of the Investor’s in People Award. Sandra was twice shortlisted for the National Training Awards. She was also a contributor to the book ‘Achieving Positives Outcomes for Looked after Children’.
After course support – Our guarantee to you
We pride ourselves in providing training which ‘hits the spot’ and our clients tell us it does. We also know that once a delegate has left the training they may well have other questions or issues may arise that they need to find an answer to. So that you get the most out of our training we offer ‘after course support’ for free. This gives you the chance to get further advice or information from our experts.
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Fair use policy – calls and emails are limited to 4 per organisation per month. Extra support can be negotiate if required
What Our Clients Say!
We have a fantastic partnership with Diversiti UK, who have continually been supportive of our training needs. I was truly impressed with how fast they reacted and transitioned to the online environment earlier this year, converting our content from classroom sessions to online delivery. Garry is a true representative of Diversity and Inclusion, with our feedback proving this session after session. Diversiti UK have been a pleasure to work with – I would highly recommend them to anyone for supporting their training needs.
When we were seeking EDI training for our staff one organisation really stood out above the rest. The in-depth discussions held between myself and Garry beforehand resulted in training sessions that perfectly catered to the culture and needs of our organisation. The overwhelmingly positive feedback we’ve received is testament to this. For any organisation looking for a thought provoking and engaging EDI workshop, look no further. Diversiti UK were a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend them.
The course is a good way to extend your knowledge of Equality & Diversity to think out of the box. To widen your horizons.
The course met its objectives and my personal objectives much better than I expected. The Trainers were very approachable and were very encouraging. Excellent presenters, very engaging and informative An excellent course in such a short time, very informative, the presenters made everyone feel welcome. A very good use of 2.5 hours out of your day
This training was informative and fun. It incorporated a range of different activities to keep the group entertained. The trainer was helpful and always answered everyone’s questions.
The training was an opportunity to refresh any prior knowledge and expand upon this update. The training was delivered is an engaging manner, using a diverse range of methods and activities. The day was both interesting and enjoyable.
Garry’s relaxed conversational approach enables participation and engagement on a non-glamour subject to a level which is beneficial to attendees and helps preference real world situations.
Both trainers for were engaging and made the day enjoyable. The information they gave was interesting and very informative. I go away today feeling like I have learned a little bit more about myself. Thanks a lot.
Well worth the investment and certain to pay dividends in improved perception of the course.
Very unique to think this is the world we live in. However, it took today’s course to bring it to the front of our minds!
Excellent delivery, very up to date, keep the great work up. Could come back for more anytime.
It is an interesting and informative course. I have learnt a lot to help people in my work place.
Before the training I was able to contact Garry about what I needed in terms of my disability and I am very happy that I was able to join in and participate.
A great course and very important for taxi drivers, especially very helpful for new drivers.
We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our staff who have attended ‘Equality & Diversity in Mental Health’, provided by Diversiti UK. Attendees have consistently rated the course highly when evaluating its usefulness in relation to their job role. Feedback indicates that content is delivered in an engaging and relatable manner and the course remains one of our most requested amongst staff.
I would like to thank Garry and Cheryl for their very thorough presentation and interactive practice on equalities.
The trainers were brilliant, well versed on the subject and provided clear and understandable information. They encouraged full participation of everyone.
Diversiti UK provided a great training course in which I learnt a lot. It was fun, interactive and I was able to put what I had learnt into practical use when we looked at the case studies. The trainers were knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions the group had.
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