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Daniel Disney

Head of IT Service Line

Daniel is a highly driven and passionate business leader. With extensive experience and knowledge within the IT education sector he’s driven by helping people and businesses grow. Having worked within senior positions at the UK’s largest IT Apprenticeship provider and the world’s largest independent IT training provider he’s keen to bring that all together to provide industry leading career courses with The Training Room.
 
Daniel believes The Training Room have a fantastic place in the market in providing people with the knowledge and skills needed to kick start an IT career. By working with IT companies of all sizes Daniel is ensuring that our courses are designed for the employer by the employer and built to provide our students with the best training possible.
 
Outside of work Daniel loves writing regular blogs on LinkedIn and creating social content. He enjoys reading business books, listening to music, watching films and the odd box-set binge.
 
His passions include:
 His family

  • Technology and Gadgets
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Films
Management Team

Our Management Team

Andrew Powell

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Andrew Powell is CEO at The Training Room and an accomplished International business leader who has worked across many different environments and industries throughout his professional career.

His formative years were spent serving with the British Military to include serving for several years with the UK Special Forces.

His professional career has enabled him to operate across: Retail, Professional Services, Telecoms & IT, Government, Consulting, Financial Services & now The Private Equity space.

He has several key passions in his life:

  • Family
  • Leadership (understanding it and living it)
  • Learning every day
  • Working with great people & talent who have the capacity to be great
  • Swansea City football club
  • An ambition to commercially lead, or be a part of a football club
  • Charity work with “Dreams Come True” (www.dctc.org.uk) where he is a charity champion

Andrew Joined The Training Room in January 2014 and believes that the ethos of the business, in working extremely hard to get talent into work, is a very worthy cause that he is very proud of.

His ambition for the company is to be placing 10,000 people into work per annum within the next five years by connecting talented people to educational and employment based opportunities.

Andrew Powell

Mike Beckett

Chief Financial officer

Mike is CFO at The Training Room and is a highly experienced finance professional and business leader. After graduating from University College Cardiff, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant; over 25 years Mike has successfully undertaken challenging and varied international roles within blue-chip multinationals and private-equity backed SMEs, across manufacturing, distribution and service industries.
 
Mike began working with The Training Room in 2017, having spent around 15 years in the healthcare sector and, more recently, was in the fine arts industry and financial services.  As well as in the UK, he has worked and lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and Germany. Now settled in Bournemouth, Mike plays 5-a-side football, supports Arsenal, and enjoys running, cycling and going to the gym.
 
His professional ambition is to develop and grow a market-leading business that adds value to people’s lives and careers.

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Paul Arnold

Commercial Director

Paul has worked for The Training Room since 2009 and has been in a privileged position to see the business move from strength to strength. Paul believes strongly that anyone should be able to further their career and job opportunities via the medium of training regardless of their economic situation.

Paul and his team have worked hard to enable students to start their dream career.

Paul is a previous graduate of Politics and Social Studies at the University of Southampton and a Poole Grammar School alumni.

His passions include:

  • His young Family
  • Travelling and embracing different cultures and customs
  • Allowing talent to grow and develop into future leader
  • Southampton FC
  • Poole Town FC
  • Hampshire Cricket Club

Paul shares the ambition of wanting to see 10,000 students qualified and into new careers within the next five years.

You can follow Paul on twitter on @ArnieTTR or connect on LinkedIn.

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Lyndsey Farnham

Operations Director

Lyndsey has worked for The Training Room since 2013 and is responsible for the people and student welfare of the business. Having operated in numerous high level HR and Operations roles Lyndsey brings with her an understanding that the people; whether internal or external are the most important elements of any business.

Lyndsey looks after the Student Services team that are responsible for making student dreams a reality and work tirelessly to ensure our graduates have the best job outcomes and prospects; and the HR Team that support internal talent at every juncture to ensure every colleague has the opportunity to realise their full potential.

Her passions include:

  • Her family
  • Reading
  • Constantly learning new skills
  • Meeting new people
  • Growing and supporting her young leaders
  • Project Management

Lyndsey’s ambitions are for herself and her colleagues to be as successful as possible.

Greg Slade

Head of Health and Fitness

Greg is an experienced manager across all areas within a business. For over 10 years, Greg has worked in the Health and Fitness industry and has worked in many senior roles including Head of Sales and Customer Service Manager positions, through to management of Accounts, IT and E-Learning departments.

Greg shares the same vision as that of the business; Greg is striving for the Health and Fitness offering from The Training Room to be recognised as the best educational provider within the Health and Fitness industry.

He firmly believes that teamwork, positivity, hard work and recognition of all staff achievements are the key factors in making any business successful and brings to us a very positive and exciting outlook!

Outside of work, Greg’s main focus is his family. He likes to attend the occasional ‘supercar’ day such as ‘Goodwood, Festival of Speed’ and also likes to socialise with friends.

Laura Sheridan

Head of Beauty and Wellbeing

Laura graduated from Aylesbury College a fully qualified Beauty and Holistic Therapist in 1998 and began her career at Hartwell House Hotel and Spa. From there Laura worked at Champneys Health Spa (where her claim to fame was massaging Barbara Streisand).

Post Champneys she then made the decision to move to Tenerife. She worked hard as a therapist for 2 years and returned to the UK and began a career at Elemis as a Regional Business Manager and this is where her passion for sales began. She left 5 years later to join Aromatherapy Associates as a Senior Account Manager. She absolutely loved this role and by the time she left 5 years later she was Head Of Sales, and had travelled and trained all over the world. She also spent time running the Hong Kong office so spent anything from 6 weeks to 3 months at a time travelling around China and the rest of Asia.

Eventually the company was sold and she took the chance to become a Brand Consultant working short contracts for various companies. Moving forward to the present day, she is delighted to be working in her new role at The Training Room.

Laura Sheridan

Daniel Disney

Head of IT Service Line

Daniel is a highly driven and passionate business leader. With extensive experience and knowledge within the IT education sector he’s driven by helping people and businesses grow. Having worked within senior positions at the UK’s largest IT Apprenticeship provider and the world’s largest independent IT training provider he’s keen to bring that all together to provide industry leading career courses with The Training Room.
 
Daniel believes The Training Room have a fantastic place in the market in providing people with the knowledge and skills needed to kick start an IT career. By working with IT companies of all sizes Daniel is ensuring that our courses are designed for the employer by the employer and built to provide our students with the best training possible.
 
Outside of work Daniel loves writing regular blogs on LinkedIn and creating social content. He enjoys reading business books, listening to music, watching films and the odd box-set binge.
 
His passions include:
 

  • His family
  • Technology and Gadgets
  • Blogging
  • Social Media
  • Films
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Lizzy Campbell

Head of Finance

Lizzy has worked for The Training Room since 2014. Lizzy is a previous graduate of Accounting and Finance at the University of Plymouth and a member of The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

She has multiple passions in life with the highlights including:

  • Developing new skills and the skills of others
  • Cycling with the Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers whether this is a gentle club ride with a cake stop, competing in road races or competing in time trials
  • Martial arts and general fitness
  • She enjoys working for The Training Room as she finds it very rewarding working for a company that makes a positive difference to people’s lives.
Lizzie Campbell

Chris Harrison

head of loans & shared services

Chris has worked for The Training Room since 2014. Prior to joining, Chris enjoyed a varied career in corporate and retail finance, including roles in asset servicing, compliance, and regulated customer services.

As Head of Loans and Shared Services, Chris oversees the teams who provide regulated services, and quality and training to the business to ensure that student journeys are managed within legal and regulatory frameworks and exceed student expectations. 

Passionate about the inclusive and dynamic culture of The Training Room, Chris empowers his teams to deliver the mission of connecting students to the opportunities they deserve.

Outside of work Chris enjoys spending time with his family, getting outdoors, and reading.

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Marcus Atkins

Head of Customer Acquisition

Creating new career opportunities for your future.

Marcus is the Head of Customer Acquisition and having gone through the journey of changing his career twice over the past 20 years, he feels that creating new opportunities for yourself is key to a long, enjoyable and successful career.

His first job was as an apprentice with Vauxhall, but knowing after 4 years this was not the career he wanted long term he looked for a change. Marcus strongly believes to achieve well in any career, it is important to be passionate about it. So he decided to pursue a career in Personal Training. Once completing a Fast Track Personal Training Course, Marcus went on to an exciting new career within the fitness industry. He successfully pursued his passion for fitness, working for 11 years within some of the industry’s leading health & fitness clubs.

In 2011 Marcus joined The Training Room to start his latest journey in Sales & Marketing. He is now proud to say that he can create opportunities for anyone looking to progress within their current jobs or start a new career.

In his spare time Marcus enjoys spending quality family time with his wife and 2 children, planning holidays to new destinations and playing the occasional game of rugby.

Best described as an ambitious member of The Training Room Team, he puts no limits on his colleagues or his own goals.

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Amanda Bowman

Head of Sales - Poole

Amanda has worked at The Training Room since 2011, and has had a variety of roles within the company primarily in the sales environment. She has seen The Training Room go from strength to strength, with it initially just starting as a Personal Training company, but now also delivering high quality Beauty Therapy and IT Courses.

Amanda is passionate about ensuring that all of our customers are receiving the best experience. This starts from their initial enquiry and speaking to one of her trained assessors, making sure we have the latest qualifications relevant for employment opportunities, and ensuring we have course options to suit a variety of customer needs.

Outside of work, Amanda has a wide variety of hobbies including a small collection of Japanese Cars, taking road trips on her motorbike and travelling the world while learning about new cultures.

Amanda believes that The Training Room is built on a solid foundation of people that are really passionate about getting people into work, which is why she is so proud to be part of one the UKs leading training providers.

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Gavin Fox

head of sales - portsmouth

Gavin has over 12 years’ experience working in sales-based roles, which has seen him relocate to 3 different countries to help further his career. Gavin made the decision to join The Training Room back in 2015 when he returned to the UK, having previously lived and worked in Canada.
 
Gavin was keen to join The Training Room after seeing how passionate the business is about helping shape people’s futures, and wanted to become part of a team which is so driven towards helping others and shaping peoples lives.
 
Since joining The Training Room, Gavin has worked in several roles within the company and is now focused on being able to further develop not only his own skills, but also those of his team.  Gavin works with his team to continually strive to deliver world class customer service and learning experiences to the students of The Training Room.

Outside of work Gavin enjoys traveling, experiencing different cultures and reading a good book.

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