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Here are a selection of our trainers to give you an idea of the range of expertise we have available.
Lightning Training have a great network of associate trainers who deliver training across the UK. All are highly qualified specialists in their fields, and provide excellent learning across all levels. If you would like to join the Lightning Training family, then sign up now.
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Sheena D Whyatt, MCT, MCASI, COLF, MLPI
Sheena, holder of LPI Trainer of the Year awards in 2011, 2012 & 2013, runs Lightning Training Limited, a Learning & Performance Institute Accredited Training Provider based in Lincolnshire, delivering training across the UK & internationally. Sheena has extensive experience in managing trainers, training programmes, training needs analysis projects, training delivery, courseware development and projects over the last 18 years, mainly in the end user applications field. Sheena is a full Member of the LPI, which recognises trainers and those in a management or consultancy role who have a demonstrable track record of excellence with associated certification. In keeping with membership of the Institute, she has a rounded set of skills combined with validated experience and measurable achievement of business objectives. Sheena is also a Certified Online Learning Facilitator. Lightning Training is also a member of the Training Foundation Partner Panel, and of the Microsoft Partner Network. She has excellent courseware design and development expertise, combined with full cycle training needs analysis, training programme design and delivery skills, and manages a team of over 185 associate trainers working under the Lightning Training banner.
Sheena regularly delivers webinars for the LPI, and has spoken at events such as Learning Technologies Summer Forum 2015, The Great Big Networking Event 2014, Microsoft Summit Live in 2011, and the LPI Conference in 2011. She is currently developing a keynote for the Office 2015 conference in October 2015.
In addition to her project and team management skills, Sheena has extensive corporate training experience, and is confident with all forms of instructional delivery, from classroom led to facilitated online learning, webinars and one to one tuition to demonstration seminars for large groups. Sheena specialises in both personally delivering high quality end user applications training plus Leadership & Management training, and also managing delivery through her network of associate trainers working under the Lightning Training banner. She has Train the Trainer, CRM, bespoke application, soft skills, and non-Microsoft experience to offer as well as floor walking and rollout project experience, and her Train the Trainer course is approved by Microsoft as meeting their requirements for MCT status.
Sheena has a long standing passion for good food, and more particularly, cooking it for friends and family. She also likes to turn her hand to growing vegetables, herbs and fruit in her own garden which requires dedication and persistence. The product of this hard work goes straight to the kitchen to be used in recipes from Sheenaกฏs large selection of well used cookbooks. She is skilled in the delicate art of embroidery which shows patience and an eye for artistic flair, as well as time management, as she often produces these for specific occasions! In her few free moments, Sheena is an avid reader of many different book genres, from the aforementioned cookbooks, to historical novels.
KEVIN BALL Cert. Ed. MinstLM Dip.RSA
I have worked with a number of providers, supporting the delivery of NVQ and VRQ Management qualifications through the ILM. I have delivered within both the public and private sectors working with Team Leaders and Managers at a number of levels.
I have designed and delivered sessions to allow delegates to complete their qualification or simply to be equipped in key areas through 1 day bespoke delivery.
Typical areas covered include, Team Leading, Problem Solving, Change Management and Staff Development.
I am also an approved facilitator for the Integrated Leadership Measurement (ILM72). This is a very thorough tool which provides a measurement for a person, (or team’s), leadership. Coaching is then provided to support the improvement of any areas that are weak.
I have also provided bespoke IT courses and a variety of soft skill courses. These include personal development, presentation skills and communication skills.
Qualifications & Memberships
A senior level customer service and business development consultant with the proven ability to bring effective leadership, improved customer experience, sales and people performance to challenging environments. B2B, B2C product and services experience (growing more profitable revenues through effective people development in the areas of management and leadership). Have worked with commercially focused international and national UK organisations and some government bodies. Roles undertaken included กฎhands-onกฏ involvement, leadership and coaching of senior managers to junior teams to improve sales, customer service and business development.
This experience is focused on delivering effective training, coaching and mentoring and services. Testimonials shown overleaf will readily attest to post training benefits.
Ian Crossley, BSc, MLPI
Ian is an experienced Training & Professional Services Manager with over 30 years of training delivery incorporating a range of subjects across the voluntary and commercial sectors. He delivers business skills, IT user skills, and makes information memorable to classes ranging from the individual to groups of 350 or more; from one-ฉ\to-ฉ\one with Government ministers, MPs, Senior Civil Servants and Plc Chief Executives to mixed ability/ mixed age groups.
George Ashby, BA (Hons)
A skilled facilitator and coach with an engaging and motivational communication style. Extensive business experience gained in senior international sales and marketing leadership roles. Knowledge and experience includes coaching, training design and delivery, leadership and management training, personal development, customer service excellence, change management, employability training and sales and marketing training. An experienced relationship builder who is adept at working at all corporate levels.
David is a Microsoft Certified Trainer specialising in Desktop Applications and also a Web Developer using Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop.
David trains Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Project, PowerPoint and Visio (Word, Excel and Visio to Expert level) in versions 2003 and 2007. He has also trained Lotus Notes and Novell GroupWise email clients, Camtasia Studio and Snagit, Search Engine Optimisation and has a working knowledge of Open Office.
David is based in Aldershot and trains nationally.
Maggie is a Microsoft Certified Trainer specialising in Desktop Applications and trains Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint up to 2010. She is also a Live Meeting trainer and highly experienced courseware developer. Maggie has worked on a number of bespoke training projects and has experience of delivering training in both the public and the private sector. Maggie is based near Basingstoke and trains mostly in the south.
Gordon Riley, MCTS, MIITT
Gordon has been working as an IT Trainer and Consultant since 1989, and specialises in Microsoft Project. He holds the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist accreditation to prove it. Gordon is familiar with the entire range of Microsoft Office products and also works with Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Acrobat. He is also a Member of the Institute of IT.
Gordon has wide experience in developing his own courseware for clients and in delivering courses at Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced levels in addition to bespoke courses in specific topics. He has trained delegates from shop-floor to Managing Director level within a wide range of companies and industries, mainly in the UK but also in Switzerland and Denmark.
Gordon trains mostly in East Anglia / Essex / N-E and Central London areas.
Nadine Dixon MCT
Nadine is an experienced and successful trainer with systems documentation skills and a high level of personal discipline and standards. Exemplary classroom management and twenty years of ICT knowledge has led to polished teaching skills, and a great teaching style. Nadine is also an Auditor / External Verifier for the British Computer Society, and a published author of Practice Assignments for ECDL in 2002 with Heinemann. Nadine is an experienced ECDL tutor and registered invigilator (e-Citizen, Standard and Advanced)
Phil Clarkson CIPD ILM CMI IFL
Phil has an excellent reputation for his creative design and high energy delivery. You can be assured that every delegate will be fully engaged from start to finish. He has a solid background in corporate training and development.
Phil’s clever use of humour brings the training alive; his easy going yet professional approach makes him a very popular consultant with delegates and clients alike. It is quite clear from the first moment that Phil has solid experience in management development and a dizzying depth of knowledge of management & leadership skills, techniques and processes. He has extensive experience in designing and delivering ILM (Institute if Management & Leadership) and CMI (Chartered Management Institute) courses in the UK EU and Saudi Arabia. Phil gets resounding results with people from prospective managers to managing directors.
He effectively delivers theoretical based training with a practical and pragmatic approach; he strongly believes that a whole lot of theory is of no use without a whole lot of action.
Chris has been part of the Lightning Training team since we began, and specialises in teaching applications to end users both in classrooms and at the place of work, tailoring courses where necessary to meet a business need. He Has considerable experience with Office 2010 & Office 2007 applications and the rarer courses such as Project, Access, Online Procurement, Outlook, Lotus Notes as well as Health & Safety. He is also part of the training team delivering Leadership & Management training for us in the Middle East.
Chris is exceptionally hard working and reliable and can be trusted to deliver to a high standard. He is self reliant and accustomed to travelling, setting up venues and dealing with issues should they arise.
Andy joined the delivery team at Lightning Training in 2012, and is a qualified NLP practitioner. Andy specialises in business development training and is also a business coach. He offers leadership & management training and has outstanding communication and presentation skills. Andy is part of the leadership and management delivery team and delivers training in the UK and Middle East.
Paul Bennett BSc, MSc
Paul is a multi-skilled Learning & Development consultant with many years of experience in a variety of business environments, and has been part of the delivery team since 2009. His areas of expertise lie in learning theory, delivery and methodology; large and small group facilitation; project management; and information technology in general. His particular strength comes from a blend of the logical and analytical supported by excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Paul is also part of the leadership & management delivery team, and delivers training in the UK and Middle East.
Gary joined the delivery team in 2012, and specialises in workshop design and delivery, marketing, sales and financial management. Gary provides skills improvement training (specialising in selling skills, negotiation and presentation skills) and behavioural training (eg. coaching and mentoring, leadership development). Gary is also a coach & mentor, as well as a published author of two books, ’30 Sales Challenge’ & ‘Inside the Entrepreneur’s Mind’. Gary delivers training in the UK and the Middle East.
Shaun has extensive experience and success in the consultation, design and delivery of learning solutions. He is first and foremost a facilitator, who brings out the best in people by engaging and involving them. His experience ranges from speaking to conferences with several thousand people through to working one-to-one or with small groups.
Shaun began his working life in the Royal Navy where he was soon selected for fast stream promotion. Since then he has managed teams, engineering projects and multi-million pound budgets. Combine that with his 20 years of experience as a trainer and you have someone who truly knows what he is talking about. He carefully blends the practical and the underpinning principles.
His fortจฆ is everything related to people; especially leadership, communication skills and developing others. He has designed and delivered learning interventions for a wide range of sectors including:
Not for profit
The Police Force
Shaun is an Insights ®Psychometric Practitioner, a member of the Chartered Institute Of Personnel and Development, a Practitioner in The Lifelong Learning Sector and a NEBOSH and CIEH certificated trainer.