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Steve Gray – CEO

“To fight change is to stand still, to embrace change is to be successful”

As CEO, Steve Gray focuses on overall organisational strategy, forming partnerships, and the direction of Training 2000.  Steve truly understands the Apprenticeship journey from a learner, employer and governmental perspective as he started his career as an apprentice himself. Following a 3 year Apprenticeship, Steve started with Ribble Motors as an Auto Electrician which then led to a career as an Aircraft Electrician at BAE systems. Steve ventured into the training arm of BAE systems and worked on learning and development projects including Tornado and Nimrod. Following this Steve moved into Apprenticeship and Training Management, so he has seen it from both the employer’s point of view and the apprentices. Steve joined Training 2000 as CEO in 2005.

 

Debbie Hale – Finance Director

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity”– Amelia Earhart

Debbie started her career in finance as a Graduate Trainee at Boots PLC and carried on her financial career in the retail industry, rising through the ranks of Littlewoods from Accountant through to Financial Controller. After 11 years at Littlewoods Debbie headed up Process and Systems at United Cinemas International and then Financial Planning at Reebok UK, resulting in a successful role as Group Financial Controller at McInerney Group and Independent Group UK respectively. She joined Training 2000 in 2013.

Steph Whalley – Director of Business & Educational Standards

“The journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step” – Confucius

Steph has been with the Training 2000 team for over 25 years and has always worked in employment and training professions. Steph began her career as an Employment Advisor with the Job Centre moving onto Manpower Services Commission as an Area Manager for Youth Provision. The experience working on youth education, training and employment led to Steph being part of the team that set up one of the most successful Learning and Enterprise Councils focusing on the development of Youth Training across East Lancashire. Steph joined Training 2000 managing the then Youth Training operations, which led to spearheading the quality and compliance management of the company.

Steve Whitehead – Director of Learning & Operations

“Desire more than ability determines success”

Steve started his career as an apprentice Cabinet Maker at Riley Billiards and successfully gained a full time role following his Apprenticeship. Following 8 years at Riley Billiards Steve moved to Magnet and Southern as a Team Leader where he got involved in training other staff members and apprentices. This led to a career as a Training Officer and a senior management role at North Lancs Training Group and subsequently 7 successful years as CEO of Alliance Learning. Steve has been with Training 2000 since 2013 and is responsible for all funded and commercial programmes delivered by Training 2000.

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