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Chris Stott – CEO

Chris Stott joined Training 2000 as Head of Business Development in 2018 and has now been appointed as Chief Executive Office with immediate effect following the retirement of Steve Whitehead.

Chris brings his significant experience in the industrial and education sectors along with an exceptional track record of customer focused, high quality delivery and growth in both professional and technical learning.

Chris began his career in manufacturing completing a printing apprenticeship and becoming a Production Manager within Europe’s largest printing company. In 2003 Chris decided to take a change of career direction and to impart some of the knowledge and experience he had gained over 20 years in industry. He qualified as a teacher and assessor and began teaching at a local FE College. Since then Chris has moved on to project manage large scale national training projects and worked in partnership with some of Britain’s largest employers. Chris remains passionate about the power of training and the value the apprenticeships bring to businesses and the UK economy and above all the opportunity they offer to the individual.

Lisa Bloomfield – Head of Contracts and Quality

Lisa joined Training 2000 almost 20 years ago in July 1999 as the Programme Manager for the then new Foundation department and later went on to be the Director of Foundation. Lisa left the Government Funding Agency to join Training 2000, where she had been a Contract Manager for the previous 7 years supporting and auditing local training providers. Lisa has held a Senior Management role here for 15 years and is passionate about the company, the people and the learners.

Lisa currently is Head of Contracts and Quality and accountable for ensuring the business demonstrates compliance; setting standards, auditing, monitoring, reporting, risk management health, safety and environment and advising on risk mitigation. Lisa leads on the Government contract with the ESFA covering the Apprenticeship and Study Programmes ensuring systems and processes are in place to comply with the funding rules and that delivery at least meets Ofsted’s standards with operational excellence in teaching, learning and assessment.

Lisa is the Designated Safeguarding Lead and is responsible for safeguarding arrangements for which she drives relentlessly. Lisa is very proud of the achievements of the safety and safeguarding teams.

Lisa is the Chair of Lancashire Work Based Learning Forum which supports members to raise the profile and quality of work based learning opportunities in Lancashire. She is also the Vice Chair of Blackburn with Darwen’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

When not at work Lisa likes spending time with friends and family often socialising and camping.

Liza Sullivan – Head of Rolls-Royce Operations

Liza joined Training 2000 in August 2013 working with Rolls-Royce to implement competency based training and to lead the Customer Apprentice and Graduate teams. In her current role for Training 2000 as Head of Rolls-Royce Operations, she is responsible for leading the teams at Rolls-Royce in Derby, Bristol, Birmingham and Scotland, whilst also a member of the Training 2000 Senior Leadership team who has supported creation of the company strategy and is now driving the delivery of the commercial business plans.

Liza has over 20 years’ Leadership experience in Manufacturing Operations Management with a Black Belt in Lean operations. She has a real passion for coaching and people development and enjoys helping people to succeed within their role.

Her role within the team is to provide effective Leadership for the Rolls-Royce operation ensuring Training 2000 provide a first class service to our customers and to further support the development of commercial business growth. She is excited to be working with a strong and focused Senior Leadership team who will drive positive and sustainable change within the Training 2000 organisation.

Liza strongly believes if we look after our people then they will look after our business. She loves travel, reading and music and enjoys spending time socialising with family and friends.

Katy Connon – HR Business Partner

Katy joined the team in November 2017 following a secondment from UCLan to lead the HR team and support the whole business with all aspects of Human Resources. In her HR career Katy has worked in the education sector, manufacturing and digital marketing and has a real passion for HR adding value to a business.

Katy’s role within the leadership team is to drive forward the people agenda and to develop a people strategy that will create an inclusive culture to help attract, retain and develop our talented workforce. Katy believes the biggest asset a company can have is their people and is dedicated to making Training 2000 a great place to work.

Outside of work, Katy loves horses and spends most weekends in the summer months out competing with her horse, Puzzle. Alongside this, her other love is chasing the sunshine and visiting different places around the world.

David Millett – Head of Operations and Learning

David joined Training 2000 in 2019, as the Head of Operations and Learning and is proud to hold this position and is committed to ensuring that we are successful at Training 2000.

David joined the commercial sector with a Blackburn based Fire & Security company 17 years ago after a career with the Royal Navy spanning 22 years. After his Royal Navy Apprenticeship he served as a Weapon Engineering Artificer in a variety of increasingly senior roles both on shore and at sea on Destroyers and Aircraft Carriers, both before, during and after the Falklands conflict of 1982 and later Nuclear Submarines (Polaris and Trident). After his last two roles in Trident systems training and 2nd/3rd Level Submarine support, he left the Navy in 2001.

In 2002 David became the Initial Fire & Security,  UK Training & Development Manager with responsibilities for a national  team of trainers providing training across Advanced Apprenticeships, Security & Fire Engineering, H&S, Sales , Design & technical course programmes. After the acquisition by UTC and the integration with Chubb in 2008, he became Head of Learning and Development for the UK&I in 2009.

In 2015 David became Head of Skills Development for UTC Buildings & Industrial Systems as a member of the Talent, Learning & Development mgt team within the UKI HR Shared Services group with responsibility across Carrier, Chubb and OTIS brands. During his time with UTC David gained national and international experience and success in business change & transformation, HR & Talent shared services set up, business integration and centralisation of services, process robustness, and Lean/Kaizen/Agile led continuous improvement initiatives.

David joined Alstom Transport in October 2016 to Head up a brand new Academy as part of a £23m Widnes centre of excellence and modernisation facility where he led and was responsible for the business strategy and operational planning, oversaw the build and fit out, built the team & re-organised existing training teams across the UK & I, project managed the ITC systems implementation, curriculum and QMS design, awarding body accreditations, successful RoATP applications, apprenticeship levy & commercial revenue and the roll out of both Apprenticeship and commercially available CPD quality training to the Rail sector and its supply chain.

David has had significant voluntary involvement previously as: Member of NSAR Training alliance & quality groups, Chair of the Skills for Security – SCG, Member and Vice Chair of the Fire & Security Systems Apprenticeship Trailblazer, member of GTA England Employer Advisory Group, Apprenticeships Ambassador and NAS Regional/National Awards Judge, member of Lancs WBL Exec Forum and NWPN and School Governor.

David has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management (Manchester Metropolitan University) and is a Chartered CIPD member.

In his spare time David enjoys Networking, Genealogy, Leisure cycling and family time.

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