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Karen Soames – Head of Business Development

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Karen Soames joined Training 2000 as Head of Business Development in September 2019.

Prior to working within education, Karen has 13 years of experience working within the Leisure industry across numerous Business Development roles.

Wanting to make more of a difference in peoples lives, Karen moved over to the education sector where she has worked over the past 6 years, again in Business Development.

Karen has always believed that education plays such a huge role in shaping a person and who the become from a young age and wanted to be a part of a Training Provider that can change lives and make a real difference.

As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Karen’s role within is to drive excellent customer service across the company whilst ensuring every that element of the customer journey is complete to a high standard.

Karen prides herself on three key traits; – passion for everything she does, being honest in her approach and excellent customer service.

Outside of work Karen has remained in the leisure industry as she enjoys going to the gym and keeping fit through various sports such as football, hockey and netball. She also enjoys yoga from time to time.

Chris Stott – CEO

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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

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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.

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