Name & Title: Garry Connor – Director of Services

Qualifications:  DTLLS, Trinity Cert (TESOL)

Experience: Garry Connor has over 20 years’ experience in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. Recently, he worked on developing guidance for supporting learners with learning difficulties and disabilities to access education and vocational training in partnership with the Institute for Employment Studies. He has also supported a number of user groups on important issues, such as the campaign for the implementation of the ‘Fairer Charging’ Guidance working at all levels; including with local authorities and MP’s.

Garry was instrumental in the unprecedented success of a national disability inclusion project where he devised and delivered training to partners as diverse as the Tate Galleries, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Scouting Association. He has also managed supported living programmes for disabled people and developed a number of community involvement initiatives with disabled people.

Diversiti Trainers

Name & Title: Cheryl Patrick – Training and Development Consultant

Qualifications: CTLLS, Equality and diversity NCFE 3 City and guilds 7301 and 7302, Diploma in Ceramics and textiles

Experience: Cheryl Patrick has over 30 years’ experience of working in the field of disability. Originally having an arts based teaching background, her career in disability equality, inclusive practice and communication skills has led to her working on and managing a variety of projects for the voluntary, private and statutory sector. Cheryl has worked with such organisations as LOCOG, BBC, Solicitors Regulation Authority, Museums Libraries and Archives Service, Football Association, Tate Galleries, The London Ambulance Service, London Transport London Symphony Orchestra, Prison Service and Jobcentre Plus , delivering and designing training and eLearning packages for staff and management. Cheryl has worked closely with Garry Connor for numerous years and together they have established a well respected training partnership. A highly motivating professional with a long standing interest in the management of children and people with learning disabilities. Cheryl’s key quality is her boundless enthusiasm which inspires  those around her to strive for excellence.

Name & Title: Melissa Shervington – Training and Development Consultant

Qualifications: HND in Housing Studies, HND in Business and Management, Train the Trainer OCN, PTLLS

Experience: Melissa’s areas of specialism are: Community Engagement, Equality & Diversity, and Cultural Awareness

Melissa has worked with a range of clients across sectors, equipping them with the skills and knowledge in a variety of areas, related to social regeneration. Prior to becoming a specialised trainer and consultant in 2010, Melissa was a Director of a Youth Engagement company, which provided specialist youth engagement service delivery to a range of clients, across sectors. Melissa is an active Board Member of Herefordshire Housing and Nehemiah UCHA.

Melissa designs, delivers and facilitates bespoke training courses for organizations in line with their operational and strategic outcomes to meet both local needs and national priorities. Melissa also has a range of pre designed training courses, with topics including Equality & Diversity, Cultural Awareness, Community Engagement.

Melissa is a seasoned and passionate trainer with a strong interest in Social Regeneration. Melissa has over 12 years professional experience within the Social Housing Sector, where she has developed a specific skill set in Community Engagement. She is a dynamic Trainer and Consultant and able to deliver strategically and operationally within her field.

Name & Title: Sandra Garcia – Training and Development Consultant, LCGI

Qualifications: Diploma in Spanish (Santiago University, Spain), NVQ Level 3 Group and Foster Care, NVQ Level 4 Group and Foster Care, NVQ Level 4 Training and Development (HRD Pathway), NVQ Assessor/Verifier, City & Guild’s Award Holder in Caring Services, City & Guild’s National Medal for Excellence for NVQ Assessment 2001

Experience: Sandra is an extremely experienced teacher, trainer and NVQ assessor with a multitude of transferable skills. She has taught English and Spanish both in the UK and Spain. In her long career she has had senior positions in children’s services. Her many roles have included, senior worker with ‘looked after’ children and Training and Development Manager for Ingleside Childrens’ Homes Ltd. Sandra has been an NVQ assessor and tutor in childcare for several years in a wide variety of settings. She is expert in developing Quality Assurance policies and procedures as well as monitoring their effectiveness.Most notably she has been responsible for co-ordinating the development and awarding of the Investor’s in People Award. Sandra was twice shortlisted for the National Training Awards. She was also a contributor to the book ‘Achieving Positives Outcomes for Looked after Children’.

Name & Title: Marcia Wanklyn – Associate Trainer

Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma – Professional Development – University of Exeter, Post Graduate certificate Leadership – MARJON, PTTLS level 4, CIEH Food Safety for Supervisors and Tutors – level 3 – Chartered Institute of Environmental Health , NVQ Business Administration level 4, Coaching and Mentoring, NVQ Advice and Guidance level 3, B Arts 1st Honors Degree – Languages Teaching

Experience: I have over 11 years’ experience of teaching, managing projects and services, training and developing staff, and leading teams, reviewing and improving services and business development within the learning sector, Local Authority and corporate world.

Suitability for this Commission : Experience of delivering training in Inclusion, Disability Awareness, Positive Behaviour Management, Equality and Diversity, Food Hygiene level 1 and 2. All training can be delivered either in English or Portuguese to suit employer’s need.

Worked for Local Educational Authority (LEA), National Strategies (Dcsf) and The Learning Curve. Previous training has been delivered to customers Nokia, Vivo, amber Translations and Capita.