The Team

The owners Liz Place, Carol Doherty and John Carr bring a wealth of experience to VTNE. Liz Place and John Carr have previously owned a successful domiciliary care company which they sold a number of years ago, they found they didn’t enjoy retirement so with Carol Doherty opened VTNE in 2009.

liz for webLiz Place Liz is an ex Nurse who worked in a variety of roles within the National Health Service before setting up her own company. She has worked in Health and Social Care for 50 years, as well as one of the owners she is our Head of Centre and our lead Internal Verifier.

Carol Doherty Carol has worked in Health & Social Care for 15 years in a variety of roles from Care Worker to Lead Co-Ordinator to Training Manager, as well as one of the owners she manages the tutor team, is an internal verifier and a tutor.

John Carr John is an accountant and manager who has worked within Health and Social Care and the finance sector for the last 30 years both as an accountant, manager and owner. As well as being one of the owners John deals with the finances and development of the company.

At Vision Training we are lucky to have outstanding employees, who are professional, inspirational, experienced, supportive team players…

Joanne Foster  Joanne is our Strategic Manager, she has a broad background in business process & people management, IT administration & website development, training, assessment and IQA processes in health and social care sector, private industry and localme government. Her qualifications/training include Computer literacy and Information Technology (RSA); Text & Word Processing; Book-keeping; Computerised Accounts & Payroll; Internal Quality Auditing (ISO); Administering Microsoft Win NT4 Systems (Microsoft); Risk Handling and Risk Assessment Trainers Cert; Appraiser & Appraisee Training; Effective Stress Management; Excel (advanced); Access (Intermediate); Power-point (Intermediate); Word (advanced); Data Protection; Office Ergonomics & Assessment; Information Security Management; Mentoring Skills; Recruitment and Selection; IOSHH Managing Safely; Prince 2foundation; PTLLS(L4); Assessing (L3); Team Leading (L2); Internal Quality Assurance (L4); Child Protection & Adult Safeguarding; Equality & Diversity; Customer Service(L2). Joanne looks after our website, learner/tutor resources, IT, team development, standardisation/IQA and is our special projects manager. Joanne loves walking her three Labradors, gardening and reading.

Business Support Team/Sign Up Team – Stockton

gemma-readmanGemma Walker is our Office Manager (Stockton), she has extensive experience in financial, audit and business processes, mainly in the health and social care sector, where she has worked for 14+ years. She is qualified to level 2 in AAT, Equality & Diversity, and Key skills, Level 3 in Business Admin, Management, Assessing and Advice & Guidance.

Gemma leads the Business Support team, which also consists of Rebecca Barron and Rhys Larking.  The team plays a very important role in: supporting the administration and functional skills testing needs of our assessment team;  supporting John Carr with the businesses financial processes; ensuring compliance with funding partner procedures; administering registration & certification processes with the awarding bodies and assisting the marketing team with signups.

Becky Barron Becky is our business support administrator. She has worked in administration and customer service for over 20 years. Before joining us in November 2017, she was a benefits advisor for the Department for Work and Pensions for 10 years, she decided to look for a new challenge and now support the business manager in the day to day running of the admin office. Her hobbies are listening, collecting music and making handcrafted fairy houses.

rhys-2Rhys Larkin Rhys is our business support officer, he has his level 2 Business Administration qualification. Whilst Rhys has been working for us he has completed a few short courses including Safeguarding and Prevent & Channel. Before joining us, Rhys attended college studying in Maths and Geology and has attained a level 1 in Teamwork and Employability with the Prince’s Trust. Rhys likes to spend his time socialising with his friends and attending concerts of his favourite bands.

Employer Engagement Team

We work very closely with our employer partners to ensure we support them in their employee training and qualifications. Carol Doherty, Operations Director, oversees the team which is managed by Rachael Rodger, the rest of the team are Jack Doherty and Philippa Metcalf.

P1040155Rachael Rodger. Rachel’s qualifications include Degree 2:1 in Classics (BA), Level 5 in Management, Dementia Facilitator, Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding, Complaints Handling Training, Assessors award and PTLLS, Functional Skills up to Level 2. Medication, Moving and Handling, QMS Internal Audit Training. Rachel has worked in Health and Social Care for 12 years and working her way up to a management position, both in Domiciliary Care and Extra Housing Schemes. Prior to working in Care she lived in France for 5 years running a gite and B&B in Normandy learning many skills in customer service and business/finance.  Prior to France she worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers straight from university. Her hobbies include enjoying time with her family and “of course socialising” her words!

Jack Doherty. See Jacks bio under Leeds Branch below

Philippa Metcalf Is one of our sign-up officers, she has Ba (HONS) Degree is Fashion phillipa (2)and has previously worked as a support worker at an assisted living facility. She enjoys spending time with her nephews and socialising with friends. She still enjoys textiles and makes home furnishings in her spare time.

Rebecca Greenwood: Rebecca is one of our sign up officers. She has an HND in Business and Marketing. Rebecca has a background in banking, business administration and customer service. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her family and socialising with friends.

Leeds Branch

JackJack Doherty is the General Manager of the Leeds Branch of Vision Training. Jack joined us from working for the Department of Education as an executive officer. Jack has a BA (Hons) Media & Journalism with First Class Honours which has been very useful in updating our marketing materials. Jack is a fanatic Leeds United Supporter, has had his music reviews published and enjoys playing the guitar. Dot Osoba and Grace Redstone are the tutors which work in this area, read about them below.

Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) Team / Tutor Management Team

Liz Place as well as the Managing Director and Head of Centre is also our Lead Internal Verifier. The team consists of Louise Crosby (Quality Manager) Beth Breary (Training Manager), Joanne Wallace (Training Manager) and Amanda Shaw (Deputy Training Manager). This team continually monitors the quality of assessment decisions, ensures the standardisation of assessment, mentors and develops our team of Tutors and ensures that we meet the assessment and quality standards of the awarding body and our funding partners.

Some of this team also line-manage the tutor teams, together they have wide-ranging experience in a variety of roles in Health and Social Care, Management, Training, Assessing and Internal Quality Assurance. They provide fantastic support & inspirational guidance to our team of tutors as well as continuing to assess a small number of learners.

Louise Crosby

Louise Bennett Louise is our Quality Manager, Ofsted Nominee, Safeguarding/Prevent lead and she also line manages a small team of tutors.

She has her Cert Ed in Education, she is also qualified to level 4 in PTLLS, CTLLS, Internal Quality Assurance and is certified in Counselling. Louise is rightly proud to have attained outstanding status by OFSTED in 2013. During her career she has worked as a support worker, coordinator, trainer and tutor in health and social care, previously working in retail. Louise enjoys going to the gym and spending quality time with her family.

Beth Breary manages the main team of tutors based in the Stockton office, she is the company lead for our health and social care provision.

Beth is qualified at level 3 in Assessing, Business Administration, Information & Guidance, PTLLS and level 4 in quality assurance.  Beth began her career in health and social care as a support worker, she progressed through the ranks in supervisory and training roles to management positions in domiciliary care.  Beth has previously worked in some diverse sectors: security; hospitality and cleaning.

Joanne Wallace manages the Leeds based tutors and is the company lead for business administration, customer services and management.

Joanne’s career in health & social care culminated in a position as registered manager & regional manager for a domiciliary care company, she then commenced working in the training sector in 2009.  Joanne has level 3 qualifications in assessing and PTLLS and level 4 qualifications in health & social care; registered manager and internal quality assurance.  As with Beth, Joanne has also worked briefly in hospitality. Amanda’s details are below

Amanda Shaw Amanda manages a small team based in Stockton and is the company lead for Welfare.

Amanda has a BA Honours in childhood and youth studies and Amanda Shawa level 4 qualification in health & Social Care. She has worked with both adults and children in social care, supporting people with autism and physical disabilities. She moved into education acting as a learning support worker for functional skills, childcare and healthcare. Amanda has developed her knowledge functional skills and dyslexia since working for VTNE. On a more personal note Amanda enjoys gardening, walking, and spending time with her family and various pets (cats, dogs, lizard & guinea pig).

Tutor Team

All our tutors have extensive backgrounds and various qualifications in their specialist subjects as well as in assessment and training.  Between them our tutors are qualified to train/assess Health & Social Care levels 1-5, Support Services levels 2 & 3, Internal Assessment level 4, IQA level 4 & 5, Business Administration level 2 & 3, Management levels 2-7, Customer Services level 2 & 3, Functional Skills Entry Level 1 – Level 2 as well as short courses and adhoc training in various health and social care subjects. Our Tutors main role is to train, guide, support, and assess their allocated learners to enable them to meet the criteria of the qualifications they are taking. We are pleased to say they are a talented, motivated and knowledgeable group, they are, in alphabetical order:

Andrea Ashley Andrea is qualified to level 3 in health & social care, assessing and PTLLS. She has worked in health & social care since leaving school at 16 and has experience in working with people with physical disabilities, mental health impairments and learning disabilities. Andrea has been an tutor for almost 10 years, is a key mentor for trainee tutors and is currently studying a management qualification. Andrea enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Beth Breary (see previous).

Lyn BennettLyn Bennett Lyn is a Health and Social Care Tutor. After being a Retail Manager for over 8 years, Lyn decided to change career and realised working in the Health and Social Care was her vocation. Starting as a Domiciliary Carer, she qualified to a Level 3 in Health and Social Care and was later appointed as a Management of Medication Senior. She has been working in this sector for over 5 years. Lyn was also a Victim Support Volunteer for 3 years, which gave her extensive experience in a supporting role in a different environment. In her spare time, Lyn enjoys spending quality time with her family – especially camping, weather permitting!

Joanne Jenkins  Joanne has experience in working in health & social care as a contact supervisor and a support worker. She is qualified to level 2 in beauty and teaching assistant, level 3 in assessing and hairdressing and level 4 in health & social care.  Joanne used to work as a mobile hairdresser, a fact the other tutors are very interested in.


Susan Johnston Sue has worked in  the care industry for almost 20 years, she started sueoff as a home help in 1997 and within 6 months was working with service users with differing needs, from assisting with meals to end of life care.  Sue completed her level 2 in Health and Social Care, and followed on to my level 3, D32/33 and then continued onto Teacher Training Award (730). After this she progressed to become a Supervisor/ Trainer within the company. Sue continued to progress to complete NEBS Management L4, and continued on to her Cert Ed and V1. Outside of work Sue like to spend time with family and friends.


Georgina O’Connell George is our only tutor who does not teach health and social care, instead she is our go to person for ICT functional skills supporting our less confident tutors and learners in this subject. George has worked as a mortgage underwriter for 7 years and also has experience in business administration and customer service in call centres and general business. George is qualified to degree level in business management, has her assessors award and PTLLS and tutors learners in customer service, business admin and management.

Julie Oloman (2)

Julie Olaman Julie qualified as a Nurse in the R.A.F before having children, she decided not to return to Nursing and entered the world of Domiciliary Care, working mainly as a Visiting Officer/Team Leader for over 8 years. Julie has gained a number of qualifications throughout her working career, including: a Teaching Assistant Level 3 qualification, Diploma in Health and Social Welfare and more recently a Level 5 in Health and Social Care Management. Julie enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, shopping and going to the pictures.


Dot Osoba
Dot has a degree in history and archives but found she did not enjoy working in that field.IMG_20161211_184805 She has now worked in Health and care last 12 years, first working in a nursing home and after few months she moved on to supporting people with learning difficulties, autism, and challenging behaviour. Dot worked in different roles starting with support work before moving into supervising and team leading. She has gained her NVQ 3 in social care and NVQ 3 in Management in social care and is also qualified to teach Therapeutic Crisis Interventions when dealing with challenging behaviour.

Dot loves reading and walking with her dogs.

Galina Pearson Galina has worked in health and social care for more than 13 years, her roles include support worker, office worker and finance all in the domiciliary care sector.  Having qualified as an tutor in 2014 Galina is relatively new to assessment and training but enjoys the challenges it gives her.  Galina is qualified to level 3 in health & social care, customer service and business administration and level 5 in management.  Galina enjoys going to the gym and shopping.



Grace Clarke Grace has worked within the health and social care setting for the past 16 years in various roles. For 11 of those years Grace worked as a health and social care assistant. She worked in several different sectors of social care settings including; hospital, community, specialist units and residential care. Grace is also a qualified social worker who specialised in fostering. This is where she has been practising for the past 5 years. She recently decided to change career and realised working in the Health and Social Care was her vocation. As she has had multiple roles she is hoping to pass on as much of her experiences as she can to her learners. Grace enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, shopping and notes herself to be an avid bookworm.

Sam Boynton Sam joined the team in 2018 as a fully qualified tutor, having spent the previous year and a half practicing assessing elsewhere. Before this, Sam spent 5 years within the care sector. During this period she worked with service users with mental health impairments and physical disabilities. The skills learnt during this period helped her to complete her level 2 & Level 3 Health & Social Care Qualification, which, in turn, enabled her to start on her journey as health and social care tutor. In her spare time Sam enjoys reading, going on walks and spending time with her family.

Jess Kelly Jess worked within the care sector for 7 years, starting as a care assistant before working her way up to becoming a unit manager. Jess is a fully qualified tutor, having completed her CAVA qualification in 2017 after being inspired by her Level 5 Leadership & Management Tutor to take a new career path. Alongside this management qualification, Jess is fully trained to deliver both Level 2 & Level 3 Health & Social Care qualifications. In her spare time Jess likes to spend time with her family and her horses.

Caroline Payne Having decided that she wanted a new challenge, Caroline became a tutor after spending 8 years in the care industry. She is able to deliver both Level 2 & level 3 Health & Social Care qualifications, along with a number of short courses. Before joining the team, Caroline completed a train the trainer award in the delivering the safe handling of medication. When she’s not at work, Caroline enjoys socialising with her friends and family.

Allison Holding Allison has worked in the care sector for over 30 years, supporting adults with learning disabilities as a care assistant, senior support worker and a deputy manager. Alison is a fully qualified tutor and internal verifier and has completed a variety of high value qualifications during her career. These include: NVQ Level 3 Promoting Independence, Care Level 4, Management level 4, Customer Services Level 2 and a Post compulsory Education and Training Certificate. In her own time Allison enjoys spending time with her husband, her daughters, and her dogs.

Tina Arnell Tina joined the team as a fully qualified tutor, having worked in various care settings for six years before deciding to work in the education sector. Tina made the decision to become a tutor after her care home manager recognised her teaching potential and asked her to become a work-based assessor for the organisation. Tina enjoyed this new role so much that she decided to complete her Teacher Training award (730.7), V1 Internal Verifier award, and Certificate of Education and Training. She has worked as a tutor ever since. In her spare time Tina enjoys nothing more than spending time with her seven grandchildren and decorating cakes.

Nicola Rawlins Nicola joined Vision Training North East in March 2018. She is a fully qualified tutor able to teach Health & Social Care qualifications up to Level 5. Before becoming a tutor, Nicola worked in both Domiciliary & Home care settings. She discovered her passion for training and assessment while working as a team leader in a dementia unit, finding that enjoyed, and excelled at, helping other carers realise their potential. When she’s not at work Nicola enjoys walking her dog with her partner, discovering the countryside and spending time with her family.

Organisational Chart – September 2018

If you would like to join our team please see the vacancies section of this website or call us on 01642 673255 for a chat.


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