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 web

Liz 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 assessor team, is an internal verifier and an assessor.

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/assessor 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 Readman 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.

Rebecca Barron   Rebecca is our business support administrator.  She is new to the company once she settles in we will add her bio and photo.

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.

Rachael Rodger.  Rachel’s qualifications include Degree 2:1 in Classics (BA), Level 5 in Management, Dementia Facilitator, Equality and Diversity, Safeguarding, ComplaintsP1040155 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 our sign-up officer, she has Ba (HONS) Degree is Fashion 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.

Leeds Branch

We have recently opened a branch in Leeds to manage our service provision in Yorkshire. 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 his own blog, has had his music reviews published and enjoys playing the guitar. Debora Masjedi, Shadreck Phiri, Grace Redstone & Sylvia Ross are the tutors whi 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 assessors as well as continuing to assess a small number of learners.

Louise Crosby

Louise Crosby.  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 AshleyAndrea 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 assessor for almost 10 years, is a key mentor for trainee assessors 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 Burrell.  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 assessor are very interested in.


Cheryle Hardy Cheryle has been involved in the health care sector for the past 15 years, Cheryl 2working in various care positions and as a recruitment coordinator. In 2000 she took a break from the care sector to train as a hairdresser. Funnily enough this career took her back to health care, as she ended up being a hairdresser for the elderly, working in care homes around county Durham.   Cheryl says “I have always had a passion for assessing and I am incredibly pleased to be working as part of the Vision Training team”.  In her spare time Cheryle enjoys horse racing, spending time with family and walking in the Lakes.


emmaEmma Horner. Emma has worked in health and social care for more than 11 years, progressing her career from a care support worker to senior care worker, she has also studied for 2 years at university for her nursing degree but had to finish due to other commitments.  Emma is qualified to Level 3 in Health & Social Care, Level 2 in Functional Skills and level 2 in Business Administration.  Emma enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with friends.


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.


Julie Lattaway.  Julie has worked in the health & social care sector for over 15 years, as a support worker, care coordinator and team leader.  She has worked in both domiciliary care and nursing homes, latterly in a dementia unit.  Julie is qualified to level 3 in health & social care, management, PTLLS and is a qualified assessor.  Julie decided to work in health and social care after discovering that being a secretary wasn’t for her, she has not regretted the decision finding the industry challenging and rewarding.

Georgina MacKenzie.  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 assessors 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.


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Julie Oloman. 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 is currently a trainee assessor hoping to gain her assessor award as soon as possible, which with her wealth of experience we are sure she will do.

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 assessor 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.


Carly Powell  Carly has worked in Health and Social Care for over 12 years, carlystarting as a Care Assistant in a nursing home, then within the NHS before going into Domiciliary Care. Carly progressed to senior carer and then co-ordinator within a year of working in Domiciliary Care and held this role for 7 years. She then went on to manage services such as domiciliary care, day services and short term respite care for palliative patients, for a care agency which was part of a hospice. Carly has completed Health and Social Care Level 2 & 3 and management Level 3 & 5.



Grace Redstone  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.

Sylvia Ross Sylvia has worked in Health and Social Care for over 20 years covering various roles from domiciliary care to Management and Foster Care.  Sylvia felt she had a vast amount of experience and knowledge that could pass on to others, which led her to train and work as an assessor.  Sylvia has various hobbies and when she has the time enjoys decoupage, drawing and any craft activities.


Emily Stembridge has worked in the health and social care sector for the past 6Emily years, working her way up from a support worker role in various sectors to a registered manager of a domiciliary care provider.  She has attained her BTEC Level 3 in health and social care as well as a foundation degree in health and social care as well as attending various other training courses.   In her spare time she likes to go for walks/outings, going for meals, watching films and spending time with her family.




Joanne Wallace (see previous)

Susan Wiles   Sue began her career as a general nurse before undertaking her midwifery Sue Whiles (2)training and subsequently working as a midwife for 15 years until family commitments made it too challenging. She then started a CertEd in the Post 16 sector and taught at several colleges, including Pontefract and Hull. She worked in Adult Education for several years, teaching accredited courses such as Volunteering in Schools and Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs. More recently, Sue has been a care trainer for a domiciliary care company near York, for whom she  attended several Train the Trainer courses such as Moving and Handling, Administering Medication and Safeguarding. On a more personal note, Sue has three lovely daughters and two dogs, and is passionate about arts and crafts and reading good books!

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.


Organisational Chart (names) - Nov 2017

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