Meet The Board

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Steve Johnson

CHAIR

Steve has a strong background in Compliance and Risk Management. He is currently Head of Oxygen Professional Risks, a leading specialist in Liability Insurance for the Psychological Professions.

Prior to this role, he was an insurance broker for nearly all of his working life. Steve has specialised in this field since 1988 when he and a colleague launched a unique insurance facility for members of the British Psychological Society. His foresight and leadership drove rapid growth of the service, which quickly expanded into related professions, including Counselling and Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, HR, Training & Development.

Frances Rogers

MSC PHD
REGISTERED MBACP

Dr. Rogers has extensive experience of working within the NHS from 1974 – 1999, having operated both as a clinician and in a managerial capacity before undertaking Professional Counsellor training in 2002. Frances worked in a psychiatric outpatients’ department as a student counsellor, then as a volunteer counsellor, prior to setting up in private practice.

Frances is an expert in the experience of whiplash injury and has worked as a lecturer in Higher Education  since 2008. She also provides counselling and supervision to students undertaking Professional Counsellor training, as well as being a Barnardos approved adoptions counsellor and supervisor.

John Thorpe

SUBJECT MATTER
EXPERT

John Thorpe was the Operations Director (Technical Services) for the Sector Skills Council (SSC) Skills Active for almost 14 years, working extensively on National Occupational Standards, Apprenticeships and Qualifications across the UK. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield College for 10 years.

John has a strong background in Quality Assurance and still practices as a qualified External Quality Assurer and External Verifier.

Mike Bridgman

EDUCATION & TRAINING
CONSULTANT

Mike has worked in Further Education for over 30 years and, for the last ten years, has been an education and training consultant working with a large number of Colleges and Training providers on a range of projects. The majority of his work has involved improving the quality of learning and teaching to enhance learners’ experiences. Previously he worked as a manager in the hospitality and tourism industry for 12 years.

His spare time is spent doing voluntary work and his interests include cycling, rugby, music, cooking, and travel.

Meet The Team

Joshua Cole

CEO,
CMGR FCMI, MIOD, MSC, BA (HONS)

Joshua Cole is an inspirational, visionary leader with a unique blend of entrepreneurial skills and business acumen. He has spent most of his adult life in the educational and social care sectors, holds a First-Class Honours Degree from Sheffield Hallam University, and is a Registered Social Worker & Psychotherapist.

Joshua is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and still practices in the Mental Health Sector. A Master Practitioner in eating disorders, he is also certificated in the treatment and diagnosis of Dissociative Disorders.

An inveterate self-improver, Joshua is committed to excellence and actively promotes change within the mental health profession. He is also passionate about contributing to the further education of fellow professionals and is a qualified Assessor, IQA and EQA.

Never content to stand still, Joshua is a Qualified Paralegal (University of Western England) and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Child Care Law & Practice. He has further achieved a BTEC Level 7 (Masters level) Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice with Bond Solon in London.

Joshua has been awarded the titles of ‘Fellow’ and ‘Chartered Manager’ with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) through his considerable experience, spanning more than a decade, in the management and development of large teams.

Stephen Thompson

HEAD OF BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT

Stephen Thompson has a diverse background as a Management Specialist, Marketing Copywriter, Business Turnaround Expert, and Sales Trainer. He has more than 30 years’ broad and deep experience of operating at a senior level in a variety of commercial sectors, including Direct Sales, Recruitment and Training, Accounting and Finance, and Personnel and Human Resources (HR).

Steve is also a career consultant and has been writing highly successful CVs, and creating personal marketing tools, for professionals for over 16 years. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (FIRP). A retired British Army Warrant Officer First Class (WO1), Steve also specialises and writes CVs for Armed Forces personnel. His final appointment in the British Army was as Regimental Bandmaster, being an accomplished musician, classically trained conductor and teacher, and a graduate from the world-famous Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall.

Previously, in his role as Group Finance Director and Head of Personnel for a well-known global textile manufacturing group, he recruited, interviewed and hired at all levels from the Boardroom to the factory floor. He subsequently managed the opposite end of the ‘curve’, implementing fair dismissals and redundancy policies. Having been engaged by two of the former “Big Six” accountancy firms to assist in winding up several manufacturing companies, Steve also has in-depth knowledge of Business Turnaround and Corporate Insolvency.

Alison Tanton

LEAD EQA

Sarah Edmundson

HEAD OF CENTRE SUPPORT

Helen Pusey

HEAD OF QUALIFICATION DEVELOPMENT

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