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Our experienced teaching team

Clarkson Evans head of lecturing Nigel Farmer

Head of Lecturing - Nigel Farmer

Nigel Farmer joined Clarkson Evans Training in 2008 after gaining significant practical experience as an electrician. He completed an apprenticeship with a local electrical firm and then went on to run his own successful electrical company in the West Midlands, carrying out a wide range of electrical work.

Nigel gained his Certificate in Education in 2011 and plays an important role in passing on his years of experience to course delegates. He manages our lecturing team and is responsible for ensuring the content of our scheduled courses continues to meet the needs of our customers and adapts to meet awarding body changes.  He’s also regularly involved in the delivery of bespoke courses.

Clarkson Evans senior electrical lecturer Jamie Bryan

Senior Electrical Lecturer - Jamie Bryan

Jamie Bryan had an extensive career as an electrician before joining Clarkson Evans Training in 2012. He has worked on domestic, industrial and commercial electrical installations in the public and private sector including several glamorous assignments such as working on the Radiohead stage set and helping to install the lighting on the Strictly Come Dancing Judges’ desk! Jamie’s widespread electrical experience gives him huge credibility amongst course delegates.

Jamie has always had a passion for education, having mentored several apprentices during his career. This year he has completed a University Diploma in Post-Compulsory Education & Training and he is now taking the lead in our project to develop a blended learning programme for apprentices, mixing classroom-based tuition with online learning.

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Electrical Lecturer - Matthew Stroud

Matthew has spent the majority of his working life in the electrical industry, initially completing an apprenticeship with a local housing association before joining an electrical company undertaking commercial and industrial work in schools, factories and office blocks in the South Wales area. Keen to continue his professional development he completed a HNC in electrical engineering and it was during this course, when he began mentoring other students, that his teaching talents were identified.

After a spell working as a freelance lecturer Matthew joined our team earlier this year and has established himself as a highly regarded member of our teaching team.

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Electrical Lecturer - Andrew Mott

Andy spent years searching for the right career before he started his apprenticeship with Clarkson Evans in 2009. He soon demonstrated his flair as an electrician, winning several internal apprenticeship awards. Whilst working as a team leader Andy successfully mentored scores of apprentices, taking great satisfaction in seeing them qualify.

Andy is now using his extensive experience to continue to teach others, having joined our training team as a lecturer in 2016. Due to his considerable time and experience “on the tools” he plays a vital role in being able to develop the next generation of electricians.

 

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Electrical Lecturer - Lee Cornish-Pearce

Lee trained as an apprentice before working for an electrical company for 10 years. During that time he developed his electrical skills in the commercial and industrial sectors.  After a decade “on the tools” Lee decided to expand his experience into the electrical training sector, which included testing and inspection. Now Lee is training the next generation of budding electricians.

Lee joined Clarkson Evans as a lecturer last year and he is currently using his experience to teach apprentices and to deliver the 2377 PAT testing course and the practical assessments required to complete the City & Guilds 2394/2395.

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Electrical Lecturer - Douglas Chandler

Douglas completed an electrical apprenticeship with the Ministry of Defence before working for an electrical contractor in Cheltenham doing domestic and commercial electrical installations.

Douglas has also worked as the lead designer and developer of electrical controls for a renewable energy company. During this time Douglas, kept his electrical qualifications up-to-date as an external candidate through Clarkson Evans.

In 2013 Douglas returned to education as a mature student, and in 2016 obtained a degree in environmental resource management. It was during his time at university that he discovered his love for education and decided to pursue a career in teaching.

Now Douglas is a lecturer at Clarkson Evans teaching EAL Level 3 Electrotechnical Diploma. Using his varied knowledge and experience of electrical installation and passion for teaching, Douglas is also helping to shape the flurry of apprentices we have through our doors each year.

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Electrical Lecturer - Matt Lyons

Former science teacher Matt turned to electrics after deciding to embark upon a career change, training externally with Clarkson Evans. When he completed his training Matt worked in the renewables sector and as a self-employed electrician, employing his own apprentices.

Matt’s passion of teaching and electrics means he has become a pivotal member of our training team ensuring both apprentices and qualified electricians have the opportunity to flourish. 

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Electrical Lecturer - Chris Roach

Chris Roach completed his apprenticeship at Clarkson Evans in 2014 after an eight-year stint working for a domestic electronics and appliance retailer. After his apprenticeship, Chris was promoted to Team Leader and it was during this time he discovered his passion for teaching as he helped train batches of apprentices.

Now Chris is putting his knack for teaching into practice as he currently teaches the NVQ Level 3 in Electrotechnical alongside assessments including the AM2 mock assessment and 2391 Testing and Inspection assessment.

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Electrical Lecturer - David Collins

David Collins started his electrical career as an apprentice with a one-man band doing domestic rewires. A few years after becoming an electrician David joined Leeds Castle, where he moved up the ranks to become Maintenance Manager. It was here David worked on the electrical supplies for several major concerts, including Will Young, Tom Jones and James Blunt.

David then moved to Herefordshire and began working at the County Hospital as an electrician, again working up the ranks to become Assistant Operations Manager. After six years David decided he wanted to change the direction of his career and joined Clarkson Evans as a lecturer. Now David is central member of the team and is helping scores of apprentices complete their Level 3 in Electrotechnical and AM2 mock assessments.

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Electrical Lecturer - Kris Dunn-Bardo 

Kris Dunn-Bardo completed an electronic engineering apprenticeship before undertaking a second apprenticeship in domestic installation. Kris then joined a renewable-energy company, installing Solar PV and thermal systems on domestic, commercial and large-scale sites. It was here Kris gained an NVQ Level 3 in Management and CSCS Site Safety Supervisor qualifications.

Along the way Kris enjoyed working with apprentices and teaching them how to combine their vocational and practical skills. Kris was eager to join Clarkson Evans Training and is currently teaching the EAL Level 3 Electrotechnical qualification to first year apprentices.

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Electrical Lecturer - Susan Burnikell 

Susan Burnikell joined Clarkson Evans in 2011 as an electrical apprentice. After qualifying Susan worked her way up to become a customer care specialist, working in and around Gloucestershire. Susan came ‘off the tools’ when she moved into the role of Workshop Technician at Clarkson Evans’ HQ. It was during this time Susan discovered her talent for teaching as she helped apprentices during their assessment day. Susan is now a lecturer at Clarkson Evans and teaching the EAL Level 3 Electrotechnical Diploma to current apprentices.

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Training sales administrator – Rowena Kent

Highly personable training sales administrator Rowena Kent co-ordinates course bookings and welcomes delegates when they first arrive at our Gloucester training centre.

A seasoned administrator, Rowena has a high level of attention to detail and a commitment to working with the lecturers to constantly improve our service delivery. She is the first point of contact in advising which course may be best for each of our prospective delegates.

Rowena maintains working relationships with our new and repeat customers and ensures that our course delivery is evaluated effectively and that feedback from delegates is acted upon to enhance future courses.

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