About us

SkillzFirst Management Team


Barry is a current Ofsted Inspector, additionally his areas of specific expertise are around coaching and mentoring managers in performance management and business planning.  These are seen as essential elements to drive improvement and curriculum leadership providing the fundamental backbone of the quality improvement process.  

Strong leadership supported by transparent performance management and business planning have been key to establish rapid improvements in organisations Barry has worked with.  He has a vast amount of experience in lesson observation practice and training, self-assessment (SAR) and quality improvement planning (QIP) to support and develop leaders and managers in the FE sector.

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Alison worked in post-16 education and training for over 15 years; she holds qualifications in Maths and English to level 4 and is a fully qualified teacher. More recently she has carried out the role of examiner for one of the leading Awarding Bodies. Alison has attended a wide range of training, plus holds further qualifications in a variety of topics that fall under the safeguarding umbrella, for example: Cyberbullying/E-safety, Prevent Strategy, Radicalisation/Extremism.

She can provide bespoke in-house training and development for staff promoting confidence and knowledge on pertinent topics that will prepare your organisation for inspection under Ofsted's Common Inspection Framework (CIF) September 2015 including the recent changes in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) September 2016 update.

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Peter is a construction design specialist with a vast amount of experience in environmental planning and design.  Peter is a specialist curriculum developer who has worked with Barry designing environmental qualifications for Universities, Energy Management Qualifications for industry and sustainable technologies qualifications for overseas students.


Liam is a qualified Quantity Surveyor with 30 years’ experience working in the UK and overseas on construction projects covering transportation, media and administration buildings. Key skills include providing post-occupancy advice, facilities management services and life cycle costing advice, assisting clients in locating and accessing additional and alternative sources of funds and advising on the maintenance costs of specific buildings. In the past 5 years Liam has specialised in energy management within buildings, advising clients on achieving higher profitability through more efficient control of energy use in the cost of production.

Liam is a UKAS Audit Assessor and can provide auditing services covering ISO and Green Deal PAS 2030 management systems.


SkillzFirst engages several professional associates with a range of experience and expertise in the following key areas:

Education - Support organisations develop their staff in accordance with the revised Common Inspection Framework (CIF)

Business - Prepare schools, colleges, organisations to meet the demands of the new inspection process in accordance with the revised Common Inspection Framework (CIF)

Energy Management - Provide a range of energy assessments including Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)  

Health & Social Care - Support organisations to develop staff & meet statutory regulations/contractual obligations. Our staff are skilled, experienced & totally focused on enabling your organisation to be the best it can possibly be.



What we can do for you

SkillzFirst deliver bespoke training, CPD events & accredited qualifications around pertinent Safeguarding topics to support Ofsted/Government requirements.  Additionally, they provide 'Management & Quality Improvement' support to schools & colleges  enabling them to respond proactively and meet the requirements of an Ofsted inspection under the revised Common Inspection Framework (CIF).  SkillzFirst have the skills, personnel and experience to deliver an Outstanding service, paving the way to successful outcomes for your organisation.

Contact us

T: 01226 885005
M: 07473 997955 / 07921 044501
E: info@skillzfirst.com
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